The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award
Supporting local emerging visual artists, the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award was established by Charles Sturt University Visual Arts Faculty in 2002 in memory of artist Susan Moorhead (1947-1990). The Award is now held in trust by the MAMA Art Foundation.
This award serves to honour Susan Moorhead's life of commitment to the arts. During her short but distinguished professional life Susan was an art teacher, exhibiting artist, designer, sculptor and master crafts person.
The biennial award assists local artists in the development and realisation of their professional career.
The award defines an emerging artist as someone in the developing stages of their artistic practice. Artists are asked to self-nominate if they consider themselves to be emerging. Some career milestones that would indicate an artist is no longer emerging include significant institutional exhibitions and major public commissions.
The award defines a local artist as someone who lives and works withing MAMA's catchment area, extending from Southern NSW, through Albury Wodonga and into North East Victoria.
The award grants the winner a $2,000 cash prize, in addition to their exhibiting artist fee.
As of 2018, the Award became part of the MAMA Open Call program. The Open Call is an opportunity for artists from the local Murray Region to enter a competitive application process to be selected to present an exhibition at MAMA. From the successful candidates in the application process, a local, emerging artist is chosen to be the recipient of the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award.