Emerging painters will be adjudicated by esteemed jury
TORONTO, April 15, 2014 /CNW/ - One talented emerging painter will soon
know the feeling of having their work hang with some of Canada's most
notable artists, including Emily Carr, Alex Colville and Lawren S.
Harris, as part of the prize for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
Nine respected members of the Canadian visual arts community have been
selected by RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation to judge one of the
largest competitions for emerging artists in the country.
"We are so grateful to have such an experienced panel of jurors each
year for the competition. Not only do they lend their expertise to the
adjudication process, but they help to inspire and mentor the next
generation of great Canadian painters," said Robin Anthony, curator,
Finalists from the competition have gone on to have solo exhibitions,
sell out collections and even become jurors themselves, which is a
testament to the talent uncovered through the competition. RBC
understands that artists in Canada need the exposure and opportunities
to gain momentum in their career, which is why RBC is committed to
nurturing Canadian artists as they embark on their professional
More than 500 works are submitted each year to this national
competition, which was established in 1999 by RBC with the support of
the Canadian Art Foundation. The winner receives a purchase prize of
$25,000 while two honourable mentions each receive $15,000. Past
winners include successful painters such as Vancouver artist Rebecca
Brewer in 2011, Toronto's Vanessa Maltese in 2012 and, most recently,
Colleen Heslin in 2013, also of Vancouver.
The 2014 jury is comprised of experienced gallery directors, artists and
curators from across the country, who give many hours of their time to
judge submissions over the course of the competition.
This year's panel includes:
Naomi Potter, Director and Curator, Esker Foundation, Calgary
Melanie O'Brian, Director, SFU Galleries, Burnaby
Catriona Jeffries, Owner and Director, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Melissa Bennett , Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton
Robert Houle, Senior Artist, Toronto
Will Kucey, Owner and Director, LE Gallery, Toronto
Anthony Burnham, Artist, Montreal
Mark Lanctôt, Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
Deborah Carver, Owner and Director, Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery, Halifax
The competition is part of the RBC Emerging Artist Project. Through
mentorship, programming, exposure, awards and prizes, RBC's goal is to
showcase fresh talent, and allow artists to gain national recognition;
bridging the gap from the academic to the professional world.
Submissions for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition are being accepted
until Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The 15 finalists will be announced on June
14, 2014 and the winners on October 1, 2014 at the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts in Montreal. For more information, visit: rbc.com/paintingcompetition.
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