Lithgow High School's astounding HSC Visual Arts success has continued with the announcement of the 2019 Artexpress exhibition selections.
Four of the Lithgow High School HSC visual arts students (from a class of only 10 students) have had their artworks selected for the 2019-20 Artexpress exhibition.
They are Caleb Barnes, Jessie Kouch, Raquel Livingston and Lauren Trounce.
Artexpress is an annual exhibition of outstanding high-ranking HSC artworks chosen for display at a number of venues throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and state.
Of approximately 10,000 artworks submitted for the visual arts HSC, only about 170 artworks are chosen for display.
The selection of the four artworks this year brings the total of Lithgow High Schbrigool Artexpress selections to 63 since 1997, one of the highest rates of representation (if not the highest) of any school in NSW, government or non-government.
In 2008 the quality of Lithgow High School visual arts was recognized with the presentation to the school's Visual Arts Faculty of the inaugural Sir William Dobell Award for Outstanding Visual Arts Faculty in NSW.
The school has continued its' high rate of Artexpress representation ever since.
Caleb Barnes submitted a whimsical sculpture entitled 'Gargoyle for Sydney Harbour Bridge'.
Jessie Kouch's linoprint entitled 'Khmer Legacy: My grandfathers, Pol Pot and me' was a deeply personal tribute to her grandfathers who were both executed during Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime.
Raquel Livingston created an impressive sculpture entitled 'Bugs in the Balance' exploring the loss of insect biodiversity due to climate change.
Lauren Trounce produced an unusual textiles work using hot glue entitled 'The Social Fabric', a commentary on the dislocation of individuals and communities of vulnerable people from urban areas due to property price increases.
"We congratulate all of these students on their achievement and wish them every success for the future," CAPA head teacher John Bawden said.
"Finally, on a personal note, I would like to thank the hundreds of HSC Visual Arts students I have taught at Lithgow High School from 1994 to 2019. It has been a pleasure to have taught such wonderful students, and I thank God for allowing me to end my teaching career on this high.
"I would also like to pay tribute to a wonderful team of creative arts colleagues over 26 years. Lithgow High School's Visual Arts prominence in NSW has been a team effort, and one I have been proud to be a part of as a Visual Arts teacher and CAPA head teacher."
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