National Gallery of Canada unveils finalists in its art contest for teens So You Want to Be an Artist?

July 17, 2014

OTTAWA, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ – The National Gallery of Canada (NGC)
announced today the finalists in its contest for teens aged 16 to 19, So You Want to Be an Artist? The 15 finalists were selected from 117 youths who submitted their
artworks. Twelve pieces were selected by the public, who voted online
for their favourite ones. For the first time since the contest was
launched in 2011, three additional young artists saw their works
selected by a NGC expert for their artistic qualities. The finalists’
artworks are on view at soyouwantobeanartist.ca. Support for this contest is made possible thanks to the generosity of
the RBC Foundation, a longstanding partner of the NGC and the visual arts in Canada.

“We congratulate all of our contestants,” said Gary Goodacre, NGC
Manager of Youth and School Programs. “The contest provides a great
opportunity for youths to showcase their talent to a large and diverse
audience. We hope this also helps them to develop useful skills that
will serve them well in the future, no matter what career they may

“It is inspiring to see talented artists coming out of high schools
across the country,” said Shari Austin, vice president, Corporate
Citizenship, RBC and executive director, RBC Foundation. “At RBC we are
committed to supporting artists in the early stages of their careers
through the RBC Emerging Artist Program. Congratulations to all of the
finalists, it is quite an accomplishment to be recognized by the
National Gallery of Canada.”

Talent from coast to coast to coast

Submitted artworks were created in a variety of media, including
drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. The 12 artists whose
works garnered the highest number of votes are: Kevin Nguyen, from
Toronto, ON; Antonia Kallaur, from Montreal, QC; Gui-Anne Fauvelle,
from St-Jérôme, QC; Jin Cheng, from Toronto, ON; Evelyn Zhang, from
Markham, ON; Hannah Franes, from Ashcroft, BC; Megan Hazen, from
Ottawa, ON; Florence Yee, from Montreal, QC; Kirollos Kilada, from
Mississauga, ON; Annika Babra, from Brampton, ON; Matthew Walton, de
Pasadena, NL; and Monica Bulos, from Missisauga, ON.

While an important part of becoming a successful artist is learning how
to promote yourself and get your artwork seen, the Gallery wanted to
ensure that talented youths who may not have large networks on social
media were not overlooked. This is why it asked one of its experts,
Associate Curator of European, American and Asian Prints and Drawings,
Sonia Del Re, to select three additional artworks. The three artists
whose works were selected are: Frédérik Giguère, from Sherbrooke, QC;
Chris Donovan, from Hampton, NB, and Anna Weyant, from Calgary, AB.

Fifteen artworks on view

NGC visitors will be able to see the 15 finalists’ artworks displayed on
the Artissimo Gallery wall, next to the Special Exhibition galleries,
from July 28 to September 1st, 2014.

Final Phase

On July 30, the jury will select the three grand prize winners, who will
be announced in mid-August. The panel of judges will evaluate the 15
finalists’ artworks on clarity of theme and message; originality and
imaginativeness; and thought and feeling provoked in the viewer.

Members of the jury include Mélanie Boucher, teacher of museology and
heritage at the École multidisciplinaire de l’image of the Université
du Québec en Outaouais; Rachelle Dickenson, Curatorial Assistant,
Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada; Christine Faucher,
teacher at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université
du Québec à Montréal; Jennifer Lefort, recipient of the prestigious
Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award, and finalist in the 2007 RBC Canadian
Painting Competition; Alex Livingston, Professor in Painting at the
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD); and Luke Painter,
Assistant Professor and Chair of the Contemporary Painting and
Printmedia department at the Ontario College of Art and Design

Prizes that provide an opportunity

The artist who wins first prize will enjoy an exclusive
behind-the-scenes visit to the NGC that will focus on careers in the
visual arts, as well as a studio visit with Jennifer Lefort, the 2007
RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalist and recipient of the
prestigious Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award. The first prize winner
will also receive expert advice on his or her art portfolio and a $500
online gift certificate for art supplies.

The second prize winner will receive a $1,000 online gift certificate
for art supplies, and the third prize winner will receive a $500 online
gift certificate for art supplies.

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About the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections
of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains
Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st
century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous
Art and internationally renowned collections of prints, drawings and
photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played
a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its
principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for
all Canadians. To do so, it maintains an extensive touring art
exhibition programme. For more information: gallery.ca.

SOURCE National Gallery of Canada

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