Emily Vey Duke (BFA 1998), and Brendan Lee Satish Tang (BFA 1998) 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 2001); Graeme Patterson (BFA 2003); Vanessa Paschakarnis (MFA 1999); Heather Benning (BFA 2004) and Robyn Moody (MFA 2006).
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 1995), 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 1998), Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.