Friday, 2 August 2013

The Gardiner Museum presents: The 3rd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award

TORONTO - August 2, 2013 -
The Gardiner Museum is excited to present the 3rd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award, which recognizes the ceramic artist whose work receives the most votes from Canada's participating public with a $10,000 cash prize.

Each year, a panel of experts nominates five outstanding artists from Canada's artistic scene. The talented nominees for 2013 are Robin DuPont (British Columbia), Michael Flaherty (Newfoundland and Labrador), Monica Mercedes Martinez (Manitoba), Amélie Proulx (Quebec) and Linda Sormin (Ontario).

The Gardiner Museum-appointed nominating committee is comprised of artists, educators, art critics, and/or curators from different regions across Canada. Each of these five experts is invited to select an emerging artist for nomination. To be eligible, participating artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, out of school, practicing for at least three years and no more than 10 years. They also must have participated in at least one exhibition at a recognized gallery, museum or other arts organization.

The five selected artists have the opportunity to showcase new works created specifically for the competition, which will be on display at the Museum from September 3 - October 15, 2013, with voting closing on October 13, 2013.

During this time, visitors are invited to vote for the artist of their choice, either at the exhibit or online by clicking here. The Gardiner Museum will post voters' comments on its website to stimulate dialogue about Canadian art and ceramics.

The winner of the 3nd Annual RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award will be announced at a public reception at The Gardiner Museum from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

This year's nominees were chosen by the following panel: Katrina Chaytor, Ceramics Faculty, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary; Bruce Cochrane, Ceramic artist, Mississauga, Ontario and former head of ceramics, Sheridan Institute; Gloria Hickey, Curator and writer on crafts, St. John's Newfoundland; Jean-Pierre Labiau, Curator of Exhibitions and Decorative Arts, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; and Grace Nickel, Professor Ceramics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg;

About the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum connects people, art and ideas by offering an intimate look at one of the world's oldest and most universal art forms - ceramics. The Museum's collections span continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round, the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Museum also features the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at

Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum's online media room ( where they may download images and additional media materials.
For more information and complete artist bios, please contact:

Lisa Raffaele
PUNCH Canada
416.360.6522 ex. 239

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