The VANL-CARFAC Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) Awards celebrate the achievements of visual artists and recognize the significant contribution the visual arts make to the vibrant and dynamic culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 awards ceremony, nominations will be accepted for projects and achievements during the 2019 and 2020 calendar years. The 2021 EVA Awards will take place in an online event on July 9th 2021.
With the generous support of corporate and community partners, VANL-CARFAC created the annual EVA Awards in 2006 to highlight the creativity and long-term vision of this province’s artists:
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 two calendar years (2019 and 2020), achieved a significant milestone in their career, through exhibition or presentation, a breakthrough in their practice, or new and innovative exploration.
The Emerging Visual Artist Award honours the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career.
The Mary MacDonald Award is named to honour Newfoundland and Labrador’s beloved arts administrator, curator and writer Mary MacDonald, who has gone too soon from this world. She demonstrated unfailing belief and support for the work of artists and arts organizations as being absolutely necessary and essential. This award thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.
The Critical Eye Award recognizes the impact that critical art writing can have on a visual artists’ career. Any writer worldwide who has written about a NL artist in any recognized print or online publication during the past two calendar years is eligible for consideration.
Cash prizes of $2000 are attached to the awards, except the Mary MacDonald Award, whose recipient receives $1000 and an original work of art.
Nomination rules and guidelines are here. Nominations are currently closed for 2021 and the winner’s for this year will be announced on July 8th 2021.