Grad student named competition finalist

Western graduate student (MFA) Kim Neudorf has been announced as a semi-finalist by the Canadian Art Foundation in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

The competition awards one national winner with a prize of $25,000 and two honorable mentions, who each receive $15,000. Winners will be announced in September in Edmonton. With a total of $55,000 in prizes, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition offers one of the highest awards of any painting competition in Canada.

“The RBC Canadian Painting Competition provides up-and-coming artists with an opportunity to be recognized on a national stage and showcase their work,” says Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation. “This year’s submissions are a remarkable representation of the talented visual artists that we have in this country. Selecting these 15 semi-finalists was incredibly difficult, and the jury will find it even more challenging to name a winner this fall.”

Submissions were accepted from professional, practicing and visual Canadian artists who are in the 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.

On Sept. 27, the 2011 winner will be announced and all 15 paintings will be on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta through Oct. 10. The exhibit will also stop at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from Oct. 19-Nov. 3; and The Power Plant in Toronto from Nov. 12-19.

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 emerging Canadian visual artists by providing them with a forum to display their artistic talent to the country and hopefully open doors to future opportunity.

Along with past winners, the winning paintings of 2011 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.