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Three views of the Victor Tolgesy Award sculpture, "Seed and Flower". Photos courtesy of Ottawa Arts Council.

Call for nominations: Ottawa Arts Council Awards—deadline 02.12.21

By Greggory Clark on January 25, 2021


Every year the Ottawa Arts Council pays tribute to local artists, arts leaders and community supporters through the Arts Awards program. With the generous support of sponsors, the Council has awarded more than $340,000 since the awards program’s inception.

The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award was first awarded to Trudi LeCaine in 1988, with the program growing incrementally to the current slate of seven awards by 2017.

The Awards

Victor Tolgesy Arts Award: The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award recognizes the accomplishments of Ottawa residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. It is named in honour of the late Ottawa artist Victor Tolgesy.

Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award: The Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award was established to recognize and encourage the achievements of Ottawa artists of all disciplines who have evolved beyond the emerging stage in their career to become recognized professional working artists contributing to the community.

Emerging Artist Award: Starting in 2021, the Emerging Artist Award will recognize emerging artists of all disciplines from Ottawa’s IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, and Persons of Colour) community.

Young Artist Award: The Young Artist Award is a project-based, mentorship-driven youth arts award established for the recognition and encouragement of young Ottawa-based artists, aged 14 – 17 years old, demonstrating exceptional potential and a commitment to excellence in any art form.

Project X, Photography Award: The Project X, Photography Award was established to promote and foster photographic excellence in Ottawa.

Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award: The Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award champions projects that celebrate the integration of technology and the arts. The award supports projects with the potential to significantly advance the artist’s art practice or have an impact on the community.

Business and the Arts Recognition Award: The Business and the Arts Recognition Award recognizes and encourages support from Ottawa’s business community to the local arts sector. Nominators are asked to submit a letter outlining the business’s involvement in the local cultural community, and how they have helped to support Ottawa’s artistic community.

This year’s nomination deadline is February 12, 2021. Visit for more information, to apply or nominate an individual in the Ottawa arts community.


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