Winners announced for the 2023 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

For immediate release:

ST. JOHN’S NL:  (June 2nd 2023) The seventeenth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards took place on June 2nd at The Rooms in St. John’s. The 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

The Emerging Artist Award (sponsored by Lat49 Architecture) honours the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career.  The Emerging Artist Award 2023 was awarded to Daze Jefferies

The Mary MacDonald Award (sponsored by Perfect Day Design & Advertising) is named to honour NL’s beloved arts administrator, curator and writer Mary MacDonald, who passed away in 2017.  This award, thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.  The winner of this year’s Mary MacDonald Award is Bruno Vinhas

The Critical Eye Award (sponsored by Christina Parker Gallery) celebrates a piece of critical writing about Newfoundland art in any print or online publication worldwide. This year’s winner of the Critical Eye was Kate Lahey, for her piece “I’m Screeching!: Towards a Queer Newfoundland Aesthetic.”   

The Tara Bryan Endurance Award (sponsored by the Tara Bryan Legacy Fund) recognizes the consistent dedication and commitment of an artist to their professional practice, and to sustained creative output and performance.  This year’s winner of the Endurance Award was Shawn O’Hagan.

The Milestone Award celebrates a visual artist who has, in the last calendar year, achieved a significant milestone in their career, through exhibition or presentation, a breakthrough in their practice, or new and innovative exploration. This year’s Milestone Award went to Urve Manuel.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Program Coordinator, Em Nowlan at or 709-738-7303.

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