Annie Yung takes home $10,000 as winner of the first annual
RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award as chosen by you
TORONTO –October 5, 2011 – The Gardiner Museum is pleased to announce that Annie Yung has won the inaugural RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award for ceramic art, including a $10,000 prize. All participating artists attended the public reception at the Gardiner Museum where the winner was announced by RBC Foundation last night.
A panel of experts nominated five outstanding young Canadian artists as contenders; Eliza Au of Richmond, B.C.; Jeremy Hatch of Bozeman, Montana; Xanthe Isbister of Medicine Hat, AB; Alwyn O’Brien of Salt Spring Island, B.C.; and this year’s winner, Annie Yung of Montreal, QC.
“I’m pleased to accept the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. I was so honoured to be selected for an award run by such a prestigious organization that is committed to the arts,” said Annie Yung, emerging artist. “It was an excellent opportunity to create a unique ceramic piece and to share it with a large audience at both the showcase and on the Gardiner Museum’s webpage.”
As a part of the award process, each artist was able to showcase their new works of ceramic art specifically created for the competition. This year, the exhibition of the nominated artists’ work was on display at the Gardiner Museum and on the Museum’s website from September 2 to October 3, 2011.
During this period, visitors to both the exhibit at the Gardiner and the museum’s website were invited to vote for the artist of their choice and to explain their decision at www.gardinermuseum.com/rbcemergingartist. The Gardiner posted comments made by participating members of the public on its website to stimulate a national dialogue about ceramic art.
“This award has raised the profile of several up-and-coming artists by attracting thousands of votes and hundreds of comments which stimulated a meaningful discussion about contemporary ceramic art across the country,” says Alexandra Montgomery, Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum. “We are incredibly grateful to the RBC Foundation for their leadership support and are excited to have been able to provide this opportunity for the nominated artists and the public”.
“We at RBC have a proud history of commitment to projects and organizations that improve the quality of life in our communities. RBC’s support of the arts is built on long-term partnerships with organizations whose programs bridge the gap from academic excellence to successful professional careers in all aspects of the arts,” said Wafa Kadri, Senior Manger, Corporate Donations, RBC Foundation.