About the Distinguished Artist Award
The awards are presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at a celebration hosted by a different Alberta community each year. The 2019 celebration was hosted by The Battle River Group at Maskwacis on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Up to three awards of $30,000 each are awarded every other year (odd years). Recipients also receive a hand-cast medal, a pin, a framed citation, and, where appropriate, a two-week residency at The Banff Centre Leighton Artists Colony.
Who is a Distinguished Artist?
Individuals or organizations may nominate an artist, artist collective, or arts builder and supporter for a Distinguished Artist Award. (Self-nominations, posthumous nominations, and nominations from family members, however, will not be considered.)
Eligible nominees must be:
The Award Medals
Medals, which feature a sculpted outline of the Alberta wild rose surrounding a cut out star, were designed by Wei Yew. They are hand-cast in sterling silver and plated in 18 karat gold by Wayne Mackenzie. Miniatures of the medals are cast in 18 karat gold as lapel pins for Award recipients.