Arts CV

Mardi Nowak 
Born 1978, Melbourne, Australia

EDUCATION
2003    Masters Fine Art (Research) Monash University
1999    BFA Honours, Monash University
1998    BFA Tapestry, Monash University

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013    Sampler, Handheld Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011    Piecework (with Adrian Conti), Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford, Australia
2006    The Bar Show, Jawa, Nth Melbourne, Victoria
2004    Fitting Room, Body, St.Kilda, Victoria
2003    Baggage, 3E Designs, Windsor, Victoria
2002    Sample (with Rachael Hine), Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin, Victoria
2001    Outfit, 4Cats Gallery, Abbotsford, Victoria

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
She Who Can, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, AU (shortlisted artist)

2012
About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005, curated by Anthony Camm. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.  

2011
Kate Derum Small Tapestry Award, shortlisted finalist, Australian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne, Australia
Vanish/Survive (7th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures), ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005, curated by Anthony Camm. Central Goldfields Gallery, Maryborough 
About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005, curated by Anthony Camm. Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005, curated by Anthony Camm.  Horsham Regional Art Gallery

2010   
About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005, curated by Anthony Camm, Ararat Regional Art Gallery.  Touring Show.

2008   
Manipulate: Construct, curated by Mardi Nowak and artist, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Australia.

2007   
New Days, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne
Talente 2007(representing Australia in tapestry), Neue Messe Munich, Germany 

2006   
Micro – Contemporary Miniature Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop Gallery, Melbourne
Things My Mother Taught Me, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn
Off The Wall, ArtMelbourne 06, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2005   
Recent Works, Customs House Gallery, Warrnambool
Postcards From the Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, New York City 

2004   
Postcards From the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York City

2002   
Intercept, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland, Victoria

2001   
In The Bag, Platform, Spencer Street Station, Melbourne 

2000   
Decade, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield 
Heart – Her Art, Dandenong Community Arts Centre, Dandenong 
Emerging Artists Program, Bulle Gallery, Melbourne 

1999
Evidence, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield 
D Block Show, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield 
Contemporary Artists of Australia, Church Street Gallery, Healesville 
Ambidextrous, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield 
She The Cats Mother, Dandenong Community Arts Centre, Dandenong 
Post-Postcard Show, Linden Arts Centre & Gallery, St.Kilda 

1998     
Graduation Exhibition, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield
100% Contemporary Tapestry, Cato Conference Centre Gallery, Melbourne 
Scaffold, Warnambool Regional Art Gallery, Warnambool 
Contemporary Tapestry – Monash, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne

1996     
Axis, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield
Lucato Peace Prize, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield
This, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Caulfield
Mallee Cats, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

Town Hall Gallery:

2011 Pre-Fab:
Pre-Fab highlights creative processes that re-purpose manufactured and mass-produced objects into works of contemporary art.

2011 On Paper:
Featuring works from the Town Hall Gallery Collection. Paper is a flexible base for works with some artists creating objects such as artist books, while others use it as the home for preliminary sketches prior to larger works.

2011 I Wear My Heart On My Tee
The t-shirt has come a long way from being a simple undergarment. It now tells people how we feel, what bands we love, what we think and where we stand on issues. Anything is possible on the t-shirt and owning them can be very addictive.

2010 Re-invent, Re-interpret, Re-make:
This exhibition explores the idea of re-invention, re-interpreting old ideas into new ones and re-making materials into works of art.

2010 Beardo
Fashion comes in cycles, the same can be said with the fashion of men's facial hair. The beard is one way that men can express their individuality and personality. This exhibition explores beards at many stages of time from works in the collection as well as a young breed of contemporary artists who use the beard as a symbol of masculinity and sexuality.


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2007    Finalist for Off the Wall, Melbourne 2007
2003    Monash University Travel Grant for Research in New York
2002    Monash Faculty of Art & Design, Masters Research Scholarship
1999    Tapestry Workshop Award
1998    Monash Tapestry Workshop Graduate Award
1998    Member of The Golden Key National Honour Society
1998    Decorative Arts Society Award for Tapestry
1996    Business & Professional Women Association of Australia Scholarship


BIBLIOGRAPHY
About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975-2005 Catalogue produced by Ararat Regional Art Gallery. ISBN: 978-0-646-53935-5.  Contributing writers; Anthony Camm, Hilary Green, Kay Lawrence AM, Sara Lindsay.

Tapestry Weaving in Australia after the "Tapestry 2008" Symposium, article by Valerie Kirk, Textile Forum 2/2010 June Copy, pg 40. 

Serie Talente 2007 Katalog Land, catalogue 2007

Micro contemporary miniature tapestries, catalogue, essay by Anna Clabburn, 2006

Off the Wall, The Age, April 14-15, 2006 

International Tapestry Yearbook, Outfit works of Mardi Nowak, essay by Kate Derum, 2005

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
2004 – current             Curator of Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn
2005 – current             Mentor with Art Nerds scheme for young emerging artists
2006/07                       Museums Victoria Awards Committee
2001- 2004                  Visual Arts Coordinator, Kingston Arts Centre
2000-2003                   Sessional Lecturer, Monash University



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