The finalists in the Borough of Queenscliffe’s 150th Anniversary Art Awards have been announced. The judging panel deliberated over 200 pieces before selecting a short list of 50 for exhibition.
The finalists are:
Paul Barton, Violeta Capovska, Michelina J Di Mauro, Kathy Fahey, Peter Ferguson, Tarli Glover, Kate Gorringe-Smith, PJ (Peter John) Hickman, Anita Iacovella, Debra Jackson, Gabrielle Jones, Katherine Marmaras, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Scott, Judi Singleton, Bridgit Thomas, Pip Williams, Yvonne Boag, Patrick Brady, James Caffyn, John Druce, Deborah Fisher, Brett Jackson, David Jarman, Joshua McCrimmon, Glen Smith, Jan Stickland, Phil Sutter, Anne Tompson, Sisca Verwoert, Leigha White, Margie Balazic, Mark Cairns, Darin Frankpitt, Paul Ingham, John McClumpha, John Madsen, Soula Mantalvanos, Helen Martin, Jo Reitze, Stephen Singline, Keith Smith, Paul Snell, Dennis Sonogan, Anne Spudvilas, Susan Sutton, Joel Wolter.
There are three Awards categories and $6,000 in prize money on offer.
- Open Art Acquisitive Award $5,000 (winner announced on Saturday 4 May, 2pm, Salt Contemporary Art)
- Print Making Award $500 (winner announced on Saturday 4 May, 2pm, Salt Contemporary Art)
- People’s Choice Award $500 (winner announced Sunday 19 May, 2.30pm, Seaview Gallery)
The Awards are being judged by Geoffrey Edwards, Director of Geelong Gallery; Susan McCulloch, writer, publisher and curator; and Anne Virgo, Director of the Australia Print Workshop in Melbourne.
According to Leanne Stein, Arts Officer at the Borough of Queenscliffe, the judges had a challenging tasks choosing from the submissions.
“The quality of the works submitted was very high and many fine works did not make the shortlist. Only 50 pieces have been selected for the exhibition and the Award winners will be chosen from these,” she says.
The works include oil and acrylic paintings, water colours and mixed media, as well as etchings, lithographs and digital works.
The public can learn about the artists’ processes and techniques in a ‘Meet the Artists’ event to be held at Tussock Upstairs, Point Londsdale, at 2.30pm on Saturday 11 May.
The 150th Anniversary Art Awards and Exhibition is just one of the commemorative activities that will take place in 2013 as the Borough of Queenscliffe celebrates its 150 year anniversary.