RBC announces semi-finalists in the eleventh annual
RBC Canadian Painting Competition
TORONTO, June 22, 2009 — RBC and the Canadian
Art Foundation today announced the 16 semi-finalists in the
eleventh annual Canadian Painting Competition.
One national winner and two honourable mentions will be selected
from the semi-finalists and awarded $25,000 and $15,000 respectively.
With a total of $55,000 in prizes, the RBC Canadian Painting
Competition offers the highest total award of any painting
competition in Canada.
"For over a decade, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
has celebrated Canadian contemporary visual art and the talent
of emerging artists," said Ann Webb, executive director,
Canadian Art Foundation. "Selecting only 16 artists out
of the many great entries was a challenge; the jury has a
difficult job ahead of them."
The semi-finalists are:
- Noah Becker of Victoria
- Brenda Draney of Vancouver
- Dave & Jenn of Calgary
- Ryan Peter of Vancouver
- Joseph Tisiga of Whitehorse
- Sarah Cale of Toronto
- Janice Colbert of Toronto
- Scott Everingham of Toronto
- Martin Golland of Toronto
- Sasha Pierce of Toronto
- Julie Beugin of Montreal
- Anthony Burnham of Montreal
- Pierre Durette of Montreal
- Daniel Hutchinson of Halifax
- Nathalie Thibault of Quebec
"Supporting and nurturing emerging artists is vital
to the growth of the visual arts community in Canada,"
said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC Wealth Management.
"By providing a forum to showcase national talent, RBC
is opening doors and providing artists with new opportunities
while enhancing a cultural pillar that brings joy to millions
Submissions were accepted from professional, practicing,
visual Canadian artists who are in the early stages (within
first five years) of their careers. The RBC Canadian Painting
Competition was judged by some of the most respected artists,
gallery directors and curators in Canada. A complete list
of jurors is available at www.rbc.com/newsroom/2009/0415-painting.html.
In October, the 2009 winner will be announced October 7 and
all 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the Musée d'art
contemporain in Montreal. The three winning paintings will
then travel to Toronto where they will be displayed at the
Toronto International Art Fair October 22 - 26 followed by
an exhibition of all 15 paintings at the Power Plant in Toronto
from November 21 -29.
All finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and
on the web at www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition
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About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999, 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 will
receive $15,000 each. Along with past winners, the winning
paintings of 2006 will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection
comprised 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.
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Jackie Braden, RBC, 416-974-1724
Stephanie Lu, RBC, 416-974-5506