The winners of the 2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award were announced by the Awards Judge Michael Rolfe CEO Museums and Galleries of NSW at a gala opening event on Saturday, 3 May 2014.
The opening night commenced in Cowra Civic Centre with the announcement of the winners followed by preview of the exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (located across from the Centre). The finalist’s exhibition is comprised of 58 artworks selected from 299 entries received from across Australia.
2014 Winner Calleen Art Award
Naomi White from Bardon (a suburb of Brisbane) Queensland for her work End of Day (2014) oil on canvas 112 x 183cm.
“In her work End of Day Naomi White uses sharp and intuitive brush strokes and discreet tonal gestures, abstracted in parts, to achieve a sharp and focused work. It’s not landscape from around here (Cowra), but it is an appropriate work for a collection that aspires to represent in some sense the vistas only artists see and to bring them before our eyes.” – Michael Rolfe
2014 Winner Central West Regional Art Award
Genevieve Carroll from Hill End NSW for her work Over the Table Blue Dandelions (2014) oil on board 150 x 180cm.
“I gave the Central West Regional Art Award to a work that displays for me a real enthusiasm for painting. With a practice described as a circumnavigation of her life, Genevieve Carroll has produced a lively work – Over the Table Blue Dandelions – energetically transcribed and mediated through the experience of all things important to her. For me it wasn’t circumnavigating anything. Rather the artist appears to jump right in – It is a well constructed narrative and an artwork not bogged in paint but rather imbued with light and life.” – Michael Rolfe