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RBC and CAF select jury for 17th annual Canadian Painting Competition

Past winners, curators, art academics all part of esteemed panel


TORONTO, April 24, 2015 -  Nine respected members of the Canadian visual arts community have been selected by RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation to serve as the jury for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Each year, more than 500 artists submit to the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, a national competition, established in 1999 by RBC with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation. The winner receives a purchase prize of $25,000 and the two honourable mentions each receive $15,000. Their three paintings also become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. The remaining 12 finalists receive $2500.

“The RBC Canadian Painting Competition jury will offer a critical and diverse perspective to the adjudication process,” said Robin Anthony, RBC Art Curator. “Attracting such respected members from across the country to help nurture the next generation of great Canadian artists is a testament to how this competition has grown to be a significant annual event in the Canadian visual arts community.”

This year’s jury panel includes:


  • Hugues Charbonneau – Director, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal
  • Melanie Colosimo – Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax
  • John Zeppetelli – Director & Chief Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal


  • Iga Janik – Curator, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge
  • Georgiana Uhlyarik - Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Jinny Yu – Artist & Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa


  • Eli Bornowsky – Artist, RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalist (2007, 2008), Vancouver
  • Garry Neil Kennedy – Senior Artist, Vancouver
  • Lisa Kehler – Director, Lisa Kehler Art + Projects, Winnipeg

“The selection of such a distinguished group of jurors underscores the deep commitment of the visual arts community to provide the feedback and mentoring so vital to these talented, emerging artists” said Jill Birch, CEO & Publisher of Canadian Art Magazine. “The CAF is honoured to partner with RBC on this inclusive event that celebrates and nurtures emerging visual artists”.

Entries are being accepted online at and must be received by May 6, 2015 at 4 p.m. EST. Finalists will be announced on June 24, 2015, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver in November, 2015.

The competition is part of the RBC Emerging Artist Project which supports the lifecycle of the artist – from emerging-to-established. In 2014, the RBC Foundation committed more than $6.5 million globally to the arts.

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