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USQ Artists finalists in Queensland Regional Art Awards

Two USQ artists have been shortlisted in the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA), the annual exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland.
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Wanderlust: The Touring Exhibition of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards is Flying Arts Alliance’s annual prize and exhibition, and will have its official launch at the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton on Saturday (July 27).

Abramo Papp’s painting Marina Reflections 3 and Miles Allen’s mixed media work Old for New were shortlisted from 170 entries to the 26 artworks on tour which will travel to Brisbane, Somerset, Winton, Goondiwindi, Chinchilla, Toowoomba (USQ Art Gallery) and Ingham.

Mr Papp is a former architect and current doctoral student in the School of Arts at USQ exploring the teaching of colour, while Mr Allen is a USQ Alumni who obtained his Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration in 1992.

USQ’s Associate Professor in Arts Education Margaret Baguley said it was a significant opportunity for the artists to be part of the prestigious exhibition touring the state.

“It highlights the amazing artistic talent pool from regional areas and the University of Southern Queensland,” Associate Professor Baguley said.

“It is also a wonderful chance for the artists to gain exposure and enhance their reputation in the artistic community.”

Both of the artworks are featured in the Wanderlust Education Kit, written by Associate Professor Baguley, who is also President of Art Education Australia. The kit has been sent to over 100 schools in Queensland.

Professor John O’Toole, Chair of Flying Arts Alliance and lead writer of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, said the education kit added a new dimension to the awards and extra support for schools and teachers.

“It’s so engagingly written and presented, and so elegant and absorbing that it’s almost an artwork in itself, as well as offering impeccable and comprehensive pedagogy,” Professor O’Toole said.

The education kit is available on the websites of Flying Arts Alliance and Art Education Australia, the national peak body for visual arts education.
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Two USQ artists have been shortlisted in the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA).