Vancouver artist, Jeremy Hof named national winner of the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    National Touring Exhibition Kicks Off in Ottawa with Governor General in

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - RBC, with the support of the Canadian Art
Foundation, today announced Jeremy Hof of Vancouver as the national winner of
the tenth annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition for his work entitled layer
painting red. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor
General of Canada and Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO of RBC, made the
announcement at the National Gallery in Ottawa - the first stop of the
exhibition showcasing the work of the 15 finalists. Amanda Reeves of Oakville
and Wil Murray of Montreal were revealed as honourable mentions for their work
Untitled 08 2008 and Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac.
    The winners were chosen from more than 1,200 works, submitted by more
than 600 artists across the country. The national winner, Jeremy Hof, received
a $25,000 prize with honourable mentions Amanda Reeves and Wil Murray each
receiving a $15,000 prize. As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, the
additional 12 semi-finalists also each received a prize of $7,500.
    "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is the result of the dedication of
many people over the past 10 years and is a tribute to emerging and
established artists across the country," said Nixon. "I am proud to
congratulate this year's winners and all who entered the competition."
    The works of the national winner and the two honourable mentions will
become part of the RBC art collection to be displayed at RBC galleries across
the country. This year, in honour of the tenth anniversary of the competition,
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
Canada, has lent her patronage to the event and the 12 semi-finalists' works
will become part of the Canadiana Fund's Crown Collection. They will be
displayed in the Official Residences including Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex Drive,
Harrington Lake (lac Mousseau), The Farm at Kingsmere, Stornoway, 7 Rideau
Gate and The Citadel.
    The national public touring exhibition showcasing the works of all 15
finalists begins today in Ottawa and will travel across the country to the
following prominent galleries:

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

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

    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 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

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For further information:

For further information: Jackie Braden, RBC, Media Relations, (416)

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