15 August 2013
An exhibition showcasing a stunning collection of visual art by regional high school students will go on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 22 August.
The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art – Regional Exhibition 2013 recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state high schools.
It will be officially opened by USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann on Thursday 29 August at 6.45pm. Media and the public are welcome to attend.
Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the exhibition helps raise community awareness about the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence and the high standard of arts education in Queensland secondary schools.
Ms Oelrich said for most of the students involved, this would be the first time their artwork is presented in a professional gallery environment.
“To be selected for this exhibition held here at the University Gallery might help them to decide on a creative career path after Year 12,” she said.
“It is always exciting to be part of a young artist’s career and the variety and standard of creativity is always excellent.”
Ms Oelrich said the USC Gallery has presented this exhibition by regional high school students for more than 10 years, building relationships with schools, teachers and students.
“The exhibition opening is a fantastic event with proud families and friends present and a great vibe on the night,” she said.
The Creative Generation exhibition is presented in association with the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and Employment and S&S Wholesalers. It will run until Saturday 14 September and school groups are encouraged to visit.
The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. The Gallery is closed Sundays and public holidays.
— Julie Schomberg