RELEASE: Finalists announced for 38th Annual Arts Awards
Jun 6, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2023 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL is pleased to announce the list of finalists for the 38th Annual Arts Awards.
This annual event is a celebration of the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Artists of all disciplines are recognized through the presentation of six awards.
Patron of the Arts Award – Recognizes a person, business, or organization that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity. The finalists are:
- St. Michael’s Printshop
- Susan Sherk
- Kathryn Taylor Musseau
Emerging Artist Award – Recognizes new and undisputed talent. It is awarded to an emerging artist, group, or arts organization that has earned significant recognition for their professional artistic practice. The finalists are:
- Jessica Brown
- Daze Jefferies
- Jing Xia
Arts in Education Award – Recognizes an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to arts in education in Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:
- Julie Lewis
- Lynn Panting
- Anne Pickard-Vaandering
Hall of Honour Award – Recognizes a person, group, or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. The finalists are:
- Peter MacDonald Productions
- Susan Sherk
Artist Achievement Award – Given annually to a practicing artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:
- Gary Collins
- Shirley Moorhouse
- Wallace Ryan
Artist of the Year Award – Recognizes the art or activity of a person, group, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2022. The finalists are:
- Ting Ting Chen
- Meagan Musseau
- PerSIStence Theatre
A multidisciplinary selection committee will select the winners for each of the six awards.
The winners will be announced on Friday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. NT during the Arts Awards show at the Arts and Culture Centre in Stephenville, NL.
This year’s show is being produced by Tianna Butler and hosted by Amy House. The evening will feature performances from Sherman Downey, Tammy Dutcher, Sammy & Gordie Seagull, Jennifer Dawson-Hobbs, Roblo’s Rock, and Misty. There will also be a special performance by the Stephenville Theatre Festival.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the ACC box office. The show will also be available via a free livestream, and more details will be announced at a later date.
More information about the Arts Awards, including nomination criteria, is available on the ArtsNL website.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.