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Nominations are Closed

Thank you to all those who nominated Hamilton's deserving artists and arts professionals.
All Established Artist, Arts Community Leadership and Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize nominations will be evaluated by an independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists and arts professionals. A member of the Arts Advisory Commission or Arts Awards Steering Committee will audit each jury session to ensure a fair and transparent process (this is a non-voting position). All nominations are evaluated using the same scoring criteria and must achieve a minimum benchmark score to be considered for an Award. Adjudication for all awards will take place in early Spring.

2019 Recipients

2019 award recipients will be announced in June
The City of Hamilton Arts Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of established and emerging artists in eleven categories and presents $36,500 in cash awards and civic recognition.

2020 Nominations

Information about the 2020 program, including the nomination package, will be available in Fall 2019. To be notified about the launch of 2019 nominations, sign up for our email list by emailing