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Graeme Patterson shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award 

Halifax artist up against heavy-hitters for country's biggest art prize.

Graeme Patterson, The deers, 2006. From Woodrow.

Just received word that Graeme Patterson is the Atlantic Canadian shortlisted artist for the Sobey Art Award! Patterson is joined by some huge talent, including multi-year nominees Marcel Dzama (Prairies) and Shary Boyle (Ontario), plus Luanne Martineau (Prairies & The North) and David Altmejd (Québec), who represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.

There will be a selection of work from the artists on display at the AGNS, who administers the award, from September 5 to November 5, and the winner will be announced on October 15. The annual award "is given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists." Roll in that bed of cash.

Here's a link to a story I wrote about Patterson a couple of years ago; still one of my all-time favourite Halifax exhibitions.

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