Sobey Art Award 2014 Shortlist Announced

June 4, 2014, HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation today announced the five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art.

The 2014 Short List

  • West Coast and the Yukon: Evan Lee
  • Prairies and the North: Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier
  • Ontario: Chris Curreri
  • Quebec: Nadia Myre
  • Atlantic: Graeme Patterson

“The Curatorial Panel is proud to announce the 2014 Sobey Art Award shortlist. We would like to extend our gratitude on receiving a record number of nominations, demonstrating the vitality of the Canadian contemporary art scene. The five selected artists present a spectrum of practices that emerge from personal experience, ultimately addressing specific social and cultural concerns. We are confident that the work of these five compelling and engaged artists will leave a lasting impact on Canadian art.”

The Sobey Art Award has a prize value of $100,000 with $50,000 going to the winner, $10,000 awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists, and $500 to each of the remaining longlisted artists. The Sobey Art Award, established in 2002, is awarded to a Canadian artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial gallery within 18 months of being nominated. It was conceived to further the national conversation about contemporary art and is widely recognized as the most significant award for contemporary art in Canada.

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening on November 1, with the winner being announced at a Gala event on November 19.

The members of the 2014 Curatorial Panel are:

  • Jordan Strom, Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia
  • Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
  • Marie-Eve Beaupré, Conservatrice de l'art contemporain, Musée national des beaux arts, Québec
  • Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Prince Edward Island

More information about the nominees is available at


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Media contact:

Bernard Doucet | Director, Corporate Affairs | Sobeys | 115 King St., Stellarton, Nova Scotia |
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Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Office 902-424-2903 | Cell 902-222-1691 |

About the Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation.  It is an annual prize given to an artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.  A total of $100,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner; $10,000 to the other four finalists; and $500 to each of the remaining longlisted artists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. For information visit:  

Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H. MacDonald. For information visit:

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, with a mission to engage people with art. The Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information visit:



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