Former Vice-Chancellor exhibits at USC Gallery

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Former Vice-Chancellor exhibits at USC Gallery

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Published on 31 January 2013

A photography exhibition by former University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas AM will kick off the new exhibition year at the USC Gallery on February 7 at 6.30pm.

Images of Vietnam will be opened by another Sunshine Coast photographer, Robyn Hills, and will run until 9 March.

In the three years since leaving the helm of the University, Emeritus Professor Thomas has had the opportunity to nurture a life-long passion for photography.

Images of Vietnam is a colourful travel diary of the extraordinary people and places Thomas saw in Vietnam in 2012. His work shows the humanity, generosity and beauty of the people, the magnificent coastline and the colours that make this a fascinating country.

The exhibition explores Vietnamese culture in 56 stunning framed and unframed photographs with subjects ranging from portraits to markets, fishing boats, scenery and street life.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the exhibition is a “charming visual feast highlighting the artist’s skill and sense of humour.”

“Thomas’s eye for colour and composition captures everyday Vietnamese life while documenting moments in time and the stories of people living in this beautiful part of the world. He is able to see the beauty of the everyday by juxtaposing modern and ancient,” she said.

A second exhibition presents a collaborative poster project by students from USC and the University of Missouri-St Louis, USA.

Both exhibitions will continue at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery until Saturday 9 March. The Gallery is located on the University campus, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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