The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, is an annual prize given to an artist aged 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the Sobey Art Award winner, along with a $10,000 prize to each of the shortlisted artists, and a $500 prize to each of the remaining longlisted artists.
All nominations will be reviewed by the 2017 curatorial jury panel, chaired by the National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois. The panel is composed of one distinguished representative from each of Canada’s five regions: the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon, and also includes one international juror. They review all nominations and establish the long and short lists as well as the winner of the award.
The award’s 2017 long list of nominees was announced April 19 and the short list will be announced in June. An exhibition of works by the five short-listed artists will be presented at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, this year’s host venue, from 24 October to 9 December 2017. The winner of the 2017 Sobey Art Award will be announced during a gala event on 25 October 2017.