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[EXTENDED] Nominate local artists and community for the Ottawa Arts Council Awards—deadline 02.17.20

By Greggory Clark on February 5, 2020

The seven Ottawa Arts Council Awards for 2020 will celebrate extraordinary achievements by local artists and individuals who support the Ottawa art community. Nominations are accepted until February 10 at 4pm.

Notable past recipients include Olivia Johnston, Lisa L’Heureux, and Howie Tsui (RBC Emerging Artist Award); Elaina Martin, Penny McCann, and Harvey Glatt (Victor Tolgesy Award); Meghan Lindsay, Pixie Cram, and Jessie Stewart (Mid-Career Artist Award).

The Awards

  • Victor Tolgesy Arts Award: For an Ottawa resident who has contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. The award winner receives a bronze cast of Victor Tolgesy’s 1965 sculpture Seed and Flower and a cash prize of $5,000.
  • Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist: Recognizes an artist of any discipline who has evolved beyond the emerging stage of their career to become recognized as a professional artist contributing to their community. There is a $5,000 prize to the recipient and $1,000 each to the two other finalists.
  • RBC Emerging Artist Award: Presented to an Ottawa artist in the early stages of their career. There is a $5,000 prize to the recipient and $1,000 each to the two other finalists.
  • Business and the Arts Recognition Award: Recognizes support from Ottawa’s business community in the local arts sector.
  • Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts Award: For a project that furthers the integration of technology and the arts. This award is available to individual artists as well as collectives and groups.
  • Project X Photography Award: Presented in partnership with SPAO Centre to recognize the merits of a publicly presented photography project. The recipient will earn a cash prize as well as a presenting opportunity for their upcoming work.
  • Young Artist Award: This project-based, youth mentorship award recognizes young artists of any discipline aged 14–17 years old. The award winner receives $500 to support the creation and presentation of their proposed work; in addition to mentorship of an established Ottawa artist working in the same field.

Visit to nominate artists before February 10, 2020.