The Visual Arts Faculty was delighted to open the 2022 Visual Arts Exhibition’s doors open to parents and friends on Thursday 13 October. Parents of our Year 12 studentes began arriving at 6.00pm, with many proud students bringing their grandparents and other family members to view their artworks on display in McAuley Hall. From 6.30pm, parents of students in other year levels began arriving and the exhibition space soon filled up with people and liveliness.
The formal proceedings began with a speech from 2022 Visual Arts Prefect Cooper Murray. He spoke of his experience in Visual Arts at the school and his excitement about the future.
Cooper said on the night:
“We are surrounded by a room of creative talent. Talent that takes the many forms of painting, sculpture, print, graphic design, video and photography all with one thing that unifies them. A young art student who has worked hard and is proud to share their work with you here tonight.”
Our guest speaker, Sarah Metzner from Tarrawarra Museum of Art, spoke about the importance of art in her life and the wider world.
Principal Mr Philip Morison announced the College’s Art Acquisitions for 2022. Unusually he selected two works — by Brodie Leist (Year 12 Orange) and Zelie Zmegac (Year 11 Blue) — which will be added to the College’s art collection.
Lastly, I had the pleasure of announcing the top three student works from each VCE study in Visual Arts. The top students for 2022 are Millie Barker (Year 12 Gold) for Media, Zelie Zmegac (Year 11 Blue) for Studio Arts and Ben Renouf (Year 12 Red) for Visual Communication Design. After these formal proceedings, the Year 12 Media students and their parents enjoyed an Oscars-style awards event in the Lecture Theatre. All students are to be commended for their efforts this year.
After the last two years of online Visual Art Exhibitions, it was an exciting opportunity for the staff and students in Visual Arts to showcase their work in person. Much like the last few years, this year has not been without its challenges and the Visual Arts Faculty are very proud of the range of work that was on display in McAuley Hall throughout the week from Monday 10 October through to Friday 14 October and the perseverance that the students have shown this year.