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2008 Sobey Art Award Announces Curatorial Panel

Organizers of the Sobey Art Award, presented by Scotiabank are pleased to introduce the members of the 2008 curatorial panel.

This year's curatorial advisory panel is made up of five distinguished representatives, each from a Canadian art gallery from the five regions. The panel includes: for the Atlantic Provinces, Gemey Kelly, Director/Curator of the Owens Art Gallery,; for Québec, Nathalie de Blois, Conservatrice de l’art actuel, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec,; for Ontario, David Moos, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario,; for the Prairies and the North, Anthony Kiendl, Director, Plug-In ICA,; and for the West Coast and Yukon, Scott Watson, Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.

The curatorial panel for the Sobey Art Award creates a list of five artists from each region; these are selected from the list of nominated artists, and based on their professional knowledge of their regions and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel then meets and chooses one representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist. The panel will choose the winner on October 1, 2008.

The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2008. For more information and nominations guidelines please visit www.sobeyartaward.ca or email juliusst@gov.ns.ca

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For more information please contact:
Svava Juliusson, Coordinator, Sobey Art Award
416-434-6883
juliusst@gov.ns.ca

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BACKGROUND
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is responsible for accepting nominations for the 2008 Sobey Art Award, from recognized agents and institutions. A panel of curatorial advisors, consisting of a representative from a noted gallery in each of five regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies /North, and West Coast), develops the shortlist for the Award. The curatorial panel creates a list of five artists from each region; these are selected from the list of nominated artists, and based on their professional knowledge of their regions and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel then meets and chooses one representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist. The panel will choose the winner on October 1, 2008.

 

About the Award
In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the largest art award for a Canadian artist under 40. Since its inception the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2006, thanks to an on-going partnership with Scotiabank, the Sobey Art Award and exhibition are now celebrated annually.

Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H MacDonald. The collection is housed in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.

Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia strives to act as a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world. It is an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia responsible for the preservation, exhibition and education of art through its branches in Halifax and Yarmouth.

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