THE INAUGURATION OF THE
The Kingston Prize for Contemporary
Canadian Portraiture will be awarded for the
first time in the fall of 2005. A jury will
select from the entries a number of paintings
to be exhibited, and will award the Prize
of $3,000. It is intended that the Prize will
be awarded annually.
rules limit entries to portrait paintings
by Canadian artists of Canadian subjects.
The paintings must have been painted from
life, within 24 months prior to the closing
date of June 30, 2005. Entry will be by slide,
and the paintings selected by the jury will
be exhibited in Kingston in October. The Entry
Form is available for download.
OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT COMPETITIONS
Canada has an abundance
of talent in the visual arts, including many
portraitists, but has not yet entered the
world of national portrait competitions. Greater
recognition of the visual arts through prizes
is long overdue, and this initiative of the
Kingston Arts Council is intended to attract
the interest of all Canadian artists.
An annual event focused
on Canadian portraits will, over the years,
build a public record of Canadians as seen
by contemporary artists. In addition to those
portraits that subsequently go into public
galleries and corporate collections, many
others will be treasured in private homes
and collections, enriching the lives of those
who see them.