visual artist, sYDNEY
As the winner of the FED ART PRIZE 2021 two-dimensional category we are thrilled to announce that Alexandra Plim will join this year’s judging panel
Alexandra is an emerging Sydney based artist working from her home studio in Lewisham. She began to focus on her painting practise in 2017. Since 2018 she has been a finalist in several Australian art awards including the John Villiers Outback Art Prize 2022, Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize in 2020 and 2021, Federation Art Prize 2021, Greenway Art Prize 2019 and 2020, Kangaroo Valley Art Prize 2020, Kennedy Art Prize 2019.
Recently, Alexandra was awarded the Fifty Squared Painting Prize at Brunswick St Gallery (Melbourne) in 2022, the Two Dimensional Art Award at the Federation Art Prize 2021 (NSW), selected as a finalist in the inaugural National Emerging Artist Awards 2021 and won the Greenway Art Prize Local Artist Award in 2019.
Her work is exhibited in several Australian galleries including, The Moree Gallery (NSW), Purple Noon Gallery (Sydney) and Fenton and Fenton (Melbourne). Alexandra has held four solo exhibitions.
Her work is held in private collections both nationally and internationally.
In addition to being a visual artist, Alexandra is a professionally trained actor and singer, having completed an Advanced Diploma in Acting for Screen and Stage and Bachelor of Arts in Design for Theatre and Television. She has performed on stage, in Australia and Edinburgh, appearing in theatre, musicals, fringe festivals, impro and television commercials, since 2008.
Shepparton Art Museum, Curator - cOMMUNITY
Born in the US, Caroline Esbenshade is currently the Curator – Community at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) where she manages the Community Gallery, Children’s Gallery and the Artist in Residence programs.
She has worked with several artists and art organisations and is passionate about supporting creatives at all career stages. Previously a curator at Wyndham Art Gallery, she is pursuing her Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne and continuing her contemporary arts practice alongside her full-time role with SAM.
Her art practice explores the format of still life painting and photography, including the tension between its trivialisation and rich tradition. She uses it as a vehicle to frame ways we experience love and intimacy in a world where romance is commodified and physical experience in a shared time have all but been eliminated.
We’re looking forward to having Caroline’s perspective on the judging panel this year, particularly with our ever growing U 18 and 18 - 25 year categories. Now’s the time to support the budding artists in your lives to enter their work and they can forever refer to themselves as Exhibiting Artists!
Marley Dawson (b. 1982, Wellington, NSW; lives and works in Bethanga, Victoria) approaches his studio space as a test laboratory. He often turns gallery space into a hall of wonder populated with sculptural works that look like familiar utilitarian objects—such as furniture, motor vehicles parts, baseball bats, or miniature rockets— but are instead imaginary art constructs. Fascinated with the world of mechanics, Dawson uses unconventional engineering techniques to construct sculptures and installations that highlight the uncanny or surreal aspects of life and turn the mundane and dull into poetics and humor.
His recent solo exhibitions include ‘Ghosts’ 2021 The Phillips Collection, Washington DC ’Sites’ 2021 Embassy of Australia, Washington DC’Smoke’ 2021 Hemphill Fine Art, Washington DC ’Hum’ 2021 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney Palethorp, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2016; Construction (T Street NW), 5x5 Project, Washington DC, 2014; Marley Dawson (performance), Kreeger Museum, Washington DC, 2014; Statics and Dynamics, HEMPHILL Fine Arts, Washington DC, 2014; Marley Dawson, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2013; and Big Feelings (going nowhere), Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, 2013.
Dawson’s work has been exhibited at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Kreeger Museum, Washington DC; MONA, Hobart; ACCA, Melbourne; Para/Site, Hong Kong; Embassy of Australia, Washington DC; Pointe Ephemere, Paris; Caboolture Regional Gallery; Penrith Regional Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, and in public spaces across Australia and the United States.
Marley Dawson is represented by HEMPHILL Fine Arts, Washington DC, and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.