Head of College, Dr Jennifer McDonald welcomed to High Table former Director of NGV and NGA, Dr Gerard Vaughan AM; Fellow of the College, Dr Di Bresciani OAM (UWC 1960); Senior Program Manager of Victorian Cultural Collections, Dr Julie Cotter as well as students who curated and submitted pieces to the UC Art & Design Week Exhibition on Monday 26 August, 2019.
In his address, Dr Vaughan described himself as first and foremost an Art historian. He noted how genuinely impressed he was with the quality of the submissions by all the students for Art & Design Week across each category of Art, Photography, Design, and Creative Writing.
Dr Vaughan also encouraged students to continue their creative pursuits throughout their lives, no matter where their chosen career takes them. He referred to the wonderful example set by UC alumna, Dr Di Bresciani OAM (UWC 1960, Fellow) who has pursued a distinguished career as an artist while maintaining her creative pursuits as a musician.
“As an art historian myself and having been fortunate enough to have had a career doing what I love, I strongly encourage you all to continue to pursue creative avenues in your lives, regardless of your chosen path of vocation. Artists make the world a better place by offering us a very personal, alternative view of the world around us, and engaging with an artwork can often be both exhilarating and challenging. I congratulate those of you who have displayed tremendous courage by putting your creativity on display for Art & Design Week.”
– Dr Gerard Vaughan AM
Dr Cotter and Dean of Studies, Andre Louhanapessy then announced the winners from each category before the Di Bresciani $2000 major prize donated by the Bresciani family was presented to Georgia Greene for her beautiful silver hand made jewellery which was widely admired by all.
Category winners included:
Art: Lilly McKenzie, “A portrait of my brother”
Design: Jessica Malouf, “Dog rain coat and Corset”
Photography: Alexandra Millen, “Suffocation Series”
Creative Writing and Poetry: Talon David, “The Tram”
People’s Choice : Rani Madden, “Pink Bridge”
A special thank you to Phoebe Watson and all of her helpers for curating the UC Art & Design Week Exhibition which adds tremendous color and creativity to the College during Open Day and the surrounding weeks.
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