(Edmonton, December 11, 2019) Applications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2020 Emerging Artist Awards are now open until February 23, 2020. Up to 10 artists will receive a $10,000 cash award and an Emerging Artist medal presented by the Foundation’s patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, at a ceremony in June, 2020.

Artists from all disciplines including performing, visual, film, design and literary arts are eligible to apply. Emerging artists are considered those of any age who have completed their training or apprenticeship and are in the early stages of their professional arts career. To date, 53 Emerging Artists have been recognized including singers Nuela Charles and Colleen Brown; theatre artists Heather Inglis, Jenna Rodgers and Simon Mallett; visual artists Amy Malbeuf and Pamma Fitzgerald.

An adjudication panel convened by The Banff Centre will select the 2020 Emerging Artist recipients.

The competition deadline is midnight, February 23, 2020.

Full competition details and links to the online application forms can be found at artsawards.ca

Competition Details & Application Form


About the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation

The late Fil Fraser, the late Tommy Banks, the late John Poole and Jenny Belzberg (Calgary)  established the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation in 2003 to celebrate and promote excellence in the arts. The endowments they established were created with philanthropic dollars and gifts from the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada.

Since its inception in 2003, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has awarded $1,130,000 to 20 Distinguished Artists and 53 Emerging Artists. The Foundation was established to celebrate and promote excellence in the arts in Alberta through two awards programs:

  • The Emerging Artist Awards program, established in 2008, gives up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising professional artists early in their careers. Emerging Artist Awards are given out in even years.
  • The Distinguished Artist Awards program, begun in 2005, gives up to three awards of $30,000 each in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, the arts in Alberta. Distinguished Artist Awards are given in odd years,

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Classen
Executive Director
ph: 780-222-7943