Visitors will decide which student's work will win.
Visitors to the ACU Ballarat Art Prize can vote for their favourite work at the exhibition opening on Wednesday. Students, staff and members of the public will decide who will win the coveted award through a people’s choice process.
Initiated by Ballarat Campus Dean Associate Professor Joe Fleming, the acquisition prize is a measure of the work produced by third-year primary and first-year early childhood students.
The show will start with a short performance in the Music Room, followed by the opening of the galleries and voting in the Art Room and Early Childhood Room. The exhibition is open to the public.
Local artist and art teacher Deb Johnson will present a mid-year encouragement award.
Mid-year prizes include $250 for the overall winner (acquisitive), and a gift for the winners of the Category Award and Encouragement Award. The ultimate winner at the end of the year will be awarded $500 (acquisitive), Category Winner (gift), Encouragement Award Winner (gift).
Education and arts lecturer Gillian Schroeter said the students had explored all the strands of art from the Australian curriculum, and had documented the process in artists’ journals. The finished pieces are the result of individual or group projects developed throughout first semester.
Evoking Pablo Picasso's adage that all children are artists, Gillian said: “If all children are artists then as teachers we need to allow children to express themselves through the arts. To effectively do this we must first reconnect to our inner artist.”
The first semi-annual exhibition is to be held at various locations around the Ballarat Campus on Wednesday 21 May, 6.30-8pm. Exhibits include film, photography, paintings and picture books. Students’ individual final accumulative art pieces will be included in the selected ACU Art Acquisition 2014.