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Upcoming exhibition features Atlantic Canadian contemporary artists

August 4, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – This year, for the first time, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will present an exhibition of the five Sobey Art Award nominees from the Atlantic Region.

Each year, 25 artists from five regions across the country are nominated for the Sobey Art Award – Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary Canadian art. This exhibition of Atlantic Region nominees highlights the excellence of artistic production in this part of the country through the diverse practices of the artists who, through various connections, identify themselves as Atlantic Canadian.

The Sobey Art Award: 2010 Atlantic Long List opens Saturday, August 7 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. A special members’ preview with the artists in attendance takes place Friday, August 6 at 7:30 pm.

The long listed artists representing the Atlantic Region in 2010 are: Graeme Patterson (Halifax, NS), Mario Doucette (Moncton, NB), Lucie Chan (Vancouver, BC), Vanessa Paschakarnis (West Dublin, NS), and collaborators and Atlantic shortlisted contenders Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (Syracuse, NY).

The Atlantic Long List exhibition will be on view until November 21, 2010.

About the Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.  With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. 

For information contact:
Bernard Doucet | Director of Development
Cell 902 223 7246

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