The 2011 Dr Gwen Nettlefold Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ms Raelene Marr who is enrolled in the course for the degree of Master of Fine Arts at UTAS.
The scholarship is valued at $1000 per annum for up to three years.
Raelene extended her sincere thanks to the Nettlefold family.
“This is a great honour,” she said.
In 2000 Raelene completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts (painting) at the National Art School Sydney and in 2005 completed Drawing Honours.
Since 1997 Raelene has participated in painting exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, North Sydney and New York.
As a committed artist she maintains a rigorous studio practice that incorporates exhibiting her work in key art prizes and galleries.
In 2004 her drawing was selected for the Dobell Drawing prize held at the Gallery of New South Wales. The Dobell prize is considered the most respected award for excellence in drawing in Australia, as peers from the arts community judge the prize. In 2009 the Art Editor from the influential magazine ‘New York Arts’ selected her drawing for a special edition of Australasian Art.
She was one of four artists chosen from Australia. This included images and a statement about her work, and provided her with the opportunity for establishing international awareness of her drawing.
As a result of her interest in art she co-founded an art group in Sydney, where exposure to lively discussion and engagement with artistic criticism was experienced. Once a month an invited artist, curator or art lecturer shared with the group their own works or thoughts on the contemporary arts.
Her proposed Masters research project is concerned with exploring the relationship between observational drawing and memory, through an investigation of how everyday objects can embody and signify collective memory and common human experience. Raelene hopes to explore strategies that will take the conventions of drawing into contemporary forms that extend the traditions of drawing in new ways.
Mr Paul Zika, Senior Lecturer in the UTAS Tasmanian School of Art, thanked the Nettlefold family on behalf of the School.
“We are sure Raelene will make the most of this support,” he said.
About Dr Gwen Nettlefold:
Dr Gwen Nettlefold was born in Hobart and trained as a nurse, a naturopath and completed a Bachelor of Communications before embarking on her doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania. Her ability in philosophy rapidly became apparent and she made a significant contribution to the School of Philosophy as a member of staff, a colleague and as an undergraduate tutor.
Her doctoral thesis was virtually complete when a brain aneurysm ended her life in November 2001. UTAS awarded her doctorate posthumously in December 2002. Family, friends and colleagues have endowed this scholarship in her memory to encourage mature-age women students to undertake study for the benefit of women in any discipline.