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2022 Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artists Named

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation announces awards totaling $110,000 to the 11 recipients of its 2022 Emerging Artist Award.

“When economic times are tough, our artists are especially vulnerable,” says Foundation President Arlene Strom. “We are thrilled to invest $110,000 this year to advance the careers of these exceptional artists in the early stages of their professional development.

2022 Emerging Artists Winners:

Atife Perpetual Saxophone, Calgary

Vicki Chau Filmmaker, Calgary

Arlan Vriens Violin, Edmonton; Toronto

Eden Tremayne Soprano, Calgary

Omar Mouallem Writer, Edmonton

Trina Moyles Writer, Peace River

Kiona Ligtvoet Visual Arts, Edmonton

Tenaj Williams Actor, Calgary

Ally McIntyre Visual Arts, Edmonton

Moni Brar Writer/Poet, Calgary

Nahanni McKay Visual Arts, Banff

The award’s patron, Her Honor, the Honorable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta AOE, B.Sc., LLD (hon) awarded the 2022 Emerging Artists at a celebration hosted by Lac La County Biche and Portage College on June 10, 2022. Each winner receives a cash prize of $10,000, a craft medal and a certificate.

The 11 recipients were selected from 140 nominations through a selection process overseen by the Banff Centre. The jury included: Darren Fung, acclaimed Los Angeles-based composer from Edmonton; Sean Caulfield, Centennial Artist and Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta; Patricia Darbasie, actress, director and educator from Alberta; Jenna Butler, LG Emerging Artist 2014, award-winning author and educator; Derek Beaulieu, Jury Leader, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

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Who are the emerging artists of 2022?

perpetual asset Saxophonist, Calgary: Perpetual Atife tells African stories and music through her practice as a saxophonist and jazz composer. His entrepreneurial spirit and energy are as impressive as his skills as a bandleader and performer. The sound tapestry she creates combines her Nigerian roots and the realities in which she exists today. Her debut album, a collection of her journey through instrumental music, spoken word and vocal music, is set to be released in fall 2022.

Vicki Chau Filmmaker, Calgary: Vicki Chau is a Calgary-based filmmaker and media artist. His two shorts Pulled Strings and Hearth of the Lion capture a slice of his Chinese-Vietnamese heritage in a beautiful, lyrical way. Her family and cultural identity has been central to her artistic practice and has helped her promote an appreciation of Chinese and Vietnamese culture through a uniquely Canadian perspective. She was selected for the WarnerMedia Access Festivals program at the Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto in 2021.

Arlan Vriens, fiddle, Edmonton/Toronto: Arlan Vriens is an Edmonton-born classical violinist known for his ability to evoke strong, emotional performances with challenging, contemporary repertoire that pushes the boundaries of what the instrument was designed for. Equally at home performing newly written contemporary works and rediscovering long-lost violin techniques, Arlan is committed to nurturing and critiquing classical music as a living and evolving practice. His chamber music and solo violin projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the arts councils of Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland.

Eden Tremayne Soprano, Calgary: Eden Tremayne delivers an impressive authenticity and emotional strength to behold in an emerging opera singer. A soprano endowed with both great technical ease and a wide range, she is distinguished by her moving performances. For the past three seasons, Ms. Tremayne has been a McPhee Artist at Calgary Opera. She made her main stage debut at Calgary Opera in the 2019-20 season as Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma and reprized Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Tremayne has previously been featured as an apprentice artist at the San Diego Opera and as a young artist Yulanda M. Faris at the Vancouver Opera.

Omar Mouallem Writer, Edmonton: Omar Mouallem has established himself as a talented young journalist and filmmaker to watch. With the arrival of his important new non-fiction book, Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, he is an important voice in Canadian literature with a long career ahead of him. A second-generation Canadian born and raised in the Lebanese Muslim community of northern Alberta, Mouallem has become known for his ability to weave human interest stories with world history and major social issues. Omar co-wrote the national bestseller Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray and co-directed Digging in the Dirt (with Dylan Rhys Howard), a raw look at the psychological toll of hand- oil and gas works.

