2008 Sobey Art Award, Presented by Scotiabank Announces Call for Nominations



    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The 2008 Sobey Art Award, presented by
Scotiabank, is officially accepting nominations for this year's prize. The
$50,000 award is Canada's premier visual art award given annually to a
Canadian artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art
gallery within 18 months of being nominated.
    The five finalists of the 2008 Award will be announced on May 20, 2008.
Selected work from the shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition
hosted by the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum
and will run from August 30 to October 13 of 2008. The winner of the 2008
Sobey Art Award, presented by Scotiabank will be announced during a gala event
at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 1, 2008.
    The 2008 curatorial advisory panel is made up of five distinguished
representatives from a Canadian art gallery in each of the five regions: the
Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West
Coast and Yukon.
    The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2008. For more information and
nominations guidelines please visit www.sobeyartaward.ca or email
juliusst@gov.ns.ca


    BACKGROUND

    The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is responsible for accepting nominations
for the 2008 Sobey Art Award, from recognized agents and institutions. A panel
of curatorial advisors, consisting of a representative from a noted gallery in
each of five regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies/North, and West
Coast), develops the shortlist for the Award. The curatorial panel creates a
list of five artists from each region; these are selected from the list of
nominated artists, and based on their professional knowledge of their regions
and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel then meets and chooses one
representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist. The
panel will choose the winner on October 1, 2008.

    About the Award

    In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the largest art award for a
Canadian artist under 40. Since its inception the Sobey Art Award and
accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art
Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2006, thanks to an on-going partnership with
Scotiabank, the Sobey Art Award and exhibition are now celebrated annually.

    Sobey Art Foundation

    The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry
on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of
collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century
Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art
Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like
Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H MacDonald. The collection is housed
in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and
his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled
throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.

    Scotiabank

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Scotiabank is
on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com

    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

    The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia strives to act as a gateway for the visual
arts in Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and
the art of Nova Scotia to the world. It is an agency of the Province of Nova
Scotia responsible for the preservation, exhibition and education of art
through its branches in Halifax and Yarmouth.





For further information:

For further information: Svava Juliusson, Coordinator, Sobey Art Award,
(416) 434-6883, juliusst@gov.ns.ca; Sobey Art Award C/O Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Box 2262, Halifax, NS, B3J 3C8, (902) 424-7359 fax,
www.agns.gov.ns.ca

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