AN AMICUS artist has triumphed in a state wide competition.
Cassie Lupo from the Amicus Art Group in Bendigo scooped the $500 second prize for her painting Boy, as part of the 2013 State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition.
The exhibition showcases the talent of new and emerging Victorian artists with a disability or experience of mental illness.
The winners, selected from 171 shortlisted artists, were unveiled by Victorian Treasurer, The Hon. Michael O’Brien MP, at a special Federation Square event held on Tuesday.
Taking first prize, was Ray Tarrant, from Bairnsdale’s Noweyung Art Group, with third prize going to Jenny Ngo from Arts Project Australia in Northcote.
Treasurer O’Brien encouraged Victorians to visit the exhibition and said he commended all of the artists for sharing their work and their stories.
“There is a diversity of artistic styles on display with some particularly powerful pieces. Most of the work is for sale too, with the proceeds from the sale going to the artists,” Mr O’Brien said.
Nine other artists from Amicus were also selected as finalists, from over 600 entries, and will now have their art on display at the prestigious exhibition in Federation Square’s Yarra Gallery until 6 November.