Trina Moyles Writer, Peace River: Trina Moyles combines journalistic knowledge with literary expertise and a love of the land. She grew up in the northern community of Peace River, Alberta (Treaty 8), where she spent much of her childhood immersed in the boreal forest. Moyles’ first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World was published in 2018 by University of Regina Press. Her second book, a memoir and frontline report on the growing prevalence of wildfires in North America, Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest, was published in 2021 by Penguin Random House Canada. . Lookout won a National Outdoors Book Award in 2021 and was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2022 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and a finalist for the Memoir Award at the 2022 Alberta Literary Awards.

Kiona Ligtvoet Visual Arts, Edmonton: Kiona Ligtvoet turns to experiences with family and the land they live and work on to create paintings, prints and installations that function as both personal archives and non-linear storytelling. Kiona grew up west of Edmonton, near the hamlet of Calahoo, where she lived with her moshom and relatives on a concession lot. Her family lines are Cree and Métis descending from the Michel First Nation, as well as mixed Dutch/European. Kiona works in painting, printmaking and drawing, reminiscing about personal stories of grief and tenderness. Her most recent exhibitions have been sahkitok mistahi at Ociciwan Contemporary Art Center (2021) and her solo exhibition, These Are the Things at Latitude 53 (2021). She is currently writing her first graphic novel We Were Younger Once (2022).

Tenaj Williams Actor, Calgary: Tenaj Williams has drawn on his community theater experiences to create a provincial and national footprint as an actor, performing professionally on stages in Alberta and across the country. He has recently branched out into film and television landing roles on various television series, including CTV’s hit comedy show, JANN. Tenaj hopes to advance her work in the arts and be instrumental in creating and promoting safe and courageous spaces for diverse and emerging artists. He plans to develop his skills as a director and learn more about theater production and management.

Ally McIntyre Visual Arts, Edmonton: Ally McIntyre creates bold and powerful paintings that combine passages of abstraction with naturalistic imagery, and which contain moments of aggressive and expressive marking, as well as more introspective and sensitive drawing passages. This blend of visual languages ​​results in highly compelling images that foster unexpected narratives and poetic associations for viewers. Bold and assertive, her works challenge the prevailing gendered association between large-scale art and expressionism. In 2015 McIntyre received the HIX Award 2015 presented by Tracey Emin and the Jealous Prize 2015. Exhibitions include various galleries in London, UK, The Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, The London Art Fair, Start Art Fair and Art Toronto. She was a finalist in the RBC National Painting Competition (2018). His solo exhibition “Dog Day Circus” was presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK (2022). His work can be found in private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

Moni Brar Writer/Poet, Calgary:
Moni Brar has published in many of Canada’s most respected journals and received many of the top writing awards. A Canadian Punjabi writer exploring diaspora guilt and intergenerational trauma, she is poised to make a major contribution to the literary arts in Canada. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and several Best of the Net awards and has been the winner of the SAAG Art Writing Award, a finalist for PRISM International’s Grouse Grind Award, honorable mention for Room Magazine’s Poetry Award, and a finalist for the Alberta Magazine Awards and Subnivean Awards. Her work can be found in Best Canadian Poetry 2022, Literary Review of Canada, Passages North, Prairie Fire, Hobart, and the League of Canadian Poets’ “Poem in Your Pocket” postcard series.

Visual Arts Nahanni McKay, Banff:
McKay’s creative practice uses photography, digital media, and landscape performance to explore pressing issues related to environmental change. The work often considers the ways in which landscape and animals have been represented historically, particularly in the context of national parks, in order to investigate the complex interrelationship between colonial power structures, identity and degradation and the ecological loss. Nahanni uses her photography to raise awareness of the need to co-exist with wildlife to avoid further harm to the land we reside on. Exhibitions include Personal Structures Exhibition, European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy (2022), Loop 14, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition (2020), EXPOSURE Photography Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, Contemporary Calgary and more.

About prices

Founders Fil Fraser, Tommy Banks, John Poole and Jenny Belzberg established the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation in 2003 to celebrate and promote excellence in the arts. The endowments they created were created with philanthropic dollars and donations from the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has awarded $1,430,000 to 23 distinguished artists and 74 emerging artists, all affiliated with Alberta. The Foundation administers two award programs: The Emerging Artist Awards program, established in 2008, awards up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists at the start of their professional careers. The Emerging Artist Awards are given in even years. The Distinguished Artist Awards program, launched in 2005, awards up to three awards of $30,000 each in recognition of outstanding achievement or contribution to the arts in Alberta. The Distinguished Artist Awards are given in odd-numbered years.

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