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Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre | 44th Muswellbrook Open Art Prize

exhibition launch

Opening: 6.00pm Saturday 11 March 2017 with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown to become an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian painting, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and now the first two decades of the 21st Century.

With a prize pool of $70,000 the 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize received a record 710 entries from artists across Australia. Finalists Selection Panel members, Visual Art Consultant Bruce Tindale and the Arts Centre’s Jade Goodwin and Brad Franks, chose 31 Painting finalists to vie for the $50,000 major prize, 23 Works on Paper finalists and 16 Ceramics finalists.

View the 2017 Muswellbrook Art Prize finalists here.


Ian Howard is an artist and professor at UNSW’s Faculty of Art & Design. He was Dean of COFA from 1998 till 2013 and prior to that was Provost and Director of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He trained in Sydney (Art/Artist Education), London (Advanced Studies, Film and Television) and Montreal (Master of Fine Arts). His artwork progresses a cultural relationship between civilians and military institutions with a concentration on sovereign border issues- walls, barriers and containment including enforcing vehicles- aircraft, tanks and ships. He works and exhibits internationally and is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.