Media Invitation - 9th annual RBC Canadian painting competition to visit Moncton

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - RBC, The Canadian Art Foundation and the
Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton would like to
invite you to preview the RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition at a
reception at the gallery in Moncton on October 3, 2007. The exhibition
features artwork from Eastern, Central and Western Canada.
    Several recognized artists from Eastern Canada, whose works form part of
the exhibit will be in attendance including Elizabeth Grant of Saint John, Nam
Nguyen of Halifax, Aleksandra Rdest of Pouch Cove, Mélanie Rocan of Montreal
and Justin Stephens of Montreal.
    Arabella Campbell of Vancouver was named national winner and was awarded
$25,000 and both Calgary's Chris Millar and Toronto's Melanie Authier were
awarded $15,000 for honourable mentions.
    With a total of $55,000 in prize money, the RBC Canadian Painting
Competition has Canada's largest arts award disbursement for painting. The
artists will be on hand to participate in one-on-one interviews.

    DATE:        October 3, 2007

    TIME:        4:00-5:00pm

    WHERE:       Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen,
                 Université de Moncton
                 Pavillon Clement-Cormier, Moncton

    The RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition will be on display at
the Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton from
October 3-12. The exhibition is touring prominent galleries across Canada. For
more details on the competition, please visit

    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.
"Old and New Forest" by Emily Carr is on loan to the Vancouver Art Gallery
from May 12, 2007 through to April 6, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: To R.S.V.P. for the media briefing and to book
interviews, please contact: Trish Vardy, RBC, (902) 421-4105,

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