19 August 2015
A stunning collection of visual art by regional secondary school students will go on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 20 August.
The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art – Regional Exhibition 2015 will be officially opened at 6.30pm by Mary Coverdale, the Department of Education and Training’s Regional Assistant Director for the North Coast Region.
This exhibition recognises and promotes excellence in senior visual arts education and student achievement in visual art throughout Queensland’s state and non-state high schools.
Gallery Curator Dawn 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 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 had 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 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.
To add to the excitement of the opening event, the North Coast regional award recipients will be announced. These awards include excellence, commendation and regional encouragement.
It is presented in association with the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and Employment and Art Shed Brisbane/School Art Supplies. It will run until Saturday 12 September and school groups are encouraged to visit.
The gallery is located at the USC 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.
— Terry Walsh