Mike Bayne Wins the 2011 Kingston Prize

Exhibition of 30 Finalists presented by ICC
at the ROM Until January 29,2012

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the
ROM and the Kingston Arts Council are pleased to announce Mike Bayne
(Kingston, Ontario) as the winner of the 2011 Kingston Prize
, Canada’s only portrait competition, featuring
contemporary paintings and drawings of Canadians by Canadian artists.
Honourable Mentions are awarded to Steven Spazuk (Ville de Léry,
Québec) and Tammy Salzl (Montreal, Quebec).

“We are very pleased with the high quality and
depth of this year’s submissions,” says Julian Brown, Co-Founder of
the Kingston Prize. “The purpose of our jury is to select winners
based on those exact criteria – quality and depth. Selecting this
year’s winners was not easy, and on behalf of the Prize and Jury, we
wish all the best to the talented artists who submitted their work.”

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.

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; Natalka Husar, artist, Toronto.

An exhibition of works by the 30 finalists will
continue at the ROM until January 29, 2012. A People’s Choice Award
of $1,000, determined by visitors to Museum, will be awarded mid-

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: href= “http:// www.kingstonprize.ca/2011-

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 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”> www.kingstonprize.ca.

About Institute for Contemporary

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