FREDERICTON (GNB) – Fifteen works of art by 13 contemporary New Brunswick artists have been acquired through a peer jury selection process by the New Brunswick Art Bank.

“In 2011-12, $30,000 worth of art work was purchased and I am pleased to confirm that an additional $10,000 has been set aside for on-going conservation of existing pieces in the Art Bank,” said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder.

New Brunswick artists were invited to submit works to the Acquisitions Program. Eighty-two submissions from all regions of the province were reviewed by the five-member jury and 28 artists were invited to present their works to the jury for consideration.

Works by the following artists were selected for purchase:

Joel Boudreau (St. Simon); Luc Charette (Baie de Bouctouche); Jasmine Cull (Fredericton); Eric Edson (Sackville); Darren Emenau (Central Greenwich); Jared Peters (Saint John); Dennis Austin Reid (Dorchester); Evan Rensch (Riverview); Dan Steeves (Sackville); Anna Torma (Baie-Verte); James Wilson (Hampton); and Xu Dan (Saint John).

An exhibition of the new acquisitions will be take place at galleries and art centres in the province and elsewhere.

Members of the jury for the 2011-12 Acquisitions Program are professional artists and art professionals: Anne-Marie Sirois (Moncton); Deanna Musgrave (Saint John); Vicky Lenz (Edmundston); John MacDermid (Fredericton); and Anna Hepler (Eastport, Me.).

“I thank our artists for submitting works for consideration, and the jury for their work,” said Holder. “The New Brunswick Art Bank serves as a record of excellence in the visual arts and a celebration of what enriches our culture. By celebrating our artists and their work, we help elevate New Brunswick’s quality of life.”

The Art Bank contains more than 770 works in a variety of media. In addition to exhibitions throughout the province, works owned by the Art Bank are also on view in government offices and reception areas, and available in online guides for teachers and students.