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The Board of The Kingston Prize Association, and the Jury, are pleased to announce the names of the thirty finalists in the 2017 competition. The Kingston Prize of $20,000, presented by the Haynes Connell Foundation, and two Honourable Mention Awards of $2,000 each, will be awarded during the opening at the Peel Art Gallery on November 4, 2017.
The Committee sincerely thanks all those artists who entered the competition.
Peter Adams, Creemore ON
Phil Atwood, Toronto ON
James Bentley, Île-Perrot QC
Nicholas Bierk, Toronto ON
Keith Boa, Toronto ON
Brian Burke, Murray Harbour PEI
Michael Carlyle, Windsor ON
Sally Clark, Vancouver BC
Joe Coffey, Victoria BC
Christine Cousineau, Hudson QC
Christienne Cuevas, Kitchener ON
Shaun Downey, Toronto ON
Brian Grison, Victoria BC
Ale Groen, Richmond Hill ON
Janine Hall, Calgary AB
Zoë Hartwick, Vancouver BC
Daniel Hughes, Kingston ON
Phil Irish, Elora ON
Kit King, Curran ON
Jacques Leveille, Outremont QC
John McDonald, Petty Harbour Maddox Cove NL
Keita Morimoto, Etobicoke ON
Sylvain Nadeau, Drummondville QC
Kae Sasaki, Winnipeg MB
Yaël Schechter-Lafleur, Kingston ON
Ian Shatilla, Montreal QC
Jane Tarini, Edmonton AB
Helena Vallée-Dallaire, Val-Morrin QC
Dori Vanderheyden, Toronto ON
Leslie Watts, Stratford ON
Following the American election, the new political scene is dominated by the conflict between elitism and populism, and these poorly-defined concepts are now being discussed here in Canada. The debate is often divisive, and could affect what ordinary people think about a portrait prize event like The Kingston Prize.
Formerly, most portraits showed people of power or wealth, and were made by elite artists. If the Kingston Prize is seen as essentially elitist, then interest in our exhibitions will be limited, and it will be difficult to increase attendance at the exhibitions, to raise the money, and to get access to the gallery space we need.
The Kingston Prize competition is open to all Canadian artists, and the portraits in the exhibitions are chosen on the basis of artistic merit alone. The subjects of the portraits are not restricted to elite people, and all minority groups are welcome. The portraits exhibited show the diversity of Canadians, and of Canadian artists.
The Kingston Prize belongs to Canadians everywhere, and cuts right across all social and political boundaries.
The seventh biennial Canadian portrait competition will be held in 2017. Eligible entries are portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists, either paintings or drawings. Deadline for entries is 28 April 2017.
Awards: The Kingston Prize of $20,000 and two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000.
The exhibition of thirty finalists will be held at two venues: the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque ON in October 2017; and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Brampton ON from November to January 2018.
Please consult our website for the rules and other information. The entry form will be posted in early 2017.
The Kingston Prize Association is pleased to announce that Kayla (Kit) King is the winner of the People’s Choice Prize of $1000.00 at the 2015 exhibition of thirty portraits at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Kit’s large and sensitive portrait, entitled Pa, was a favourite of the many visitors to the exhibition in Fredericton.
The $20,000 prize, presented by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, was awarded by the jury to Jen Mann of Mississauga, Ontario for the portrait entitled Self-Portrait as a Reflection.
A total of 414 entries were received from all ten provinces and one territory.
The members of the jury are Stephanie Dickey, Professor, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Glenn Priestley, artist, Fredericton, New Brunswick; and Tom Smart, Curator, Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario.
The Kingston Prize, Canada’s portrait competition, has been held every two years beginning in 2005. The mandate of the project is to promote excellence in contemporary portraiture and to raise public understanding and appreciation of the work of Canadian artists.