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Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award

The Mavis Little Artist of the Year (AOTY) Award Exhibition showcases the year’s best artistic talent in painting and sculpture.  Artists are selected based on participation in at least two of that year’s Select Exhibitions by the votes of their peers.

The Victorian Artists Society holds three Select Exhibitions throughout the year; the Autumn, Winter and Spring Exhibitions. All exhibiting artists in these three exhibitions and artist members are invited to cast votes for their four favourite artists. These votes are used to decide the list of candidates for the Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award exhibition. The VAS Mavis Little AOTY is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes for the select exhibitions including the Mavis Little AOTY exhibition at the opening night award ceremony.

This award is unique as it is not awarded by a committee or judge, but by the peers of the winning artist and demands sustained performance over the exhibiting year. Invited artists may submit up to three works into the final exhibition.

Four prizes are given for the Mavis Little AOTY Award Exhibition:


Mavis Little Artist of the Year, sponsored by the Hansen Little Foundation: $10,000 prize and a solo exhibition in the Cato gallery for 1 week.


Members’ Choice Award, sponsored by Design Framing to the value of $800 is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes from non-exhibiting members throughout the year.


Exhibitors’ Choice Award, sponsored by Noel Waite AO is a $500 prize awarded to the artist gaining the most votes from the exhibiting members who are exhibiting in the Mavis Little Artist of the Year exhibition.


VAS Sculpture of the Year Award is awarded to the Sculpture artist gaining the most votes for the select exhibitions including the Mavis Little AOTY exhibition at the opening night award ceremony.

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ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bringing in the Catch Jennifer Fyfe

'Bringing in the Catch', oil by Jennifer Fyfe, Winner 2019


PAST MAVIS LITTLE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
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'Snowgum', by Julian Bruere, Winner 2018

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'Northern You Yangs', by Ray Hewitt, Winner 2017


Silver Sunrise, Ben Winspear Artist of the Year

'Silver Sunrise' by Ben Winspear, Winner 2016


PAST ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

2015: Jennifer Fyfe

2014: Ray Hewitt FVAS

2013: Julian Bruere

2012: Mary Hyde

2011: Clive Sinclair

2010: Julian Bruere

2009: Amanda Hyatt

2008: Betina Fauvel Ogden

2007: Ted Dansey

2006: Mary Hyde

2005: Otto Boron

2004: Betina Fauvel Ogden

2003: Ray Hewitt

2002: Christine Wrest-Smith

2001: Paul McDonald Smith

2000: Ray Hewitt

1999: John Hunt

1998: Otto Boron

1997: Helene Seymour

1996: Ron Reynolds

1995: No Award

1994: Gregory R Smith

1993: Nathan Paramanathan

1992: Margaret Cowling

1991: AW Harding

1990: Margaret Cowling

1989: David Taylor

1988: Barbara McManus

1987: Greg Allen

1986: Robert Wade

1985: Robert Wade

1984: Maxwell Wilks

1983: Rodney Symmons

1982: Maxwell Wilks

1981: Raja Idris

1980: David Taylor

1979: Karlis Mednis

1978: Tom Bamber

1977: Beryl Anderson

1976: David Taylor

1975: Max Sherlock

1975: LS Pendelbury

1974: Max Sherlock

1973: Robert T Miller


AOTY MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD

This is awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from members and their peers.

2019: Julian Bruere

2018: Joe Whyte

2017: Adrian Johnson

2016: Ted Dansey

2015: Ted Dansey

2014: Gregory R Smith

2013: Mary Hyde

2012:  Julian Bruere

2011: Geoff Watson


AOTY EXHIBITORS’ CHOICE AWARD

This award was founded by former VAS Honorary Treasurer Mr Gordon Moffatt. It was presented to the artist who received the highest number of votes during the course of the Artist of the Year Award Exhibition. In 2015 it was renamed the Noel Waite AO Award. 

THE NOEL WAITE AO AWARD

2019: Ron Reynolds

2018: Jennifer Fyfe

2017: Raelene Sharp

2016: Des Parkin

2015: Jane Jones

THE GORDON MOFFATT AWARD

2014: Gwendoline Krumins

2013: Jo Reitze

2012: John Hunt

2011: Ted Dansey

2010: Mary Hyde

2009: Mary Hyde

2007: Stewart Milner


SCULPTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

2019: Ellen Jenkins

2018: Ellen Jenkins

2017: Judith Leman

2016: Judith Leman

2015: Mike Ebdon

2014: Mike Ebdon

2013: Nell Frysteen


PRESIDENT’S ACQUISITION AWARD

2013: Otto Boron

2012: Jane Jones

Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.