Nobel Laureate presents student art prize
Nobel laureate and University of Adelaide staff member Professor
J.M. (John) Coetzee was present on the first day of the University Futures conference
to present the winners' prizes in a special visual art exhibition and competition for tertiary student artists from across Australia.
Professor Coetzee, who won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature,
is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide's Discipline of English.
He presented the Association of Commonwealth Universities
(ACU) prize of $5000 to Adelaide Central School of Art (affiliated with Flinders
University) Master's student Lauryn Arnott for her work
The $3000 University of Adelaide runner-up prize was awarded
to La Trobe University PhD student Donna Bailey for "The Ideal".
Thirty-one artworks were selected for the exhibition by a
panel of judges from 64 entries. The exhibition - A Place in the World - was shown in Bonython Hall before and during the conference. The People's Choice Award for $500 later went to University of Adelaide student Sarah Minney for her artwork "Five Different Ways to Stitch a Heart".
University of Adelaide Art and Heritage Collections Manager
Mirna Heruc said: "Visual
arts and other cultural activities with universities play an important role in
their interaction with the broader community. Such activities have a significant
impact on the social and cultural capital of society. The enthusiasm and variety
of artworks is stunning and will give viewers an insight into the way in which
we perceive our own place in the world."
Story by Robyn Mills