2015 National Contemporary Art Award
The National Contemporary Art Award is sponsored by Chow:Hill Architects Ltd and Tompkins Wake, and managed by Waikato Museum. The award exhibition opens Saturday 18 July 2015 - Sunday 1 November 2015.
The 52 artworks nominated as finalists will make up the award exhibition
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This year’s judge is Aaron Kreisler. Aaron Kreisler is the Head of School at Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury.
In his previous role as curator at Dunedin Public Art Gallery he produced numerous projects, including the exhibitions; Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art (with Dr. Caleb Kelly, DPAG and City Gallery, Wellington, 2012 - 2014), CONTACT. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand (co-curator Leonhard Emmerling, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2012) AMONG THE MACHINES (co-curator Dr Susan Ballard, DPAG, 2013) Seung Yul Oh: MOAMOA (co-curated with Aaron Lister, DPAG and City Gallery Wellington, 2013 - 2014) and Where do I end and you begin (co-curated with Thembinkosi Goniwe, Richard Hylton, Kathleen Ritter and Vidya Shivadas, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 2014).
Through the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Visiting Artists Programme he invited, commissioned and wrote about artists such as; Steve Carr (NZ), Spencer Finch (US), Alicia Frankovich (NZ), Dane Mitchell (NZ), Nina Katchadourian (US), David Clegg (NZ), Fiona Connor (NZ), and Goldin + Senneby (SWE).
Kreisler has written extensively on contemporary art and artists from the Asia Pacific region and is an award winning arts reviewer.