With eight faculty and one postgraduate alumni as finalists, Whitecliffe once again was well represented at this year’s prestigious Wallace Art Awards. Congratulations to Steve Carr, Whitecliffe Fine Arts and Photography lecturer who was the Fulbright - Wallace Arts Trust Award recipient. The Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award is for an outstanding mid-career or senior New Zealand visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. One award valued at over US$30,000 is granted each year, towards a three month artist residency. This award is offered in partnership with the Wallace Arts Trust as part of the annual Wallace Art Awards, the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand which aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America.
Congratulations also goes to Tessa Laird Research Supervisor in Whitecliffe’s MFA Postgraduate programme who received the Second Runner-up award. Tessa received her BFA and MFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, and is currently completing her Doc FA at the University of Auckland. Tessa has written extensively on New Zealand art, and was a regular columnist for the New Zealand Listener. She has also contributed to magazines such as Art and Australia, Eyeline, Art on Paper, Artnet.com, Art New Zealand, and contributed essays to monographs on et al, John Reynolds, Len Lye, Sean Kerr and Peter Madden.
Image: Michele Whitecliffe, Steve Carr, Scott Optican & Fulbright Representatives