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RBC Canadian Painting Competition exhibition features five artists from Western Canada


The Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (ECI) will showcase the work of this year’s RBC Canadian Painting Competition semi-finalists. Among the artists featured are ECI graduate and national winner, Arabella Campbell of Vancouver, who was awarded a $25,000 prize for her work entitled Physical Facts Series #6, and the honourable mention award winner, Chris Millar of Calgary, for his work entitled FACEBITOR - The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem, who was awarded $15,000. Toronto’s Melanie Authier was also awarded a $15,000 honourable mention.

Three other artists from Western Canada will also be featured in the exhibition including ECI graduates Eli Bornowsky and Angus Ferguson, both of Vancouver, and Shaun Morin of Winnipeg.

“We are very proud to support the talent and vision of Canadian artists at the early stages of their career,” said Gay Mitchell, deputy chairman, RBC Wealth Management. “We hope to not only provide an opportunity for emerging artists to have their work recognized at a national level, which is not easily achieved at this point in their careers, but to also share their talent and passion with as many Canadians as possible.”

The national winner and honourable mentions were selected from 15 semi-finalist paintings from across Canada and were judged by a panel of some of Canada’s finest and most recognizable artists, curators and gallery directors. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers the largest cash award disbursement for painting in Canada.

The exhibition has toured prominent galleries across Canada including the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, in Moncton and The Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg.

The exhibition will be at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design from November 24 - December 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am - 5 pm. Admission to the Concourse Gallery is free.

Additional details as well as visuals and descriptions of the winning works on the RBC Canadian Painting Competition can be found at:


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