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RBC names semi-finalists in the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Jury selects from over 600 artists across the country

TORONTO, July 2, 2008 — RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced the semi-finalists in the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition - the largest competition of its kind in Canada awarding a total of $145,000. The paintings were chosen from more than 1,200 works that were submitted by more than 600 artists from across the country.

The semi-finalists are:

Western Canada

  • Eli Bornowsky of Vancouver
  • Andrew Dadson of Vancouver
  • Jeremy Hof of Vancouver
  • Collin Johanson of Vancouver
  • Lorenzo Pepito of Vancouver

Central Canada

  • Martin Golland of Toronto
  • Sarah Jane Gorlitz of Toronto
  • Amanda Reeves of Oakville
  • Drew Simpson of Toronto
  • Emmy Skensved of Toronto

Eastern Canada

  • Patrick Howlett of Fredericton
  • Rick Leong of Montreal
  • Wil Murray of Montreal
  • Jeanie Riddle of Montreal
  • Justin Stephens of Montreal

To celebrate the competition's 10th anniversary
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, has lent her patronage to this event. The winner will be announced at the first stop of the national tour at the National Gallery in Ottawa this September. The national winner will receive a $25,000 prize, the two honourable mentions will each receive a $15,000 prize, and exclusive to the 10th anniversary event, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of $7,500.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition was established in 1999 as a catalyst for the careers of many emerging Canadian artists," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "Over the past 10 years, the competition has brought to the forefront the works of artists that may have otherwise gone unrecognized, setting a strong example of what can be achieved when Canada's arts and business communities come together."

Submissions were accepted from professional and practicing visual Canadian artists who are within the first five years of their careers. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is judged by some of the most respected artists, gallery directors and curators in Canada.

As in past years, the works of the national winner and the two honourable mentions will become part of the RBC art collection to be displayed in RBC locations across the country. This year, in honour of the competition's 10th anniversary and the Governor General's patronage, the 12 semi-finalists' works will become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection and be displayed in the Official Residences including Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex, Harrington Lake (lac Mousseau), The Farm at Kingsmere, Stornoway, 7 Rideau Gate and The Citadel.

"This is an exceptional year for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition as it celebrates its 10th year and the Canadian Art Foundation is proud to continue to be a part of this great Canadian tradition," said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition continues to introduce Canadians to some of our country's finest artists early in their careers, providing us with the rare opportunity to watch these talented individuals grow and mature in their practice."

The winners will be announced this September in Ottawa, kicking off the national public touring exhibition at prominent galleries at the following locations:

The National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
September 13 – 25, 2008

Eastern Canada
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest
(corner Jeanne-Mance)
Montréal, Québec
H2X 3X5
October 9 – 19, 2008

The Rooms
9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1C 5P9
December 1, 2008 – January 4, 2009

Western Canada
Mendel Art Gallery
950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 3H6
January 16 – February 1, 2009

Art Gallery of Alberta
Enterprise Square
100-10230 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4P6
February 7 – 22, 2009

Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 6R5
March 26 – April 3, 2009

Central Canada
Museum London
421 Ridout St N
London, Ontario
N6A 1A1
October 22 - November 2, 2008

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2G8
November 11 - 23, 2008

All semi-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 tenth 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. 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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Media Contact:
Darlene Brown, RBC, 416-974-2727, darlene.brown@rbc.com
Jackie Braden, RBC, 416-974-2124, jackie.braden@rbc.com


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