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Julianne Piko: Recipient of the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award

Artist Julianne Piko leans over a desk covered in arts books and resources and stares into the camera.
Murray Art Museum Albury

Julianne Piko is a multidisciplinary artist based in North East Victoria working across sculpture, film and installation and is the 2020 Recipient of the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award.

Supporting local emerging visual artists, the biennial award assists in the development and realisation of their professional career. This artist will receive $2000 cash, in addition to their exhibiting artist fees and seeks to promote conceptual intelligence and original thinking, contemporary relevance, and professional execution.

Julianne was chosen as the 2020 Award recipient as part of her successful applicants to the Murray Art Museum Albury Open Call Program.

Open Call is dedicated to presenting the work of artists from our region (Riverina Murray & North East Victoria), as well as artists from beyond the region whose work is locally significant

Julianne's exhibition Familiar Strange will feature at the Museum along with five other successful applicants across the coming 18 months.

The 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.

As an artist, Julianne has a keen interest in the interconnectedness of things, her artwork reflects a desire to redefine ecological perspectives and the human-nature balance. Taking cues from architecture, anthropology and Lo-TEK, Julianne assembles unexpected and opposing materials into sculptural objects. She is currently undertaking further study in material science delving into the potential of biomaterial and the recycled/circular. Julianne holds a degree from the Victorian College of the Arts with majors in 3D & 2D art and Postgraduate qualifications in Visual Communication.

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