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Call for Nominations for the 2013 Sobey Art Award
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Call for Nominations for the 2013 Sobey Art Award

January 28, 2013 – HALIFAX, NS - Nominations are officially open for the 2013 Sobey Art Award. The $50,000 award is given annually to a Canadian artist age 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

The five finalists for the 2013 Award will be announced in June, 2013. An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from October, 2013 to January, 2014. The winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award will be announced in Halifax, during a gala event in November, 2013.

A 2013 curatorial advisory panel is made up of five distinguished representatives from a Canadian art gallery in each of the five regions: the Atlantic Provinces, Québec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon. They will review all nominations and determine the long and short lists as well as the winner of the Award.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013.

For more information and nominations guidelines please visit www.sobeyartaward.ca

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Fillmore | Curator, Sobey Art Award
Phone 902-424-5169 | Fax 902-424-7359 | gov.ns.ca
Sobey Art Award
c/o Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street, Box 2262
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8

BACKGROUND
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is responsible for accepting nominations for the 2013 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, Québec, Ontario, Prairies /North, and West Coast/Yukon), 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 in November 2013.
In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the largest art award for a Canadian artist age 40 or under. Since its inception the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum  in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca