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


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

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 locations:
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: and at


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