Our Alumni are one of the Queensland College of Art's greatest assets. They're making significant contributions to the visual arts both nationally and internationally.
QCA Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2016
Tony Albert is a critically acclaimed artist and has achieved extraordinary international success since he graduated from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art in 2004. As the recipient of numerous major art prizes including the 2016 $65,000 Fleurieu Art Prize, the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize and the prestigious $50,000 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Tony is establishing himself as one of the leading contemporary artists in Australia.Find out more about Tony Albert >
QCA Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2016
Interior Design graduate Olivia Mathisen’s impressive portfolio includes major design projects for 111 Mary Street (Mary Lane and The Westin), Sheraton Noosa, the design of Woods Bagot’s Brisbane studio, and new Queensland Government state headquarters at 1 William Street. In 2015, Olivia was elected President of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Queensland Branch, and National Vice President. Olivia currently works in Business Development for global architecture firm, Woods Bagot.Find out more about Olivia Mathisen >
Megan Hess graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 1996 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and has taken her career to unimaginable heights. After finding her start in graphic design at Brisbane advertising agency MOJO, it was her work illustrating New York Times number one bestselling book, Sex and the City, that put her on the international stage and brought her true passion to life. Her prestigious client list that includes Vanity Fair, Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, Cartier, Balenciaga and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Bachelor of Design graduate James Novak is pushing the boundaries of engineering and design. Working on high profile projects including Q1’s Skywalk on the Gold Coast and the new MagnaLatch Safety Pool (a finalist in the Good Design Awards), James’ latest work—the first-ever 3D print of a bicycle frame printed in a single piece—is a true future insight. His work has been exhibited in Australia and abroad and he was awarded the prestigious Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award at the RAPID conference in Los Angeles, the preeminent event for the 3D printing industry.
Michael Zavros has exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 1996, he went on to be the first recipient of the $50,000 acquisitive Bulgari Art Award in 2012 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. He has won major Australian drawing prizes and has been a multiple Archibald Prize finalist. Most recently, Michael was awarded the $30,000 Mosman Art Prize 2016.
Find out more about Michael Zavros, or read this recent SMH article: 'Artist Michael Zavros and the power of the worst-case scenario'.
With a Masters in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art (Gold Coast), Abbey went on to become a two-time finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize. Her work has been supported and featured in such publications as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Frankie Magazine. She was named as one of Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists by Australian Art Collector for three consecutive years.
Internationally-renowned artist Joel Rea has been compared to the Renaissance masters for his highly-detailed photo-realist style of painting. Joel graduated from QCA in 2003, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He exhibits all over the world after the success of his first solo international exhibition in 2015 at the prestigious Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, responsible for launching the careers of some of modern art’s biggest names. “Studying at QCA placed me with mentors, such as artist and gallery owner Brett Lethridge, which helped to guide me directly onto the path I am on today.”
Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful and revered Indigenous artists, both nationally and internationally. A filmmaker and photographer, Moffatt is a QCA graduate who has held over 100 solo exhibitions of her work in Europe, the United States and Australia. Her films, Nightcries—A Rural Tragedy and Bedevil, have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dia Centre for the Arts in New York and the National Centre for Photography in Paris. She has been selected as the sole artist exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Arts, Education and Law Alumni Awards
Griffith University’s Arts, Education and Law Group produces dynamic and highly diverse alumni. We celebrate the success of our graduates at an annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards Night each Spring. The awards program recognises outstanding achievement through innovation, creativity and leadership.
- Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year acknowledges outstanding achievement and contribution by an early career alumnus. Nominees must be under 35 years of age, with at least three years of distinguished achievement post-study.
- Outstanding School Alumnus of the Year recognises an outstanding record of professional excellence and contribution to their chosen industry and community.
- Outstanding Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year (overall winner, selected from School Award winners).
Find out more about the award categories and selection criteria.
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