Art student Lauren abuzz over gallery's call

IT was luck, or fate, that helped the National Gallery of Art locate Lauren Trantino.

The 17-year-old Avila College student was in an elevator when the NGA called to say she had been selected for the National Summer Art Scholarship — and for some miraculous reason mystifying to thousands of mobile phone subscribers, her phone stayed in range.

The Glen Waverley teenager beat hundreds of other year 11 students from across the nation to be chosen for the week-long program.

She was one of 16 students who were flown to Canberra for a week of workshops and tours of the NGA. This year's program will focus on French painter Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.

The students will also be taking part in art classes.

"At the moment I'm doing a life-drawing class and that's quite an experience. I've never done anything like that before," Lauren said.

The students will also attend a workshop with one of Australia's most prominent artists, Brent Harris. Lauren said the curation aspect of the scholarship was what encouraged her to apply in October.

"I visit galleries all the time and I've kind of had this interest in museum curating and I actually never really knew what that was.

"I go to galleries all the time and I get to see the art on the wall, but I never get to see behind the scenes and how it gets there. I feel like it's really special.

"It's very rare that this type of experience gets offered to young adults."

She said that she was looking forward to having a more "mature appreciation" for art.

She encouraged other students to apply for the prize.

"This seems like the thing to do if you're interested in this stuff. It doesn't hurt to try."

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