ST. JOHN’S NL: The fifth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards will take place on May 28th at the Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland. The EVA Awards are the only awards program celebrating the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Says Patron of the Awards, Mary Pratt, “How valued is a prize given to a visual artist? Working for years in the proverbial garret – to be finally noticed? It is as much a blessing as a prize!”
This year’s EVA Awards jury reviewed submissions from across the province, representing a wide spectrum of artistic mediums and styles, from painting to sculpture, installation, conceptual art, fine craft, and printmaking. Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador extends its congratulations to all the shortlisted artists for this year’s awards.
The Large Year Award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition. Prize: $1000
The Large Year Award Shortlist
Luben Boykov, Flatrock
Michael Flaherty, St. John’s
Helen Gregory, St. John’s
The Emerging Artist Award honours the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. Sponsored in 2010 by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art. Prize: $1000
The Emerging Artist Award Shortlist
Jason Holley, Amherst Cove
Jason Penney, St. John’s
The Long Haul Award recognizes a substantial contribution to the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador by a senior artist. Prize: $1000 and a Lifetime Membership for VANL-CARFAC.
There is no shortlist announced for the Long Haul Award. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on May 28th.
The Kippy Goins Award – so named for the small pieces of wood one throws on a fire to “keep it going” – thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector. Sponsored in 2010 by Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau. Prize: original artwork by Will Gill.
There is no shortlist for this award; the winner will be announced on May 28th.