PROJECT: City of Casey Public Art Commission
ARTIST: Melinda Schawel
ARTWORK TITLE: Stainless Steel Tree Grill
LOCATION: Cranburne West Community Hub
DATE: 2019 - 2020
Melinda Schawel was commissioned by the City of Casey to create a 4m diameter stainless steel tree grill to adorn the Cranbourne West Community Hub, which is due to open in January 2021. Created in collaboration with Creative Road and City of Casey.
Born in Illinois, USA, Schawel received a BA in Fine Art from the University of California in 1993 and a Postgraduate Degree in Printmaking from RMIT in 1996. Schawel has been a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2020) after winning the People’s Choice Award for the Adelaide Perry in 2018 . She has also been a finalist in the Whyalla Art Prize (2017), the Nillumbik Prize (2016, 2015, 2013) and the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2015, 2012). She has undertaken residency at the Art Vault in Mildura (2016), Chiang Mai Art on Paper Workshop, Thailand (2015) and at Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium (2004). She held a successful solo exhibition at Art Central Hong Kong in 2018. Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Crown Casino, Geelong Regional Gallery, the Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium and the Whitehorse Art Collection. She has exhibited regularly since 1995 and has been selected for a number of prestigious commissions, for corporate spaces such as the Westin Hotel, the Park Hyatt in Melbourne and the City of Casey.