2009 Sobey Art Award Shortlist Announced - Five artists in the running for $70,000



    HALIFAX, May 1 /CNW/ - The Curatorial Panel of the 2009 Sobey Art Award
today announced the names of five exceptional Canadian artists selected for
the 2009 Sobey Art Award Shortlist:
    For the West Coast and Yukon: Luanne Martineau; for the Prairies and The
North: Marcel Dzama; for Ontario: Shary Boyle; for Québec: David Altmejd; and
for the Atlantic: Graeme Patterson.
    "Faced with the benefit of a uniformly strong selection of candidates,
the jury came to a unanimous consensus on this year's shortlist. Addressing
both the local and the global, these artists make works that encapsulate
materiality and conception, scale and complexity, representation and
irrationality. Each artist shares a depth of commitment to their creation and
exploration of idiosyncratic worlds that are real, imagined, and fantastical."
2009 Curatorial Panel
    Selected work from the shortlisted artists will be featured in an
exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and will run from
September 5 to November 5 of 2009.
    The winner of the 2009 Sobey Art Award will be announced during a gala
event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 15, 2009.
    The 2009 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel comprises: Liz Wylie, Curator,
Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, Director, Visual Arts - The Banff Centre;
Ivan Jurakic, Curator, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Déry, Director, Galerie de
l'UQAM; Terry Graff, Curator & Deputy Director; Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

    ABOUT THE AWARD

    The Sobey Art Award, Canada(*)s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian
art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize
given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art
gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money
is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four
finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying
exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia.

    Previous winners:

    2002 - Brian Jungen (West Coast and Yukon)
    2004 - Jean-Pierre Gauthier (Québec)
    2006 - Annie Pootoogook (Prairies and The North)
    2007 - Michel de Broin (Québec)
    2008 - Tim Lee (West Coast and Yukon)

    BACKGROUND

    The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is responsible for accepting nominations
for the 2009 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, Québec, Ontario, Prairies and The North and
West Coast and Yukon), 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 the panel's 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 in October 2009.

    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.

    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: Jeff Gray, Manager of Communications, Art
Gallery of Nova Scotia, (902) 424-2903, Cell: (902) 456-8622, Fax: (902)
424-7359, grayjr@gov.ns.ca, www.sobeyartaward.ca

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