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RBC Canadian Painting Competition Welcomes 2017 Submissions

Next generation of Canadian painters invited to submit work for 19th annual competition

TORONTO, February 23, 2017 - Today, RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation opened the call for submissions to the 2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

The jury of seven art experts will meet in October to determine one winner and two honourable mentions, who will be announced on October 17th 2017 in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada.

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition has given a platform for exposure and mentorship to emerging artists.  Past CPC winners include Brian Hunter, 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, 2017 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 29, 2017, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, 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 18 competitions. RBC’s Art Collection features more than 4,500 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 2016, we supported over 2,000 artists, investing over $4.2 million in 149 organizations across Canada in a wide range of art genres. Cumulatively, over 7,000 artists are now part of our RBC Emerging Artists alumni.”

Details and rules of the competition can be found at

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Jason Graham, RBC Communications, 416-313-5783