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 Recipients of the 2012 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Awards


Kyle Armstrong 

Kyle Armstrong is a filmmaker working predominantly in short non-narrative film. Working with super8 and 16mm as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently makes use of hand altering film techniques, using bleaches, dyes, scratches, paints, to alter both his own footage and found films. His work has been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas across Canada.

Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on Maddin’s Hauntings/Seances project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Kyle is traveling to Churchill MB to capture IMAX resolution footage of the aurora borealis for his film “Magnetic Reconnection” to be scored by avant-garde/pop musician and Grammy Award winner Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco, Werner Herzog). Kyle Armstrong is currently a term instructor at MacEwan University in the Design Studies program and is also the president of the Metro Cinema Society. 

Tim Bowling

Nathan Cuckow

Nathan is an actor, producer, writer, and co-Artistic Director of Edmonton’s critically acclaimed, independent theatre company, Kill Your Television. He has worked in Edmonton with several companies, including Shadow Theatre, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Teatro La Quindicina, Northern Light Theatre, Concrete Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Theatre Network, and was most recently seen in Wishbone Theatre’s independent production of Waiting for Godot.

His work has been presented in Edmonton, as well as several other Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Whitehorse, Victoria, and Vancouver (as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad). His musical, BASH’d! was presented internationally in Dublin, Ireland, and in the United States (Los Angeles and New York City), where it ran for three months Off Broadway and was awarded a 2007 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre. Nathan is the proud recipient of seven Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards. 

Linda McBain Cuyler

Thom Golub

Thom Golub lives in Edmonton, Alberta. As a string bassist, he can be heard in many venues across Canada and on many recordings. He's performed with Jazz artists Brett Miles, Bob Tildesley, Jim Head, Mo Lefever, David Babcock, Andrew Glover, Charlie Austin and Ryan Davidson. With songwriters/performers Terry McDade, Terry Morrison, James Murdoch, Alfie Zappacosta, Scott Cook, The Good Lovelies, Paul Reddick, Kevin Cook, Al Brandt, and Anna Beaumont.

Golub has had his music performed, recorded and broadcast in North America and Europe. He has written for soloists, duos, and trios, chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra. Artists who have performed and recorded his music include: Duo Levent, De Rode Pomp, St. Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble and the Warszynski Trio, for whom he finished his second commission in 2010. Plans to complete new work for his jazz repertoire as well as a commission for the WindRose Trio are goals for 2012/2013.

Beth Graham 

Beth Graham

Beth Graham is an Edmonton based theatre artist who acts and writes. She has performed on stages across the country and has also toured internationally to the U.K., Australia and the United States. Beth is passionate about new work and collaboration. Recently, she collaborated on The Drowning Girls, with Daniela Vlaskalic and Charlie Tomlinson. The Drowning Girls toured across Canada, received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood award, the Carol Bolt award, four Sterling Awards, four Betty awards and a Dora nomination.

She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program and is a member of the Alberta Playwright’s network, the Citadel Playwright’s Forum and the Playwright’s Guild of Canada. She lives in Highlands with her husband Patrick and their dog Oscar.

Gary James Joynes

Gary James Joynes

Sound is a ubiquitous element in the human experience - its presence or absence defines spaces, emotions, experiences, and time. My explorations and experimentations in art are focused on the active process of listening to, looking at, and feeling sound; slowing down time and linking sensoria to encourage immersion in a whole body experience.

Gary James Joynes (aka Clinker) is a sound artist, composer and visual artist who has exhibited his audiovisual and installation works at Sublimated Landscape / Sonic Topology, ICA London; Oboro, Montreal; Galerie8, London; Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto and at Latitude 53, Edmonton. He has presented and performed his works in Canada and abroad at the Banff Centre; Roulette Mixology Festival, New York; MUTEK Festival, Montreal; Electric Fields, Ottawa; Mountain Computer Music Festival, Montana; International Leonard Cohen Festival, Edmonton; Tanzstartklar Festival, Graz; Sprawl – Interplay 4: Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Bristol and Standart, Madrid. 

