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2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Opens Call For Applications

TORONTO, February 15, 2012— RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, today announced its call for entries for the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. With a total of $55,000 in prize money, it is one of the largest competitions of its kind in Canada.

Entries must be submitted by May 9, 2012 and winners will be announced in Toronto on November 29, 2012, with the national winner receiving $25,000 and two honourable mentions each receiving $15,000.

"RBC works closely with the Canadian Art Foundation to recognize and showcase emerging painters and provide them with opportunities to gain national exposure," said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation and publisher, Canadian Art Magazine. "Each year, we look forward to this competition so we can support, celebrate and uncover new Canadian talent."

Details and rules of the competition may be found at rbc.com/paintingcompetition. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 finalists by independent panels of regional judges. All regional jurors come together in November to determine one national winner and two honourable mentions to be announced on November 29. All 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the Power Plant in Toronto. All finalists will be featured at rbc.com/paintingcompetition.

About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition recognizes and supports Canada's emerging artists. The competition nurtures 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. 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 2012 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.

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For more information, please contact:

Jackie Braden, RBC Brand Communications, 416-974-1724

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