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RBC and CAF select jury for 18th Annual Canadian Painting Competition


Esteemed panel will choose from more than 500 applicants from coast to coast


TORONTO, April 25, 2016 - 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 18th 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.

This year’s jury panel includes:

Western Canada
Sophie Brodovitch - Director, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Tammi Campbell - Artist, Saskatoon
Reid Shier - Director/Curator, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver

Central Canada
Kent Monkman - Artist, Toronto
Georgia Scherman - Director, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Beth Stuart - Artist & 2010 & 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Alumni, Toronto

Eastern Canada
Gemey Kelly - Director/Curator, Owens Gallery, Mt. Allison University, Sackville
Harold Klunder - Artist, Montreal
Saelan Twerdy - Art Critic, Montreal

Entries are being accepted online at and must be received by May 3, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST. Finalists will be announced on June 30, 2016, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at the Power Plant.

The competition is part of the RBC Emerging Artist Project which supports the lifecycle of the artist – from emerging-to-established.

In 2015, the RBC Foundation committed more than $4.3 million to 167 arts and cultural organizations supporting local, national and international initiatives, contributing to the cultural fabric of our communities. In 2015, more than 3200 artists from many genres participated in the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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For more information, please contact:
Jason Graham, RBC Brand Communications, 416-313-5783