Shortlists announced for Excellence in Visual Arts Awards 2016

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Shortlists announced for Excellence in Visual Arts Awards


  1. JOHN’S NL:  The eleventh annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards will take place on May 13that the Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland. The EVA Awards are the only awards program solely dedicated to celebrating the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.


This year’s EVA Awards jury reviewed submissions from across the province, representing a wide spectrum of artistic mediums and styles.  Below are the short lists for four of the five awards – the winner of the Long Haul Award will be announced at the ceremony.


The Emerging Artist Award honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. Sponsored in 2016 by Grenfell Campus – Memorial University. Prize: $2000


The Emerging Artist Award Shortlist

Virginia Mitford

Amery Sandford

April White


The Large Year Award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition.  Sponsored in 2016 by Lat49 Architects Inc.  Prize: $2000


The Large Year Award Shortlist

Kailey Bryan

Kay Burns

Philippa Jones


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 2016 by Perfect Day. Prize: original artwork by Michael Gough.


The Kippy Goins Award Shortlist

The Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Sylvia Bendzsa

Group of 77


The Critical Eye Award recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on a NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide.  Sponsored in 2016 by Emma Butler Gallery.  Prize: $2000.


The Critical Eye Award Shortlist 

Heather Igloliorte

Mary MacDonald

Jennifer McVeigh


For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Program Coordinator, Tessa Graham at or 709-738-7303. A limited number of seats for the ceremony will be available to the public. To be put on the seating list, please contact the VANL office.


The EVA Awards are a Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador initiative.