Maitland will get a close look at works featured in this year’s Archibald Prize competition when it visits Maitland Regional Art Gallery in 2015.

Sydney artist Fiona Lowry was announced today as the 2014 winner of the prestigious portrait prize for her painting of famous architect Penelope Seidler.

All artworks featured in this year’s Archibald Prize will be on show at MRAG between January 16 and February 22 next year.

Maitland beat out other galleries in the Hunter, including Newcastle, to host this year’s exhibit.

MRAG deputy director Brigette Uren said getting the chance to host the Archibald Prize exhibit showed that Maitland gallery had a good reputation on the regional circuit.

Ms Uren said it was exciting that the exhibit would be in the city for the summer school holidays.