Selection and Judges for the 2016 Albany Art Prize
Dr Stefano Carboni (Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia)
In October 2008, Stefano Carboni was appointed the 11th Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Since beginning his directorship, he has been instrumental in the implementation and delivery of several major projects including the successful completion of the $25m Tomorrowfund which is used for acquisitions of contemporary art, the reinstallation of the State Art Collection long-term displays, a very active program of acquisitions, the introduction of the Great Collections of the World Series of exhibitions including an Australian-exclusive three exhibition partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Gallery façade recladding project, and a new vision document for the Gallery.
Prior to coming to Western Australia, Stefano was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he was responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007).
His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan; Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World. Another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001).
He is currently also Adjunct Professor of Islamic Art at the University of Western Australia and continues to lecture widely in Islamic art and curatorial studies.
Mark Stewart has held a broad range of curatorial roles in the West Australian visual arts industry for over 20 years. He has previously held curatorial positions within corporate and institutional art collections and galleries including Curator, Department of Culture and the Arts Collection, Curator, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Collection, Assistant Curator, The Kerry Stokes Art Collection and Curator and Exhibitions Program Manager, CraftWest Centre for Contemporary Art (now known as FORM). Currently, He is the Curator of Murdoch University Art Collection; a position held since 2004. The University’s Collection has a wide ranging strategy of acquiring culturally significant Australian contemporary art which is both local and national in scope. In addition to his role with Murdoch University, Mark also provides curatorial consultancy to corporate, local government and private art collections and regularly contributes to the visual arts sector via judging panels and speaking roles.
Michael Edwards, Director, Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT)
Michael Edwards is a Hobart-based arts administrator and curator and has occupied the position of director of Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT) since 2004. Prior to this he was Touring Manager for the NETS touring exhibitions program after a decade of working in various roles across arts organisations, agencies and education institutions in Tasmania.
Since 1993 he has maintained an active involvement in the service of contemporary visual art, sitting on numerous advisory panels and working committees at both a local and national level. He currently serves on the Tasmanian Creative Industries Council, the University of Tasmania’s Plimsoll Gallery Committee and Cité International des Arts McCulloch Studio Committee; Hobart City Council’s Public Art Special Committee and as an Australia Council peer.