Prize for penny
Lismore artist Penny Evans has won the College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award of the 2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize (phew… that's a mouthful.)
Member for Lismore, Thomas George, congratulated Penny at a ceremony in Parliament House on Wednesday evening.
Penny gets $500 for materials, a solo exhibition and a two-week residency at the College of Fine Arts.
After completing her Bachelor degree in Indigenous Studies at Southern Cross University, Penny established Wyrallah Ware, her own contemporary Indigenous ceramics and sculpture business, in 2007.
Earlier this year, she became artist in residence at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery and is active with Lismore's 3 Rivers Indigenous Arts Business Centre.
Her winning artwork is called Dispersion of the Old Girls. It's a mixed media work depicting her family history.