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Award History

The Omnia Art Prize (formerly known as the St Kevin’s Art Show) has awarded more than 170 monetary prizes since 1971. In the early years, multiple cash prizes were offered in categories such as the ‘best oil or acrylic, ‘best watercolour’ and ‘young artist award’. In 1983 a prize was introduced for best painting under $500, which was altered in 2010 to ‘best painting under $800’. 2006 saw the introduction of the ‘best painting $801-$1,400’ to reflect the inclusion of more ambitious artworks.

The inclusion of stylistically contemporary works in later years resulted in a ‘best modern painting’ category being added to the list of prizes in 2008.

In 2017, the St Kevin’s Art Show was dramatically reshaped and the prize monies consolidated. It now awards a major non-acquisitive prize of $10,000 to the work judged the most outstanding artwork in any medium. The Brother McCarthy Award, which was introduced in 1983 for the ‘best pastel, charcoal, pencil or ink,’ remains, however eligibility for this $3,500 non-acquisitive prize has been expanded to include other forms of work on paper such as printmaking and photography.

In 2021 with the renaming of the show, the art prize was increased to $15,000, alongside the creation of the Audrey Culliver People’s Choice Award for $1,000.

MAJOR PRIZE – MOST OUTSTANDING WORK

2021 Valerie Sparks
2019 Marieke Dench
2018 Prudence Flint
2017 Ralf Kempken

 

 

 

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

2004 Jack Brady
1982 Sharon Da Silva Curiel
1981 Herman Pekel
1980 Joseph Zbukvic
1979 Christine Cochrane
1978 Joan Lehman
1977 Herman Pekel

BROTHER MCCARTHY MEMORIAL AWARD

2021 Paul White
2019 Clare Plueckhahn
2018 Valerie Sparks
2017 Penelope Davis
2016 Geoff Sargeant
2014 Carolyn Marrone
2013 Barbara Beasley-Southgate
2012 Jo-Anne Seberry
2011 Jo-Anne Seberry
2010 Helen Edwards
2009 Barbara Beasley-Southgate
2008 Regina Hona
2007 Rosemary Todman-Parrant
2006 Kate Smith
2005 Janis Lawler
2004 Jo-Anne Seberry
2003 Kevin Kermond
2002 Carmen McFaull
2001 Kate Smith
2000 Jan Lawler
1999 Karina Aprico
1998 Jan Lawler
1997 John Duncan-Firth
1996 Jacqueline Fowler
1995 Jo-Anne Seberry
1994 Barbara McManus
1993 Richard Thompson

BEST MODERN PAINTING

2016 Cathy Quinn
2015 David Ross
2014 Carolyn Sroczynski
2013 Carmel Browne
2012 Darren Doye
2011 Margo Vigorito
2010 Susan O’Brien
2009 Robert Knight
2008 Jennifer Croom

BEST PAINTING $801 – $1400

2016 Carolyn Sroczynski
2015 Matthew Petrucci2014 Claire McCall
2013 Zhonghua Fan
2012 Jayne Henderson
2011 Linda Robertson
2010 Lyndell Price
2009 John DiCrescenzo
2008 Roz McQuillan
2007 Wykeham Perry
2006 Lyndell Price

BEST OIL OR ACRYLIC

1977 Kenneth McFadyen
1978 Margery Boyle
1979 Ramon Horsfield
1980 Keith Martin
1981 Kenneth McFadyen
1982 Wykeham Perry / Adrienne Mazer
1983 Frances Duffy
1984 Donald Ramsay
1985 Charles Bush
1986 Neil Savage
1987 Ramon Horsfield
1988 Len Pawluk
1989 Donald Ramsay
1990 Kate Smith
1991 Gareth Jones-Roberts
1992 Kevin Taylor
1993 Michael Ryan
1994 Kevin Taylor
1995 Hongbin Zhao
1996 Kent McCormack
1997 Do Noble
1998 Helene Seymour
1999 Gail Green, Angela Comben
2000 Kerry Doran, Yaping Jiang
2001 Kevin Taylor
2002 Kim Kennedy
2003 Zai Kuang
2004 Marek Wilinski
2005 Betina Fauvel-Ogden
2006 Di King
2007 Susan Sutton
2008 Chris Kandis
2009 Christine Cafarella-Pearce
2010 Fiona Bilbrough
2011 Di King
2012 Di King
2013 Keming Shen
2014 Pam Mitchell
2015 Mardi Busby
2016 Zai Kuang

BEST WATERCOLOUR

1977 Gaye Bonham
1978 Peter Eggleton
1979 Reg Cox
1980 Nicholas Suhr
1981 John Waterhouse
1982 Robert Wade
1983 Giorgi Dimovski
1984 Robert Grieve
1985 Phyl Waterhouse
1986 Reg Cox
1987 Joseph Zbukvic
1988 Joseph Zbukvic
1989 John Hunt
1990 Greg Allen
1991 Kevin Kermond
1992 Joseph Zbukvic
1993 Betty Jungwirth
1994 David Philps
1995 Kevin Kermond
1996 Joseph Zbukvic
1997 Greg Allen
1998 Alvaro Castagnet
1999 Amanda Hyatt
2000 Anthony Prout
2001 Alvaro Castagnet
2002 Amanda Hyatt
2003 Lyndell Price
2004 Malcolm Webster
2005 Malcolm Beattie
2006 Ross Paterson
2007 Joseph Zbukvic
2008 Ev Hales
2009 Malcolm Beattie
2010 Glenn Hoyle
2011 Malcolm Webster
2012 Greg Allen
2013 Amanda Hyatt
2014 Clive Sinclair
2015 Joseph Zbukvic
2016 Amanda Hyett

BEST PAINTING $800 OR LESS FROM 2010, PREVIOUSLY $500 OR LESS

1983 Wykeham Perry
1984 Joyce Simondson
1985 John Hunt
1986 Christine Anderson
1987 Amanda Hyatt
1988 Kate Smith
1989 Celia Ongarello
1990 Amanda Hyatt
1991 Carol Calderbank
1992 Alan Sartori
1993 Yvonne Deering
1994 Stephen Lake
1995 Paula Harley
1996 Iakov Cherman
1997 Jenny Langstone
1998 Robyn Dansie
1999 Shane Watson
2000 Gail Green
2001 William Smith
2002 Lyndell Price
2003 Roz McQuillan
2004 Wykeham Perry
2005 Do Noble
2006 John Wykes
2007 John Bredl
2008 Helene Seymour
2009 Jayne Henderson
2010 Uma Barry
2011 Sally Hanley
2012 Glenn Hoyle
2013 Elaine Young
2014 Dawn Linnett
2015 Carole Lees
2016 Libby Schreiber

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