Ogier Art Award on the horizon at Camana Bay

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and Ogier are again partnering up to put on the annual Ogier Art Award at the end of June.

Now in its third year, the competition was created as part of the Ogier Corporate Giving Philosophy which supports the promotion and development of arts and culture within the community. The competition, as such, provides a platform for both established and emerging talent and has proved to be a great starting point for young artists to begin developing a reputation.

Nick Rogers, Ogier Cayman’s managing partner, said: “The Ogier Art Award provides resident artists with a unique opportunity to showcase their best creative pieces and supports the growth and development of their talent. I am delighted with the growing success of the event and look forward to the evolving partnership between Ogier and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

“Last year, over 65 local artists exhibited work in varying media including acrylic, oil, pencil and ink, multimedia and video. Some of the artists featured in that exhibition were David Bridgeman, Gordon Solomon, Avril Ward and Teresa Grimmes to name a few of the more established names on the local art scene.”

Commenting on corporate involvement, NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart said: “The National Gallery is committed to providing support and exposure for the local arts community and it is through partnerships with organisations like Ogier, who celebrate the importance of the arts and culture in a healthy society, that we hope to continue creating such opportunities for our artists.”

Selected works will be chosen for an exhibition to be held at Camana Bay for a period of two weeks running from 11 June through 27 June 2012 and applications will be accepted up until 1 June. Works on display will also be available for sale throughout the two week period, although no works will be released until the prize has been announced.

Artists have been invited to submit work for the competition against the following criteria:

Applicants must be 17 years of age or older.

Applicants must be Caymanian or residing in the Cayman Islands.

All 2-D and 3-D fine arts media accepted (for a thorough explanation see the NGCI website).

Work must be original and completed within the last two years.

Prizes will be awarded to the two artists with the strongest works, along with a third prize earmarked for an ‘Emerging Artist’ and the photography prize. The winning works will form the basis of the Ogier Corporate Art Collection which will be displayed at Ogier’s offices at Camana Bay.

The 2011 first prize of $5,000 went to Hannah Cook for her painting titled Rooster II. The $3,000 second prize went to John Bird and the $1,000 Best Emerging Artist Prize went to Breanne Carle.

For information contact Kat at the National Gallery at 945-8111.

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