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FNB VITA NOMINEES (article first published : 2000-03-19)

The nominees for the FNB Vita Art Prize 2000 are Hentie van der Merwe, Claudette Schreuders, Terry Kurgan and Berni Searle.

Johannesburg-based Hentie van der Merwe graduated with a BA fine arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994. He has exhibited professionally since 1995 on such exhibitions as Collecting Ourselves at the Gertrude Posel Gallaery (1997), Unplugged at the Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery (1998) and Babel Tower in the Civic Gallery, Johannesburg (1999).

Claudette Schreuders is a sculpture lecturer at the University of Pretoria and has been nominated for her work on Liberated Voices - Contemporary Art from South Africa at The Museum for African Art, New York, and Unplugged at the Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg. She obtained a BA fine arts degree at the University of Stellenbosch followed by a masters in fine arts at the University of Cape Town.

Terry Kurgan has been nominated for the work seen on Family Affairs held in the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in Cape Town. Born in South Africa, she moved to the USA when she was 20 and studied a BA fine arts degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Living and working in Cape Town since her return to South Africa in 1988, she is also a lecturer in drawing and printmaking at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Cape-Town based Berni Searle is studying at the Gassworks in London. She has been nominated for a series of photographic installations produced for an exhibition entitled Colour Me, held at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, in Cape Town. Since gaining her masters degree in fine art at the University of Cape Town in 1994, she has exhibited both locally and internationally including the International Cairo Biennale in Cairo in 1998.

The selection panel for the FNB Vita Art Prize 2000 included Clive van den Berg, Willem Boshoff, Pat Mautlao, Julia Charlton and David Koloane. The winner of the FNB Vita Art Prize 2000 award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition at the Sandton Civic Gallery in July. This year there will also be an extensive education programme attached to the exhibition, which has been made possible by assistance from MTN and the French Institute.




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