Saskatchewan Arts Awards

Lieutenant Governor's Lifetime Achievement

(award plus $10,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates an individual, group or collective engaged in the arts in Saskatchewan who: is recognized as an established professional in their field who has reached an advanced level of accomplishment; has produced a substantive, cumulative and prominent body of work or has a history of continued contribution to the arts over a number of years, and has had a particularly significant impact on the arts in Saskatchewan through distinguished lifelong career achievements; has attained critical recognition nationally and internationally for an art practice and/or outstanding sustained and progressive contribution to the arts.


Artistic Excellence

(award plus $6,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates an established professional Saskatchewan artist, group or collective working in any art form who: is at an advanced stage in their career; has created an extensive independent body of work and is making a sustained and progressive contribution to the art form; has attained significant critical recognition nationally and perhaps internationally and has had an important impact on the arts in Saskatchewan through publication and/or public presentation of their work. The award may be given based on a significant accomplishment in a single year or on the artist’s cumulative body of work. 


RBC Emerging Artist

(award plus $6,000 cash prize; short-listed nominees receive $1,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates an emerging professional Saskatchewan artist, group or collective working in any art form who demonstrates exceptional promise through early notable accomplishments and who: is in the early stage of their career; has created an independent body of work, and is making a continuing and progressive contribution to the art form; has received regional and perhaps national recognition and has had an impact on the arts in Saskatchewan through publication and/or public presentation of their work.


Leadership -- Individual

(award plus $6,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates an individual engaged in the arts in Saskatchewan who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement of the arts and artists in the province through exemplary management, presentation, production, distribution, marketing, research, collection or curatorial practice. (For this category, "individual" also can include two people who work together as one team.)


Leadership -- Organization

(award plus $6,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates an organization engaged in the arts in Saskatchewan that demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement, presentation and promotion of the arts and artists through exemplary programming, governance, operations, administration and/or innovation.


Arts and Learning

(award plus $6,000 cash prize)

Recognizes and celebrates a Saskatchewan educator who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the arts and learning by means of: innovative approaches to education in the arts through exemplary programs, instruction, an art practice, or partnerships with artists or arts organizations that foster the creative and intellectual development of young people through education and experiences in the arts and; the engagement of students in the exploration of contemporary artistic ideas or creative experiences that stimulate their understanding of the arts. The award may be for career-long accomplishments or for a particularly innovative project. (For this category, "a Saskatchewan educator" also can include two educators who work together as one team.)


 

The Saskatchewan Arts Awards sculpture, North, South, West, East  Nothing, Something, Wavelengths, Everything, is by Saskatchewan Artist Marie Lannoo.

Marie says:

Saskatchewan is one of the most saturated geographic locations when it comes to light in Canada. Added to this phenomenal amount of light is a landscape that is by and large free from visual obstructions. You can see for miles on the prairies into clean, transparent, uninterrupted space where sky is predominant.

Light produces wavelengths, the raw materials that illuminate colour. We are essentially immersed in the light and colour of our environment on the prairies.

This Saskatchewan Arts Award celebrates excellence through light and colour. Each award represents one color of the spectrum and has one color gradation. The aluminum wavelength has a stem that fits into the base, a polished, acrylic cylinder. This solid, transparent base acts as a counterpoint to the airy, graphic metal wavelength. Light is transparent. The base holds the key to how light translates a structure travelling through space into color. Unprocessed information - the straight line - comes out of a transparent cylinder - space - to be formed into a wavelength of the spectrum seen as colour.

Part of the beauty of using transparent acrylic is that the engraved names on the top surface reflect through the material and show up at the base of the cylinder.

The pouch is the “reveal” adding a performance dimension to the design. Each pouch is the color of its wavelength with a contrasting, coloured satin lining and a gold drawstring. The velvet and satin offer other surfaces to interact with light and amplify the colour. Together, the colours and tactility of the materials activate the senses while celebrating excellence and high achievement in the arts.

The fabrication of the award has been a team effort infused with the spirit of working together. Many thanks to Laser Impressions, Engineering Shops, University of Saskatchewan, Laura Hale, North Star Trophies and Novokoski Quality Collision.

The concept of this award shines a spotlight on artistic excellence through the use of light and colour, bountiful ingredients in Saskatchewan and imprinted in the DNA of flatlanders. It speaks to who we are through its design and materials and honours all artists inspired by living and working in this glorious place.

Marie Lannoo is a Saskatoon artist who has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. Learn more about her and her work at www.marielannoo.com. 

Marie Lannoo
North, South, West, East – Nothing, Something, Wavelengths, Everything, 2019
Mixed media – painted aluminum, acrylic, fabric, cord

 

Presented by SK Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines.

Award recipients receive a cash prize and a limited edition award by a Saskatchewan artist.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Saskatchewan Arts Awards will be postponed until May 2021, due to the provincial election. The nomination call will go out in November 2020. Please stay tuned for more information. 


Nomination Deadline

January 2021 (date to be determined)


Categories and Cash Prizes

  • Lieutenant Governor's Lifetime Achievement: $10,000
  • Artistic Excellence: $6,000
  • RBC Emerging Artist: $6,000
  • Leadership -- Individual: $6,000
  • Leadership -- Organization: $6,000
  • Arts and Learning: $6,000

See nomination information package below for award descriptions and criteria.


Nominations

  • 2021 Saskatchewan Arts Awards Nomination Package (coming in November 2020)

Questions about the nomination process? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact

Sabrina Cataldo
(306) 519-5892 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)
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Presented by SK Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines. Recipients are given awards in six categories. Award recipients receive a cash prize and a limited edition award by a Saskatchewan artist.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Saskatchewan Arts Awards will be postponed until May 2021, due to the provincial election. The nomination call will go out in November 2020. Please stay tuned for more information.