The Saskatchewan Arts Board is pleased to announce the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Awards (formerly the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards) lifetime achievement award recipient and short-listed nominees in five other categories. Presented by the Arts Board, these awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines.

2016 Lieutenant Governor's Lifetime Achievement Recipient 

Robin Poitras, Regina






2016 Short-Listed Nominees

Artistic Excellence

  • Lori Blondeau, Saskatoon
  • Jeffery Straker, Regina
  • Martin Tagseth, Lake Lenore

Emerging Artist

  • Bridges Art Movement (BAM), Saskatoon
  • Jess Moskaluke, Rocanville
  • Rosie & the Riveters, Saskatoon

Leadership – Individual

  • Leslie Potter, Saskatoon
  • Karen Schoonover, Regina
  • Mark Turner, Saskatoon

Leadership – Organization

  • Globe Theatre, Regina
  • Station Arts Centre, Rosthern
  • Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton

Arts and Learning

  • Monique Martin, Saskatoon
  • Wendy Peart, Regina
  • Joanne Weber, Regina




Biographies and photos are available here.

Recipients will be announced at the awards event on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Casino Regina Show Lounge. Recipients are awarded a limited-edition sculpture by Saskatchewan artist Jody Greenman-Barber and a cash prize. For 2016, the short-listed nominees in the Emerging Artist category will also receive cash prizes in memory of Regina artist Michele Sereda.

Hosted by singer/songwriter Jeffery Straker, the evening includes performances by Prairie Puppet Underground, Rah Rah and InfoRed, a screening of a short film by Heather Benning, The Dollhouse, and a display of artwork from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection.

Tickets for the awards are $100 each, $30 for self-declared artists, $450 for a table of four or $850 for a table of eight, and may be purchased online at


Photo of Robin Poitras by Don Hall