Australia’s Richest Nude Art Prize Wants Your Tasteful Submissions

So you think you can draw me like one of your French girls nudes?

Entries are now open for the inaugural $50,000 Benalla Nude prize, launched this year to be recognised on a par with the other prestigious major art prizes in the country and to be judged by respected Australian art historian, critic and art museum curator formerly of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia, Daniel Thomas, AM.   

“It’s the only time there has been a prize offered in Australia for the category of the nude, so that is significant,” Mr. Thomas said. “It will be an additional  drawcard for drivers down the Hume Freeway who might be tempted to  pause and support the economy. The money available, which is $50,000, will certainly attract some interesting artists.”  
Postal entries with CDs or DVDs will be accepted between 9am Monday 13 January 2014 and 5pm Friday 21 February 2014. Finalists will then be  notified by Benalla Art Gallery when to deliver their works for hanging and  judging.   The award will be presented to the work judged as the best work of the   naked human figure in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. The work   must be by an artist who is an Australian citizen or who has been an   Australian resident in the 12 months preceding the closing date for entries. Entry forms for Benalla Nude can be obtained from  
The winning entry and other shortlisted works will be exhibited from 11 April – 27 June at the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria, with the winner announced April 10th 2014.