LABRADOR CITY, NL — ArtsNL has released details of the 33rd ArtsNL Arts Awards taking place April 28 in Labrador City.
The Arts Awards Gala will take place in the main theatre of the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre.
Six awards will be presented during the event.
Memorial University Arts in Education 2017 — recognizing an artist who made an outstanding contribution to arts in education in Newfoundland and Labrador — will be either Adam Baxter or Eric West
ArtsNL Arts Achievement 2017 — recognizing a practicing artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador — will be either Marlene Creates or Beni Malone
CBC Emerging Artist 2017 — recognizing a new and undisputed talent and awarded to an emerging artist, group or arts organization that has earned significant recognition for a piece of work or a generally out-sized impact on the scene — will be either Sharon Bala, Persistence Theatre or April White
BMO Bank of Montreal Artist of the Year 2017 — recognizing the art or activity of a person, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017 — will be either Duane Andrews, Matthew Hollett or Steve Maloney
The 2018 inductee into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour — recognizing a person, group or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador is Jacinta Mackey Graham.
The Patron of the Arts — given to a person, business or organization recognizing an ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity — goes to Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union.
The artwork presented to the winners in each of the categories has been created by visual artist Stephanie Smith. Smith is creating a series of six ceramic tiles inspired by her “Clearing the Ashes” collection which she did a solo exhibition with at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in the Annex Gallery in 2015.