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Portraitist of the Year Award - 2006

Maeve McCarthy
The Council's Portraitist of the Year Award was presented by Henry McGarvey (left) to Maeve McCarthy with John Mulcahy, Publisher of the Irish Arts Review looking on. Mr. McGarvey is Chief Executive of Pramerica, Prudential Financial's operations subsidiary in Ireland.
With important financial support from Prudential Financial, the Council announced at its 2006 Winter Meeting that an Award for Outstanding Portraiture would be presented at the Royal Hibernian Academy's Spring Exhibition in 2006 as part of a new program to support arts and arts education in Ireland.

The Council undertook this effort in conjunction with the Irish Arts Review, which celebrates Irish culture, art and design throughout the ages. The magazine, produced to the highest standards of quality, is ranked among the very top art publications in Europe.

In June, at the Council's American Night in Dublin Gala Evening at the National Gallery of Ireland the winner, Maeve McCarthy, was presented with the Council award. Ms. McCarthy, an important young artist in Ireland, was chosen by a panel of jurists from the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Irish Arts Review.

At the time of the announcement last February, Michael J. Gibbons, Council President, said "We are delighted to launch this new program, made possible by generous support from Prudential Financial, in conjunction with the Irish Arts Review. A special panel of judges will review entries and choose an artist for the €5,000 (Euro) bursary for Best Portraitist in the Exhibition."

"We are pleased to support this important new initiative by the Council to promote greater innovation in arts education and appreciation in Ireland", said Robert C. Golden, Executive Vice President, Prudential Financial and a Council board member. With our Pramerica Systems operation based in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Prudential is committed to supporting Ireland's dynamic and vibrant cultural and artistic traditions."

Mr. John Mulcahy, Editor of the Irish Arts Review said "We are delighted to participate in this exciting new sponsorship initiative with the Council and Prudential Financial. As part of the sponsorship program, every Council member in the United States and in Ireland will receive a copy of the quarterly Irish Arts Review. Other benefits for Council members will be a program of discounts available through the Irish Arts Review to many arts events in Ireland. Also included will be online information on such things as prices of Irish art, results of auction sales, and upcoming arts activities throughout the year."

The Irish Arts Review is the definitive journal of art and design in Ireland. Published four times a year to the highest design and production standards, it is a beautifully-illustrated 150-page review of Irish painting, design, sculpture, architecture, photography and decorative arts and is the authoritative quarterly publication on Irish art and design.