Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative that 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 finalists receive $2,500 each.
The top three works become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection which holds more than 4,500 works of art collected over the past century.
The 2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalists
To all the artists who submitted their work, thank you for your interest, passion and creativity. We are proud to announce the 15 finalists in this year’s competition: Michael Freeman Badour, Amanda Boulos, Teto Elsiddique, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, David Kaarsemaker, Wei Li, Laura Payne, Veronika Pausova, Laura Rokas-Bérubé, M.E Sparks, Kizi Spielmann Rose, Angela Teng, Joani Tremblay, Tristan Unrau and Ambera Wellmann. The winners will be announced on October 17th 2017 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.