A Canadian Face of Portraiture: Kingston Prize Exhibition Opening Soon!

Beaverbrook Art GalleryOctober 27, 20150 Comments

A Canadian Face of Portraiture: Kingston Prize Exhibition Opening Soon

October 27, 2015 –  Beaverbrook Art Gallery to host Kingston Prize finalists exhibition, announcement of winners. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is proud to host the 2015 Kingston Prize exhibition, showcasing the thirty jury-selected finalists of this national portraiture competition showcasing portraits of Canadians, by Canadians. To add to the festivities, the winners and runners-up will also be announced at the opening. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Saturday, November 14 at 5 pm.

Launched in 2005, the Kingston Prize is dedicated to supporting Canadian portrait artists. According to the organizers, “The aim of The Kingston Prize is to encourage and reward the creation of contemporary portraits by Canadian artists, to promote Canadian artists through competition, and over time to develop an historical record of Canadians, by Canadians. Each exhibition becomes a fascinating snapshot of a cross-section of Canadian life. The exhibition gives much needed public exposure to talented Canadian artists, while at the same time sparking interest, conversation and inspiration in the visitors attending the exhibitions.”

Julian Brown, co-founder of the Kingston Prize, states, “Today, Canadians come from a bewildering range of backgrounds, and it is this diversity that makes the present time so interesting. The portraits submitted to The Kingston Prize show Canadians in the midst of their lives, working at their careers, growing with their families, experiencing success and failure, living with setbacks and good fortune. Through their portraits we can share in their successes and achievements, and empathize with their sadness in times of difficulty.”

The winner, selected by the jury comprised of Stephanie Dickey (Kingston), Tom Smart (Toronto) and Glenn Priestley (Fredericton), will be announced at the opening reception on November 14th, receives the $20,000 Kingston Prize, provided through a generous donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Two jury-selected runners-up will also be announced. The public will also play a role, with each visitor receiving a ballot to vote for their favorite at each venue; the winners will be awarded the People’s Choice Prize.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is proud to be a part of this project. Director/CEO and Chief Curator Terry Graff links it to the Gallery’s collection, stating: “Portraits are vital artistic and social documents. They are a significant part of our permanent collection, which provides a valuable overview of the portrait tradition in the history of art. Our founder, Lord Beaverbrook, not only acquired historical portraits by prominent artists, such as Reynolds and Gainsborough, but also portraits by important modern artists of his day, such as Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. Indeed, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a most appropriate venue for presentation of The Kingston Prize, and we congratulate all of the artists in the exhibition. ”

The Kingston Prize 2015 exhibition runs November 14 through January 17, and is supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Admission is FREE for Beaverbrook Art Gallery members and for children age six and under. More information on memberships and benefits can be found on our website at http://beaverbrookartgallery.org/en/support/membership.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery:
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB
E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Email: visitorservices@beaverbrookartgallery.org   
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