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

    Jury selects from over 600 artists across the country

    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced the semi-finalists in the tenth annual RBC
Canadian Painting Competition - the largest competition of its kind in Canada
awarding a total of $145,000. The paintings were chosen from more than 1,200
works that were submitted by more than 600 artists from across the country.
    The semi-finalists are:

    Western Canada                       Eastern Canada
    --------------                       --------------
    -   Eli Bornowsky of Vancouver       -   Patrick Howlett of Fredericton
    -   Andrew Dadson of Vancouver       -   Rick Leong of Montreal
    -   Jeremy Hof of Vancouver          -   Wil Murray of Montreal
    -   Collin Johanson of Vancouver     -   Jeanie Riddle of Montreal
    -   Lorenzo Pepito of Vancouver      -   Justin Stephens of Montreal

    Central Canada
    -   Martin Golland of Toronto
    -   Sarah Jane Gorlitz of Toronto
    -   Amanda Reeves of Oakville
    -   Drew Simpson of Toronto
    -   Emmy Skensved of Toronto

    To celebrate the competition's 10th anniversary
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
Canada, has lent her patronage to this event. The winner will be announced at
the first stop of the national tour at the National Gallery in Ottawa this
September. The national winner will receive a $25,000 prize, the two
honourable mentions will each receive a $15,000 prize, and exclusive to the
10th anniversary event, the 12 semi-finalists will each receive a prize of
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition was established in 1999 as a
catalyst for the careers of many emerging Canadian artists," said Gordon M.
Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "Over the past 10 years, the competition has
brought to the forefront the works of artists that may have otherwise gone
unrecognized, setting a strong example of what can be achieved when Canada's
arts and business communities come together."
    Submissions were accepted from professional and practicing visual
Canadian artists who are within the first five years of their careers. The RBC
Canadian Painting Competition is judged by some of the most respected artists,
gallery directors and curators in Canada.
    As in past years, the works of the national winner and the two honourable
mentions will become part of the RBC art collection to be displayed in RBC
locations across the country. This year, in honour of the competition's 10th
anniversary and the Governor General's patronage, the 12 semi-finalists' works
will become a part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection and be displayed
in the Official Residences including Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex, Harrington Lake
(lac Mousseau), The Farm at Kingsmere, Stornoway, 7 Rideau Gate and The
    "This is an exceptional year for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition as
it celebrates its 10th year and the Canadian Art Foundation is proud to
continue to be a part of this great Canadian tradition," said Ann Webb,
executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. "The RBC Canadian Painting
Competition continues to introduce Canadians to some of our country's finest
artists early in their careers, providing us with the rare opportunity to
watch these talented individuals grow and mature in their practice."
    The winners will be announced this September in Ottawa, kicking off the
national public touring exhibition at prominent galleries at the following

    National                               Western Canada
    The National Gallery of Canada         Mendel Art Gallery
    380 Sussex Drive                       950 Spadina Crescent East
    Ottawa, Ontario                        Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    K1N 9N4                                S7K 3H6
    September 13 - 25, 2008                January 16 - February 1, 2009

    Eastern Canada
    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal   Art Gallery of Alberta
    185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest            Enterprise Square
    (corner Jeanne-Mance)                  100-10230 Jasper Ave
    Montréal, Québec                       Edmonton, Alberta
    H2X 3X5                                T5J 4P6
    October 9 - 19, 2008                   February 7 - 22, 2009

    The Rooms                              Contemporary Art Gallery
    9 Bonaventure Avenue                   555 Nelson Street
    St. John's, Newfoundland               Vancouver, British Columbia
    A1C 5P9                                V6B 6R5
    December 1, 2008 - January 4, 2009     March 26 - April 3, 2009

    Central Canada
    Museum London
    421 Ridout St N
    London, Ontario
    N6A 1A1
    October 22 - November 2, 2008

    The Power Plant
    231 Queens Quay West
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5J 2G8
    November 11 - 23, 2008

    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 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 tenth
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. The 12 semi-finalists' paintings will become a part of
the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Darlene Brown, RBC, (416) 974-2727,
darlene.brown@rbc.com; Jackie Braden, RBC, (416) 974-2124,

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