Sobey Art Award open call for 2006. Deadline for nominations September 1, 2005

HALIFAX, NS -- The $50,000 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s premiere award for visual artists, is seeking nominations for the 2006 award. The nominations from visual art professionals will be supplemented by nominations by the curatorial panel for the 2006 Sobey Art Award.

“We are delighted to that the process for selecting the 2006 winner of the Sobey Art Award has begun and that this year we are calling on art enthusiasts from across the country to participate through an open nomination process,” said Donald Sobey, Chairman, Sobey Art Foundation.

In addition, the Sobey Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce the panel of curatorial advisors for the Sobey Art Award 2006. They include:

West Coast: Christina Ritchie, Director / Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery
The Prairies and the North: Patricia Deadman, Former Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Ontario: Wayne Baerwaldt, Former Director, The Power Plant
Quebec: Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal
Atlantic: Shauna McCabe, Senior Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

The curatorial advisors represent major regional galleries and have broad knowledge of the arts regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will accept nominations for the Sobey Art Award 2006, for each of the five regions, from now to September 1, 2005. Nominators must meet criteria determined by the Sobey Art Foundation, and nominated artists must also meet criteria as laid out in the award guidelines. The curatorial advisors are charged with developing a regional list based on the nominated artists and their professional knowledge of their regions and of the national arts scene. The regional short-lists will be announced in November of 2005. For guideline information and electronic nomination forms please visit or contact the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia at (902) 424-5169

In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the most pre-eminent art award for a young Canadian artist. The Sobey Art Award is a biennial award given to an artist under 40 who has had a show in a public or commercial art gallery 18 months prior to the award. A panel of curatorial advisors, one from a major gallery in each of five regions will decide the winner: the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, the West Coast. Each advisor is charged with creating a shortlist of five artists from their respective regions. The five panelists will meet as a group in Halifax, during the spring of 2006 and reduce the national long list of 25 artists, to a short list of five. The panel of curatorial advisors will choose the winner in Autumn 2006.

Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal will host the 2006 Sobey Art Award. The exhibition, featuring works by the five artists selected for the Sobey Art Award national short-list, will open on October 25th at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal.

The announcement will be made during a reception at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal in November 2006. The winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000

The Sobey Art Foundation, based in Abercrombie, Nova Scotia was launched in 1981 and is dedicated to the promotion of Canadian art. The Sobey Art Award is organized by The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

For more information contact:
Eleanor King, Sobey Art Award Coordinator
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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