Exchange Exhibition:

Wake Forest University & Federation University in Australia

May 5 – May 29

This exhibition developed through a chance meeting of academic staff from the then University of Ballarat and Wake Forest University at an artist residency in Italy. Dr. Carole Wilson, Professor Page Laughlin and Professor David Finn were all working within the shared studios at La Macina di San Cresci in rural Tuscany during July 2012, where they discussed future collegiate projects. Dr. Carole Wilson (Federation University) then exhibited her body of work, Scala, created during the Italian residency, at Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University in September 2013, where she was hosted as a visiting artist. PAPERmade is the next stage in this international connection, and prior to its exhibition at START Gallery, this work showed at the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.

The WFU works submitted for this exchange show come from the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. While some pieces were pulled from  exercises in entry-level classes, there are submissions from upper-level classes as well. The Studio Art program offers courses in videography, sculpture, painting, drawing and design, printmaking and photography. Digital processes are incorporated throughout all areas, depending on the level of the course.

While Federation University Australia has a number of campuses, the work in this exhibition is from the Arts Academy Campus, Ballarat. Students represented here are from second, third, and fourth years of the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honors), specializing in visual arts. Programs at Federation University Australia consist of complementary courses in Studio Art, Art History/ Theory, and at Honors level, Research Methods and Seminars. The Studio Art program offers courses in digital media, printmaking, ceramics, 3D, drawing and painting. The student body is from a wide variety of backgrounds including recent school leavers as well as mature age students, which results in a rich and lively studio atmosphere.

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