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USQ Future Visions Art competition winners announced

Exhibition now open!

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Future Visions art competition showcases and celebrates the work of senior (year 11 and 12) high school students from across South East Queensland.

Now in its 10th year, the exhibition opened last night (May 1) with a record number of entries from local high school art students.

Dr Rebecca Scollen, Head of the School of Creative Arts said the calibre of entries created by these regionally-based emerging artists continues to improve year after year – a testament to the skills of the art teachers in the region.

“USQ is proud to offer this annual award as evidence of our commitment to furthering creativity throughout the region,” she said.

“We believe strongly in investing in young people and their artistic aspirations.

“This is one of many ways the USQ School of Creative Arts engages with the community and we are so happy to see high schools embrace this particular initiative,” Dr Scollen said.

This year Future Visions received 181 entries from 30 schools, which was shortlisted to 54 entries (one artwork per student) to include works from students at Harristown High School, Toowoomba Grammar School, Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba Anglican School, St Johns Catholic School, St Mary’s, Fairholme College, Centenary Heights State High School, St Ursula’s, Toowoomba State High School, Clifton State High School, St Josephs College, Toowoomba Christian College, Highlands Christian College and Roma State College.

There were five overall prizes awarded as follows:

  • First Prize $800: Won by Ashley Churchward – Harristown SHS
  • Second Prize $500: Won by Jessie Southwell – Fairholme College
  • Third Prize $200: Won by Chelsea Griffin – Clifton SHS
  • Packer Prize $100: Won by Ebony Stephens – Toowoomba State High School
  • McGregor Retreat Encouragement Award $695: Isabella Joubert – Fairholme College

The free exhibition is currently on display at the Arts Gallery, USQ Toowoomba. Opening hours are M-F, 10am – 5pm.

For enquiries please call Box Office on (07) 4631 1111

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Future Visions overall winner - Harristown SHS student Ashley Churchwood