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NMIT digital media student art success

22 Sep 2010

NMIT artist's “Habanera” nabs prestigious National Prize. NMIT student and visual artist Brittany Jones finds inspiration in older faces. It was an elderly lady walking the streets of Havana that prompted her to paint “Habanera”, the portrait that earned her first place for Category 1 - Painting in the prestigious National Campus Art Prize.

“It's the most recognition I've received so far for my work,” says a delighted Jones. “I went to Cuba three years ago and I saw the woman in a city square and took her photo. I really like painting older people, their faces have so much character.”

Jones, who is studying the Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media at NMIT, describes her work as “realistic with crazy colours”. She has a passion for all art forms, but up until now has concentrated mainly on oil painting and photography.

She enrolled in a digital media course at NMIT to help her break into the advertising industry. “With every job I've gone for they've wanted someone with Photoshop and graphic design skills,” she says. “I'm hoping I can get work retouching images with an agency when I'm finished.”

Jones arrived in Australia on a working holiday three years ago, and was immediately smitten. “I love Australians and I think Melbourne is the best city in Australia. The architecture is crazy!”

The US native graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Florida State University and went on to have her artwork featured at the 2006 Gasparilla Festival of Arts in Tampa.

The winners of the National Campus Art Prize were announced last Friday by organisers, The Australian Association of Campus Activities (AACA). For first place in her category, Jones won $250 in cash and $800 in art supplies from Art Spectrum. Brittany's painting and the works of the other category winners are currently on display at the National Exhibition at Monash University Student Union from September 14-24.

The National Campus Art Prize, which was started in 1984, is the premier tertiary art competition in Australia. The AACA administers and runs four main national competitions including the National Campus Band Competition, the National Campus Film Festival and the National Campus DJ Competition.


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