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Distinguished panel chosen for 13th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Nine curators, artists, and gallery directors to award a total of $55,000

TORONTO, APRIL 7, 2011— RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced its distinguished jury panel for the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

The panel is made up of well-respected members of the Canadian visual arts community, ranging from curators and gallery directors, to senior artists and professors. The 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition jury panel consists of:

  • Elizabeth McIntosh, Senior Artist and Associate Professor Emily Carr University, Vancouver
  • Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Diana Sherlock, Curator & Visual Arts Writer, Calgary
  • Christopher Cutts, Gallery Director, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
  • Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Patrick Howlett, Senior Artist, London
  • Francois LeTourneux, Associate Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
  • Suzanne Funnell, Associate Professor, NSCAD University, Halifax
  • Donald Browne, Gallery Director, Galerie Donald Browne, Montreal

"The Canadian Art Foundation is thrilled to work with RBC and provide up-and-coming artists with an opportunity to showcase their talent." said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "Our role is to seek out a diverse and talented group of expert judges from across the country to provide their expertise in evaluating the submissions to find the best Canadian talent in this year's competition."

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and must be submitted by May 11, 2011. 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 in Edmonton 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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