FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Five Artists from across Canada in the running for $50,000 prize.
TORONTO, May 20 – The shortlist for the 2008 Sobey Art Award, presented by Scotiabank, was announced today by the Curatorial panel, naming five exceptional Canadian artists contending for the 2008 Sobey Art Award, a prize of $50,000:
The five finalists are:
Tim Lee, West Coast and Yukon region;
Daniel Barrow, Prairies and the North region;
Terence Koh, Ontario region;
Raphaëlle de Groot, Québec region;
Mario Doucette, Atlantic region
“The Sobey reminds us all, curators and casual viewers alike, that Canadian artists are at the forefront of defining our communal identity and envisioning our cultural values.” said David Moos, Curator of Contemporary Art, AGO and member of the 2008 Curatorial Panel “Participating in the process of selecting artists for the Sobey Art Award confirmed the high quality of art being produced in Canada, both in the major art centres as well as in remote locations.”.
Selected work from the shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition hosted by the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum and will run from August 30 to October 13 of 2008.
“The 2008 Sobey Art Award shortlist is very strong and the works produced by this group will certainly make for an engaging and dynamic exhibition, where we will all be able to celebrate the artistic talent of young Canadians,” said Ray Cronin, Acting Director and Chief Curator Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “I am very much looking forward to working with all five artists this fall."
The winner of the 2008 Sobey Art Award will be announced during a gala event at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 1, 2008.
The 2008 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel comprises: Scott Watson, Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC; Anthony Kiendl, Director, Plug-In ICA; David Moos, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario; Nathalie de Blois, Conservatrice de l’art actuel, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec; Gemey Kelly, Director/Curator of the Owens Art Gallery.
For more information please contact:
Svava Juliusson, Coordinator, Sobey Art Award
Sobey Art Award
C/O Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St., Box 2262
Halifax NS B3J 3C8
902 424 7359 fax