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RBC selects jury for 15th annual Canadian Painting Competition

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

RBC selects jury for 15th annual Canadian Painting Competition

10:00 EDT Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2013

TORONTO, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC today announced the members of the jury panel for the 15th anniversary of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The jury will help determine the winner and two honourable mentions, and award $115,000 in total prize money, the largest prize of its kind in Canada.

"Each year the jury panel does a remarkable job identifying the best and the brightest of Canada's emerging visual artists and we expect the 15th year of the RBC competition to be no exception," said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation and publisher, Canadian Art Magazine.

More than 500 works are submitted to this national competition, which was established in 1999 by RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, to help nurture Canadian visual artists in the early stages of their careers.

Selected for their expertise, knowledge and commitment to the visual arts, this year's jury panel, which includes curators, gallery directors, senior artists, educators and writers, consists of:

Western Canada

  • Ian Wallace - Senior Artist, Vancouver
  • Holger Kalberg - Artist and Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Ryan Doherty - Curator, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge

Central Canada

  • Sarah Milroy - Art critic, Toronto
  • Daniel Faria - Gallery Director, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto
  • Carol Wainio - Artist and Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Eastern Canada

  • Pan Wendt - Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown
  • Stéphane Aquin - Curator of Contemporary Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
  • Isa Tousignant - Writer and Editor, Montreal

Entries must be submitted by May 1, 2013 and winners will be announced in Ottawa at the National Gallery on October 2, 2013. The national winner will receive $25,000, two honourable mentions $15,000 each and, in recognition of the 15th anniversary, the remaining 12 finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. Along with past winners, the winning 2013 paintings will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection. More than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred years are included in RBC's collection.

Details and rules of the competition may be found at rbc.com/paintingcompetition. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 finalists by independent panels of regional judges. All regional jurors will come together in October to determine one national winner and two honourable mentions that will be announced on October 2, 2013. All 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the National Gallery in Ottawa. All finalists will be featured at rbc.com/paintingcompetition.

About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition recognizes and supports Canada's emerging artists. The competition nurtures Canadian visual artists early in their career by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity. The competition will award one national prize of $25,000, two honourable mentions will receive prizes of $15,000 each and, in recognition of the 15th anniversary, the remaining 12 finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2013 will become part of RBC's Canadian art collection comprised of more than 4,000 works of distinguished art collected over the past hundred years.

SOURCE: RBC

For further information:

Jackie Braden, RBC Brand Communications, 416 974-1724

Artist contact: 
Deborah Dexter, Advisor, RBC Canadian Painting Competition, 416 277-4068

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