Three UTAS graduates have won major awards in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize.
Professor Noel Frankham, Head of the UTAS Tasmanian School of Art (TSA) , extended his congratulations to Dr Meg Keating, Joel Crosswell and Dr Colin Langridge on their success in winning categories of the City of Hobart Art Prize for 2011.
Dr Keating is Head of the Painting Studio. She graduated with a PhD from UTAS in 2003. She is a multidisciplinary artist, utilising installation, painting and paper cutting. Her winning art work, an intricate paper piece, is titled Pulp and Smoke.
Prof Frankham said it is wonderful that two esteemed PhD graduates achieved this success.
“Their achievements are complemented by alumnus Joel Crosswell winning the MONA prize. Joel completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2008.
“I think I’m correct in saying that this is the first time that all three prizes were awarded to Tasmanians. I also noted excellent work by a number of other TSA staff members and graduates in the exhibition,” Prof Frankham said.
“The art prize exhibition sits alongside The Reading Room by Dr Brigita Ozolins, making a TMAG visit an even more worthwhile venture.”
The Reading Room is a new interactive installation on at TMAG until 16 October 2011. Visitors to this beguiling exhibit become part of the art work as they are invited to sit down in the book-filled space, listen to the voices of people reading from their favourite books and pick up a book and begin reading themselves.
Photo: Dr Megan Keating’s prize-winning Pulp and Smoke.