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2021 Distinguished Artist Awards Host Community

Lac La Biche County selected as host of the 2021 Distinguished Artist Awards 

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is pleased to announce Lac La Biche County as the 2021 Distinguished Artist Awards host community. Lac La Biche County, in partnership with Portage College, is proud to showcase their beautiful community, rich heritage and cultural assets in June 2021. The awards are Alberta’s most prestigious recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. 

“By hosting the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards, we aim to showcase our community’s long history, vibrant multiethnic quilt, tourism opportunities and the legacy of arts in the Lakeland Region. At the same time, we’re raising awareness of the many gifted artists throughout the province,” says Omer Moghrabi, Mayor of Lac La Biche County. 

The 2021 celebrations will connect the themes of cultural diversity and the arts, as influenced by the region’s landscapes and watersheds. Lac La Biche County will be the ninth Albertan community to host the awards since their inception in 2003. 

2020 Emerging Artist Awards competition now open

November 28, 2019 Edmonton…Alberta artists  – of all disciplines – who are in the early stages of their professional careers, are eligible to apply for the 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. The awards, consisting of a medal and $10,000, are given in alternate years to up to 10 deserving artists. Past recipients span the rich offering of visual,… Continue Reading

John Murrell 1945-2019

What a loss to our province and to its arts community with the passing ofour dear John Murrell, playwright and librettist. In 2005 John Murrell and architect Douglas Cardinal were celebrated as the inaugural Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award recipients. In his words he “… felt both honoured and humbled, to feel a… Continue Reading

Distinguished Artist Award Recipients Announced

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is pleased to announce that poet Marilyn Dumont (Edmonton), visual artist and printmaker Walter Jule (Edmonton), and abstract sculptor Katie Ohe (Calgary) have been selected to receive the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. Ken Regan, chair of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards… Continue Reading

Nominate an outstanding artist for 2019 Distinguished Artist Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards, Alberta’s most prestigious artistic award. Alberta artists and those now working elsewhere, but maintaining a strong connection to Alberta, are eligible and anyone may nominate through a simple online process. The 2019 recipients will receive their awards from the awards patron, the… Continue Reading

2018 Emerging Artist Awards competition now open

Edmonton…Alberta artists of all disciplines, in the early stages of their professional careers, are eligible to apply for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. The awards, consisting of a medal and $10,000, are given in alternate years to up to 10 deserving artists. Past recipients span the rich offering of visual, performing, design and literary… Continue Reading

2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Recognized

2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists, John Estacio, Alex Janvier and Alice Major were recognized as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity hosted the 2017 celebration with a new brunch format on a brilliant fall day in the mountains. Master of Ceremonies, CBC broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, was a most engaging host for the celebration… Continue Reading