Local artist Beth Peters receives Susan Moorhead Memorial Award 2019

28 November 2018

Members of the Murray Art Museum Albury (moMAMA) are thrilled to announce Chiltern-based artist Beth Peters is the recipient of the 2019 Susan Moorhead Memorial Award. Peters was selected by a panel of moMAMA committee members, from over 49 eligible applications.

Beth Peters in her studio in October 2018

Beth Peters at home in her studio in Chiltern, Victoria. Photo: Michael Moran

Peters is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist whose practice incorporates drawing, installation, sculpture and painting. She secured an exhibition at MAMA as part of the annual Brindley Family Galleries application process, in which local artists are given the opportunity to submit an exhibition concept for consideration for MAMA's exhibition program.

The exhibition, scheduled for Spring 2019, will feature five suspended works, calico mineral specimen bags used to carry rocks away. Each piece illustrates a graphite drawn work of a single rock, and deals with the carrying of memory in a specific, contemplative way.

Speaking on behalf of moMAMA, panel member Margaret Gleeson said 'the field was strong and that the panel was unanimous. We felt Beth was developing her work in an interesting way. After having taken a break from artmaking, Beth has made a clear statement that she is ready to step up onto a more professional platform.'

The Susan Moorhead Memorial Award was established by the Charles Sturt University Visual Arts Faculty in 2002 in memory of artist Susan Moorhead. Now administered by moMAMA, the biennial award assists an emerging artist in the development and realisation of their professional career. As the 2019 recipient, Peters will be granted a $2000 cash prize, a solo exhibition within MAMA’s prestigious Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, and a publication to accompany the exhibition.

You can read more about the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award, past recipients, and how to apply here.