RBC announces semi-finalists in the eleventh annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition



    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation today
announced the 16 semi-finalists in the eleventh annual Canadian Painting
Competition.
    One national winner and two honourable mentions will be selected from the
semi-finalists and awarded $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. With a total of
$55,000 in prizes, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the highest
total award of any painting competition in Canada.
    "For over a decade, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition has celebrated
Canadian contemporary visual art and the talent of emerging artists," said Ann
Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "Selecting only 16 artists
out of the many great entries was a challenge; the jury has a difficult job
ahead of them."

    
    The semi-finalists are:

    Western Canada
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    -   Noah Becker of Victoria
    -   Brenda Draney of Vancouver
    -   Dave & Jenn of Calgary
    -   Ryan Peter of Vancouver
    -   Joseph Tisiga of Whitehorse

    Central Canada
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    -   Sarah Cale of Toronto
    -   Janice Colbert of Toronto
    -   Scott Everingham of Toronto
    -   Martin Golland of Toronto
    -   Sasha Pierce of Toronto

    Eastern Canada
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    -   Julie Beugin of Montreal
    -   Anthony Burnham of Montreal
    -   Pierre Durette of Montreal
    -   Daniel Hutchinson of Halifax
    -   Nathalie Thibault of Quebec
    

    "Supporting and nurturing emerging artists is vital to the growth of the
visual arts community in Canada," said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC
Wealth Management. "By providing a forum to showcase national talent, RBC is
opening doors and providing artists with new opportunities while enhancing a
cultural pillar that brings joy to millions of Canadians."
    Submissions were accepted from professional, practicing, visual Canadian
artists who are in the early stages (within first five years) of their
careers. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition was judged by some of the most
respected artists, gallery directors and curators in Canada. A complete list
of jurors is available at www.rbc.com/newsroom/2009/0415-painting.html.
    In October, the 2009 winner will be announced October 7 and all 15
paintings will be on exhibit at the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal. The
three winning paintings will then travel to Toronto where they will be
displayed at the Toronto International Art Fair October 22 - 26 followed by an
exhibition of all 15 paintings at the Power Plant in Toronto from November 21
- 29.

    
    All finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at
    www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition and www.canadianart.ca.
    

    About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is a tribute
to Canada's artistic talent. The goal of the competition is to support and
nurture 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. An investment in Canadian culture and the visual arts
community, the competition will award one national prize of $25,000 and two
honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each. Along with past winners, the
winning paintings of 2006 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. Various paintings from the RBC collection have been
exhibited in museums, enabling more Canadians to enjoy these wonderful works.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jackie Braden, RBC, (416)
974-1724; Stephanie Lu, RBC, (416) 974-5506


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