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Three Emily Carr Alumni Named as Finalists in the 18th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

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By Roxanne Toronto | filed in Emily Carr Stories

Posted on July 05, 2016 | Updated June 10, 2019, 11:07AM

The 2016 winner will be announced September 20.

Congratulations to finalists Brian Kokoska ('10), M.E. Sparks (MAA '16) and Angela Teng ('11)!


Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative, which helps bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is RBC’s cornerstone RBC Emerging Artists Project property which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers. More than just financial support, this program offers mentorship, exposure to audiences and more.

Three regional juries comprised of experienced gallery directors, artists, curators and industry leaders select five paintings from their regions to make up the fifteen finalists, ensuring a true representation of visual artists from across the country.

Eastern Canada (Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador),
Central Canada (Ontario),
Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut).


The three juries convene for a two day deliberation where they determine one national winner and two honourable mentions from the 15 finalists. The national winner receives a purchase prize of $25,000, the two honourable mentions each receive $15,000 and the remaining 12 finalist receive $2,500 each.

The top three works become part of the RBC Corporate Collection which holds more than 4,000 works of art collected over the past century. The winner will be announced September 20 at the Power Plant, Toronto.

Emily Carr has a long history of RBC Painting Competition winners, including 2015, with alumnus Patrick Cruz ('10) taking home the prize. 

About the Emily Carr Alumni Finalists