Winners of the Past EVA Awards


The Long Haul Award – Pam Hall

 Pam Hall is a visual artist, film-maker and writer, whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

Her practice is interdisciplinary—including installation, drawing, object-making, photography, film, writing , social practice and performance. Her work has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the “local”.  She was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and spent more than two years there pursuing her research into how doctors learn to see the body.

Her work is often collaborative and for more than a decade she has undertaken socially-engaged projects with communities in locations distant from the pristine space of the gallery, the studio, and the museum. In rural Newfoundland and Alberta, on wharves here and in Japan, in local fish plants and distant farmer’s fields, Hall has made work that involves many others as participants and collaborators.

She has worked with doctors and medical students, fishers on both coasts of Canada, workers in the food service and fish processing industries, knowledge-holders in Western Newfoundland and was the only artist on an interdisciplinary team of scholars studying the crisis in the marine fisheries in Canada.  She has also written and illustrated children’s books, is an award-winning production designer in the Newfoundland film industry, winning the first Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design for her work on Rare Birds.  

She was inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts (RCA) in 1992 and has been teaching graduate students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College in Vermont since 1998. She has lived and worked in St. John’s for more than forty years, where she recently completed her PhD at Memorial University undertaking research and creation that proposed visual art as a form of knowledge production.  HouseWork(s)—a ten-year survey exhibition of her work is currently on display at The Rooms until September.


The Emerging Artist Award – Kailey Bryan

Kailey Bryan is a multi-media artist currently living and working in St. John’s, NL. She received her BFA with Honours from York University and was the recipient of the E. J. Lightman Sculpture Award and the Louis Odette Award for Sculpture. Kailey is a founding member of Toronto based collective Tongue & Groove, who create participatory installations with recycled materials, increasingly exhibited in public spaces.

Kailey’s individual practice centers on commercially manufactured materials and the body, exploring ways in which bodies and environments – physical, social, and psychological – mutually construct one another. Moving toward installation, video and performance, she hums and haws about power, agency, and accountability. She loves critical discussion, large bodies of water, and puns.
Forthcoming are a solo exhibition as part of Eastern Edge Gallery’s performance series One Night Stand, a panel discussion at the Rooms, and new work for the Fibre Arts Conference 2015.


The Large Year Award – Will Gill

Will Gill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1991, with a focus on sculpture.

Gill has maintained a studio practice since graduation, evolving from solely sculptural exploration, to a practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and video work. He was named to the long-list of the Sobey Art Award in the 2004 and 2006 competitions. The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s premiere award dedicated to contemporary artists under 40 years of age.

Recent career highlights include a commission for a large-scale water installation at Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2012), participation in a two-person collateral exhibition at The 55th Venice Biennale (2013), a solo exhibition of paintings at The Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia (Oct 2013), work on a $100,000 sculpture commission for a corporate building in downtown St John’s, Newfoundland (2013) and a design commission for a hand tufted carpet for The Canadian Consulate in London, England (2014).

He lives and works in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.


The Kippy Goins Award – Community Youth Arts Program

Administered by The Murphy Centre and funded by Service Canada, The Community Youth Arts Program is a visual art based, career development project for youth between the ages of 16 and 30. It is dedicated to life-long learning and employment training in the visual arts through community service as well as group and individual skills training.

Participants in this program are creative individuals who need to develop or improve upon professional practices and employability skills while simultaneously exploring new career and life goals.  CYAP helps participants apply for career and educational opportunities and assists in connecting them with professionals in the community that match their life goals or personal challenges.  Providing a forum for community networking and support is an integral part of CYAP.  We carry out various projects and work placements that benefit community organizations and events. As a result, CYAP participants become acquainted with local professionals and develop a stronger understanding of their cultural community and associated cultural careers.

CYAP adheres to a team-based workplace model and each participant in the program is paid minimum wage for 30 hours of work per week for the duration of the program.  Administered by The Murphy Centre, CYAP has been operating since 1999 and is presently located at the HarbourSide Studio, 72 Harbour Drive St. John’s, NL.


The Critical Eye Award – Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February and Caught. She has edited The Penguin Anthology of Canadian Short Fiction by Women, and co-edited (along with Dede Crane) Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Authors. She has recently adapted February for the stage.

Lisa has written for Chatelaine, Elle Magazine, The Walrus and the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Guardian, Azure Magazine, the National Post and Canadian Art.

She has taught at the University of British Columbia’s online Master Program in Creative Writing, and at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.



