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Alumni exhibition covers 21 years of visual arts graduates


Zoe Satherley
15 September 2009
Opening on September 26, Southern Cross University’s Alumni Exhibition celebrates 21 years of SCU visual arts graduates and SCU next Art Gallery’s 20th birthday.

Over the last nine months, the gallery has contacted some 450 of the estimated 900-plus graduates and expects to install approximately 200 postcard artworks by graduates near and far as part of the exhibition.

“The culture of the visual arts program – as a place in which long-term professional connections and friendships are made and maintained between the teaching staff and the students – is a strength of which we can be very proud,” said Shelagh Morgan, coordinator of next Art Gallery.

“This exhibition recognises and celebrates the contribution all these students have made to our story. The connection we all share remains strong.

“Also, SCU next Art Gallery turns 20 in October. The gallery has gone through many changes of address, name and fortune over that time, but the one thing that has remained the same is a belief in the unquestionable value of a University Art Gallery.

“Building bridges with the communities we share and contributing to the cultural life of the region is a significant, and important, role for the SCU next Art Gallery.

“In a culture of rapid change and economic question marks, that seem to be the hallmark of our times, it is gratifying to be celebrating the gallery’s 20th birthday. We look forward to the next 20 years and the continuing development of the gallery within the University community.”

Lismore Mayor Cr Jenny Dowell and Professor Jim McKay, head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, will open the exhibition at 4.30pm on Saturday, September 26, at the SCU next Art Gallery, 89 Magellan Street, Lismore.

The exhibition runs from September 26 to October 10. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 12pm on Saturday.

Photo: ‘The hawk hovers’ - a work by visual arts graduate Lee Blacker-Noble, formerly of Casino and now living in Leeton who, since graduating in 1988, has enjoyed a career as a successful artist and teacher.