Media Advisory - Announcing the winner of Canada's Premier Art Award for Contemporary Young Artists - the Sobey Art Award, presented by Scotiabank

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The winner of the annual Sobey Art Award,
presented by Scotiabank, will be announced on Monday at the Art Gallery of
Nova Scotia following a reception and exhibition viewing of the works of the
shortlisted artists. The Sobey Art Award, Canada's premier art award for
contemporary young artists, awards $50,000 to an artist under 40 years of age
who has shown their work in a public or commercial art gallery within
18 months of being nominated.

    What   Walk-through of the Sobey Art Award curatorial exhibition with the
           shortlistsed artists

           Winner announcement of the Sobey Art Award, presented
           by Scotiabank

    When   2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Walk through and interviews with
                             shortlisted artists
           7:00 p.m.         Reception, followed by winner announcement

    Where  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Gallery 1
           1723 Hollis Street, 902-424-7542
           Halifax, NS

    Who    Donald Sobey, Chair, Sobey Art Foundation
           Ray Cronin, Curator, Sobey Art Award
           Jeffrey Spalding, Director, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
           Jane Nokes, Director, Corporate Archives & Fine Art, Scotiabank

           Shortlisted Artists
           Jean-Denis Boudeau - Atlantic region
           Michel de Broin - Quebec
           Shary Boyle - Ontario
           Rachelle Viader Knowles - Prairies and the North
           Ron Terada - West Coast

    In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the largest art award for a
Canadian artist under 40 years of age. In 2006, a partnership with Scotiabank
was established and the Sobey Art Award and exhibition are now celebrated
annually. A panel of five curators, representative of each of the five
regions, met on May 15th and 16th 2007 to take the national long list of 25
artists to a shortlist of five. The Sobey Art Award, presented by Scotiabank,
is a celebration of the passion and talent of Canada's young contemporary

For further information:

For further information: Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-6203,, cell: (416) 888-4695;
Jeffrey Gray, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, (902) 424-2903,

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