Winnipeg Arts Council

WAC Arts Awards Nominations for 2019

Philippe Larouche, Charlene Diehl, Jake MacDonald, Susan Algie, Kristin Kennedy (BMO Financial), Mayor Brian Bowman stand on stage.
Philippe Larouche, Charlene Diehl, Jake MacDonald, Susan Algie, Kristin Kennedy (BMO Financial), Mayor Brian Bowman

On the Rise

  • Philippe Larouche

    Philippe Larouche

    Dancer, stager and choreographer, Philippe Larouche is Winnipeg trained from the RWB School Professional Division. Larouche apprenticed with the RWB Company and has gone on to stage works across North America.

    Nominated by Royal Winnipeg Ballet

  • Katherine Boyer

    Katherine Boyer

    Katherine Boyer is a unique multidisciplinary artist of Métis descent whose delicate, thoughtful work is building momentum nation-wide for its explorations of intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

    Nominated by Mentoring Artists for Women's Art

  • Kenneth Lavallee

    Kenneth Lavallee

    Kenneth Lavallee's work combines modern design sensibilities with traditional Métis iconography to create brightly coloured abstract work that carries a considerable physical impact.

    Nominated by Plug In ICA

  • Mariana Munoz Gomez

    Mariana Muñoz Gomez

    In her multifaceted practice Mariana works in a critical, interconnected and often collaborative approach, providing an important perspective to some of contemporary society’s most pressing issues.

    Nominated by Martha Street Studio

  • Debra Frances Plett

    Debra Frances Plett

    Characterized by prolific output, in-depth study and research, a passion for collaboration, artistic risk-taking and a dedication to community, Debra Frances Plett's early career in the book arts has been exemplary.

    Nominated by Manitoba Craft Council

  • Andrea Roberts

    Andrea Roberts

    Andrea Roberts creates thoughtful social change through their art practice as an artist, community organizer and writer. Through strength and gentleness, their work asks us to examine our relationship to systems of power.

    Nominated by Video Pool Media Arts Centre

  • Kristin Snowbird

    Kristin Snowbird

    Kristin Snowbird’s work is nuanced, layered and unquestionably feminist in its powerful vulnerability. It is at once rooted in traditional knowledge and the visual language of conceptual art.

    Nominated by Urban Shaman

Making a Mark

  • Jake MacDonald

    Jake MacDonald

    Writer Jake MacDonald has won 29 awards, and been published across Canada and the United States. His practice is rooted in a boundless curiosity about our relationship to the land.

    Nominated by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

  • Sarah Constible

    Sarah Constible

    Sarah Constible is an exceptionally talented and beloved actor, director, writer, editor and songwriter. She is both a brilliant leader and a generous collaborator that is now being recognized nationally.

    Nominated by Andrea del Campo

  • Divya Mehra

    Divya Mehra

    Divya Mehra is one of the hardest-working and most innovative artists currently working in Canada. Exploring subjects like colonialism, institutionalized racism and diaspora, Mehra’s work always challenges the status quo.

    Nominated by Video Pool Media Arts Centre

Making a Difference

  • Charlene Diehl

    Charlene Diehl

    Charlene Diehl has transformed the Winnipeg International Writers Festival into one of the most highly regarded literary festivals in the country, especially as a powerful advocate for fostering diverse voices.

    Nominated by Dave Barber

  • Rebecca Gibson

    Rebecca Gibson

    Rebecca Gibson is an award-winning writer, director, producer and actor who has been devoted to mentorship and supporting the hiring of diverse artists through her extensive career.

    Nominated by Hannah Johnson

  • Alison Gillmor

    Alison Gillmor

    Nationally for nearly three decades, Alison Gillmor has been a passionate local arts champion, bringing citizens and artists together through her innovative work as a writer, broadcaster, facilitator and teacher.

    Nominated by Mentoring Artists for Women's Art

  • Ursula Lawson

    Ursula Lawson

    Ursula has made a difference in the careers and lives of 150 Indigenous storytellers not only as a training program manager, but an advisor, advocate, friend, mom, counsellor and cheerleader.

    Nominated by National Screen Institute

  • Dr. Jeanne Randolph

    Dr. Jeanne Randolph

    Dr. Jeanne Randolph has worked as an artist, curator, critic and theorist, exploring the limits of technology, art, feminism and performance through a sustained engagement with object-relations theory, psychoanalysis and contemporary art.

    Nominated by Plug In ICA

  • Claire Thérèse

    In her outreach work, actor and musician Claire Thérèse has improved our community, taught us a great deal about empathy and illuminated the capacity for the human spirit to transform.

    Nominated by Shakespeare in the Ruins

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Susan Algie

    Susan Algie

    Establishing the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation in 1996, Susan Algie has shaped it into a nationally recognized cultural organisation. Her volunteering has also included Artspace and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

    Nominated by Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

  • Associates

    The Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

    For over seventy years, the Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery have been tirelessly devoted to the care and success of the Gallery - as fundraisers, volunteers, friends and mentors.

    Nominated by Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation

  • Connie Chapel

    Connie Chappel

    For over fifty years or twenty-five thousand hours, multimedia artist Connie Chappel has dedicated her vibrant energy to art fundraising and programming thus ensuring the success of countless art events.

    Nominated by Mentoring Artist's Women's Art

  • Jeannie Dubberly

    Jeanie Dubberley

    Jeanie Dubberley's support of Manitoba Opera spans 36 years. She worked for the organization from 1983 to 1992 and has donated hundreds of hours as a volunteer since 2011.

    Nominated by Manitoba Opera

Arts Champion

  • BMO

    BMO Financial Group

    Celebrating 200 years, BMO's generosity is anchored in a rich history of success. Focusing on collaboration, learning and innovation, they work with community partners to shape the future together.

    Nominated by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Manitoba Opera