Sunday 15 June 2014

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Awards

After nearly 200 applications and two levels of adjudication coordinated by The Banff Centre, eight outstanding artists emerged as  2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award recipients. 

His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell,

Government House, Edmonton, Alberta
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presented the medals, certificates and $10,000 awards at a private ceremony June 11, 2014 at Government House in Edmonton. Meet this years recipients here:

The Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Award is given to eight outstanding artist (in all disciplines) every two years. I was one of the eight recipients of this honourable award in 2012:  
The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor
of Alberta presenting award to Diane Mae Robinson

June 11, 2014, Government House, Edmonton, Alberta
I was invited to this years award ceremonies at Government House where I watched the new recipients receive their awards, drank champaign, snacked on hors de oeurves, and chatted with very insightful and creative people.

I was also given an opportunity to present the Honorable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, with my 2nd book in my children's fantasy/adventure series, Sir Princess Petra's TalentIn 2012, when I won this award, I presented the Lieutenant Governor with book one, Sir Princess Petra.

2012 Emerging Artist Award Recipients, and members of the board.

June 11, 2014, Diane at Government House

For more information on my fantasy kids books:


  1. Did the lt. governor read your book? It would have been fun to have a returning winner read her newest book. Really, I am not making fun( no, I really am not). I think that would be a cool idea for everyone to see what the last winners were now doing -- especially considering the awards they received. Let others see the good investment the ?? Alberta area? made in each recipient -- like you!

  2. He read my first book and he remembered me when I presented him with the 2nd book. I talked with the new recipients and the board members about where I am in my writing and what I am doing now. All of the 2012 winners had to write a report to the Lieutenant Governor's office in regards to how the money helped us in our careers. This really is the coolest award any artist could will in Alberta.

  3. Wow. How long was your report Did you have to get specific as in I bought this writing book, took this course bought an antique desk and fancy pen? Or more like the award and its components allowed me to think of something other than writing as I went shopping. Now I have new perspectives? haha

  4. We had to report big things like: marketing costs, PR events, new computer, stuff like that. The award money really came in handy for setting up my website, a blog tour with you, news releases, a new writing chair that doesn't tilt, a new printer, , . always expenses.