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The Gardiner Museum presents. The 2nd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award

The Gardiner Museum is pleased to announce, the 2nd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, which recognizes the young artist whose work receives the most votes from the participating public with a $10,000 cash prize.

A panel of experts nominated five outstanding young Canadian artists. This year they are: Jason Holley (Newfoundland), Sarah Lawless (British Columbia), Janet MacPherson (Ontario), Julie Moon (Ontario) and Brendan Tang (British Columbia).

Each year the Gardiner Museum appoints a nominating committee comprised of five artists, educators, art critics, and/or curators from different regions across Canada and invites them to each nominate an artist. To be eligible, artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, out of school and practicing for at least three years and no more than ten years, and have participated in at least one exhibition at a recognized gallery, museum or other arts organization.

This award provides each artist with the opportunity to showcase new works created specifically for the competition. See the artists’ work at the Gardiner from September 4 – October 7.

From September 4 – 30, 2012, visitors to both the exhibit at the Gardiner and the museum’s website are invited to vote for the artist of their choice and to explain their decision at The Gardiner is posting comments made by participating members of the public on its website to stimulate a national dialogue about ceramic art.

The winner of the 2nd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award will be announced at a public reception held at the Gardiner Museum on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

This year’s nominees were chosen by the following panel: Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor of Craft History at NSCAD University and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canadian ceramic artist Rachelle Chinnery, Canadian ceramic artist Steven Heinemann, Jean-Pierre Larocque, Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, and Melanie Egan, Head of Craft at Harbourfront Centre.

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