Graduart celebrates 40 year anniversary

07 November 2012
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The University of Southern Queensland’s visual art students are putting the finishing touches to their creations as the University prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its annual Graduart exhibition.

This year’s Graduart exhibition showcases the hard work of 16 students and features high quality pieces across a diverse range of media including painting, ceramics, video, spatial construction and printmaking.

Curator Alexis Tacey said it was inspiring to see how the exhibition had grown from humble beginnings 40 years ago.

“Considering the volatile nature of funding in the arts, 40 years is quite an achievement,” Ms Tacey said.

“This exhibition is and has always been an important part of our students’ journey because it’s the culmination of all their hard work at USQ — they can present themselves as an accomplished artist,” Ms Tacey said.

“Graduart launches the students from the academic environment into the real world.”

The work in the 2012 exhibition represents a deep and varied pool of thoughts and ideas, tackling themes ranging from modern religious faith to hyper reality, to the interface between human and artificial systems, and the contemporary family unit.

Faculty of Arts Dean Professor Peter Goodall said each of the students had effectively grappled with the freedoms and constraints of their chosen media.

“As ever, the range and complexity of the work of our visual arts graduates is astonishing,” Professor Goodall said.

“One of the most impressive features of the students’ work is its reflectiveness, its intellectual creativity as distinct from their artistic creativity.”

The students will also have their work featured in the Graduart Catalogue — a professional quality catalogue that will not only serve as a valuable personal record of their work, but as an accessible platform to present to the professional art world.

The guest speaker at the exhibition’s official opening will be the highly-regarded Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, in Brisbane.

Graduart’s official opening will take place on Friday 9 November from 6pm in the USQ Arts Gallery.

The exhibition will run at USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery at USQ and also at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery
8 November – 20 December 2012

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
8 November – 9 December 2012
Ph: +61 7 4688 6652

Please RSVP for the official opening at USQ by Wednesday November 7 2012. Phone +61 7 4631 1111 or email

Media contact:

Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 2977,

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