Positive future for Alberta's emerging artists

    Diversity among first Lieutenant Governor winners

    EDMONTON, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - "The future of Alberta's wonderfully diverse
arts talents is looking extremely positive," said Susan Green, chair of the
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation, in announcing the first
winners of the Foundation's new emerging artist awards.
    "Our adjudication panel members were most impressed with the overall
quality of the 85 applications received, and without any guidance from the
Foundation, chose three musicians, three visual artists, one theatre director,
one film director, a novelist and a multi-media artist as our first emerging
artist award winners. The winners were also geographically diverse, again
giving us reason to celebrate a positive future for our province's artistic
talents," added Green.
    "Even among those categories where we have three awards, there is also
diversity," she added. "We have a classical violinist, a composer and a
singer/songwriter - all Edmonton-based musicians, while our visual artists
represent painting and installation works by Calgary-based artists and a
sculptor from Red Deer."
    In attempting to assess responses from a broad section of the arts, the
Foundation appointed an adjudication panel with a wealth of experience in all
sectors. The panel members were former assistant deputy minister of Culture
and jazz aficionado, Glen Buick, as the chair; professor emeritus at the
University of Alberta and actor/playwright/dramaturge, Jim DeFelice; and chief
curator of the Walter Philips Gallery in Banff, Sylvie Gilbert.

    Listed in alphabetical order, together with a summary quote from the
adjudication panel, the ten emerging artist award winners are:

    Robin Arseneault of Calgary, an installation artist: "has a very strong
voice, very fresh and vigorous. Already has international exposure and has
lots of potential."

    Colleen Brown of Edmonton, a singer/songwriter: "is a real original who
will make a very strong impact as she builds on her performance skills."

    Christine Cheung of Calgary, a painter: "she is renewing the language of
abstract expressionism. With her strong use of imagery and colour she has the
potential to engage an international audience."

    Sherry Coffey of Athabasca, a novelist: "eloquently mixes historical
events with fiction to carve an imaginative landscape which draws you in - we
can't wait to read the finished novel!"

    Dawn Detarando of Red Deer, a sculptor: "is a fine ceramic artist who is
investigating a whole new area in her own work, and has demonstrated an
extraordinarily strong commitment to her community in Red Deer."

    Aaron Gervais of Edmonton, a sculptor: "an artist in full command of his
technique whose compositions are most original and inventive, very
sophisticated and intellectually engaging."

    Anne Koizumi of Calgary, a film director and animator: "she's just a
superb animator, a fantastic story-teller, passionate, creative inspirational
in the way she used sophisticated imagery and sound."

    Simon Mallett of Calgary, a theatre director: "is an innovative young
director who has garnered the support of senior artists in his field by his
willingness to push beyond and experiment."

    Chad VanGaalen of Calgary, a multi-media artist: "has a unique vision and
is multi-talented as he moves fluidly from one discipline to another - the
work is very promising as he develops a unique artistic voice."

    Andrew Wan of Edmonton, a violinist: "we were wowed by his CD - his
playing is so lyrical and emotional - quite amazing."

    Contact information for the Emerging Artist Award winners is:

    Robin Arseneault: ranne@robinarseneault.com or 403-399-3889
    Colleen Brown: info@colleenbrownmusic.com or 780-756-2635
     or 780-819-1651 (cell)
    Christine Cheung: chcheung@gmail.com or in Beijing at +13681418504
    Sherry Coffey: s.coffey@telus.net or 780-675-3884 (H)
     or 780-675-6219 (B)
    Dawn Detarando: voyagertile@telus.net or 403-314-1315
    Aaron Gervais: aaron@aarongervais.com
    Anne Koizumi: koizumi@yahoo.com or 403-585-0466 (B)
     or 403-477-0447 (cell)
    Simon Mallett: simon@downstage.ca or 403-889-0760
    Chad VanGaalen: art@flemisheye.com or 403-969-3253
    Andrew Wan: andrewjwan@gmail.com or in New York at 212-444-8779


    Note to Editors and Photo Editors: Presentations of the new Emerging Arts
Awards will be made by Lieutenant Governor Norman Kwong at lunches at
Government House in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 22nd, and at McDougall
Centre in Calgary on October 23rd. Background information on the program is



                            EMERGING ARTIST AWARD


    The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation has established
this new program to stimulate the development of Alberta's promising artists
in all sectors of the arts.

    Frequency of Awards:

    The Emerging Artists awards will be presented in alternate years to the
established awards for Distinguished Artists. The next call for submissions
for the Emerging Artists Awards will be in 2010.


    Up to ten awards can be presented in each contest. The winners receive
$10,000 and a medallion from the Foundation.

    Application Process:

    Each applicant for the Emerging Artist award must submit an application,
together with an appraisal from three established artists, who are able to
provide assessments of the current ability and future potential of the

    Adjudication Process:

    A panel of knowledgeable experts from the arts is appointed by the
Foundation Board and management at The Banff Centre to evaluate all
submissions and make recommendations to the Foundation.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    Applicants for the Emerging Artist Award must be Canadian Citizens or
landed immigrants, and residents of Alberta for at least 2 years. They must
have completed training in their discipline and:

    -   Be at an early stage of the artistic career, as shown by the
        significant investment of time and resources;
    -   Have created a body of independent work with a history of public
        presentations or publications; and
    -   Be recognized by others working in the same artistic tradition.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Green, Foundation President, (780)

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