Oak Hall, Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School
213 Wonga Road, Warranwood,3134
A People's Choice Award (valued at $100) was awarded, as voted by the visiting public, over the 2019 Spring Exhibition on August 30, 31 and September 1, 2019.
The winning artist and artwork for the perpetual Award are announced at the end of the exhibition on 1st September 2019.
Congratulations Lorraine Wigraft whose beautiful pastel, Reflections, was chosen by the public for the 2019 People's Choice Award.
The artwork sold moments before the announcement, much to the delight of the purchasers.
People's Choice Award is proudly sponsored by Victorian Artists Supplies.
I am thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to view all the wonderful work that I know will be on display for the Show and I am both honored and privileged to have been asked to view the works in order to make recommendations for the awards.
Both the viewing and the making of art is an integral part of how we generate and enjoy our evolving cultures and the acknowledgement of the value of such activities affirms the support each and every one of us can provide as enthusiastic participants at all levels of our common culture.
Irrespective of whose artwork may catch the judge’s eye on this occasion such responses occur in the knowledge that the most significant action is the creative one and that prize-giving, while an important aspect of the encouragement we must all offer to creative practitioners, is highly subjective and does not constitute in any way the final word on any artist’s practice.
Domenico de Clario
Domenico de Clario is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and musician.
He was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1947 and migrated to Australia in 1956.
He was awarded an MA (1998) and a PhD (2001) in Performance Studies from Melbourne’s Victoria University.
He taught art at PIT/RMIT (1973-1996) and was Head of School of Contemporary Arts at Perth’s ECU (2001-6) and the Fine `Arts Department at Monash University (2006-9).
From 2009 until 2012 he was Director of Adelaide’s Australian Experimental Art Foundation.
Since 1966 de Clario has presented more than 300 solo exhibitions, installations and performances and received numerous grants and residencies, including the Australia Council Fellowship.
He is currently serving as Chair of the Arts Mildura Board and Chair of Mildura Contemporary Practice Committee.
In 2016 he founded the museum of innocence mildura.
Prizes valued to the amounts shown were awarded at Opening Night on Friday 30th August 2019.
Prizes were in the following categories:
Category prizes are mixture of cash and/or prizes valued to the amounts shown. Congratulations to all the award winners.
Honourable Mention 2019 – Philomena Carroll 'Mt Beckworth Beckons', oil on stretched canvas
Awarded by Independent Judge, Domenico de Clario