Vancouver artist, Arabella Campbell named national winner of the ninth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    Calgary artist Chris Millar and Toronto artist Melanie Authier named
    honourable mentions with a total of $55,000 awarded among the winners

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, has named Vancouver artist Arabella Campbell the national winner
of the ninth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Campbell was awarded a
$25,000 cash prize for her original work entitled, Physical Facts Series
No. 6.
    Two honourable mentions were given to Chris Millar of Calgary for his
work entitled, FACEBITOR - The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem and
Melanie Authier of Toronto for her work entitled, Apocalyptic Picnic. Millar
and Authier were each awarded $15,000 for their work. The RBC Canadian
Painting Competition award is the largest award disbursement provided to
Canadian emerging artists.
    "Each year the RBC Canadian Painting Competition showcases the high level
of up-and-coming artistic talent that exists in Canada today," said Gay
Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC Wealth Management. "This annual competition,
now in its ninth year, serves to foster the awareness and appreciation of the
visual arts while shining a light on some of Canada's finest emerging talent."
    The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 15
semi-finalist works painted by talented artists from all across Canada. The
paintings were judged by some of Canada's finest artists, curators and gallery
directors. For visuals and descriptions of the winning works, please visit
    "Events such as this are critical for artists at the beginning of their
careers," said Ann Webb, acting-executive director, Canadian Art Foundation.
"The RBC Canadian Painting Competition champions artists at a time in their
career when they need it most. The award not only provides much needed
financial support, which enables artists to continue to pursue their passion,
it also provides an outstanding opportunity to exhibit across the country at
some of Canada's finest galleries."
    The national winner and two honourable mentions were named at a gala
event held last night at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Their
works, along with the works of the 12 semi-finalists, are on display until
September 27. The Ontario College of Art & Design, located in the Great Hall
(Level 2) at 100 McCaul Street, is open Monday to Saturday, 9 to 7:30 pm. The
exhibition will then tour prominent galleries across Canada including:

    -   Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton in
        New Brunswick from October 3 to 12, 2007.
    -   MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario from October 17 - 24, 2007.
    -   Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba from October 31 to
        November 11, 2007.
    -   Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia
        from November 24 to December 1, 2007.

    All semi-finalists will be featured in Canadian Art magazine and on the
web at:
    Additional details on the RBC Canadian Painting Competition can be found

    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.

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For further information:

For further information: Darlene Marks, RBC, (416) 974-2727,

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