The 2021 River of Art Prize was announced today with the winner being Geoffrey Odgers for his work Burnt Offerings.
The second award went to Victoria Collins for Sapling Forest in Crimson and the highly commended prize to Grace Paleg for Kiss the Floor.
The River of Art prize was rescheduled due to the 2021 COVID lockdown.
‘Congratulations to the winners for their artworks. It’s a very diverse exhibition from a highly talented and committed field’, said Leanne Joyce, Chair of the River of Art Festival.
The winning artist will receive $2,000 with $250 for the runner up. The artwork most highly commended will be awarded $100.
50 artists entered a total of 63 works from within and beyond the Eurobodalla region demonstrating again the quality and commitment of artists in our region.
The final 22 works will hang at the Narooma School of Art studios until 6 February 2022.
‘We also thank the judges Denise Ferris, artist and educator, and Iain Dawson, Director of the Bega Valley Region Gallery’, said Leanne.
‘We spent quite a while considering the final 22 entries from a very robust field and it was a difficult final decision’, said Denise Ferris. ‘We feel that every work will find an appreciative audience and every entrant and their work matters’.
The 2022 River of Art Prize will be open in August and announced during the Festival that will run from 16-25 September 2022.
The final works will be available to view on the River of Art website www.riverofart.com.au.
Leanne Joyce, Chair, River of Art Festival. MOB: 0424 159 562
Photo: Geoffrey Odgers with ‘Burnt Offerings’