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Announcing 75 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Nominees for 2018

Hamilton, ON –  The City of Hamilton is pleased to announce the 2018 Arts Awards Nominees. Seventy-five established and emerging Hamilton artists have been nominated in 11 arts categories, celebrating the breadth of exciting arts activity happening in Hamilton today. The 2018 Arts Awards Nominees are listed below and can be found at along with the biographies of most of the nominees.

Nominations in categories ranging from Music to Visual Arts to Lifetime Achievement will be evaluated by an independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists and arts professionals.  In 2018, a new award will be presented by The Shirley M. Elford Artist's Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation in memory of the late Shirley Elford, a Hamilton artist celebrated for her excellence in glass work and her work giving back to the local arts community and community at large.  The prize category will change annually - in 2018, the prize will be awarded in Fine Craft.

The 2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards recipients will be announced at a public event on Wed. Jun. 6 at Theatre Aquarius Dofasco Centre for the Arts (190 King William Street) as part of Hamilton Arts Week. In addition to profiling and honouring nominees, the event will feature performances by local artists and dynamic arts programming, continuing a growing tradition of celebration and respect for Hamilton’s creative culture. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks via social media and at

About the City of Hamilton Arts Awards

First presented in 1976, the Hamilton Arts Awards program is one of the oldest in Canada. It continues to recognize the vital contributions of the city’s arts sector and to celebrate the exceptional achievements of individual artists and organizations.

The Hamilton Arts Awards program is managed by the Tourism and Culture Division of the City of Hamilton. Cobalt Connects, the 2018 Arts Awards community partner, oversees the adjudication process and awards event production. An independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists and arts professionals evaluates all nominations.

List of 2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Nominees

This year’s event will celebrate the accomplishments of 75 artists in the following 11 categories:


Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. David Gerry
Brian Kelly
Kosha Braun
Graeme MacKay

Arts Innovation Award
Emma Rush
Astrid Hepner
Kamila Miszelska
Jolanta Oko
Bud Roach
Kaime Sherman
Diane Clark


Arts Education and Community Arts Award

Established: Claudette Brundage-Hampson
Emerging: Laura Ellis
Established: Dave Gould
Emerging: Becca Dowden
Established: Becky Katz
Emerging: Christina Tarsitano
Established: Tyler Tekatch
Emerging: Linda Ngo
Established: Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay
Emerging: Leah Klein
Established: Laura Bromwich
Emerging: Graham Stoltz

Arts Management Award

Established: Lyla Miklos
Emerging: Allison M. Jones
Established: Lori Le Mare
Emerging: Ariel Bader-Shamai
Established: Becca Dowden
Emerging: Christina Tarsitano

Fine Craft Award

Established: Hitoko Okada
Emerging: Amina Z. Suhrwardy
Established: Carol Rossman
Emerging: Lauren Levine

Media Arts Award

Established: Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay
Emerging: Dima Matar
Established: George Qua-Enoo
Emerging: Richard Crabbe
Established: Monique Campbell
Emerging: Franca Marazia

Music Award

Established: Harrison Kennedy
Emerging: Jason Hachey
Established: Bill Majoros
Emerging: Justin Ross
Established: Andre Bisson
Emerging: Vince Tarlton
Established: Max Schramp
Emerging: Ryan Moore
Established: Terra Lightfoot
Emerging: Gillian Nicola
Established: Benjamin Hackett
Emerging: Jennifer Budd
Established: Mike McCurlie
Emerging: Travis Stoddart
Established: Amy King
Emerging: Andrew MacPhail
Established: Pip
Emerging: Olivia Brown

Theatre Award

Established: Marilo Nunez
Emerging: Jenny Vasquez

Visual Arts Award

Established: Gord Pullar
Emerging: Drew Taylor
Established: Julio Ferrer
Emerging: Katherine Murphy
Established: Josh Tiessen
Emerging: Amanda Cicero
Established: Svava Thordis Juliusson
Emerging: Maria Simmons
Established: Sylvia Nickerson
Emerging: Benita Whyte

Writing Award

Established: Jamie Tennant
Emerging: Benjamin Robinson


2018 Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize in Fine Craft

Connor Bennett
Mallory Gosselin
Aimee Burnett
James Mall
Amber Aasman
Michelle Bosveld
Pamela Blackwood Marques

For more information, please visit, email [email protected] or call 905-546-2424 ext. 7612.

For more information about Hamilton Arts Week, taking place June 2 to 9, visit