Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Spirit Prize supports Indigenous student art development at University of Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge is supporting the development of Indigenous student art with the Spirit Prize.

Applications are now open for the $2,500 cash award which will end up going to one First Nations student.

University alumnus, Terry Whitehead helped establish the the award.

Dr. Josie Mills, director and curator at the U of L Art Gallery, says this prize will provide extraordinary support for emerging artists studying in Treaty 7 territory.

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All submissions will be assessed and selected by a committee.

Mills says this Spirit Prize will give a huge boost to elevating Indigenous artwork to the national stage.

Award selection will be made on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to art practice
  • Creativity and concept proposed
  • Connection of art practice with Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
  • Completeness and professionalism of submission

Students can learn more about the submission requirements and access the application at

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