Art students recognised in RMIT Fine Art Awards - Art Collector

Xiao Yu Bai with her winning work It is a fountain, but beyond the fountain, it is... Courtesy: the artist and RMIT

29 November 2010 | Xiao Yu Bai has won two prizes in the Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Awards.

Bai, who is in the third year of her Doctorate of Fine Art at RMIT University, won a $7,000 postgraduate scholarship to spend on books and materials. She was also awarded the Siemens-RMIT Acquisition prize of $1,000.

Bai was selected for her large-scale painting
It is a fountain, but beyond the fountain, it is…

“My work is part of a series of paintings about fountains that actually exist. I wanted to evoke an atmosphere of calmness, energy and contemplation for the viewer, combining Western techniques with Chinese philosophical concepts,” she says.

Among the other students recognised in the awards was Matthew Sleeth, who won a $7,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Works by the winners and finalists will be on display at RMIT Gallery until 8 January 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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