MZD Progressive Artist Award

MZD Progressive Artist Award Nomination

Deadline: April 18, 2019

The MZD Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize,  announced at the MZD International Performance Art SUMMIT,  May 17-19, 2019. This biennial award is made possible by a gift from private donors.

Nominations for the 2019 MZD Progressive Artist Award are now being accepted until April 18, 2019 at 5pm.

Guidelines for Eligibility

Recipients for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
  • Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues

Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Nominee fulfillment of eligibility criteria
  • Nominee’s body of work
  • Evidence of nominee’s engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region
  • Impact of the nominee’s work, artistically and aesthetically
  • Significance of artist’s impact on the community and Edmonton’s art ecology

How to Nominate

Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Please include two references with self- nominations.

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Direct questions to Tyler Sherard: <,> or 780-424-1573