1997 was the first year of our nationally acclaimed Geelong acquisitive print prize (now known as the Geelong acquisitive print awards). Thanks to the generous sponsorship of $3000 from the Gallery Grasshoppers, Geelong Gallery was able to acquire six works from artists Pat Brassington, Tate Adams, Eolo Bottaro, David Frazer, John Ryrie, and Imants Tillers.
Australian artist Lindy Lee won the 1997 Geelong contemporary art prize for her work Pointing east, pointing west. At the time, Lee appropriated and recontextualised images from Old Master paintings in grids also exploring abstraction and the void. Using a photocopier, and altering tonal levels, Lee controlled the presence and disappearance of her subjects.