RBC is seeking emerging Canadian artists for its 10th Annual Canadian Painting Competition

    Canada's Governor General lends patronage to celebrate competition's
    10th anniversary

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced its call for entries for the 2008 RBC Canadian
Painting Competition - the largest competition of its kind in Canada. Entries
must be submitted by May 2, 2008.
    This year Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor
General of Canada, will lend her patronage to the event in honour of its
10th anniversary.
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is as much about assisting
emerging Canadian artists as it is celebrating the colours of our vibrant
Canadian culture," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and chief executive
officer, RBC. "By promoting our artists both locally and nationally, we are
creating broader awareness for our country, its people and its rich cultural
    The Governor General will announce the winner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in
September. The national winner will receive a $25,000 prize, the two
honourable mentions will each receive a $15,000 prize, and as an exclusive to
the 10th anniversary event, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of
    The works of the national winner and the two honourable mentions will
become part of the RBC art collection, displayed in RBC locations across the
country. In addition, in honour of the competition's 10th anniversary and the
Governor General's patronage, the 12 semi-finalists' works will also become a
part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection and displayed in the Official
Residences including 24 Sussex, Stornaway, Rideau Hall, the Citadel,
Harrington Lake and the Speaker's Residence.
    RBC works closely with the Canadian Art Foundation to deliver a superior
competition that continues to grow in prominence. The Canadian Art Foundation
oversees the adjudication process, allowing the works to be judged by a
selected panel of distinguished members of the visual arts community.
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is an opportunity to support and
nurture Canadian artists," said Ann Webb, acting-executive director, Canadian
Art Foundation. "The competition serves as a catalyst for the careers of many
of Canada's emerging artists. It showcases their skill and talent and provides
them with important visibility for their work and national exposure they may
not have otherwise experienced."
    Details and rules of the competition may be found at
www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition. The submitted works will be short-listed to
15 semi-finalists by independent panels of regional judges. All regional
jurors come together to determine one national winner and two honourable
mentions in September in Ottawa, kicking off a national touring exhibition.
The national tour will exhibit the works of all 15 semi-finalists at prominent
galleries in Ottawa, Montreal, London, Toronto, St. John's, Saskatoon,
Edmonton and Vancouver. For dates and locations of the RBC Canadian painting
Competition tour visit www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition. All finalists will be
featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at
www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition and at www.canadianart.ca.

    About the RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    Established in 1999 and the largest competition of its kind in Canada,
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 prizes each of $15,000 and exclusive to the occasion of its 10th
anniversary, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of $7,500. Along
with past winners, the winning paintings of 2008 will become part of RBC's
Canadian art collection composed 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. The 12
semi-finalists' paintings will become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown

    About the Canadian Art Foundation

    The Canadian Art Foundation is a charitable organization that fosters and
supports the visual arts in Canada. The foundation celebrates artists and
their creativity with a nationwide educational program of events, lectures,
competitions, publications and other initiatives. Visit
www.canadianart.ca/foundation for further information.

    About the Canadiana Fund

    The Canadiana Fund was created in 1990 to enhance the beauty and
significance of state areas of the official residences through public
donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d'art or the funds to purchase
them. Pieces are chosen that reflect Canada's heritage, artistic traditions
and historical associations, or to complement the architectural style of a
particular residence. Visit www.canadianafund.ca.

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