Hello and welcome to the 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist awards!
Though we cannot gather in person to recognize this year’s 10 outstanding Emerging Artists, we are so proud to introduce them to you this morning – and share a bit of their brilliance with you.
These awards were created by four Albertan visionaries:
- Jenny Belzberg, whose vision and efforts with her fellow founders led to the establishment of the Foundation in 2003.
- the late Fil Fraser
- the late John Poole.
- and the late Tommy Banks – who we are happy to include through his music underscoring today’s program.
Through their efforts, annual arts awards in recognition of artistic excellence – of both emerging and distinguished artists, will remain in perpetuity as an enduring gift to Alberta.
At the heart of these awards is the artistic community itself, spearheaded for us by The Banff Centre which oversees the adjudication process. Thank you to Tamara Ross, director of programs, who led our four jurors in their deliberations – we know it is no small task: these adjudicators were charged with narrowing 160 exceptional applicants down to these worthy 10. A big thank you to our jurors:
Denise Clarke, Adam Fox, Alice Major, and Lindsey Sharman. We’ll hear from them as we introduce the awardees.
And finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our artists, the reason we are here, and to your family and friends. Welcome.
The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, has been a champion and wholehearted promoter of these awards since her first days of office. We are privileged to have Her Honour speak to our awardees today and bring to these awards the distinguished recognition they merit. This is the 3rd Emerging Artist celebration
Her Honour has presided over, and I know she loves this opportunity to encourage and celebrate these artists!
Your Honour, I am pleased to invite you to address us on the occasion of the 2020 Emerging Artist Awards announcement.