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Edmonton Arts Prizes

The Edmonton Arts Prizes celebrate artists from a range of art forms and practices, recognizing their work, and investing in their continued experimentation and creation.

With the shared aim to enhance Edmonton’s reputation as a hub for extraordinary creation in the arts, the prize program is coordinated by the Edmonton Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Edmonton and our community partners: Alberta Media Production Industries Association, Alberta Music, Audreys Books, CARFAC Alberta, Edmonton Community Foundation and Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

2024 Edmonton Arts Prizes presentation. Photo by Christy Dean Photography

2024 Edmonton Arts Prize recipients

(in partnership with the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation & CARFAC Alberta)

Top recipient:
Kelsey Stephenson for Currents
(Nominated by Emily Baker, Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Runners up:
Taiessa for variegata
(Nominated by Jacek Malec, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre)

Tiffany Shaw for my children, my mother, her mother and their mother, and their mother, and their mother, and their mother.…. nitawasimisak, nikawiy, okawiya ekwa okawiwawa, okawiyiwa, ekwa okawiyiwa ekwa okawiyiwa.….
(Nominated by The Works Art & Design Festival)

(in partnership with Audreys Books & Writers’ Guild of Alberta)

Top recipient:
Jennifer Bowering Delisle for Micrographia

Runners up:
Anna Marie Sewell for Urbane
Richard Van Camp for The Spirit of Denendeh: As I Enfold You in Petals


(in partnership with Alberta Media Production Industries Association)

Top recipient:
Cody Lightning for HEY VIKTOR!

Runners up:

Adam Scorgie for Thunder: The Life and Death of Arturo Gatti
Omar Mouallem for The Lebanese Burger Mafia

(in partnership with Alberta Music)

Top recipient:
HAIDEE for This Shouldn’t Be Typical

Runners up:

Arlo Maverick for Blue Collar
Home Front for Games of Power

Read more about the Edmonton Arts Prizes recipients on the EAC blog.

Shared vision for the Edmonton Arts Prizes

The partners are committed to their shared vision for the Edmonton Arts Prizes as a program that is inclusive of a wide range of artistic practices and welcomes the contributions of artists from multiple communities, backgrounds and traditions. We envision the arts prize categories growing in future years to include a greater diversity of arts disciplines.

Shared eligibility and assessment criteria

  1. Eligible artists/​recipients must be a resident of the greater Edmonton region / amiskwaciy-waskâhikan. The greater Edmonton region is defined as the City of Edmonton, the Counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc and Strathcona, and the communities of Enoch Cree Nation, Alexander First Nation, Paul First Nation, and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.
  2. By the submission deadline, nominated artists must have a current profile (with all required fields completed) with the Edmonton Arts Council: eac​.smart​sim​ple​.ca. Contact support@​edmontonarts.​ca or 7804242787 if you have questions or need help creating a profile.
  3. Prize recommendations in each discipline will be based on an evaluation of the artistic merits of a specific work, or collection of work, by a knowledgeable group of peer assessors.
  4. Assessors will be charged with basing their decisions on the artwork’s merits, including originality, creativity, relevance, and technical excellence. In all cases, the prizes will attempt to recognize the highest standards of artistic achievement, regardless of the artist’s particular mode of expression, or style within the genre.

In the case of equivalent merits, the assessors will be encouraged to consider the work in the context of the (in order):

  1. Artist’s career;
  2. Relevant tradition(s), and arts practice in Canada;
  3. Representation of the demographic diversity of Edmonton’s population;
  4. Representation of the diversity of artistic expression or styles within the discipline.

Prizes will be awarded in the spring of 2024.

The primary prize recipient in each category will be awarded $15,000, and two secondary prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to the runners up.

2023 recipients

Robert Kroetsch – City of Edmonton Book Prize
(in partnership with Audreys Books & Writers’ Guild of Alberta)

Top recipient: 
Whitemud Walking by Matthew James Weigel

Kinauvit? What’s Your Name? by Norma Dunning

Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda by Michael Hingston

City of Edmonton Music Prize
(in partnership with Alberta Music)

Top recipient:

¿Qué pasará? — What will happen? by Cristian de la Luna


kâkîsimo ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐤ by Cikwes

Twilight of the Empire by King of Foxes

City of Edmonton Film Prize
(in partnership with Alberta Media Production Industries Association)

Top recipient:
Katrina Beatty for Before I Change My Mind


Kyle Edward Ball for Skinamarink

Frederick Kroetsch for Dangerous Breed: Crime. Cons. Cats.

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize
(in partnership with the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation & CARFAC Alberta)

Top recipient:
Riaz Mehmood (nominated by Danielle Siemens, Art Gallery of Alberta)

Madeline LeBlanc (nominated by The Works International Visual Arts Society)

Heather Shillinglaw (nominated by Jill Allan, Alberta Craft Council)