Two NSCAD alumni make Sobey Art Award shortlist
June 16, 2010

Emily Vey Duke, BFA ’98, and Brendan Lee Satish Tang, BFA ’98, are among six contemporary artists from across Canada shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award.

The annual prize honours young Canadian artists under the age of 40 who have exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually: $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists.

Syracuse, NY-based Duke, along with her collaborative partner Cooper Battersby, will represent the Atlantic region, while B.C. ceramic artist Tang earned the West Coast and Yukon position. The other finalists include narrative-based illustrator Daniel Barrow (Prairies and The North), Toronto and New York-based multimedia artist Brendan Fernandes (Ontario) and Montreal multi-disciplinary artist Patrick Bernatchez (Quebec).

Five other NSCAD alumni were among the 25 young artists named to the long list for the award in April: Lucie Chan, MFA ’01; Graeme Patterson, BFA ’03;Vanessa Paschakarnis, MFA ’99; Heather Benning, BFA ’04 and Robyn Moody, MFA ’06.

An exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will feature selected work by the shortlisted artists from October 8, 2010 to January 3, 2011. The winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a Gala event at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on November 18, 2010.
The 2010 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel consists of Grant Arnold, Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery; Jen Budney (BFA '95), Associate Curator, Mendel Art Gallery; Philip Monk, Director, Art Gallery of York University; Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and David Diviney (MFA '98), Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.