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RBC names distinguished panel for 12th Annual Canadian Painting Competition

Nine curators, artists, and gallery directors from across Canada will award a total of $55,000 to winners

TORONTO, April 15, 2010— RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced the jury panel for the 2010 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition proudly provides emerging Canadian artists a chance to display their talent to the country and a door for future opportunities," said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC Wealth Management. "The competition gives these artists the opportunity to showcase their work to some of the most respected members of the Canadian visual arts community."

The 2010 jury panel is made up of nine distinguished members of the visual arts community, including curators, gallery directors and artists, representing every region of Canada. The 2010 RBC Canadian Painting Competition jury panel consists of:

  • Mathew Reichertz, Artist, Halifax
  • Simon Blais, Owner, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal
  • Paulette Gagnon, Director, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
  • Joe Friday, Collector, Ottawa
  • Joanne Tod, Artist, Toronto
  • Michael Gibson, Director, Michael Gibson Gallery, London
  • Renée Van Halm, Artist, Vancouver
  • Jennifer Papararo, Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Mary Reid Curator, Contemporary Art and Photography, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

"The Canadian Art Foundation is pleased to work with RBC to deliver a top quality competition. Central to our role is the identification of expert judges from across the country who bring unique expertise to the selection process," said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "Their knowledge of visual arts and painting, in particular, serves the competition and entrants well."

Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and must be submitted by May 3, 2010.

Details and rules of the competition may be found at The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 semi-finalists by independent panels of regional judges. All regional jurors come together late September in Toronto to determine one national winner and two honourable mentions. On September 29, the 2010 winner will be announced and all 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the Power Plant in Toronto. All finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at and

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For more information, please contact:
Matt Gierasimczuk, RBC Media Relations, 416 974-2124