LGAAAmedal-240x300The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation, established in 2003, offers two awards programs in alternative years:

The Distinguished Artist Awards program (odd years) gives up to three awards of $30,000 each in recognition of outstanding achievement. The Emerging Artist Awards program (even years) gives up to 10, $10,000 awards to promising artists at an early stage of their professional careers.

Alberta communities enter into a less formal competition by submitting proposals to host the Distinguished Artist Awards Gala as the cornerstone of a local arts celebration designed to strengthen their creative community.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is incorporated under the Companies Act in Alberta and a registered charity.

Arlene Strom


Kathy Classen

Executive Director

Board of Directors:

  • Beverley Foy, Director Calgary
  • Cheryl Gottselig, Director Calgary
  • Sam Jenkins, Director Edmonton
  • Colleen Purdy, Treasurer Calgary
  • Lloyd Lewis, Director Red Deer
  • Roy Louis, Director Maskwacis
  • Annemarie Petrov, Director Edmonton
  • Karl Schwonik, Director Medicine Hat
  • Arlene Strom, Chair Calgary
  • Aritha Van Herk, Director Calgary

Foundation Members:

  • Tommy Banks (founder)
  • Jenny Belzberg (founder)
  • David Biltek
  • Glen Buick
  • Joanne Cuthbertson
  • Beverley Foy
  • Morris Flewwelling
  • Fil Fraser (founder)
  • Cheryl Gottselig
  • Susan Green
  • Sam Jenkins
  • D’Arcy Levesque
  • Lloyd Lewis
  • Jim McKillop
  • Bob McPhee
  • Dave Mowat
  • Eric P. Newell
  • Annemarie Petrov
  • Colleen Purdy
  • Ken Regan
  • Eric Rice
  • David Shefsiek
  • Monica Sloan
  • Arlene Strom
  • Phil Ponting
  • Aritha van Herk
  • Robert Westbury