VANL-CARFAC COVID-19 Update on Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

In response to growing concern over COVID-19, and in solidarity with our global community, the VANL board of directors has decided to forgo the EVA awards this year.
While we are disappointed that we are not able to present the annual awards ceremony this May as planned, VANL is confident that this was the responsible decision.

Instead, we will be working on ways to highlight and honour excellence in visual arts through distance. As the situation develops, we will continue to keep collaborative conversations going between VANL and the community to ensure we are doing everything we can to support artists of Newfoundland and Labrador during these uncertain times.

Our focus remains on the health and safety of our community. While technology will help us stay connected with one another, we are asking everyone to stay at home whenever possible. Although we are apart in physical space, we are all in this together.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email


In light of recent Federal and Provincial Government’s public health directives concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised that the VANL-CARFAC offices are closed effective immediately. Our staff will be working from home but we are still available via email and will be monitoring our telephone messages regularly. We do ask for your patience if there are some slight delays in response time as we adjust to this situation.

We know there will be additional questions regarding the impact this will have on the Excellence in Visual Arts Award and other programs and services, as well as the status of our office closure, and we will share more information here as soon as it’s available. If you do not already, we encourage you to follow us on our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you have questions, please contact us at or leave a message at 738-7303 (or toll free at .1-877-738-7303)

2020 EVA Awards – Call for Nominations Now Open!


VANL-CARFAC Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards!

All artists and art lovers in the province are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

There are five categories for this year’s ceremony.  

The Endurance Award recognizes the consistent dedication and commitment of an artist to their professional practice, and to sustained creative output and performance

The Milestone Award celebrates a visual artist who has, in the last calendar year (2019) achieved a significant milestone in their career, through exhibition or presentation, a breakthrough in their practice, or new and innovative exploration.

The Emerging Artist Award honours the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career

The Mary MacDonald Award thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.

The Critical Eye Award recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on an NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide. 

Cash prizes of $2000 are attached to the awards, except the Mary MacDonald Award, whose recipient receives $1000 and an original work of art.

Applications must be received or postmarked by April 10th, 2020. Application forms and full rules can be found here.

As the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of this province’s visual artists, the EVA Awards have become an exciting part of the annual cultural activities in this province. With previous winners from Grand Falls-Windsor, St. John’s, Corner Brook, Pouch Cove and Sheshatshiu, this awards program recognizes excellence province-wide.

For more information about the EVA Awards, please contact Kristen Regular at 1-877-738-7303 or

Call for Proposals: Mary MacDonald Artwork 2020

Project:  Commission of Artwork, The Mary MacDonald Award (The Excellence in Visual Arts Awards)

Date of Call:  February 3rd, 2020

To:   VANL-CARFAC Membership


VANL-CARFAC is looking to engage an artist to produce an original work to be presented as the prize for the Mary MacDonald Award.  This award is one of five awards to be presented annually as part of the EVA Awards (Excellence in Visual Art Awards). Offset reproductions will not be considered.


Artists submitting proposals must be up-to-date members of VANL-CARFAC. Individuals may become members at the time of submission. Please, contact the VANL-CARFAC office for details.


1. The artwork must take into account the purpose behind the award, which is meant to honour an individual, group or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.

2. The artworks must be small in scale. As a rough guideline for applicants, we suggest that you keep proposed works within range of the following measurements:

two-dimensional and framed works, approx. 11” x 17”

three-dimensional works, approx. 1 ft. sq.

3. The visual artists currently sitting on the VANL-CARFAC EVA Committee will serve as the selection committee to evaluate all proposals and select the artist for this commission.


Submissions can be made electronically via email to (with ‘Mary MacDonald Artwork submission’ in the subject line), or mailed or delivered by hand to VANL-CARFAC, 275 Duckworth St., St. John’s NL, A1C 1G9. All submissions must include the following materials:

a written project description, no more than one (1) page in length, stating visual art medium, materials, approximate size and concept of the proposed final artworks.

a sketch or some form of visual representation of the concept

the artist’s CV

up to 10 images, saved as JPEGs, on a PC-compatible CDR or sent via email, of past work (Original artwork will not be accepted.) This should be accompanied by a numbered image list with image title, size and medium, and the JPEG titles should include the artist name and image number (e. Smith_01).

Deadline for Proposals: February 28th

Selection of Artist: March 16th

Final Project Delivery Date: May 15th


Artist fee of $750.00 (firm) to be paid for the completed artwork, payable once the artwork has been delivered. Any shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Please note that VANL-CARFAC retains the right to photograph the artworks in the context of the EVA Awards Ceremony, for the purposes of display in own website, newsletter and other organization materials, including newspaper advertisements congratulating the winner of the award. The artist will be credited in all instances where the image may appear. We will not sell or licence images of the artworks for use by any other organization.

 For more information about the EVA Awards program, you can view program information online at or contact the VANL-CARFAC office by phone at 1-877-738-7303 or email, at