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Announcing the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is pleased to announce that composer John Estacio (Edmonton), visual artist Alex Janvier (Cold Lake), and poet and writer Alice Major (Edmonton) have been selected to receive the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award.

The three were selected from a pool of 42 outstanding nominations by an adjudication panel chaired by Howard Jang, Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Woodward’s Cultural Unit, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. His fellow adjudicators were Heather Moore, Producer and Executive Director, Canada Scene, National Arts Centre; Carol Holmes, Executive Director, Writers’ Guild of Alberta; and Pierre Arpin, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Contemporary Calgary. The adjudication process was facilitated by the Awards Secretariat, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Phil Ponting, chair of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation said, “Albertans should take enormous pride in the accomplishments of these three outstanding artists. Through music, word, colour and shape, they open us to new and beautiful ways of experiencing our world. The high calibre of nominations overall reflects a province mature in artistic development.”

The laureates will each receive a handcrafted medal, $30,000 award and two-week residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Studios. The awards patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will present the awards at a brunch celebration hosted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Saturday, September 23, 2017. For event tickets ($65) and overnight room bookings call 1-800-413-8368 or purchase online at .

Nominate an outstanding artist

Nominations are now open for the 2017 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 2017 recipients will receive their awards from the awards patron, Her… Continue Reading

2017 Distinguished Artist Awards

We’re pleased to announce that the 2017 Distinguished Arts Awards will be hosted by The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Saturday, September 23, 2017 with an all new brunch format to leave plenty of time to soak in Banff’s glorious early fall beauty. We look forward to adding new names to our Distinguished Artist roster and encourage the public and arts… Continue Reading

Appointments to our Board of Directors

The Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of new new members and directors from Edmonton: Lloyd Lewis, former Vice-President and General Manager of CTV, brings previous board experience with United Way, Capital Region and the Red Deer College Foundation as well as serving on an advisory committee for the broadcast program at Mount Royal… Continue Reading

2016 Emerging Artists named

Calgary (May 16, 2016)…The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is awarding a total of $100,000 to the 10 recipients of its 2016 Emerging Artist Award. “When economic times are tough, artists are especially vulnerable,” says Foundation Chair Phil Ponting. “We are pleased to be able to invest in advancing the careers of these… Continue Reading

2016 Emerging Artist Awards competition now open

Calgary…Alberta artists of all disciplines, in the early stages of their professional careers, are eligible to apply for the 2016 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

Thank you Lethbridge for a celebration to remember!

2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists, Ronnie Burkett, Frances Ginzer, and Peter von Tiesenhausen were feted in style as Lethbridge hosted one of the most energized gala celebrations ever. The Soar Festival for emerging artists kicked off the week and will become an annual event. Celebration day, June 6, began with entertainment on special buses that transported… Continue Reading

Three to receive $30,000 Distinguished Artist Award

Calgary…Puppeteer extraordinaire, Ronnie Burkett of Toronto, renowned soprano, Frances Ginzer, Calgary, and internationally acclaimed artist Peter von Tiesenhausen of Demmitt, Alberta, will receive Alberta’s highest arts recognition, the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. “These artists are celebrated internationally, yet maintain strong connections to Alberta that continue to feed our local arts culture,”… Continue Reading

Gala tickets go on sale

The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, in partnership with the City of Lethbridge is proud to be hosting the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Arts Awards on June 6, 2015. The awards are Alberta’s most prestigious recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. The event will include a Gala Performance and Awards Ceremony directed by… Continue Reading

2015 Distinguished Artist Award nominations open!

Just once every other year, Alberta honours its most accomplished artists and arts builders with the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. And 2015 is that year. Artists from every artistic discipline are eligible. Artists from anywhere in Alberta are eligible, as are those who have left Alberta to practice their art, but who have maintained their connection… Continue Reading