Media Invitation - 9th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition to visit Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - RBC, The Canadian Art Foundation and the Emily
Carr Institute of Art + Design (ECI) would like to invite you to preview the
RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition at a reception at the Emily Carr
Institute Concourse Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver on November 28, 2007.
The exhibition features artwork from Eastern, Central and Western Canada.

    Several artists from Western Canada, whose works form part of the exhibit,
will be in attendance including:
    -   this year's national winner and ECI graduate, Vancouver's Arabella
        Campbell, who was awarded $25,000;
    -   Calgary's Chris Millar who received an honourable mention and was
        awarded $15,000;
    -   ECI graduates Eli Bornowsky and Angus Ferguson, both of Vancouver;
    -   Shaun Morin of Winnipeg.

    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:  November 28, 2007

    TIME:  4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
           1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

    The RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition will be on display at
the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design from November 28 - November 30. The
exhibition has been 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: Carmen Stossel, RBC, (604) 665-6910,; Darlene Marks, RBC, (416) 974-2727,

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