The Joe Plaskett Foundation was established in 2004 by the artist Joseph Plaskett (1918-2014) to facilitate the selection of a recipient for the Plaskett Award. This award provides $30,000 to help fund an emerging Canadian painter who will live, create artwork or travel in Europe for a required minimum of six months. From 2008-2018 the foundation partnered with the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA) to help administer the prize and in 2015 the Nancy Petry Foundation joined to offer a second, runner up prize.
The candidate chosen for the Plaskett Award will be an outstanding emerging Canadian artist in the field of painting. In addition, candidates must meet the requirements outlined in the application process.
When the foundation was established in 2004, Mr. Plaskett said:
“I created this award in emulation of what Emily Carr did for me in 1946. I would like young Canadian artists to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than a half century ago. Europe and, above all, France, have left me richer in knowledge and experience. Although things have changed a great deal since I first travelled and studied abroad, the lesson of Europe and it’s past is always waiting for those ready to learn.”