Judge Reuben Friend, Director of the Pātaka Art Gallery & Museum, has selected 32 finalists out of 331 total entries for this year’s National Contemporary Art Award organized by the Waikato Museum. The finalists include Whitecliffe MFA graduates Sam Dollimore, Lee Harrop, Monique Lacey, and Marie E. Potter.
The overall winner will receive $20,000 from Tompkins Wake and Chow Hill. The Hugo Charitable Trust will sponsor the Hugo Award for the Runner-Up, with the recipient receiving $5,000, and each merit award winner will receive $1,000 sponsored by Friends of Waikato Museum and Random Art Group.
The winner and merit award winners will be announced on Friday 3 August at the Waikato Museum. The exhibition will be on view from 4 August until 28 August.
We wish Sam, Lee Monique and Marie the best of luck for the final round!