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The Winnipeg Portrait Prize 2014

- a centennial project of the Winnipeg Sletch Club

The awards ceremony is Thursday, April 17th at the Rotunda in the Manitoba Legislative Building.

7:00 PM

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THE WINNIPEG SKETCH CLUB has the distinction of being one of the oldest clubs of fine art in Canada. It was founded in 1914 by A.J. Musgrove, the first principal of the Winnipeg School of Art and the Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The express purpose of the Club throughout its history has been to provide artists with opportunities to sketch from live models. The First Annual Exhibition was held in February of 1916 in the Winnipeg Museum of Fine Art and this tradition has since continued without interruption. The Club has played a significant role in the growth and evolution of fine art in Winnipeg.

Many distinguished artists have been members since the club’s founding, such as Frank Johnston and Lemoine Fitzgerald, both members of the famous “Group of Seven”. Other renowned artists include the likes of Clarence Tellenius, Eric Bergman, Jack Markell, Charles Comfort, Lynn Sissons, Pauline Boutal, Robert Bruce, Peter Kuch, Neil Hoogstraten, and Leo Mol.

The Winnipeg Sketch Club is privileged to possess this diverse legacy and endeavors to honour its rich heritage while trying to seek new and greater challenges in the future.


This is a centennial Project of the Winnipeg Sketch Club

Artists please note the open call for submission for the Winnipeg Portrait Prize deadline Jan.31, 2014. If interested please go to for criteria and entry forms. At least one live session has to be done with the subject who, in the artists opinion, is contributing significantly to a community: volunteer, writer, entrepreneur, sporting field, educator - you name it. As many accepted entries as possible will be shown at the general exhibition Winnipeg Convention Centre, April 5 - 6, 2014. The winner (cash prize $1000) will be announced at the Manitoba Legislature April 17, 2014 along with display of finalists. There will be a People's Choice award and a commemorative catalogue of general exhibition. First successful 20 entries will receive the catalogue free of charge.

For further information and entry form, please vist www.winnipeg