Scholarships and Awards

Mayor Tara Veer and Volunteers

Mayor Tara Veer and Volunteers

On Thursday, May 25, Red Deer Arts Council held a Volunteer Recognition and Scholarships and Emerging Artist Award event at the Red Deer Public Library. We were thrilled to have Mayor Tara Veer present the Princess Margaret Scholarship to Emilie Tobias along with special guest, Ian Warwick, Alberta Foundation for the Arts representative. Craig Scott, our board chair, hosted our evening with his usual aplomb. The following photographs are courtesy of Rob Ironside, a board member who graciously agreed to take the photographs.

Our evening was a success and everyone enjoyed this special event. We thank Janice Shimek, a board member, for the door prizes she gathered from Liquor Crossing, Centrefest, Blue Grass Nursery and Sod Farm, Utopia Hair Studio, and Black Knight Inn. They gave in a big way, so many thanks to them! And a special thank you to all our volunteers who have played a big part in our success!

Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present its 2017 Scholarship Award Winners.

Mayor Tara Veer Presenting Emilie Tobias

Mayor Tara Veer Presenting Emilie Tobias

The Princess Margaret Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. This scholarship is awarded to Emilie Tobias, of Lacombe, AB. Ms. Tobias is a second year student in the Visual Arts Diploma program at Red Deer College, graduating this spring. She plans to attend the Alberta College of Art in the fall and work towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her visual artwork focuses on the use of found objects in sculptural pieces.

 

 

 

Erin Pettifor and Ian Warwick

Erin Pettifor and Ian Warwick

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student in a media other than that awarded to the Princess Margaret Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Erin Pettifor of Red Deer, AB . Ms. Pettifor is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Alberta. A previous award winner, Ms. Pettifor exemplifies the dedication of a young, upcoming artist who strives to perfect her craft. Toward that end, Ms. Pettifor will be gaining stronger musical theatre skills by attending Opera NUOVA’s Ten Day Operatic Intensive and the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance this summer. Her drive and dedication will carry her far in her chosen career path in the theatre.

 

Kaili Connolley and Ian Warwick

Kaili Connolley and Ian Warwick

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student. This scholarship is awarded to Kaili Connolley of Lacombe, AB. Ms. Connolley is a Grade 12 student from Ecolé Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School graduating this spring. She plans to continue her art education by attending the University of Alberta Bachelor of Fine Arts program and has already received conditional acceptance into the program based on her portfolio. Her visual artwork shows a strong sense of understanding concepts and innovative use of materials well beyond her years. Ms. Connolley is an exemplary student and volunteers with several community and school initiatives in Lacombe.

 

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that the fourth Emerging Artist Award goes to Rueben Tschetter of Red Deer.

Rueben, Jesse and Craig

Rueben, Jesse and Craig

Rueben is a local filmmaker with a BA in Communications and Culture (honours) from the University of Calgary. He is the director and CEO of CACHE Productions in Red Deer. His body of work includes over 25 short films and videos produced since 2012. His work can be found at www.thecacheproject.ca. Among other projects, he was involved with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort’s Journeys of Hope production for Alberta Culture Days in 2016.

Rueben hails from a Hutterite Colony near Cluny, AB. His travels, since he left in 2000, have taken him around the world. These travels along with his upbringing on the colony add to his quirky perspectives in his short films. His short films are breadcrumbs on his path of development as he experiments with a filmmaking style, but also perspectives on life and culture in the Central Alberta community.

Currently Rueben is winding up CACHE Productions’ second broadcast license with TELUS Optik Local. Five short films from The CACHE Project will be released in the summer of 2017. His long term goal is to bring more recognition to the filmmaking industry in Central Alberta. Toward this end, he has plans to create a network for local filmmaking talent to produce, write and direct films that complement our Central Albertan culture and identity.

Rueben is also working on 2017/18 season of The CACHE Project films. Included is a narrative documentary called I Fought The Law, about a farmer who goes to jail for protecting his rural property after police fail to show up in time after a call to 911.

Shannon Frizzell playing

Shannon Frizzell playing

We would also like to thank Shannon Frizzell for providing us with beautiful classical music that rounded out the evening! 

 

 

 

 

Information on the Scholarships and the Emerging Artist Award follows:

Literary, Visual, Music and Performing Arts Scholarships

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student.

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student in a media other than that awarded to the Princess Margaret Scholarship.

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student.

The Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student studying music and continuing their music career in a post secondary school.

Emerging Artist Awards 

The Red Deer Arts Council has established an award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer.

The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award will be awarded every year, beginning in 2014. The Award consists of $1000 and a certificate.

The awards are not project grants, but designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.

