Two Emily Carr Alumni Among Finalists for the 20th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on July 05, 2018 | Updated February 18, 2020, 10:46AM

Congratulations to finalists Sarah Davidson (2015) and Tristan Unrau (2012)!

Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative that helps to bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The competition focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers and offers mentorship, financial support, and exposure to audiences.

The winner of the competition will be announced September 18 at an awards gala to be held at The Power Plant in Toronto. This year's top prize consists of $25,000 along with a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts. The two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000, and remaining finalists will each receive $2,500. Paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC’s extensive art collection, featuring more than 4,500 Canadian works that have been collected since 1929.

“I’m continually impressed by the creative strength of the artists and the emerging talent who enter this competition. Having this opportunity to survey practices of artists from across Canada is an exceptional experience. As we continue to follow emerging artists who’ve participated in this program, we’re thrilled to be celebrating two decades of Canadian artists and their work.”

Corrie Jackson, Senior Art Curator, RBC

This year's jury was comprised of experts from across Canada, along with an international juror:

  • Natasha Chaykowski – Researcher, Writer & Curator, Calgary, AB
  • Mark Igloliorte – Artist & Assistant Professor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
  • Crystal Mowry – Senior Curator, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON
  • Erin Stump – Director, ESP I Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, ON
  • Alexandra McIntosh – Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, NL
  • Julie Trudel - Artist and Assistant Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC
  • Cynthia Daignault – Artist, Brooklyn, NY, US

About the Emily Carr Alumni Finalists: