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RBC seeks emerging artists for 13th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

TORONTO, February 14, 2011— RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced its call for entries for the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. With a total of $55,000 in prize money, it is the largest competition of its kind in Canada.

Entries must be submitted by May 11, 2011 and winners will be announced in Edmonton on September 27, 2011, with the national winner receiving $25,000 and two honourable mentions each receiving $15,000. Semi-finalists in the competition will see their work displayed at prominent art galleries across the country and featured in Canadian Art magazine.

"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition helps demonstrate the talent and diversity of emerging Canadian artists and recognizes them on a national level," said Ann Webb, Executive Director, Canadian Art Foundation. "The Canadian art community looks forward to this competition each year as it is an opportunity to nurture and support up-and-coming artists and highlight their contributions to our nation's culture."

RBC works closely with the Canadian Art Foundation to recognize the skill and talent of Canada's emerging artists and provide them with a professional competition that offers national exposure. The Canadian Art Foundation oversees the adjudication process, allowing the works to be judged by a select panel of distinguished members of the visual arts community.

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 late September to determine one national winner and two honourable mentions. On September 27, the 2011 winner and honourable mentions will be announced and all 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. All finalists will be featured at www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition.

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 prizes of $15,000 each. Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2011 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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For more information, contact:
Jackie Braden, RBC Brand Communications,
416-974-1724, jackie.braden@rbc.com

Artist contact:
Deborah Dexter, RBC Canadian Painting Competition,
416-277-4068