Media Invitation - RBC to award $55,000 to emerging artists in 9th Annual Canadian Painting Competition

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, will announce the national winner and two honourable mentions of
the 9th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition at a reception in Toronto on
September 25, 2007. The competition features artwork from each of three
regions - Eastern, Central and Western Canada. The national winner will be
awarded $25,000 and the two honourable mentions will be awarded $15,000 each,
making this Canada's largest arts award disbursement for painting.
    Artists, jurors and representatives from RBC and the Canadian Art
Foundation will be on hand to introduce the winners and participate in
one-on-one interviews.

    DATE:        September 25, 2007

    TIME:        5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    RECEPTION:   5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres
                 6:15 p.m. - Introduction of the semi-finalists and
                 announcement of the national winner and two honourable
                 6:30 p.m. - One-on-one interviews

    WHERE:       Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
                 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

    All 15 semi-finalist works will be on display at the Ontario College of
Art & Design from September 18 - September 27. The works will then tour
prominent galleries across Canada. For more details on the competition, please

    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: Suzanne Willers, RBC media relations, (416)

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