Definition of Emerging Artist

Emerging Artists are defined as those, of any age, who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form through education or apprenticeship and are in the early years of launching a professional career.  Emerging Artists have completed their formal (college or university)/apprenticeship/education in their chosen field and have been practicing for a minimum of two years. Emerging Artists have created and publicly presented a modest body of independent work and are ready for the next steps in their artistic development.

For the purposes of this award, “Arts” includes:

The Performing Arts, including without limitation: the creators, composers, choreographers, interpreters, and performers in music, dance, theatre and opera.

The Visual Arts, including without limitation: painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation of art, photography, new media and fine craft.

The Cinematic Arts, including without limitations: film and video drama, documentary and art/film video.

The Literary Arts, both English and French, including without limitation: fiction including novel, short story, blended genres, poetry and drama.

Historical Backgrounder to the Red Deer Arts Council Emerging Artist Award

In June 2013, Red Deer hosted the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. The LGAA event was meant to raise legacy funds.  

As it developed, ideas were presented for use of the legacy funds. One such use of funds was an art piece developed by Alysse Bowd and students from the Middle Schools. That artwork is housed in the City of Red Deer Building on the main floor.

A second and on-going use of the funds was imagined by the Red Deer Arts Council for an Emerging Artist Award. As this fitted the mandate of the Red Deer Arts Council and the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished and Emerging Artists Award program, the committee awarded the funds to the Arts Council.

The Red Deer Arts Council established this award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer.

The awards are not project grants, but designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.

 Previous Award Winners:

Emerging Artist Award for 2016 – The third Emerging Artist Award goes to Nicole Leal!

2016 Nicole Leal EAA Award winner with Craig Scott, Chair

2016 Nicole Leal EAA Award winner with Craig Scott, Chair

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that the third Emerging Artist Award goes to Nicole Leal of Red Deer. Leal is a talented actor, director and Assistant Artistic Director for Tree House Youth Theatre.

Ms. Leal graduated from Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program in 2013. However, she volunteered with Central Alberta Theatre in 2008 doing makeup and hair. In 2010, she took a New York 5 week intensive acting for film workshop. Since 2013, she worked as the director for Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program for Teens by Teens and acted for Prime Stock Theatre’s Bard on Bower. Ms. Leal also co-founded the new sketch and improv group, Improv Jelly here in Red Deer.

The jury was delighted with Ms. Leal’s work and passion for the arts and her commitment to Red Deer. They were encouraged by her maturity, zest for life, and the high quality of her work. They loved the fact that she continues to give back to the community by teaching through her performances and involvement with Tree House Youth Theatre. One of Ms. Leal’s goals is to search out not-for-profit management training. That goal will help her broaden her ability to influence the arts in Red Deer and be an asset to the entire community. The jury believes that Ms. Leal will be a strong female voice on a path in leadership.

The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award, a new award announced in March of 2014, consists of $1,000.00 and a certificate. The award supports and encourages promising Red Deer artists early in their careers.

The second Emerging Artist Award goes to Charlie Jacobson – 2015!

 The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that the second Emerging Artist Award goes to Charlie Jacobson of Red Deer. Jacobson is a singer-songwriter and talented musician.

Charlie Jacobson and his guitars

Charlie Jacobson and his guitars

The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award, a new award announced in March of 2014, consists of $1,000.00, and a certificate. The award supports and encourages promising Red Deer artists, early in their careers.

Jacobson is a passionate 22 year old blues/rock artist with no fixed address, although he calls Red Deer home. Over the last few years he has played hundreds of shows across the Canadian prairies and back and forth over the Rockies. With his guitar and suitcase drums always packed in the van, his nomadic lifestyle takes him to shows ranging from music festivals, house concerts, large blues clubs to community halls and theatres. You might see him fronting the four-piece Charlie Jacobson Band or recreating that full sound on his own, playing his suitcase drums with his heels, ripping on the guitar, singing and dancing.

 

 

Contact:   Email: charliejacobsonmusic@gmail.com     Tel: 403 350 6756

 Charlie Jacobson Online:   https://www.facebook.com/CharlieJacobsonMusic

https://twitter.com/CJacobsonMusic

Red Deer Arts Council Scholarship Award Winners for 2016 

 Red Deer Arts Council are pleased to present our 2016 Scholarship Award Winners.

The Princess Margaret Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. This scholarship is awarded to Cydnee Sparrow of Innisfail, AB. Cydnee Sparrow is a practicing rural Alberta artist, who is currently pursuing her Visual Art Diploma at Red Deer College and will receive her diploma this spring. In the fall, she intends to go on to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At RDC, she has won numerous awards and scholarships. She is a straight A+ student in all her studio and academic courses. She is an A+ student in art history and at the top of her class.

