RBC names distinguished panel for ninth annual Canadian Painting Competition

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

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced the judging panel for the 2007 RBC Canadian
Painting Competition.
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition recognizes the skill and talent of
Canada's emerging artists," said Gay Mitchell, executive vice-president, RBC.
"An important part of the competition is giving the artists the opportunity to
have their work viewed by some of the most respected members of Canada's
visual arts community."
    The 2007 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.
    Among the nine judges is Michèle Thériault, a curator, writer and editor
who is currently Director/Curator of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of
Concordia University in Montreal. She has organized numerous exhibitions both
here and abroad addressing critical issues in the work of Québécois, Canadian
and international artists.
    Also selected is artist John Hartman who has been exhibiting for more
than 25 years internationally. His recent focus has been aerial depictions of
port cities and world harbours. Currently, Cities: John Hartman, is on tour
across Canada and in New York and London through 2008. A companion book of the
same title, with text by Noah Richler, Dennis Reid and Stuart Reid has just
been released by Altitude Publishing. Mr. Hartman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts
from McMaster University.
    Paul Butler, artist and gallerist based in Winnipeg, will also be judging
the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. In addition to exhibiting his work
internationally and being the director of Winnipeg's Other Gallery, Mr. Butler
has organized Collage Parties, gatherings where artists make their own art
publicly and then immediately display it, all over North America and Europe.
Recently, he founded theuppertradingpost.com - an alternative economy for
artist trading. Mr. Butler graduated from the Alberta College Art & Design and
has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba.

    The complete 2007 Jury Panel consists of:

    -   Paul Butler, Artist and Gallerist, Winnipeg.
    -   Peter Dykhuis, Artist and Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at
        NSCAD University, Halifax.
    -   John Hartman, Artist, Penetanguishene, Ontario.
    -   Ron Moppett, Artist, Calgary.
    -   Michèle Thériault, Director, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery,
        Concordia University.
    -   Pierre-François Ouellette, Director and owner, Pierre-François
        Ouellette art contemporain.
    -   Ben Portis, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of
        Ontario, Toronto.
    -   Mary Sue Rankin, Director, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto.
    -   Reid Shier, Director/Curator, Presentation House, Vancouver.

    "The Canadian Art Foundation and RBC take great pride in the quality of
judges we are able to offer the entrants of the annual RBC Canadian Painting
Competition," said Ann Webb, acting executive director, Canadian Art
Foundation. "The jury's expertise and insight is integral to delivering a top
quality competition."
    Entries are now being accepted for the annual RBC Canadian Painting
Competition and must be submitted by May 4, 2007. 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 regional judges. All
regional jurors come together in September to determine one national winner
and two honourable mentions kicking off the national touring exhibition in
Toronto. In addition, the national tour will exhibit the works of all 15
semi-finalists at prominent galleries in Moncton, Barrie, Winnipeg and
Vancouver. Dates and locations of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition tour
are as follows:

    Ontario College of Art and Design
    100 McCaul Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
    September 18-27, 2007

    Eastern Canada
    Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton
    Pavillon Clement-Cormier
    Moncton, New Brunswick
    October 3-12, 2007

    Central Canada
    MacLaren Art Centre
    37 Mulcaster Street
    Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2
    October 17-24, 2007

    Western Canada
    Winnipeg Art Gallery
    300 Memorial Blvd
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1V1
    October 31 - November 11, 2007

    Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
    1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
    Vancouver BC V6H 3R9
    November 24 - December 1, 2007

    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, 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 2007 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: Media Contact: Suzanne Willers, RBC, (416)
974-2727, suzanne.willers@rbc.com; Jackie Braden, RBC Media Relations, (416)
974-2124, jackie.braden@rbc.com

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