Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award

The Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award was established to honour artists who are lauded for their work in national and international arenas and choose to make Calgary their home. Regardless of career length, these artists are acknowledged by their peers around the world for the calibre of their work and their contributions to the arts. They are innovators who have significantly enriched artistic discourse in Canada. This award is an opportunity for Calgarians to celebrate our own.

This is a $5,000 cash award, with funds intended to support artistic work. The award will be presented to the recipient as part of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions event in March 2017.

This award was established by Their Honours Doug and Lois Mitchell and Calgary 2012 and is a legacy project of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and His Honour, HCol Douglas Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, LLD

Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada helped to shine a spotlight on the vibrancy of arts, culture and heritage in our city. Beyond our Cultural Capital year, we know that our city’s artists will continue to be recognized in the global arena for their talent and contributions to Calgary. That’s why we saw the need to establish an award that calls attention to those artists who receive accolades from their international peers and acknowledges their role in the continued success of our city.

Award Rules and Criteria

Nominees for the Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold Calgary as their primary place of residence.
  • Be a professional artist, defined by the Canada Council for the Arts as an artist who:
    • Has specialized training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily obtained in an academic institution);
    • Is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition);
    • Is committed to devoting more time to the artistic activity if this becomes financially feasible, and;
    • Has a history of public presentation.

Nomination packages must include the following:

  • One (1) copy of the nomination form available at the end of this document, signed by both the nominee and nominator.
  • One (1) 30-word synopsis of why the nominee has been nominated (may be used for publication and media purposes if the nominee is selected to receive the award).
  • One (1) letter of nomination (1,000 words or less).
  • One (1) copy of the nominee’s CV.
  • Up to five (5) pieces* of support material demonstrating the work of the nominee and their suitability for this award. Please note these materials must be submitted in the following file formats, and each file can be a maximum of 2MB: JPEG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, MP3, YouTube or Vimeo link.

*Please note that a piece of support material is equal to one piece of the nominee’s work, not one digital file. One file containing five different images of an artist’s work will be considered as five pieces of support material, not one.

The award jury is composed of artistic peers and community members based in Calgary. Its members remain consistent for each year the award is presented, with the exception of the previous year’s Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award winner, should they choose to participate. The award jury reserves the right to revisit nominations submitted in previous years. In the event of a perceived conflict of interest, that jury member will refrain from commenting on the nomination in question. The jury will operate with strict confidentiality. All decisions are final. Calgary Arts Development may screen nominations to verify eligibility.

The award recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

Artistic Merit – maximum of five points

  • How has the nominee contributed to the evolution of their artistic discipline over the course of their career?
  • How is the nominee recognized as a leader by their national and international peers?
  • Has the nominee been recognized by national and international audiences and patrons?

Impact on the Community – maximum of five points

  • What is the nominee’s commitment to Calgary’s arts community?
  • How does the nominee serve as an ambassador for Calgary artists and citizens when undertaking their national and international work?

Impact on the Artist – maximum of five points

  • Will this award afford opportunities to the artist that they do not currently have?

All nominators and nominees will receive acknowledgement of receipt of nomination by email as soon as it has been successfully uploaded. Nominators and nominees will be notified of whether their nomination was successful in advance of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. The recipient will be asked to keep the status of their nomination confidential until the event, and will also be asked to accommodate the filming of a recipient video.

The deadline for uploading of complete nomination packages is 4:30pm on November 28, 2016. Complete applications must be submitted online through the form below on or before the deadline. Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted or considered. If you have nominated someone and did not receive acknowledgement of receipt of nomination, please contact Kaley Beisiegel at kaley.beisiegel@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

Before submitting your nomination package, ensure that you have prepared:

  • One (1) copy of the nomination form signed by both the nominee and nominator.
  • One (1) copy of a letter of nomination (1,000 words or less) signed by the nominator.
  • One (1) copy of a 30-word synopsis of why the nominee has been nominated.
  • One (1) copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae.
  • Up to five (5) pieces* of support material demonstrating the work of the nominee and their suitability for this award.

*Please note that a piece of support material is equal to one piece of the nominee’s work, not one digital file. One file containing five different images of an artist’s work will be considered as five pieces of support material, not one.

Downloads

Guidelines PDF
Nomination Form

Nominations are now closed.

For more information about the Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award, please email awards@mayorslunch.com.

Previous Recipients: Jean Grand-Maître (2013), Chris Cran (2014), Rebecca Northan (2015), Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2016)

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