Jeanne Beker hosts the 2010 Sobey Art Award

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November 17, 2010—MONTRÉAL QC—The Sobey Art Foundation is pleased to announce that Jeanne Beker is set to host the 2010 Sobey Art Award. As host of CTV’s FashionTelevision (Canada’s leading fashion series) for 25 years, Jeanne has developed personal relationships with most of the world’s top designers, artists, and innovators. The 2010 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on Thursday, November 18.

The exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal until January 4, features work from the six shortlisted artists. These include: for the West Coast & Yukon, Brendan Lee Satish Tang; for the Prairies & The North, Daniel Barrow; for Ontario, Brendan Fernandes; for Québec, Patrick Bernatchez; and for the Atlantic, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby.

"The Award’s Governance Committee is thrilled to have Canadian broadcasting icon Jeanne Beker as host of this year’s ceremony," said Rob Sobey of the Sobey Art Foundation. “Jeanne is one of Canada’s most internationally recognized exports and is a great spokesperson for Canadian creativity.”

“Visual art has always been at the heart of what we do at FashionTelevision – it's been the wind beneath our wings, inspiring us all, and the world of high fashion at large,” said Beker.
“At a time in our country when there's such a dire need to get behind our artists, these prestigious awards help support and celebrate one of Canada's most precious commodities.”

Bravo! is the exclusive television sponsor of the annual 2010 Sobey Art Award and will spotlight the event with comprehensive coverage of the annual award. Arts & Minds will feature a half hour special featuring one-on-one interviews with the finalists, profiles of their work, a behind the scenes look at the installation and exhibition, and coverage of the awards ceremony. Profiles on the finalists and past winners are also being featured on Bravo! News leading up to tomorrow’s gala ceremony. The Arts & Minds Sobey Art Award special premieres on Bravo! on December 18 at 6:00 pm ET (encore presentation airs Sunday at 7:00 pm ET). Arts & Minds is also available on-demand online at Bravo.ca.

About The Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent 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.

Media Contact:
Bernard Doucet, Director of Development, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Cell 902 223 7246 | gov.ns.ca

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