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Five are on short list for $100,000 Sobey’s Art Award

Five are on short list for $100,000 Sobey’s Art Award
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It’s one of the most prestigious and generous art awards, and one of the five artists under 40 named as finalists for the 2019 Sobey Art Award Wednesday will take home $100,000.

The finalists, one from each of five regions across Canada, are: D’Arcy Wilson from the Atlantic region; Nicolas Grenier from Quebec; Stephanie Comilang from Ontario; Kablusiak representing the Prairies and the North; and Anne Low for the West Coast and the Yukon.

The award is open to visual artists aged 40 and under. Work by each of the artists will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta from Oct. 5 to Jan 5, 2020.

“The Sobey Art Award helps to keep the National Gallery of Canada current within the dynamic landscape of contemporary art in Canada,” said Sasha Suda, National Gallery CEO and director, in a statement. “It offers invaluable opportunities to exchange ideas between curators and artists across the country, and the chance to learn about a myriad of different artistic practices.”

The five finalists were whittled down from a long list of 25.

While the winner receives $100,000, each finalist gets $25,000 and each of the longlisted artists receives $2,000, for a total purse of $240,000.

Three artists from the long list will also be chosen to take part in a residencies program, while one shortlisted artist will take part in a Fogo Island Arts residency.

The seven jurors include one from each of the Canadian regions represented as well as an international juror — Henriette Bretton-Meyer, curator of Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg — and the jury chair, the National Gallery’s Josée Drouin-Brisebois.

The grand prize winner will be announced at a gala hosted by the Art Gallery of Alberta on Nov. 15. The recipients of the international residencies will be revealed on Sept. 18, while the Fogo Island Arts residency winner will be announced in the weeks following the gala.
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