Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Award Winners 2012

June 14, 2012

Artists get "catalytic" boost on the road to success

Edmonton... Eight Alberta artists received the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award June 14, 2012 in a ceremony hosted by His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell.

“These artists represent the best of a community that challenges, enlightens and entertains us,” said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. “Creativity of this magnitude is infectious.”

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards is among Canada’s most generous arts awards programs. Each recipient receives a medal and $10,000.

Susan Green, Chair of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards, says, “Ten thousand dollars to an emerging artist is a catalyst for great things.”

“We’ve seen careers blossom in previous recipients and we know today’s awards will strengthen these artists and Alberta’s performing, literary and visual arts culture in the process.”

About the awards

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation was established in 2003 to celebrate excellence in the arts and to underline the importance of the arts in Alberta.

The Emerging Artist Awards, offered in alternate years, gives up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists early in their careers, who have created a modest body of work, and are recognized by established artists in the same field of endeavour as having potential to achieve excellence in their discipline. Recipients also receive a medal designed by Wei Yew. The 2012 adjudication panel included Charlie Austin, Denise Clarke and Nancy (Tousley) Cameron.


His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethel presented the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Awards to the following individuals at Government House in Edmonton, June 14, 2012:

Emma Parkinson, mezzo-soprano, Lethbridge

According to adjudicators, “She rose to the top of the ‘ear’ chart with the quality of her exquisite voice.” Mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson calls Lethbridge home, but her voice belongs to the world. She made her solo debut as Siebel in Faust with Opera de Montreal this spring and will debut in Europe as Mercedes this summer in a new production of Carmen with Seefestspiele Berlin. Winter will see her back at Opera de Montreal playing Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

Parkinson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge and master’s degree at McGill University. In 2010, she was selected as a young artist in the Atelier Lyrique of the Opera de Montreal, a training program designed to develop professional singers, and is in her final season with this program. Parkinson says the award money will support ongoing training and an audition tour, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in November 2012.

Kyle Armstrong, filmmaker, Edmonton
Naomi Brand, contemporary dancer and choreographer, Calgary
Mitch Holtby, emcee, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Edmonton
Kristopher Karklin, photographer/sculptor, Fort McMurray/Calgary
Chris Millar, painter/sculptor
Diane Mae Robinson, children’s author, St. Paul
Eric Rose, theatre director

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