2022 Emerging Artist Recipients

Perpetual Atife Saxophone

Arlan Vriens Violin

Eden Tremayne Soprano

2022 Emerging Artist Recipients

Omar Mouallem Writer

Trina Moyles Writer

Moni Brar Writer/Poet

2022 Emerging Artist Recipients

Alexandra Nahanni McKay Visual Arts

Kiona Ligtvoet Visual Arts

Ally McIntyre Visual Arts

2022 Emerging Artist Recipients

Tenaj Williams Actor

Vicki Chau Filmmaker




2023 Distinguished Artist Award

In 2023, Alberta will honour three of our province’s most accomplished artists with the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. Since 2005, 23 Alberta artists and arts collectives have received this $30,000 award and earned the privilege of wearing the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist medal. Artists from every artistic discipline are eligible.

The 2023 recipients will receive their awards from the awards patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE B.Sc., LLD (Hon), Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta, at a celebration at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat Saturday, September 16, 2023. 

About the
Governor of
Arts Awards

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation was established in 2003 and its first awards program for Distinguished Artists was launched in 2005. The Emerging Artist Awards program began in 2008.

Since then, 74 Emerging and 23 Distinguished Artists have been recognized with this prestigious award. Recipients span the rich offering of visual, performing, film, design and literary professional arts in the province. These outstanding artists continue to contribute to Alberta’s rich cultural fabric in communities across the province – and across Canada.

The Honourable Salma Lakhani Lieutenant Governor of Alberta


Salma Lakhani is a community leader and volunteer who is guided by her deep commitment to the values of pluralism and inclusion and her dedication to championing those who face barriers in life. Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, she came to Canada in 1977 as a stateless person after all Ugandans of Asian origin were expelled from that country. She is a proud Ismaili Muslim who has offered longstanding service to a range of organizations, including NorQuest College, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Kids Kottage, Sorrentino’s Compassion House, the Alberta Cancer Board and the Zebra Foundation.

She began her duties as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on August 26, 2020. She serves as Patron of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.


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