City of Hamilton Arts Awards Recipients

The City of Hamilton is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 City of Hamilton Arts Awards. The awards were presented Wednesday, June 7 at the Circuit 4.0 Collaborative Creative Space on the fourth floor of Hamilton Public Library's Central Branch.

The awards ceremony and reception celebrated Hamilton's thriving arts community. The evening included site-specific installations, live performances, refreshments, and the announcement of 20 award recipients.  

And the 2017 winners are...

Lifetime Achievement Award


Valerie Tryon

Valerie Tryon is a British-born classical pianist. Her concert career began when she was a child as she regularly appeared on the BBC and in british concert halls from the age of 12. Ms. Tryon was one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Music. In 1956 she was a prize winner at the Liszt Competition in Budapest.

Since 1976, Ms. Tryon has resided in Hamilton where she was the Artist in Residence at McMaster University and is currently at Redeemer University College. She continues to pursue an international performing and recording career. Among her specialisms is the music of Franz Liszt, of which she has made a number of celebrated recordings. Ms. Tryon regularly appears on the local stages and at the Boris Brott Music Festival, where she always draws a large audience.

 

Arts Innovation Award

Claire Calnan

Claire is a theatre maker, actor, producer, and educator who has worked professionally in the national and international theatre community for nearly two decades. She has also consistently fueled community-based projects. She is the founder of The AMY Project (Artists Mentoring Youth) and serves as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

 

Arts Education and Community Arts Award

Melania Pawliw

www.haofpa.com

A former ballerina, Melania now shares her love of dance with her students. She is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Hamilton City Ballet, and Associate Artistic Director of Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Melania is the recipient of the 2015 Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award for artistic contribution to the community.


Emerging artist selected:

Masami Clarke

 

Arts Management Award


Paul Lisson

www.halmagazine.com

Paul Lisson was born on Mahoney Avenue beside the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Hamilton’s north end. His family was made up of card-carrying steelworkers who played in bagpipe bands. Paul is the publisher of Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine. HA&L introduces local artists to audiences across Canada and around the world.


Emerging artist selected:

Ryan Ferguson

aghfilmfest.com

 

Dance and Performing Arts Award


Lori Le Mare

www.hamiltonaerialgroup.ca

Lori Le Mare is a visual artist and heritage art restorer. She is also the artistic director of and performer in Hamilton Aerial Group. The community and collaborative nature of aerial dance offer a balance to the solitary practice of her painting. Lori has been active in the Hamilton community for 8 years.


Emerging artist selected:
Pamela Gardner

 

Fine Craft Award


Duncan Aird

www.airdpottery.com

Duncan Aird majored in Ceramics at Sheridan College, then did a six-year apprenticeship with Dundas potter Scott Barnim. This profound education allowed him to confidently open his own studio. He is a professor at Haliburton School of the Arts and Mohawk College where he is also the technician.


Emerging artist selected:

Emma Smith

www.emmasmithceramics.com

 

Media Arts Award


Dan Zen

www.danzen.com

Dan Zen is an inventor specializing in interactives for social play, such as his mobile apps Touchy, Tilty, Droner, Trippy and Hangy. He codes environments in which others can create and augment their world. He teaches and gives talks on creativity and is a proud contributor to the 'Hamilton renaissance'.


Emerging artist selected:

Andrew O'Connor

www.ap-oc.com

 

Music Award


Kirk Starkey

kirkstarkey.com

Kirk Starkey has pursued a unique career as cellist and composer. Recordings Little Gidding (2011) and Songs of Sudbury (2016) showcase an original style of extended cello techniques. Kirk has performed live with Quartetto Gelato and Peter Gabriel. He was featured performer on Anne (CBC) and Flashpoint (CTV). CBC Radio2 called him “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today”.


Emerging artist selected:

Hanna Bech

hannabech.com

 

Theatre Award


Anna Chatterton

Anna Chatterton is a playwright, performer and librettist. She was named a top ten Toronto theatre artist of 2016 by NOW Magazine and won a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. Anna’s work has been produced by companies such as Harbourfront Centre, Banff Centre and the Canadian Opera Company and nominated for multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards.


Emerging artist selected:

Rex Emerson Jackson

 

Visual Arts Award


Donna Akrey

www.donnaakrey.com

Donna Akrey is an interdisciplinary artist who currently teaches at Brock University. She received a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from NSCAD. She is part of the (F)NOR collective, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, and Zula Presents Music and Arts Collective Hamilton, and co-founder of Hamilton Zineposium.


Emerging artist selected:

Margaret Flood 

 

Writing Award


Bernadette Rule

Bernadette Rule has had seven collections of poetry published, most recently Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson from Seraphim Editions. Her work has won the Eden Mills Poetry Prize, the Short Works Prize for Poetry, and the Short Works Prize for Creative Non-Fiction.


Emerging artist selected:

Richard Van Holst 

 

Arts Community Leadership Awards:

  • A nomination package is submitted for each Lifetime Achievement Award and Arts Innovation Award nominee. 
  • A jury for each award, comprised of artists and arts professionals, reviews the nomination packages and determines who will receive the award based on each nominee’s work, career, exemplary accomplishments in their field and/or significant contribution to the advancement of the arts in Hamilton.

Arts Community Leadership Awards:

  • A nomination package is submitted for each Lifetime Achievement Award and Arts Innovation Award nominee. 
  • A jury for each award, comprised of artists and arts professionals, reviews the nomination packages and determines who will receive the award based on each nominee’s work, career, exemplary accomplishments in their field and/or significant contribution to the advancement of the arts in Hamilton.

Established Artist Award:

  • A nomination package is submitted for each Established Artist nominee
  • A jury of category-specific arts professionals reviews the Established Artist nomination packages and determines who will receive the award based on each nominee’s work, career, and reception by the arts community at large.

Emerging:

  • Each Established Artist nominates an Emerging Artist worthy of recognition in their award category.
  • If the Established Artist is awarded, their Emerging Artist is awarded too! By winning together, professional artistic relationships can grow and thrive in the community between artists at different points in their careers.

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Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 7612
Email: artsawards@hamilton.ca
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