The nine-member jury panel will help determine the winner and two honourable mentions of the prize, and it will award $115,000 in total prize money to artists in early stages of their careers.
For Western Canada, the jurors are influential Vancouver artist Ian Wallace; University of Manitoba art professor, artist and past RBC CPC finalist Holger Kalberg; and Southern Alberta Art Gallery curator Ryan Doherty, who recently helped judge the 2012 Sobey Art Award.
For Central Canada, the jurors are Daniel Faria Gallery director Daniel Faria; art critic Sarah Milroy, who regularly contributes to the Globe and Mail and Canadian Art; and renowned painter and University of Ottawa adjunct professor Carol Wainio.
For Eastern Canada, the jurors are Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal curator of contemporary art Stéphane Aquin; Confederation Centre Art Gallery curator Pan Wendt; and arts writer and editor Isa Tousignant, who is also a Canadian Art contributing editor.
Hundreds of submissions are received for the prize each year. The regional panels winnow these to 5 finalists per region, and then help choose the national winner out of the finalist pool.
“Each year, the jury panel does a remarkable job identifying the best and the brightest of Canada’s emerging visual artists and we expect the 15th year of the RBC competition to be no exception,” said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation, and publisher, Canadian Art.
Winners of this year’s prize will be announced in Ottawa at the National Gallery on October 2, 2013, with the winner taking home $25,000 and two honourable mentions receiving $15,000 each. This year, each of the 12 remaining finalists will also receive $5,000. Works by all 15 finalists will be on exhibit at the gallery during that time as well.
There’s still time to submit to the 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition; deadline is May 1, 2013. For details on how to apply, visit rbc.com/paintingcompetition.