RBC names distinguished panel for eleventh annual Canadian Painting Competition

    Nine curators, artists, and gallery directors from across Canada will
    award a total of $55,000 to winners

    TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced the jury panel for the 2009 RBC Canadian Painting
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition supports and nurtures emerging
Canadian artists by providing them a forum to display their artistic talent to
the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunities," said Gay
Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC Wealth Management. "The competition gives these
artists the opportunity to showcase their work to some of the most respected
members of the Canadian visual arts community."
    The 2009 jury panel is made up of nine distinguished members of the
visual arts community, including curators, gallery directors and artists,
representing every region of Canada. The 2009 RBC Canadian Painting
Competition jury panel consists of:

    -   Nathalie de Blois, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée national des
        beaux-arts du Québec
    -   Victoria Page, Owner, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
    -   Etienne Zack, Artist, Montreal
    -   Benjamin Diaz, Director, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
    -   John Kissick, Artist & Director, School of Fine Art and Music,
        University of Guelph
    -   Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery
        of Canada
    -   Ken Lum, Artist, Vancouver
    -   Nancy Tousley, Senior Art Writer, Calgary Herald
    -   Kathleen Ritter, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery

    "RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation work closely to deliver a top
quality competition and a big part of that is the selection of top quality
judges," said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "The
members of this jury panel were selected because each has unique expertise to
offer. We feel their diverse backgrounds and experiences will serve the
competition and the entrants well."
    Entries are now being accepted for the 2009 RBC Canadian Painting
Competition and must be submitted by May 3, 2009.
    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 in May in Toronto to determine one national winner and
two honourable mentions.
    The 2009 winner will be announced October 7 and all 15 paintings will be
on exhibit at the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal. The three winning
paintings will then travel to Toronto where they will be displayed at the
Toronto International Art Fair October 22 - 26 followed by an exhibition of
all 15 paintings at the Power Plant in Toronto from November 21 -29.
    All finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the web at
www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition and www.canadianart.ca.

    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 2009 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.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Suzanne Willers, RBC, (416)
974-2727; Jackie Braden, RBC, Media Relations, (416) 974-2124

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