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student in a media other than that awarded to the Princess Margaret Scholarship. This scholarship awarded to Ashley Rose Mercia of Red Deer. Ms. Mercia is enrolled in the Theatre Performance and Creation Program at Red Deer College. She has performed with local Against the Wall Theatre and will be pursuing her improv skills at the Improv Olympic five-week summer intensive training course. Ms. Mercia is a talented actress who includes writing and creating new formats for Bull Skit as well as teaching and leading community workshops, all while attending RDC.

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student. This scholarship is awarded to Kristen Soley. Ms Soley is currently attending Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. She has performed with the Red Deer Royals and received two awards from this organization. She went to Italy in 2014 with the Royals, learning and experiencing Italian music. Ms. Soley recently won the Woodwind II award for the most outstanding woodwind in LTCHS’s symphonic band.

The Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student studying music and continuing their music career in a post secondary school. This scholarship is awarded to Lane Petrosenko and is the FIRST student to win this new award of the Red Deer Arts Council. Mr. Petrosenko is currently attending Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. He is a dedicated student whose life revolves around music. He is part of the Symphonic Band, the Senior Jazz Band and the Percussion Ensemble at LTCHS. He is an aspiring young singer, percussionist and composer. He hopes to be accepted this fall into the Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music Program at Grant McEwan.

We are extremely pleased to be able to help these young students in their endeavours through our scholarship program.

For more information contact Diana at 403-348-2787 or email her at info@reddeerartscouncil.ca

Red Deer Arts Council Scholarship Award Winners for 2015 

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. 

The winner for 2015 was Erin Pettifor.

Erin Pettifor, of Red Deer, is a second year student in the Theatre Performance and Creation program at the Red Deer College. One of her instructors said of her, “Erin has a strong work ethic, is passionate about the arts, is a versatile performer, team player, a role model for her classmates and an up and coming leader.”

Erin Pettifor and Mayor Tara Veer at the Mayor's Recognition Awards June 2015

Erin Pettifor and Mayor Tara Veer at the Mayor’s Recognition Awards June 2015

Erin has consistently been on the Dean’s and President’s Honour rolls and the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Connie Massing Award for exceptional achievement. Her singing voice is outstanding, as is her acting ability. Erin attended a 5 week course at Canada’s National Voice Intensive in Vancouver, where she excelled. Erin is humble, incredibly talented and strives to be the best she can be.

 The juror’s for this scholarship agreed that Erin shows exemplary promise for and understanding of her chosen field. Her focus on her career path and exhibited dedication to life-long learning underscores the heart of a true artist.

No other scholarships were awarded.

 

 

 

 

News Release: September 3, 2014 

The first Emerging Artist Award goes to Alysse Bowd! 

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that the first ever Emerging Artist Award goes to Ms. Eva Mary Alysse Bowd of Red Deer. Ms. Bowd is a visual artist whose media are ceramic, performance, installation, drawing and written narrative. 

The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award, a new award announced in March of this year, consists of $1,000.00, a banner for the artist’s personal promotion and a certificate. The award supports and encourages promising Red Deer artists, early in their careers. 

Ms. Bowd is currently in Nova Scotia attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to obtain her Master’s of Fine Art. She will be returning to Red Deer October 3 to do a performance piece, The Wishing Girl, at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery as part of the reception for Once + Future Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. That weekend she will also be installing an exhibition Between You and Me in the Calgary’s Untitled Art Society’s +15 space. In January 2015, her exhibition Dear Little Friends was in the Kiwanis Gallery (operated by the Red Deer Arts Council) at the Red Deer Public Library.  

E. M. Alysse Bowd, Where daydreams are held, Ceramic

E. M. Alysse Bowd, Where daydreams are held, Ceramic

 

Loves-me-love-me-not, performance & installation, 2014, Kesckemet, Hungary

Loves-me-love-me-not, performance & installation, 2014, Kesckemet, Hungary

Ms. Bowd may be contacted through the office at 403-348-2787 or email us. Check the contact us page for details.

 

 

 

 

Red Deer Arts Council  presented our 2014 Scholarships at this year’s Mayor’s Recognition Awards on June 24th, 2014. Our 2014 Scholarship Winners were:

Brock Beal accepting his scholarship from Mayor Tara Veer while Past Scholarship Chair, Dennis Nault looks on. June 2014

Brock Beal accepting his scholarship from Mayor Tara Veer while Past Scholarship Chair, Dennis Nault looks on. June 2014

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. Brock Beal is the recipient. 

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary school student. Erin Pettifor is the recipient. 

Erin Pettifor, Scholarship Award winner, with Past Scholarship Chair, Dennis Nault. June 2014

Erin Pettifor, Scholarship Award winner, with Past Scholarship Chair, Dennis Nault. June 2014

 

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student. Not Awarded this year.

We are extremely pleased to be able to help these young students in their endeavours through our scholarship program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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