Seven Year 12 students from St Joseph’s College, have had their Higher School Certificate artwork pre-selected for the prestigious Artexpress exhibitions throughout NSW.
Artexpress is a dynamic and popular annual exhibition that has gained national and international acclaim for its high standard of student artwork. The exhibition features a selection of outstanding artworks developed by Year 12 students for the practical component of the HSC Visual Arts course. Each year it includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and digital media.
The pre-selected works by students from St Joseph’s cover a range of styles and subject matter. Documented forms were produced by Jackson Aldridge and Jackson Powell, while Max Frank, Brian Nottidge and Jacob Tanous submitted photomedia pieces. Joseph Gibbs and Steven Wong were both selected for their paintings.
Visual Arts Coordinator at St Joseph’s College, Ms Michelle Tinta, said being pre-selected for Artexpress is a wonderful achievement that reflects the students’ commitment, vision and talent. “Artexpress is a highly acknowledged exhibition, and to be pre-selected from thousands of student artworks certainly speaks very highly of the boys’ artworks,” she said. “Their work is sophisticated and mature, and their willingness to experiment and take risks has certainly paid off.”
St Joseph’s College is developing a reputation for its outstanding student artists. In 2008, two of SJC students were selected for theArtexpress exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with one student, Goondiga Edgar, winning one of the exhibition’s sponsors prizes for his painting. This year the College’s annual student art exhibition, held in August, attracted large crowds and showcased the most outstanding artworks from students in Years 7 to 12.
Ms Tinta said students at the College are encouraged to explore, push boundaries and test themselves in the Visual Arts studio. “We are very proud of the unique quality of our students’ artwork, but in particular how our HSC artists have matured in their practice. They developed a personal visual language and learned to trust a process for which uncertainty is the norm,” said Ms Tinta.
Artexpress will be on exhibition at various locations commencing in January, 2010.
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