Call for Proposals: Commission of Artwork, The Mary MacDonald Award (The EVA Awards)

Date of Call:  April 30th, 2021

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, 59 Duckworth St., St. John’s NL, A1C 1E6. 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, 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: May 14thth 2021

Selection of Artist: May 19th, 2021

Final Project Delivery Date: July 5th 2021


Artist fee of $1000 (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

Recipient of the 2020 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced Visual Artist, Emily Critch, Awarded $5,000

For Immediate Release   St. John’s, NL – December 21st, 2020  Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce Emily Critch as the recipient of the 2020 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant.  Critch is an accomplished curator, writer, and artist of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry from Elmastukwek, Ktaqamkuk Territory (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland).  She is currently based in St. John’s, and is the 2020-21 Don Wright Scholar at St. Michael’s Printshop. 

“Cox & Palmer is very happy to congratulate Emily Critch on being selected as the 2020 recipient of the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant,” said Paul McDonald, Partner.  “We look forward to Emily’s upcoming exhibition “wetapekksi” and to learning the traditions of her ancestors of Ktaqmkuk. Our firm is delighted to play this part in the career development of such a promising visual artist.”

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is a funding opportunity offered through VANL-CARFAC for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was created to provide financial support for working visual artists who have reached a crucial point in their artistic career, to allow them to evolve their practice and develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.  Critch applied to the program for support toward completing work for her upcoming exhibition wetapekksi–the mi’kmaq word for “where my roots (family) are from.”  Critch describes these works as “an exhibition about connecting my embodied knowledges of beading, printmaking, language, and land in relation to my ancestors of Ktaqmkuk.”

The jury for the 2020 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Award “is delighted to award Emily Critch with the 2020 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant. Emily Critch’s critical voice, thoughtfulness, and artistic rigour is seen in all aspects of her work in the provincial visual art sector. Her ongoing body of work, wetapekksi, carries these qualities and was strongly articulated in her proposal. The jury is confident that the Pivotal Point Grant will push Emily’s work forward during this critical time in her career.” 

For media enquiries, please contact VANL-CARFAC’s Program Co-ordinator, Kristen Regular, at or (709)-738-7303.  


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Member of the Month


Want to be profiled on our home page? We are inviting all members to submit their answers to the following 10 Questions, along with a short bio and a photo. The Member of the Month will be drawn at random and featured on the home page of Send your answers to

You only need to submit your answers once – you’ll remain in the pool for each monthly draw until your name is picked. Take a few minutes to send us your answers and get yourself a little free publicity! We’ve had members contacted for media interviews as a result of being profiled – the next one could be you!

The 10 Questions:

1.  When did you first realize that you wanted to become an artist?

2.  What mediums do you work in and why?

3.  How do you get ideas for your artwork?

4.  What other artists influence your artwork?

5.  What are the ‘big’ themes in your artwork?

6.  What is the greatest challenge you face as an artist working in Newfoundland and Labrador?

7.  What is the best thing about working as an artist in this province?

8.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

9.  If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?

10. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?