2018 ProArt Regional Arts Awards

ProArt announces Carey Newman, winner of 2018 Regional Arts Award

Victoria, Canada (May 4, 2018)—The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria (ProArt) announces Carey Newman the winner of the 2018 Regional Arts Award, sponsored by PARC Retirement Living.

At the awards reception on May 3, 2018, held at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, a representative of PARC Retirement Living presented the inaugural PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award to artist Carey Newman.

Nominated by Pacific Opera Victoria, Newman was the jury’s unanimous choice from a good representation of the outstanding excellence of multi-disciplinary arts practitioners in the Capital Region. The jury was impressed with Newman’s commitment to his work and the significant contribution that he makes to the regional arts community. As stated in Newman’s nomination letter:

“The qualities of sensitivity and integrity characterize Carey Newman’s artistic practice. Of British, Kwagiulth and Salish descent, Carey draws upon varied cultures for his inspiration. His artworks are contemporary innovations that adhere to traditional values. Informed by his training in classical voice and piano, and a background in carving and cultural artistic practice, his works are created in music, opera, acoustics, wood, stone, precious metals, glass, painting, bronze and steel. Through all these mediums, Carey has developed an artistic vocabulary that is rooted in traditional form, driven by a contemporary aesthetic and expressed through a personal narrative.”

ProArt thanks Carey Newman for the excellent work that he contributes to the regional arts community. We would also like to thank all of the nominated artists and the community members who put their names forward and provided support letters. We are honoured to in live a dynamic arts and culture community and all benefit from your contributions in many ways.

Media Contact:
Doug Jarvis, ProArt administrator

About ProArt
The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria was formed to advance the important role the arts play in the life of our community, and to advocate for public sector support. ProArt believes that, by working in partnership with our legislators and government agencies, we can sustain and build our region’s vibrant cultural sector for the benefit of all of our residents and visitors.


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ProArt Regional Arts Awards – 2018

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Nomination Submission Guidelines

The first ProArt Regional Arts Award will be awarded on May 3, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria at a gathering to celebrate the regional arts community.

In this first year, one award, the PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award will be given. The recipient will receive $2,000 cash.

Submission Deadline:

A completed submission package, including the submission form and all supporting materials must be received by 4:00 pm on April 6 2018.

Submissions may be made by email only to info@proartsalliance.ca

Rules and Eligibility Criteria:

The ProArt Regional Arts Award is chosen by a jury convened by ProArt and composed of individuals from the Capital Region’s diverse arts, culture and business communities, based on the criteria for the award.

 Who can nominate and submit a candidate for the ProArt Arts Award?

  • Nominations can be made by any individual living in the Capital Region. Nominations may also be made by an arts organization which has an address in the CRD. The ProArt Nominations committee may also make nominations.
  • An eligible individual or organization may make one nomination per year in each award category.
  • Two individuals or organizations may collaboratively make a nomination but not more than two may collaborate on a single submission. Collaborative submissions must designate a single contact person.
  • Candidates may not propose themselves or family members as nominees.

Who can be considered for the ProArt Arts Award?

  • All candidates must be dedicated to the professional practice of art and be recognized by their peers as a professional artist.
  • Only individual artists may be considered for the ProArt Arts Award (at this time).
  • Nominees must be residents of the Capital Regional.
  • The award recipient must be available to receive the award in person on May3, 2018. If the first selected recipient is not available on May 3, 2018, the award may be given to another selected recipient.
  • A nominee will only be considered for any ProArt Regional Arts Award twice in any four-year period.
  • All nominations will be screened by ProArt for basic eligibility. If a nomination is incomplete or deemed ineligible, it will not be advanced to the jury.

What is required to submit a nomination?

  • A completed submission form signed by both the nominator and the nominee, including a 30-word (maximum) synopsis of the nomination. (This may be edited for use in promotional materials.)
  • A maximum two-page letter written by the nominator, which details why the nominee is deserving of the award. This letter should address the assessment criteria for the award. (See below)
  • An additional maximum two-page letter of support written by a recognized professional artist, arts administrator or arts educator, which details why the nominee is deserving of the award. This letter should address the assessment criteria for the award. (See below)
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume – 3 pages maximum.
  • A high resolution digital photo of the nominee – jpeg format; 300 dpi minimum.

Award Criteria

The PARC Retirement Living Mid-Career Artist Award will be awarded to an artist who self identifies as being in mid-career (this does not necessarily correlate to age) and who demonstrates the following:

  • Artistic excellence in the artist’s body of work.
  • The artist’s contribution to the development and/or recognition of the arts in the region.
  • The artist’s potential to further their practice and achieve success in the future.

Contact Doug Jarvis, ProArt Administrator at info@proartalliance.ca if you have any questions.

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