ICC at the ROM presents The Kingston Prize 2011

Fourth Winner of Canada’s National Portrait Competition will be announced at Gala Reception on Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the ROM, in collaboration with the Kingston Arts Council, presents The Kingston Prize 2011, an exhibition of the finalists in Canada’s biennial national portrait competition. This year’s prize will be announced at a gala reception on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the ROM, followed by the first public viewing of the exhibition, featuring thirty contemporary paintings and drawings of Canadians by Canadian artists. The exhibition will be on view until January 29, 2012 in the special
exhibitions gallery on Level 3 of the Museum.

The Kingston Prize is a juried competition whereby one grand prize winner and two honourable mention awards are selected from 30 finalists. This year’s jury members are Marina Cutler, gallery owner and curator, Montreal; Robert Enright, art critic, Winnipeg and Guelph; and Natalka Husar, artist, Toronto.

Thanks to the generous support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation of Toronto, the value of this year’s Kingston Prize has been doubled to $20,000, and Honourable Mention Awards have been doubled to $2,000 each. A People’s Choice Award of $1,000, determined by visitors to the ROM, will be awarded mid-December.

2011 Finalists

Pamela Augustino
Daniel Barkley
Michael Bayne
Jeremiah Birnbaum
Brian Boulton
Richard Davis
Christiano De Araujo
Marina Dieul
Francis Fontaine
Sadko Hadzihasanovic
Janine Hall
Roselina Hung
Soraya Hutchinson
Charles Keillor
Gerald Kuehl
William Lazos
Tony Luciani
Eileen MacArthur
Edmund Prior
Steven Rosati
Tammy Salzl
Chantel-Andree Samson
Panagiotis Peter Sarganis
Ewa Scheer
Matthew Schofield
Jay Senetchko
Steven Spazuk
Anna Syperek
Ted Tucker
Sean Yelland

To preview the selected works by each artist, please visit:

About The Kingston Prize
The Kingston Prize is a biennial competition that began in 2005, with an exhibition in Gananoque, near Kingston. To be eligible, an entry must be a painting or drawing of a specific Canadian person, based upon a meeting between artist and subject. The competition is not limited by age or professional status. From the entries submitted by artists, a jury selects 30 finalists for the exhibition, and then selects the winners of the prizes. The main prize of $20,000 is presented by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation to the winner chosen by the jury. In addition there are two Honourable Mentions and a People’s Choice Prize based on ballots submitted during the exhibition. The Kingston Prize is organized through the Kingston Arts Council. For more information on the prize visit http://www.kingstonprize.ca.

About Institute for Contemporary Culture
The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) is the Royal Ontario Museum's window on contemporary societies around the globe. Playing a vital role within the historical Museum, the ICC examines current cultural, social and political issues throughout the modern world in thought-provoking exhibitions of contemporary art, photography, architecture and design that are presented in the Roloff Beny Gallery and other galleries of the Museum. Additionally, a roster of public events including lectures, film series, debates and performances further explore relevant themes addressed in ICC exhibitions, serving as a catalyst for stimulating public conversations. The ROM's extensive collections of world cultures and natural history through the ages add context, meaning and depth to these engaging discussions of contemporary ideas. More information at: www.rom.on.ca/icc

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