Portland artist Ray Thomas and former Koroit artist Vicki Couzens have been shortlisted for the 2009 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.
Thomas and Couzens are two of the 18 indigenous artists in the running for the $25,000 first prize, which comprises $20,000 cash plus professional development support to the value of $5000.

State arts minister Lynne Kosky recently announced the nominees, saying they displayed diversity among contemporary indigenous art.

“The shortlisted works reflect a range of traditional and contemporary styles and mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and digital mixed media works,” Ms Kosky said.

“It is an inspiring showcase of Victorian talent .”

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Artist: reko rennie-gwaybilla, wayne quilliam, trevor turbo brown, megan cadd, bindi cole, vicki couzens, frederick william doolan jnr, gwen garoni, esther-grace hanigan, ben mckeown, brian mckinnon, clinton nain, peter waples-crowe, nicholas boseley, barbara egan, gayle maddigan, sharmane maddigan, irene ridgeway, ray thomas, kevin williams

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