RBC Canadian Painting Competition exhibition features five artists from Western Canada

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - The Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (ECI)
will showcase the work of this year's RBC Canadian Painting Competition
semi-finalists. Among the artists featured are ECI graduate and national
winner, Arabella Campbell of Vancouver, who was awarded a $25,000 prize for
her work entitled Physical Facts Series No.6, and the honourable mention award
winner, Chris Millar of Calgary, for his work entitled FACEBITOR - The
Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem, who was awarded $15,000. Toronto's
Melanie Authier was also awarded a $15,000 honourable mention.
    Three other artists from Western Canada will also be featured in the
exhibition including ECI graduates Eli Bornowsky and Angus Ferguson, both of
Vancouver, and Shaun Morin of Winnipeg.
    "We are very proud to support the talent and vision of Canadian artists
at the early stages of their career," said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC
Wealth Management. "We hope to not only provide an opportunity for emerging
artists to have their work recognized at a national level, which is not easily
achieved at this point in their careers, but to also share their talent and
passion with as many Canadians as possible."
    The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 15
semi-finalist paintings from across Canada and were judged by a panel of some
of Canada's finest and most recognizable artists, curators and gallery
directors. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the largest cash award
disbursement for painting in Canada.
    The exhibition has toured prominent galleries across Canada including the
Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie,
Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, in Moncton and The Winnipeg Art Gallery
in Winnipeg.
    The exhibition will be at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design from
November 24 - December 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 
5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am - 5 pm. Admission to the Concourse Gallery
is free.
    Additional details as well as visuals and descriptions of the winning
works on the RBC Canadian Painting Competition can be found at:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Carmen Stossel, RBC, (604)
665-6910, carmen.stossel@rbc.com

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