Twenty-three British Columbians are among the 52 Canadian artists selected as finalists for Canada’s newest national art prize, The Salt Spring National Art Prize.
Chosen from over 800 artists and 1,367 works, these artists will contend for $25,000 in prize money and have an opportunity to elevate their careers by gleaning exposure and valuable industry recognition. The inaugural Salt Spring National Art Prize has a mandate of encouraging artists whose work demonstrates a visual impact and a depth of meaning.
"For our first Finalist Exhibition we are extremely pleased with the number and quality of work submitted by artists from across the country,” said SSNAP founding director Ronald T. Crawford. “The work chosen from over 800 artists and 1,367 works, successfully reflects our goals of showing the strength and diversity of Canadian art while encouraging dialogue and exposure for the 52 featured artists. The jury selected works blind to any geographical, cultural or gender information; this has given us an amazing cross section of works for our exhibition. I applaud the integrity of work from all the artists who have submitted, and congratulate the finalists and respect the decisions made by our jury."
For a full list of finalists, please visit the SSNAP website.