NATSIAAs announce 2011 judges - Art Collector

Danie Mellor, photographed by Stephen Oxenbury for issue 50 of Australian Art Collector.

23 May 2011 | Artists Danie Mellor and Nici Cumpston and Indigenous arts curator Judith Ryan have been appointed judges of the 28th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Danie Mellor is an arts lecturer at the University of Sydney and holds a PhD from the Australia National University in Canberra. Mellor won the main NATSIAA prize in 2009 after receiving highly commended awards in 2003 and 2007.

Nici Cumpston is an assistant curator of Indigenous Australian art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Cumpston has been exhibiting her own work since 1998 and has been a finalist in the NATSIAAs eight times.

Judith Ryan is the senior curator of Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Victoria, where she commenced her art museum career in 1977. Ryan has curated more than 40 exhibitions of Indigenous art and is widely published in the field.

Joining the three judges and curator on the pre-selection panel are Bruce Tindale, manager of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and Cath Bowdler, artist, curator, writer, arts administrator and former lecturer at Charles Darwin University.

This year 327 entries have been received. Winners will be announced when the exhibition opens at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Terriotry on 11 August 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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