VANL’s 11th annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards will take place on May 13th at the Rooms.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,” reads the press release. Below are the shortlists for four of the five awards – the winner of the Long Haul Award will be announced at the ceremony.

The Emerging Artist Award 

Virginia Mitford
Amery Sandford — Perhaps you remember her from our December issue cover?
April White

This award honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career. The $2000 award is sponsored this year by Grenfell Campus – Memorial University.


The Large Year Award 

Kailey Bryan
Kay Burns
Philippa Jones

This $2000 award celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition. It is sponsored by Lat49 Architects Inc.

The Kippy Goins Award 

The Art Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Sylvia Bendzsa
Group of 77

This award is so named for the small pieces of wood one throws on a fire to “keep it going.” It thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector. It is sponsored this year by Perfect Day. The prize is a piece of original artwork by Michael Gough.


The Critical Eye Award 

Heather Igloliorte
Mary MacDonald
Jennifer McVeigh

This $2000 award recognizes a visual arts writer for an exceptional piece of writing on a NL artist in any print or online publication worldwide. It is sponsored in 2016 by Emma Butler Gallery.

A limited number of seats for the award ceremony on May 13th will be available to the public. To be put on the seating list, please contact the VANL office.