Nominations are now open for the 2022 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards celebrate the artists, arts administrators, and patrons whose dedication makes Winnipeg a centre for cultural achievement and a true City of the Arts.

We are pleased to say that after two years, we’re back!

The 2022 Awards celebration will be held as part of the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on Thursday June 16, 2022 at the Fort Garry Hotel. The event will also honour the 2021 winners, who were unable to have an in-person ceremony.

This year marks the 15th edition of the Awards.

Nominations for each award are proposed by Winnipeg’s artists and arts organizations based on the criteria for each award. Three awards honour different members of the arts community, including emerging and established artists and arts administrators. In addition, two awards are presented to donors and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the arts in Winnipeg.

Candidates proposed by eligible nominators will be considered by a jury composed of members of the city’s diverse arts and business communities. The jury determines the final shortlist to be announced as the 2022 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards nominees, as well as the winner in each category. Complete requirements for each award can be found below.

The deadline for Nominations is Friday, April 29, 2022.

Any questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards should be directed to Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, at 204-943-7668 or [email protected]

 

Click here to see WAC Awards winners from previous years.

Awards for Artists and Arts Administrators

Three awards recognize excellence and creativity in the arts: the RBC On The Rise Award, the Making a Mark Award and the Making a Difference Award.

 

Download the full criteria and nomination form - Awards for Artists & Arts Administrators

 

The RBC On The Rise Award recognizes the demonstrated promise of an emerging, professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline. This award is intended to help with the artist’s professional development. The jury may consider individuals of any age who have recently embarked on an artistic career. The RBC On The Rise Award recipient will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Previous winners include Sarah Anne Johnson, Victoria Prince, Marie-Josée Dandeneau, Mélanie Rocan, Ming Hon, Leslie Supnet, Curtis Nowosad, Leonard Sumner, Lara Ciekiewicz, Jaime Black, Frances Koncan, Niki Little,  Philippe Larouche and Tasha Spillett-Sumner.

 

The Making a Mark Award applauds an established professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline, who is receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond. The Making A Mark Award recipient will receive a $5,000 cash prize generously supported by Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.

Previous winners include Andrew Balfour, Vince Fontaine, Diana Thorneycroft, Yuri Klaz, 5468796 Architecture, Michael Dumontier, Deco Dawson, Aganetha Dyck, KC Adams, Cliff Eyland, Debbie Patterson, Freya Olafson, Jake MacDonald and Divya Mehra.

 

The Making a Difference Award celebrates the contribution of a Winnipeg artist or arts professional to the growth and development of the arts in any discipline in Winnipeg. This award will likely go to someone well-established in their field. The Making A Difference Award recipient will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Previous winners include Dave Barber, Rory Runnells, Andris Taskans, Mitch Podolak & Ava Kobrinsky, Zaz Bajon, Diane Whitehouse, Larry Desrochers, Faye Thomson & Odette Heyn, Laurie Lam, Pat Bovey, Clarise Foster, Grant Guy, Keith Oliver, Charlene Diehl and Lisa Meeches.

Awards for Arts Patrons and Volunteers

Two awards are presented to recipients from outside the arts community but whose ongoing support to the community is vital to the success of the arts in Winnipeg.

 

Download the full criteria and nomination form - Awards for Patrons & Volunteers

 

The Arts Champion Award honours an individual, a business or a non-arts organization that has demonstrated sustained support to the arts in Winnipeg. The award is a unique work of art.

Previous winners inclulde Kathleen Richardson, Harold Buchwald (posthumously), Assiniboine Credit Union, William & Shirley Loewen, the Winnipeg Foundation, Great West Life / Investors Group, McNally Robinson, Gail Asper, Richard Irish, The Graham C. Lount Family Foundation, Elmer Hildebrand, William Pope & Elizabeth Tippett-Pope, Michael Nesbitt, BMO Financial and Dr. Douglas MacEwan.

 

The Outstanding Volunteer Award honours an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism within the Winnipeg arts community. The award is a unique work of art as well as a cash donation on behalf of the winner to the Winnipeg arts organization of his or her choice.

Prevous winners include Jean Giguère, José Koes, Alison Norberg, Candice Masters, Sylvia Flam, Nicola Schaefer, Pat & Bob Migliore, Dianne Harms, Trish Smerchanski & Ellen Oberlander, Susan Algie and Heather Cram.

 

If you have questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards, please contact Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, at 204-943-7668 or [email protected]