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