Tim Lee Wins 2008 Sobey Art Award presented by Scotiabank

    West Coast Artist Awarded $50,000

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Canada's contemporary art community is gathered
this evening at the Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate the passion and talent
of Canada's young contemporary artists and to honour Tim Lee, winner of the
2008 Sobey Art Award.
    Commenting on Lee's selection, the Curatorial Panel for the 2008 Sobey
Art Award stated, "Lee's work brings together formalism and conceptualism; its
visual impact always exceeding the multiple levels that go into it. His work
is a meditation on the unreliability of vision and the shifting nature of
identity. He is as much rooted in his community as he is involved in the
global interrogation of forms and identity."
    Tim Lee lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Working with
photography, video, text and sculpture, Lee's work both replicates and
re-imagines seminal moments in art history and popular culture. Lee's work
will be featured at the upcoming Biennale of Sydney, Australia; in a fall 2008
solo exhibition at the Hayward gallery in London UK; and a solo exhibition at
the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas.
    Lee was selected from among five shortlisted artists from across Canada.
    "The 2008 Sobey Art Award is a true showcase of Canada's best young
artists," said Donald R. Sobey, Chair, Sobey Art Foundation. "Congratulations
to the winner, Tim Lee, and all of the shortlisted artists for creating such
impactful and important works."
    "Culture is a mirror of who we are as a society and Scotiabank's support
of Canada's cultural communities is a reflection of who we are as a
corporation," said Rick Waugh, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Sobey Art
Award and pleased to do our part to support Canada's cultural communities."
    The exhibition featuring the five finalists for the Sobey Art Award is on
display until October 13, 2008 at the Royal Ontario Museum and hosted by the
ROM's Institute for Contemporary Culture.

    The Sobey Art Award, created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, is an
annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or
commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. Since its
inception the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized
and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Since 2006, thanks to an
on-going partnership with Scotiabank, the Sobey Art Award and exhibition are
celebrated annually.
    The Sobey Art Award curatorial advisory panel is made up of five
distinguished representatives from a Canadian art gallery in each of the
five regions. A panel of curatorial advisors, consisting of a representative
from a noted gallery in each of five regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario,
Prairies /North, and West Coast), develops the shortlist for the Award. The
curatorial panel creates a list of five artists from each region; these are
selected from the list of nominated artists, and based on their professional
knowledge of their regions and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel
then meets and chooses one representative from each region to be included on
the national shortlist. The panel will choose the winner on October 1, 2008.

    Sobey Art Foundation

    The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry
on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of
collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century
Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art
Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like
Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H MacDonald. The collection is housed
in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and
his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled
throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.


    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Scotiabank is
on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com

    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

    The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acts as a gateway for the visual arts in
Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of
Nova Scotia to the world. It is an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia
responsible for the preservation, exhibition and education of art through its
branches in Halifax and Yarmouth.

For further information:

For further information: or to request interviews please contact: Svava
Juliusson, Coordinator, Sobey Art Award, (416) 434-6883, juliusst@gov.ns.ca,
www.sobeyartaward.ca; Sobey Art Award, C/O Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, (902)
424-7359 fax, www.agns.gov.ns.ca

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