Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Announces
Finalists for 2014 Emerging Artist’s Prize

The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver (CASV) has announced five finalists for the 2014 CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize, a competition open to emerging artists in the Lower Mainland. The biennial prize was established in 2011 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers, and is the only one of its kind in Vancouver selected through an open competition.

Chosen from among 89 applicants, the five are:
  • Derya Akay
  • Byron Peters
  • Laura Piasta
  • Joseph Staples
  • Erdem Tasdelen

The distinguished jury of art professionals who selected the finalists are: 
  • Grant Arnold (Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery)
  • Vanessa Kwan, artist and programmer
  • Sarah Macaulay (Macaulay Fine Art)
  • Kimberly Phillips (Director/Curator of Access Gallery)
  • Reid Shier (Director of Presentation House Gallery)
The selected artists work in a wide range of contemporary art practices, including video, installation, sculpture, painting, sound, collage, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. 

Their work will be exhibited at Access Gallery (accessgallery.ca) in Vancouver from May 17 - 31, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 22 from 7 – 10pm. 

The winner of the $3000 prize will be announced at 7:30 pm on the night of the opening.

“We are pleased that for this second competition so many talented artists applied,” says CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Chair, Rachel Lafo, “and look forward to the exhibition of their work and the juror’s selection of the prize winner. We hope that the recognition the artists receive is a further validation of their artistic efforts.”

The prize is entirely funded by donations of CASV members and supporters. The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization founded in 1977 that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art. Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals from North America and abroad. To join CASV visit the website: www.casv.ca.

MEDIA CONTACT: Aderyn Davies, aderynd@gmail.com, 778-836-2334


CASV - Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting for the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver will be on Thursday May 29  - please save the date!

We'll send out reminders and info on the location of the AGM shortly.

See you soon. 

Monday, April 28, 2014


Interested in volunteering on the CASV Board? 

Currently, we are looking for CASV members to join the working Board to help out in the following positions:

Secretary:  The Secretary is an officer of the Board.  The role of the Secretary is to ensure notification of Board meetings, and that minutes of Board meetings are taken.  The role of Secretary may be combined with other roles.

CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Chair - duties will include working with CASV Administrative Assistant to oversee the administration of the Artist's Prize, including leading the call for submissions, enlisting a jury of art professionals, writing press releases, coordinating the exhibition of finalists' artwork, and organizing the Prize launch at the opening reception.

- Hospitality

- International art trip planning

CASV archiving
Please contact us for more information on how you can help.


The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is a registered not-for-profit organization entirely reliant on member support.  Thank you for yours!  Please visit the CASV website for event listings and membership information.

Founded in 1977, the CASV creates opportunities for exploring, appreciating and understanding contemporary art.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


May is an incredibly busy month this year for the CASV, with four events happening. The first one is an event in which the CASV and the Richmond Art Gallery has partnered together. 

A Conversation About Collecting Contemporary Art
Saturday, May 3, 2:00 – 3:30pm - Richmond Art Gallery

Hear different perspectives on collecting contemporary art from Wil Aballe, Dealer and Owner of Wil Aballe Art Projects, Kate Bellringer, Director of Contemporary & Canadian Art Auctions at Maynards Fine Art & Antiques, and Donna Partridge, private collector and Manager of Art Rental & Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Moderated by Gallery Director Rachel Rosenfield Lafo.

See the exhibition, Evan Lee: Elders and Roots, guest curated by Bill Jeffries. Take advantage of a special opportunity to build your art collection by purchasing a new limited edition print by Vancouver artist Evan Lee from his ginseng series, created as a fundraiser for the Richmond Art Gallery.

Co-sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver

Directions to the Richmond Art Gallery, easily accessible on the Canada Line, can be found here: http://richmondartgallery.org/.

Evan Lee, Ginseng Root Study, 2004/2014 , 7.75 x 6 in., archival pigment print

The Second event is a members only studio visit with Dyan Achjadi. This event has limited numbers as Dyan's studio is a smaller space, so be sure to RSVP as soon as the invitation comes out. For those of you who cannot join us as it is on Mothers Day, we wish you a beautiful Mothers Day.

Dyan Achjadi, Mine, 2008

Event number three in May, a private collection tour visit. The details for this event will be emailed to members a week or so prior. Be sure to sign up for the collection visit, and be prepared for inspiring conversations on collecting.

Event number four in May, the CASV is pleased to present to you the Second Iteration of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver's Emerging Artist's Prize. By early May a jury will have meticulously reviewed over 120 submissions of work and selected a group of finalists for the exhibition and prize. The exhibition of the artwork will be held at Access Gallery in Vancouver, and will run from May 17 - 31. We would like to invite all of our members to the May 22 Opening reception for the exhibition. Come out and support emerging Vancouver contemporary art, and meet the shortlisted artists. 

The winner of the prize is also announced on the 22nd.