Alberta’s 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Named


The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation announces awards totalling $110,000 to the 11 recipients of its 2022 Emerging Artist Award.

Foundation Board Chair Arlene Strom says “we are thrilled to invest $110,000 this year in advancing the careers of these outstanding artists at the early stages of their professional development. Our artists help tell and shape our stories – enriching how we see and appreciate one another, and these 11 have so many stories to share!”

2022 Emerging Artist Recipients

Perpetual Atife Saxophone, Calgary
Vicki Chau Filmmaker, Calgary
Arlan Vriens Violin, Edmonton; Toronto
Eden Tremayne Soprano, Calgary
Omar Mouallem Writer, Edmonton
Trina Moyles Writer, Peace River
Kiona Ligtvoet Visual Arts, Edmonton
Tenaj Williams Actor, Calgary
Ally McIntyre Visual Arts, Edmonton
Moni Brar Writer/Poet, Calgary
Nahanni McKay Visual Arts, Banff

The Award’s patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta awarded the 2022 Emerging Artists at a celebration hosted by the County of Lac La Biche and Portage College on June 10, 2022. Each awardee receives a $10,000 cash award, a handcrafted medal and certificate.

The 11 recipients were selected from 140 applications in an adjudication process overseen by The Banff Centre. The adjudication panel included: Darren Fung, renowned composer based out of Los Angeles, originally from Edmonton; Sean Caulfield, artist and Centennial Professor in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; Patricia Darbasie, Alberta actor, director and educator; Jenna Butler, 2014 LG Emerging Artist, award-winning author and educator; Derek Beaulieu, Jury Facilitator, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

Since its inception, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has recognized 74 outstanding emerging artists, and 23 Distinguished Artists and awarded more than $1,430,000 directly to Albertan artists.

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