The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Nominations are now closed

The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award was inaugurated in 1987 by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council to recognize the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. It is named in honour of the late Ottawa artist Victor Tolgesy. 

This award is presented as a joint venture of the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Arts Council to recognize an individual who has significantly contributed to the Ottawa arts community. The award recipient receives a bronze cast of Victor Tolgesy’s 1963 sculpture titled “Seed and Flower” provided by the City of Ottawa as well as a cash prize of $5,000. 

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How to Apply

An individual may be nominated by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents, including a letter of nomination. The completed package should be submitted by email to before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an individual or group who is familiar with your contribution to the arts community and who may only endorse one applicant in each category per year.
  • Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75 km from Parliament Hill) for the previous five years.
  • Not have previously received this award.

Evaluation Criteria

The application must identify:

  • The diversity of the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • The impact of the nominee’s contribution to the arts in Ottawa.
  • The extent of their role in the development of the Ottawa arts community.


The Ottawa Arts Council is engaged in applying an equity lens to our programs, as such, we strongly encourage applicants from Indigenous and equity-seeking communities to self-identify. 

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand the nominee’s role in enriching the cultural life in Ottawa.

The Nomination and Support Documents must be submitted by email to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application in 12 pt font:

  • Completed Form
  • Short Biography
    A short bio describing the nominee in 100 words or less.
  • Letter of Nomination
    The nominator must provide a letter that describes their contributions to the Ottawa arts community.
  • Additional Letters of Support
    You may also include up to five pages of additional letters of support to strengthen the application..