Minnawarra Art Awards Profiles

2018 Curator

Ron Nyisztor has been exhibiting since 1989 locally, interstate and overseas. His paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections and have also been awarded best in show and highly commended. Nyisztor Studio ARI has been directed by Ron for the past 12 years and is committed to a program to showcase West Australian artists, metropolitan and regional, seeking to developing a wider audience and appreciation for the visual arts.

2018 Judges

Amanda Alderson is an independent curator, artist, and arts manager, focusing on experimental and contemporary arts, and cultural heritage. Her passion is storytelling - sharing meaningful experiences in the public realm via exhibitions, events, public programming, and immersive environments. Previously the Exhibition Coordinator and Acting Director of the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University; curator of the City of Joondalup‘s contemporary art collection; Manager and Project Officer of Symbiotica, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts; and producer for IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia, now spaced); she is currently the Creative Director of Tractor Parade, and has recently taken up the position as the cultural exhibition curator at the City of Wanneroo Cultural Centre and Gallery. Amanda has sat on selection and industry peer panels including Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Kate Parker has been involved with contemporary art and cultural collections for over 15 years. Originally studying Fine Art, Kate has broad ranging experience in the collection and interpretation of art and cultural material. From experimental sound art and international biennales to community driven art spaces and institutional collections she has worked in an eclectic array of settings. Kate is currently A/Collections and Infrastructure Coordinator at the City of Perth.

Dr Ric Spencer is an artist and writer and since 2011 has been the Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre. From 2004-2010 he wrote art criticism for The West Australian newspaper and from 2000-2010 he lectured at Curtin University where he holds a Doctor of Creative Arts. He has been involved in numerous art activities as a curator, writer and artist, has exhibited in Australia, Asia and the UK and has had his work published in Australian, UK and American arts journals.