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RBC Canadian Painting Competition welcomes 2016 submissions

Next generation of Canadian painters invited to submit work for 18th annual competition

TORONTO, February 24, 2016 - Today, RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation opened the call for submissions to the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition (CPC).

As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition seeks to give exposure and opportunity to Canada’s next generation of visual artists, in addition to a total of $85,000 in prize money to the finalists. The winner will receive a prize of $25,000, the two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each.

The jury of nine art experts will meet in September to determine one winner and two honourable mentions, who will be announced on September 22,, 2016 in Toronto.

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition has given a platform for exposure and mentorship to emerging artists.  Past CPC winners include Patrick Cruz, Tiziana La Melia, Colleen Heslin, Vanessa Maltese and Rebecca Brewer.

Entries are now being accepted online at and must be received by May 3, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 finalists by an independent panel of judges, made up of experts from Canada’s art community. Finalists will be announced on June 30, 2016, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.

The paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC's Art Collection along with the winners of the previous 17 competitions. RBC’s Art Collection features more than 4,000 works collected since 1929, including original works of art by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition’s goal is to invest in and nurture Canada's next generation of visual artists, to provide a forum for artistic talent across the country and to create opportunities for success. In 2015, more than 3200 artists from many genres participated in the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Details and rules of the competition can be found at

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For more information, please contact:

Jason Graham, Communications, RBC, 416 313-5783