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New $1,500 award available for Central Albertan visual artists

Central Albertan painters, photographers and other visual artists can apply to win The Artwalk Developing Visual Artist Award of $1,500.

The award for developing visual artists is new to Red Deer Arts Council.

About $20,000 was donated to the council by the former Red Deer Artwalk Society in January. The society folded in 2014.

Now the council is using the money to reward visual artists ad further their careers.

Diana Anderson, Red Deer Arts Council coordinator, said she expects many applicants to apply before the deadline, March 1, because there are many developing visual artists in Central Alberta.

“We have an awful lot of artists around here, who are amazing, so this is something we know is needed,” she said.

The award will be given to visual artists involved in painting, printmaking, sculpture, carving, traditional arts, drawing, design, ceramics, photography, fine craft, and new media. Visual arts may also include elements of performance art.

Winners will be decided by an independent visual artist jury.

There’s no age limit to apply for the award.

Anderson said the annual award is for those who have finished their schooling and have been a working artist for at least five years since they graduated.

The objective of the Artwalk Developing Visual Artist Award is to assist practicing visual artists with innovative projects, travel or educational pursuits that contribute to their personal artistic development.

The award will be given out based on artistic merit compared to the other artists, artistic potential and their drive to overcome road blocks.

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