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Meet the 2016 Emerging Artists!

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation is awarding a total of $100,000 to the 10 recipients of its 2016 Emerging Artist Awards.
“When economic times are tough, artists are especially vulnerable,” says Foundation Chair Phil Ponting. “We are pleased to be able to invest in advancing the careers of these outstanding young artists:”

Ashleigh Bartlett, visual artist, Bragg Creek
Citation: "An emerging artist at a crucial time in her career, poised to take her next great leap. She has brilliant potential."

Michael Bridge, accordionist, Calgary (Toronto)
Citation: "A virtuosic player, committed to performing many styles and periods of music on the accordion, who knows how to entertain and astound."

Jason, de Haan, visual artist, Calgary
Citation: "Jason's poetic and compelling work is already being recognized across Canada as one of the most noteworthy young artistic practices Alberta has to offer."

Michael Hingston, writer, Edmonton
Citation: "Michael's writing is strong, clean and hilariously sharp. His work exemplifies the fresh voice of contemporary Canadian writing."

Jessica Jalbert, performer/songwriter, Edmonton
Citation: "Jessica Jalbert's unique sense of sound and story is captivating all who come under its spell. She has found her voice and it has earned the attention and respect of fans and critics across North America and Europe."

Tyler Los-Jones, visual artist, Canmore
Citation: "Tyler Los-Jones displays a strong studio practice, and innovative approach along with exceptional motivation and gratitude for a career that promises to make significant contributions to the arts in Alberta and beyond."

Amy Malbeuf, visual artist, Rich Lake
Citation: "Amy Malbeuf's insightful work fluidly crosses many mediums. She is an incredibly promising young visual artist with deep connections to her communities in Alberta."

Hans Olson, filmmaker, Edmonton
Citation: "Hans Olson's films offer poignant glimpses into the private lives and surroundings of the people he follows in an understated, humble and thoughtful way."

Bradley Somer, writer, Calgary
Citation: "Bradley Somer's dedication, curiosity, originality, and potential stand out among his peers, and his writing bewitched us."

Caitlin Wood, soprano, St. Albert
Citation: "A wonderful young soprano with excellent stage presence, a beautiful, clear voice and the potential for an international career."

The 10 recipients were selected from 177 applications in a two-tiered adjudication process overseen by The Banff Centre. The adjudication panel included: Carolyn Warren, VP Arts The Banff Centre (non-voting); Peter von Thiesenhausen, visual artist and 2015 Distinguished Artist Award recipient; Kimberly Cooper, artistic director Decidedly Jazz Danceworks; Bradley Moss, artistic director of Theatre Network; John Tessier, assistant professor, voice, University of Alberta; David Ward, content director, CKUA; Shelley Youngblut, general director Wordfest.

The Foundation’s patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, in a private ceremony at Government House in Edmonton June 13, 2016.


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