RBC Emerging Artist Award Finalists Announced

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


The finalists to the RBC Emerging Artist Award were announced on April 9, 2019, via Facebook Live by Linda Newman, VP RBC Commercial Financial Services and the Council’s Sharon Diamond.

The RBC Emerging Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Ottawa artists who are in the early stages of their career in the arts and are working towards becoming recognized professional artists, while engaging with the community.

Congratulations to the finalists: Stephen R. Coleman, Brendan A. de Montigny, and Olivia Johnston. They will be recognized and the finalist announced at the Ottawa Arts Council Awards Presentation on May 7, 2019, in the Ottawa Arts Gallery’s Alma Duncan Salon.

The Council gratefully acknowledges the RBC Foundation and the RBC Emerging Artist Project for their support of the award.

RBC Emerging Artist Project

About the finalists

Stephen R Coleman

Stephen R. Coleman

Stephen R. Coleman’s artistic career began unexpectedly during a mental health crisis as he experienced profound empathy and compassion for those suffering in the world around him. Stephen always had a passion for storytelling, photography and even directed/produced and sold several commissioned short films, but his artistic career had been secondary to Network Engineering until 2018. After 3 years of production, Coleman took a leap of faith leaving his full-time job and entirely self-funding his first feature, Project Cold Days. Since then, Project Cold Days has moved audiences at Ottawa City Hall, Parliament Hill, various homeless shelters and airs Nationally on CBC this March.

"Death's Dream Kingdom" by Brendan A. de Montigny

Brendan A. de Montigny

Brendan A. de Montigny is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural connector, and curator. He holds a MFA from uOttawa, a BFA from Concordia University, and a DEC from Heritage College. De Montigny has exhibited drawings, performances and Installations in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and New York state, including: Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Todmorden Mills Museum. He co-founded and directed the Ottawa art gallery PDA Projects from 2014-2018. Recently he has been creating a new body of artwork, and is launching forthcoming podcast on arts in Canada, with local artist and professor Christopher Payne, called Like Art. Since 2011 I have lived in Vieux-Hull, Gatineau.


"17/matthew" by Olivia Johnston

Olivia Johnston

Olivia Johnston is a lens-based artist working in Ottawa, Canada. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the inaugural New Generation Photography Award presented by the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Photography Institute, and in 2017 she was a finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been displayed within Canada, including in the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto as part of a two-person Featured Exhibition. She has also shown her work internationally, including in New York, NY; Saint-Louis, Senegal; and London, England. Her work is in private and public collections in Canada and internationally.

Watch the Livestream Here