All three lecturers of 2D studies at the Strathfield campus, Jeannette Siebols, Louisa Chircop and Stuart Watters, are finalists in the Dobell Drawing Prize 2012, which is testimony to their skills and professional art practice which ultimately forms the backbone of the rigorous and exciting program at ACU.
Jeanette Siebols explains; "The Dobell Drawing Prize exhibition demonstrates a lively and diverse collection of drawings. The exhibition beautifully illustrates that each artist, in his or her drawing practice, pushes the boundaries of drawing with their commitment to their subject, their imagination and choice of media."
"The Dobell Drawing Prize has been an important event on the national arts calendar for two decades and attracts a high calibre of artists who enter not only with the prospect of gaining the award but also the honour of being selected and exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales," says Stuart Watters.
As a practising artist and lecturer, Jeannette comments "Drawing is exploring – this is what I teach. Drawing is a way of thinking onto the page." She says the vitality of the Public Prize group exhibitions give students a rich overview of contemporary art, a world within which Visual arts and design students will seek future employment. She sees the strengths of the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design program as being the balance between practical workshop experience and theory subject and the fostering of students' independent enquiry and experimentation in all practical and theory subjects. "These strengths are made richer due to all lecturers' commitment to their practice and discipline," she says.