Lindsay Knox

Lindsay Knox

Lindsay Knox is an Edmonton based artist whose interdisciplinary practice employs sculpture, drawing, painting, sound and assemblage into larger installations or environments that conceptually explore themes of home and displacement, analyzing the interrelations between the human body and infrastructure. Knox is currently an instructor for the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2006 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta in drawing/intermedia, where she was the recipient of the MFA scholarship, Alberta Advanced Education Student Scholarship and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design. She is a member of CARFAC, VAAA (Visual Arts Association of Alberta), AGA (The Art Gallery of Alberta) and Latitude 53.

Amy Loewan

Amy Loewan

Amy Loewan is a dedicated visual artist and cultural ambassador. Many of her works illustrate the integration of her Chinese heritage with western postmodernist art practices. She has received numerous grants and awards including The Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal's Award for Excellence in the Arts commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Ottawa).

Her large mixed media installation works A Peace Project & Illuminating Peace aim to dissolve cultural boundaries have exhibited in public galleries in Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario as well as overseas in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In 2010 A Peace Project was recognized as a work of “outstanding significance and national importance” and was certified as a Cultural Property of Canada. Amy is currently an instructor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension Fine Art Certificate Program. 

Mieko Ouchi

Mieko Ouchi 

Mieko Ouchi is an actor, writer, and director who works in both theatre and film and TV. Her plays The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye), The Blue Light and The Dada Play have been produced across the country and in the U.S. and have been finalists for the 4 Play Reading Series at The Old Vic in London, the Governor General’s Award for Drama, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award and the City of Edmonton Book Prize, winning the Carol Bolt Award. The plays have been translated into French, Japanese, Czech and Russian and are published by Playwrights Canada Press.  

Her award winning documentary, narrative and experimental films have played over 30 festivals and aired in Canada and internationally. Mieko’s work in both mediums often explores the artist’s process and involves a mixing of the techniques, vocabulary and imagery of theatre and film. Mieko’s newest play, a cinematically influenced noir detective story Nisei Blue premiered at ATP playRites Festival in 2011.  

Josée Thibeault

Josée Thibeault 

Author, director and actor Josée Thibeault has been active in the francophone artistic community for more than ten years. For l'UniThéâtre, she directed plays (La colonie, Le voyage du couronnement) and acted in several productions (Le cadeau d'Einstein, Dust and Dreams). Josée is the artistic director of many music and multidisciplinary shows (Le Gala albertain de la chanson, Leonard Cohen Night, opening and closing ceremonies for the Francophone Games) and created polyfonik in 2010 bringing emerging and established singer-songwriters together on stage for a méga-spectacle. Josée is a member of the sketch comedy group Le RiRe.

She also writes plays, urban tales, songs, slam and spoken word. In her solo show, La petite Lulu tire la langue ("Lulu sticks her tongue out"), she performs her poetry with great energy and humor. Josée has been Chair of the Board for the Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta (RAFA) for five years.


Amy van Keeken

Amy van Keeken

Amy van Keeken is an Edmonton musician and songwriter.  Throughout her career in the Edmonton music community, she has been involved in a number of highly acclaimed collaborative projects across a variety of genres; a founding member of The Secretaries, whose debut album ranked #5 on CKUA's best of 2010 charts; one half of the cabaret-folk duo, The AwesomeHots, whose e.p. topped the CJSR folk/roots charts for 2011; an integral part of dub-rock outfit, Dub Vulture; and band leader/MC/lead vocalist for Amy van Keeken's Rock n Roll Sing-a-Long, a cover band that explores the relationship between performer and audience in an interactive environment.

Amy is a private vocal coach, a mentor and role model to young aspiring performers, and a contract arts instructor at the Robin Hood Centre for Learning.  She is currently working on material for her first solo release. 

The recipients of the 2011 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Awards, honored at a reception in City Hall on March 6, 2012.

Photo (L to R): ECF Board Chair Penny Omell, Mieko Ouchi, Amy Loewan, Kyle Armstrong, Amy van Keeken, Gary James Joynes, Josée Thibeault, Lindsay Knox, also in photo - Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award recipient Sofia Cristanti.

The following recipients were unable to attend: Nathan Cuckow, Thom Golub, Beth Graham. 

The awards were presented by EAC Board Member/Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Award Jury Chair Mary Philips Rickey (not in photo) and Penny Omell, Chair of the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) Board of Directors.   

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