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RBC is seeking emerging Canadian artists for its 10th annual Canadian Painting Competition

Canada's Governor General lends patronage to celebrate competition's 10th anniversary

TORONTO, March 4, 2008 — RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced its call for entries for the 2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition - the largest competition of its kind in Canada. Entries must be submitted by May 2, 2008.

This year Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will lend her patronage to the event in honour of its 10th anniversary.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is as much about assisting emerging Canadian artists as it is celebrating the colours of our vibrant Canadian culture," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and chief executive officer, RBC. "By promoting our artists both locally and nationally, we are creating broader awareness for our country, its people and its rich cultural diversity."

The Governor General will announce the winner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in September. The national winner will receive a $25,000 prize, the two honourable mentions will each receive a $15,000 prize, and as an exclusive to the 10th anniversary event, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of $7,500.

The works of the national winner and the two honourable mentions will become part of the RBC art collection, displayed in RBC locations across the country. In addition, in honour of the competition's 10th anniversary and the Governor General's patronage, the 12 semi-finalists' works will also become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection and displayed in the Official Residences including 24 Sussex, Stornaway, Rideau Hall, the Citadel, Harrington Lake and the Speaker's Residence.

RBC works closely with the Canadian Art Foundation to deliver a superior competition that continues to grow in prominence. The Canadian Art Foundation oversees the adjudication process, allowing the works to be judged by a selected panel of distinguished members of the visual arts community.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is an opportunity to support and nurture Canadian artists," said Ann Webb, acting-executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "The competition serves as a catalyst for the careers of many of Canada's emerging artists. It showcases their skill and talent and provides them with important visibility for their work and national exposure they may not have otherwise experienced."

Details and rules of the competition may be found at www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 semi-finalists by independent panels of regional judges. All regional jurors come together to determine one national winner and two honourable mentions in September in Ottawa, kicking off a national touring exhibition. The national tour will exhibit the works of all 15 semi-finalists at prominent galleries in Ottawa, Montreal, London, Toronto, St. John's, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver. For dates and locations of the RBC Canadian painting Competition tour visit www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition. All finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition and at www.canadianart.ca.

About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999 and the largest competition of its kind in Canada, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute to Canada's artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and nurture Canadian visual artists early in their career by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity. An investment in Canadian culture and the visual arts community, the competition will award one national prize of $25,000 and two honourable mentions prizes each of $15,000 and exclusive to the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of $7,500. Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2008 will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection composed of more than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred years. Various paintings from the RBC collection have been exhibited in museums, enabling more Canadians to enjoy these wonderful works. "Old and New Forest" by Emily Carr is on loan to the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 12, 2007 through to April 6, 2008. The 12 semi-finalists' paintings will become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection.

About the Canadian Art Foundation
The Canadian Art Foundation is a charitable organization that fosters and supports the visual arts in Canada. The foundation celebrates artists and their creativity with a nationwide educational program of events, lectures, competitions, publications and other initiatives. Visit www.canadianart.ca/foundation for further information.

About the Canadiana Fund
The Canadiana Fund was created in 1990 to enhance the beauty and significance of state areas of the official residences through public donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d'art or the funds to purchase them. Pieces are chosen that reflect Canada's heritage, artistic traditions and historical associations, or to complement the architectural style of a particular residence. Visit www.canadianafund.ca.

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