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Roland Mahé
2008 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Roland Mahé, Artistic Director of Cercle Molière, Canada’s oldest active theatre company, has been named the seventh recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist.

Native and resident of St. Boniface, Mr. Mahé strongly believes in the need to develop the Franco-Manitoban identity and his priority is French theatre – written, directed and presented by Manitobans. He has spent 40 years devoted to developing quality theatre, training new actors, and identifying and encouraging local authors.…

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Dr. Robert Turner
2007 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Dr. Robert Turner, Manitoba’s most senior distinguished contemporary music composer has been named the sixth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist.

Dr. Turner studied piano from an early age and his first pieces were written without formal instruction. He holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (1943), a Masters in Music from Vanderbilt University’s George Peabody College (1950) and a Music Doctorate from McGill University (1953). Although he completed numerous compositions during these years, the earliest he acknowledges is String Quartet No.…

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Aganetha Dyck
2006 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Word is buzzing that well-loved visual artist Aganetha Dyck has been named the fifth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist.

Born in Winnipeg, Aganetha has shown her work extensively in over 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions across Canada and internationally since 1975. Perhaps best known for her collaborative work with live honeybees, Aganetha’s most recent practise has concentrated on placing ordinary household objects in beehives, allowing the bees to become her artistic partners by adding wax sculptures to the objects.…

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Guy Maddin
2005 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Guy Maddin, filmmaker, has been named the fourth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. “Guy Maddin is an artist who has received international recognition,” says Dr. Judith Flynn, Chair of Council, “and it is our pleasure to be able to honour him here at home. For the last 20 years Guy Maddin’s work has played a crucial role in the growth and development of our local film industry. He has used Winnipeg as inspiration for his stories and productions while writing for various magazines and teaching film history at the University of Manitoba.…

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Grant Guy
2004 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Grant Guy, Performance and Media Artist, has been named the third recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional artist.

“We were thrilled with the 17 nominations to the award this year,” says Dr. Judith Flynn, Chair of Council. “After six hours of deliberations, the eight jurors unanimously agreed on Grant Guy. One of the key questions they asked themselves was: Can we imagine our community without Grant Guy? Naming him as the recipient of the 2004 Arts Award of Distinction was their response.”

Over the past 25 years, Grant Guy has worked as a director, designer, playwright, curator, arts programmer, video producer, performance artist and writer.…

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Robert Kroetsch
2003 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Robert Kroetsch, writer, has been named the second recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional artist.

“Manitoba is tremendously rich in artistic talent,” says Dr. Judith Flynn, Chair of Council, “and we are delighted the jury has unanimously selected Robert Kroetsch, often referred to as the patron saint of prairie writing, to receive this award.”

Robert Kroetsch is the author of 9 internationally acclaimed novels, 12 books of poetry and 5 books of non-fiction, essays and explorations.…

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Leslee Silverman
2002 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Leslee Silverman, Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, has been named the first recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. “Manitoba boasts many exceptional artists and we were overwhelmed by the response to this new award,” says Dr. Judith Flynn, Chair of Council. “Selecting the artist to receive this award was certainly challenging, however, Leslee Silverman truly realizes the goals of this award. The jury was unanimous and highly enthusiastic in their decision.”

Leslee Silverman, actor, director and producer, has been the Artistic Director for MTYP since 1982.…

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