Strong commitment, intellectual curiosity, the ability to handle pressure, good talent and a keen sense of the ridiculous these are the main qualities necessary to survive an Honours year in Southern Cross University's Visual Arts program, according to graduate Wendy Rolls.
Wendy's work, along with that of seven other students - all of them female - will be on show in the 2001 Honours Exhibition that opens at SCU's Visual Arts block on Thursday, 22 November at 6.00pm and runs until 30 November.
The installation works in the show were accomplished using a variety of media and techniques - paint, porcelain, paper, plaster, glass, latex and steel. The nature of some of the materials used, for instance in Wendy Rolls' ceramic and steel installation, attracted support from local businesses, including Lismore-based Metalcorp Steel Pty Ltd and Phillip Matthews Steel Fabrications.
Kate Ravenswood, lecturer and Honours Coordinator, said "The Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) program is a highly competitive process that provides a further year of structured investigation for those who have performed especially well in their three undergraduate years. As the exhibitors have realised by now, it is quite unlike their previous academic experience, but offers a high level of satisfaction in return for their efforts".
The participating artists are Heidi Beynon, Heidi Cooper, Claudie Frock, Ilka Nelson, Margarete Ogonowski, Wendy Rolls, Sara Shera and Leah Stewart.
Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all members of the public.