Alumni select favourite art for exhibit

Some of La Trobe University’s most influential Bendigo alumni have selected their favourite artworks for display in an art exhibition.


The exhibition, ‘Exhibit B(endigo)’, is open at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo from from 24 October until 26 November 2013. 

The exhibition presents artworks from La Trobe University Bendigo’s acclaimed FM Courtis Collection. The Collection includes significant Australian 19th and 20th century artworks by artists including Leonard French, Arthur Boyd, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. It was established by Fred Courtis, the Head of Art Education at the Bendigo Teachers’ College, an antecedent institution of La Trobe University

Notable alumni and friends have acted as guest curators, presenting their favourite artwork for the exhibition and providing a personal, reflective response to accompany their chosen artwork.

Participants include some of Bendigo’s most prominent community and business leaders including the 2013 Bendigo Citizen of the Year, Linda Beilharz, Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, Bendigo Bank senior executive, Scott Elkington and local historian Dennis O’Hoy.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar will host a closing event for the exhibition on 26 November 2013.

‘La Trobe University is committed to establishing Bendigo as a premier arts precinct and showcasing the city as a powerhouse of art and culture,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘This exhibition provides the opportunity to share our finest artworks with the Bendigo community and to celebrate our alumni, donors and supporters who are helping us realise our potential to be a truly great university city.’ 

Exhibit B(endigo) follows the successful La Trobe University event ‘Exhibit A(lumni)’, held in Melbourne in 2012, bringing together prominent alumni and donors from the University’s Melbourne campus.

Artwork pictured: Donna Bailey, The Ideal (detail), 2004, C Type photograph

Exhibition details

Venue: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo

Dates: 24 October until 26 November 2013

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm, weekends 12pm-5pm

Free of charge

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