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Published on 11 April 2012

11 April 2012

A generous scholarship supported by the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Sunshine Coast has been awarded to Bachelor of Arts student Samantha Beasley.

The annual $3,500 scholarship is presented to a University of the Sunshine Coast design student and includes an internship at the University Gallery.

ADFAS chairman Helen Milne said ADFAS Sunshine Coast members were delighted to be associated with the USC scholarship program and supporting the USC Art Gallery as part of their Young Arts Program for 2012.

“Our relationship with the Gallery, the University and each successful design student has been valuable in increasing the awareness of the broader issues of young people and art in our region,” she said.

Mrs Milne said that more than $70,000 was given by ADFAS Societies in Australia in 2011 for a variety of Young Arts Programs to support young people in their communities.

Under the scholarship arrangements, students work with Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich to learn gallery operation.

“We are so fortunate to have this program,” Ms Oelrich said. “ADFAS Sunshine Coast has supported the scholarship since 2003.

“Through the internship, I have had the opportunity to work with the brightest and best design students from the University and I now have a network of wonderful artists and designers that I regularly communicate with.

“The interns work with us in the gallery to learn exhibition design and installation, they develop negotiation and communication skills and see how an art gallery works from the inside. We are delighted to have Samantha join the team this year.”

Samantha is from Gayndah and is in her final year of a Bachelor of Design and Communication, doing a double major in Advertising and Graphic Design.

She is passionate about design and plans to work in print advertising in the future. She is the youngest of five children and she will be the third in her family to graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“I felt elated and very honoured to be selected as this year’s recipient of the ADFAS scholarship,” Samantha said. “I was very excited to have this opportunity to learn the finer arts of curatorship and all that the gallery and the scholarship entail.

“I have always been inspired by the exhibitions that Dawn has displayed at the USC Gallery, so I am eager to learn and be actively involved in this year’s exhibitions.

“This internship will improve my overall communication within the community and provide me with a greater appreciation of local artists, USC students and the USC community. It will also open up art pathways, which will help me to pursue a creative arts career.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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