The Long Haul Award – Colette Urban

Colette Urban worked in the areas of sculpture, installation and performance, focusing on questions of identity and response to landscape. Her work challenged boundaries between artist and audience, developing viewer activated installations that address the political and social structures of domestic and/or public space. The performances, often inspired by the installations, refer to personal narratives questioning issues of gender. Urban’s use of recycled materials and her methods of construction and presentation are in response to the installation and/or performance site. Her performances and installations have been exhibited in Italy, Great Britain, The Netherlands, United States and across Canada. Urban was the subject of a documentary film Pretend Not To See Me where she restaged eleven performances. This film was directed and produced by Katherine Knight and Site Media Inc. In 2006 Urban retired from a teaching position at the University of Western Ontario and moved to McIvers Newfoundland where she established an art retreat, Full Tilt Creative Centre, to attract contemporary art makers to the west coast of Newfoundland. As Professor Emeritia from UWO Colette traveled extensively as a guest speaker giving lectures about her work.


The Large Year Award – Michael Flaherty

Michael Flaherty was born in St. John’s in 1978 and grew up in Clarenville where he spent much of his time getting lost in the woods. He has turned this urge to explore into a career as an artist – he has not only resided in six different provinces, but has also crossed North America by bicycle and lived alone for three months on a deserted island, both as art projects. Michael, like many Newfoundlanders, is on temporary loan to Alberta, where he is the Ceramics Technician at Red Deer College. In the near future Michael will be returning to Newfoundland to travel to beaches in abandoned communities where he will photograph the pottery shards he finds there.


The Emerging Artist Award – Audrey Hurd

Audrey Hurd lives and works in St. John’s. She received a BFA from NSCAD University and completed the 2012 Don Wright Memorial Scholarship at St. Michael’s Printshop. Primarily a printmaker, her work combines traditional print and craft processes with experimental techniques in order to create a range of impressions. She has participated in group and solo shows across the country with an upcoming solo exhibition and residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.


The Kippy Goins Award – Tina Dolter

Tina Dolter was born in Montreal to a Canadian Forces family, and made her home in Western Newfoundland since 1976. Although she had been a practicing artist for more than 25 years, Dolter went back to university in 1993 to study visual art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook in 2002, and received the University Medal for Academic Excellence. She was a finalist for the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and nominated for the NLAC Arts Achievement Award for 2009 and the Artist of the Year Award for 2011, as well as nomination for the Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL) EVA Large Year Award for 2011. Tina exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She had very successful exhibitions in Toronto, St. John’s and Corner Brook for her series, Sensuality of the Maturing Woman. In her short life, Tina was a tremendous advocate for the arts in our province and for the rights of artists, partcipating in ACI, VANL-CARFAC and LAWN, and was a moving force in developing a public art policy for Corner Brook.



The Critical Eye Award – Heather Igloliorte

Heather Igloiorte is an Inuk artist and writer from Labrador. After graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a BFA in painting and a minor in art history, she moved to Ottawa to pursue an MA in Canadian Art History, specializing in Inuit art. While in the MA program she completed a yearlong internship as a curatorial assistant at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, became involved with the ACC, and was hired by the Carleton University Art Gallery to be the Curator of Inuit Art for the 2005-2006 academic year. Her artwork has been shown and sold all over the East coast, and is in several public and private collections. Her research centers on mid-twentieth century modernist primitivism, Native North American art, and issues of nationhood and hybridity.




The Long Haul Award – Christopher Pratt

The Large Year Award – Jordan Bennett

The Emerging Artist Award – Philippa Jones

The Kippy Goins Award – Caroline Stone

The Critical Eye Award – Joan Sullivan



The Long Haul Award – Gerald Squires

The Large Year Award – Veselina Tomova

The Emerging Artist Award – Allen Walbourne

The Kippy Goins Award – Angela Antle

The Critical Eye Award – Gloria Hickey



Critical Eye Award Winner Gloria Hickey with Mary Pratt, 2011.


The Long Haul Award – Tara Bryan
The Large Year Award – Luben Boykov
The Emerging Artist Award – Jason Penney
The Kippy Goins Award – Jeanette Laaning


Luben Boykov and Jeanette Laaning

Luben Boykov and Jeanette Laaning, 2010

The Long Haul Award – Marlene Creates
The Large Year Award – Reed Weir
The Emerging Artist Award – Jennifer Barrett
The Kippy Goins Award – St. Michael’s Printshop


The Long Haul Award – Charlotte Jones
The Large Year Award – Craig Francis Power
The Emerging Artist Award – Jay Kimball
The Kippy Goins Award – Patricia Grattan


The Long Haul Award – Kathleen Knowling
The Large Year Award – Michael Pittman
The Kippy Goins Award – Eastern Edge Gallery

The Long Haul Award – Mary Pratt
The Large Year Award – Will Gill
The Kippy Goins Award – Bonnie Leyton