The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards celebrate Alberta’s rich cultural fabric by honouring its most accomplished artists and supporting professional artists in the early stages of their careers. 


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Ten 2018 Emerging Artist awardees were recognized at an event at Government House on June 1, 2018. The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell presented the ten emerging artists with a medal and a $10,000 cheque on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation.

The celebratory event featured a ’tribute to fellow awardees’ by violinist Timothy Steeves; words of encouragement from Distinguished Artist John Estacio; and a heartfelt musical tribute by PJ Perry, Jim Head and Paul Johnston to the late Tommy Banks and Fil Fraser, two of the Foundation Founders.

Foundation Chair Ken Regan said “We are so pleased to be able to invest in advancing the careers of these outstanding young artists who truly will make a difference across Alberta – and Canada.”

The 10 recipients were selected from 147 applications in a two-tiered adjudication process overseen by The Banff Centre. The adjudication panel included: Mark Bellamy, theatre director; Mel Kirby, manager, Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program; Jane Ash Poitras, visual artist, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2011 Distinguished Artist; Thomas Trofimuk, novelist, poet.