EAR Award


The EAR Award

Once every two years. EAR honours an artist or art supporter in Calgary who has made a significant contribution to the vibrancy of the art scene. The recipient, or in some cases recipients, are selected by a jury of Calgary artist peers. Winners are announced at our annual AGM and their names added to the EAR trophy designed by local artist Tim Westbury.

2017 EAR Award Winners

Kari McQueen

Kari McQueen is one of our arts community’s most unsung arts heroes. Although many know and love her, most agree she has never received the recognition deserving of her tireless work as an arts administrator with over 20 years experience working in the cultural sector.

She is well-known as a champion of artist worker rights, and always encourages those around her to educate themselves, to be aware, and most of all to keep practicing their art, whatever it may be. She has most often worked behind the scenes, doing the work that no one else wants to do. She has been a curator and programmer for LGBTQ organizations, film, community-building, visual and media arts- and goes to great lengths to continue creating her own work. She is deserving of this award as she gives back to so many Calgary artists through her personality and perseverance.

Diana Sherlock

Diana is a Canadian independent curator, writer and educator whose projects create opportunities for contemporary artists to produce new work in response to specific collections, contexts, histories and cultures of display. The artist and artistic production is at the centre of every project she tackles as a curator, writer and teacher. She is too modest to say that her work is excellent, but artists, publishers, students and colleagues across the country can attest to her professionalism and extraordinary passion. She is decidedly based in Calgary and has dedicated her adult life to supporting artists, arts organizations and arts development in the city in numerous roles.

Sherlock’s early administrative work included leadership roles at the New and Stride galleries as well as supporting international artists at the Banff Centre. Throughout her career Sherlock has strived to contextualize the work of regional artists within global art world through her curatorial projects and critical art writing. Diana Sherlock has worked tirelessly as an advocate for contemporary art practices and practitioners locally, nationally and now internationally for more than a quarter century – a cultural triple-threat who deserves respect, praise and thanks from her community.

2015 EAR Award Winners

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen has been a beacon for the local and national arts community. The EAR Award Jury based their award on “his many years of being a respected Leader, providing a calm voice of reason, and a welcome source of stability….Supporting Community with stable, rational and reliable structure.”

Shelley Ouellet

Shelley Ouellet has been an entrenched and joyful presence in the Calgary art community for more than twenty years. The EAR jury honoured her decades of being an enthusiastic Facilitator, providing inclusive and supportive exuberance and love…Creating Community by bringing people together to work on large-scale or unusual projects together and creating or activating spaces where this can happen.

Kevin Allen and Shelley Ouellet

Past EAR Award Winners

Janet Turner & Leslie Sweder – 2013

Brad Goddard & Cori Stent – 2009

Sharon Stevens and Kevin Kanashiro – 2011

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