Sobey Art Award at the Toronto International Art Fair

2006 semi-finalists to be announced at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 10 pm November 4th, 2005

Sobey Art Award National Touring Exhibition on now!

Presented by:

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
September 24 – November 6, 2005
952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G8
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
with support from the Toronto International Art Fair

October 20, 2005 --- For immediate release
Regional semi-finalists for the 2006 Sobey Art Award to be announced at reception in conjunction with the Toronto International Art Fair, November 4th 2005. As part of the “Interactive Hood” Queen West Gallery hop, with cash bar opening at 10pm.

Created by the Sobey Art Foundation in 2002, the Sobey Art Award is Canada’s largest prize for a young Canadian artist. It is awarded every two years to a contemporary artist, 39 years of age or under, who has exhibited his or her work in a public or private art gallery within Canada in the past 18 months. The award of $50,000 is intended to provide the winner with the financial resources needed to focus on their work.

The five finalists from the 2004 Sobey Art Award, representing five regions in Canada, are included in a touring exhibition currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art:
Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Montréal, PQ – Québec 2004 WINNER
Greg Forrest, Halifax, NS – Atlantic
Germaine Koh, Toronto, ON – Ontario
Marcel Dzama, Winnipeg, MB – Prairies and the North
Althea Thauberger, Vancouver, BC — West Coast

A panel of curatorial advisors, each representing a major gallery from one of five regions in Canada, selects the artists on the shortlist. Each advisor creates a regional list of five semi-finalists. The curatorial panel then meets and chooses one representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist. The panel also chooses the winner. This reception and announcement on November 4th marks the first stage in the selection process for the 2006 Award.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hosted the exhibition and announcement of the 2004 Award and organized the first ever Sobey Art Award national tour, displaying works from the five short-listed artists at galleries across the country.

For more information, please contact:

Eleanor King
Sobey Art Award Coordinator
(902) 424-5169

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