[singlepic id=372 w=320 h=240 float=left] Gordonvale State High School student Adam Coutts was one of 33 promising young Queensland student artists recognised at an awards ceremony at Parliament House recently.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the 2011 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art and Design had recognised excellence in senior visual arts education in Queensland schools for 21 years.

“I congratulate the award winning senior school students who have now made their mark in the history of these prestigious awards,” Mr Pitt.

“The students were chosen from an impressive field of 467 nominated senior visual art students from state and non-state schools throughout Queensland.

“This includes Adam Coutts whose work titled Re-Birth uses clay to give permanence to a message sent during the 9/11 disaster.

“These young award winners were selected for their exceptional ability to visually interpret, express and communicate ideas and identify, analyse and evaluate visual problems.

“The students’ works represent the high standard of visual art and design in Queensland schools.

“They also reflect the outstanding arts programs and excellent creative teaching in our schools.”

Mr Pitt said 27 of the award recipients, some of whom had travelled from Cairns, Mackay and Townsville, spent time in Brisbane on a five-day residential workshop with professional artists.

“The workshop, at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology, was coordinated by Flying Arts,” he said.

“The workshop will help the students explore post-school career options while extending their art skills.

“The award winning works created by these young student artists will ultimately form the 2012-2013 Touring Exhibition.

“The travelling exhibition will be seen by thousands of Queenslanders next year, including visitors to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).”

Mr Pitt said the state selection judging included representatives of the Queensland Studies Authority, Queensland College of Art and Queensland University of Technology.

For more information visit www.education.qld.gov.au/community/events/creativegeneration/artawards/visualart