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 County of Lac la Biche and Portage College, Lac la Biche Campus, will host the 2021 Distinguished Artist Awards (date to be confirmed).
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.