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The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts celebrate the outstanding achievements of Ontario’s arts community and its contributions to a strong, vibrant culture sector.

 

Now in its 10th year, the program recognizes artists and arts organizations whose contributions span a significant period of time.

2017 nomination deadline: December 1, 2016

Any Ontario resident who enjoys and takes an interest in Ontario’s arts and cultural industries may nominate an artist or arts organization for the awards. You may submit a nomination in one category only, for either the Artist Award or the Arts Organization Award, not both, per year.

Prizes are divided into two categories:

Artist Award:

  • The Artist Award recognizes a professional artist.
  • One laureate will receive a cash award of $35,000 and a framed certificate.
  • Five short-listed finalists will each receive $2,000 and a framed certificate.
  • The laureate will nominate a promising new or emerging individual talent in the same field who will receive a cash award of $15,000 and a framed certificate.

Arts Organization Award:

  • The Arts Organization Award is given to an arts organization involved in the production and/or distribution of artistic work by professional artists.
  • One laureate will receive a cash award of $50,000 and a framed certificate.
  • Five short-listed finalists will each receive $2,000 and a framed certificate.

The 2016 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were held on October 5, 2016 in Toronto.

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