A sculpture entitled Rotto Facts and Fantasy by Claremont School of Art student Laurise Hutchinson this evening was nominated the winner of the second Rottnest Student Art Award.
Tourism Minister Pam Beggs announced the winning entry at an exhibition of the works from 59 students representing 16 colleges including seven from regional areas.
Since last March, students from a number of colleges have spent a weekend on Rottnest collecting material and information which is used in preparing an artwork in any medium depicting Rottnest.
They stayed at the Kingstown Environment Education Centre giving them an opportunity to compare programs and ideas.
Mrs Beggs said the award not only encouraged Western Australia's student artists, it also projected Rottnest as an artists' haven.
This year's judges were Rottnest Island Authority member and television personality John Barnett, WA Art Gallery Director Paula Latos Valier, Cherry Lewis from the Lister Gallery and prominent art identity Leon Pericles.
The competition was sponsored by Jacksons Drawing Supplies, Boat Torque Cruises, SHRM Australia, the R&I Bank and the Rottnest Island Authority.
Ms Hutchinson was awarded a $500 cheque and the Claremont School of Art received a perpetual trophy.
The exhibition of the works is in the R&I Bank Tower atrium in St George's Terrace. It will run until October 14.
Other finalists in the award were Yolande Barker, Claremont School of Art; Michelle de Montille, Central Metropolitan College of TAFE Perth campus; Avril Chamberlain, South Metropolitan College of TAFE Fremantle; Jacqui Crossley, Curtin University; Jillian Parnell and Glenda Davies, North Metropolitan College of TAFE Carine; Narelle Maidment, Hedland College and Fran Dennis, Edith Cowan University.
The exhibition has been co-ordinated by visual arts management students from Central Metropolitan College of TAFE Perth campus.