RBC names semi-finalists in the ninth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    Jury selects from 690 artists across the country

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced the semi-finalists in the ninth annual RBC
Canadian Painting Competition. The paintings were chosen from more than 1,400
works by 690 artists from across the country.
    Submissions were accepted from professional, practicing, visual Canadian
artists who are in the early stages (within first five years) of their
careers. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition was judged by some of the most
respected artists, gallery directors and curators in Canada. A complete list
of jurors is available at www.rbc.com/paintingcompetition/pc-the-jurors.
    One national winner and two honourable mentions will be selected from the
semi-finalists and awarded $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. With a total of
$55,000 in prizes, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the highest
total award of any painting competition in Canada.
    "The judges have chosen some great pieces by artists from across the
country," said Ann Webb, acting executive director, Canadian Art Foundation.
"It always presents a challenge for the jury panel to choose only 15 pieces to
represent Canada's rich cultural vibrancy in the contemporary painting scene."

    The semi-finalists are:

    Western Canada
    -   Eli Bornowsky of Vancouver
    -   Arabella Campbell of Vancouver
    -   Angus Ferguson of Vancouver
    -   Chris Millar of Calgary
    -   Shaun Morin of Winnipeg

    Central Canada
    -   Melanie Authier of Toronto
    -   Kim Dorland of Toronto
    -   Jennifer Lefort of Toronto
    -   Anders Oinonen of Toronto
    -   Ben Pinkney of Toronto

    Eastern Canada
    -   Elizabeth Grant of Saint John, New Brunswick
    -   Nam Nguyen - Halifax
    -   Aleksandra Rdest of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador
    -   Mélanie Rocan of Montreal
    -   Justin Stephens of Montreal

    "RBC applauds all of the semi-finalists named today for their artistic
talent and achievements," said Gay Mitchell, executive vice-president, RBC.
"We are pleased to encourage and support Canada's emerging artists and hope
the exposure they receive as a result of being short-listed as well as having
a forum to display their work will provide them with exciting opportunities to
advance their careers."
    The winners will be announced this September in Toronto, kicking off the
national public touring exhibition at prominent galleries at the following


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

    Central Canada

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

    Eastern Canada

    Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton
    Pavillon Clement-Cormier
    Moncton, New Brunswick
    October 3-12, 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 semi-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 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: Media Contact: Suzanne Willers, RBC, (416)
974-2727, suzanne.willers@rbc.com; Jackie Braden, RBC, (416) 974-2124,

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