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RBC and CAF select jury for 19th annual Canadian Painting Competition

TORONTO, March 7, 2017 - Seven 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 19th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Each year, more than 500 artists across Canada submit to the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, a 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 $2,500.

This year’s jury panel includes:





Mireille Eagan, Curator, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery

Daisy Desrosiers, Director, Battat Contemporary

Frances Loeffler, Curator, Oakville Galleries

Sky Glabush, Artist


Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Joseph Tisiga, Artist

Sascha Braunig


*The international juror will bring a global lens to the final round of deliberations in Ottawa.

'Mentorship is vital to the success of emerging artists, and this distinguished group of jurors has been carefully selected to reflect Canadian Art's commitment to supporting this country's artistic talent,' said David Balzer, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Canadian Art. 'Canadian Art and the Canadian Art Foundation are honoured to partner with RBC on this important event that celebrates and nurtures emerging visual artists.'

Entries are being accepted online at and must be received by May 3, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST. 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 from September 1st to October 22nd , 2017.

In 2016, we supported over 2,000 artists, investing over $4.2 million in 160 organizations in a wide range of art genres. Our support is focused on artists in the early stages of their careers through the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Cumulatively, over 7,000 artists are now part of our RBC Emerging Artists alumni.

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The Canadian Art Foundation
The Canadian Art Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that brings artists and art enthusiasts together. CAF publishes Canadian Art, Canada’s most widely read visual-art magazine, both in print and digitally. The organization also produces a compelling series of talks, events and educational programs. Together, the Canadian Art Foundation and Canadian Art foster a national conversation on art that is bold, intelligent and interdisciplinary.

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