University student named new media finalist
  • Thursday 18 September 2014

Susan Bohmer’s design career has just been elevated after being named a finalist in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media Judge Chris Denaro, Creative Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, selected Susan Bohmer’s entry What the Face as one of the six finalists.

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) student Susan Bohmer said she was very excited about being selected as a finalist as it provided a good introduction to and boost for her work in the design world.

“My entry is an interactive animation made to engage and entertain its audience; where the viewer becomes the artwork. Your own face is projected onto an animated body, where your facial expressions will change to suit the moving scene around you. These scenes are pretty random and bizarre, hence the name, stimulating you to use every expression in your facial vocabulary,” she said.

“The animation style is called rotoscoping, where each frame is hand drawn and played out like an old-school cartoon. The animation is one and a half minutes long and 12 frames per second, so that’s 1080 hand drawn frames and a lot of dedication!

“This project involved filming, editing, hours upon hours of drawing and one whacky sense of humour. I’d like to thank Christian Jones and Ben Rolfe from USC and my fellow cast members Kirsten Gillaney and Grant Burnett.

“I am graduating next month with a Bachelor of Design and Communication, with a major in Graphic Design and minor in Creative Advertising, and I’m in the process of setting myself up for freelance work so I can get myself going and build my portfolio.

“As I’m just starting out in my career, being named the winner of the New Media category of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize would be a great leap into the creative industry. It shows potential clients and employers that I’m not just a graphic designer, but versatile in many areas and willing to have fun with a project.”

Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media Finalists
• Lauren Edmonds from Maleny
• Conrad Gracie from Mooloolaba
• Jessica and Matthew Doak from Buderim
• Susan Bohmer from Coolum Beach
• Isabella Summerfield from Buddina
• Brayden Van Meurs from Wurtulla.

The prizes for the New Media category are valued at $15,000 and include:
• $2,500 cash presented by Analogue Digital
• $3,000 mentorship for a chosen applicant presented by Earth Base Productions to assist and develop the emerging artists practice
• $2,500 public art project and mentoring for a selected entrant, presented by James Birrell Design Lab
• in-kind design and web promotional advice provided by Analogue Digital for a selected entrant and the opportunity to showcase at Analogue Digital Brisbane 2015 for a selected applicant, valued at $2,500
• a public exhibition of the artist’s work at a venue to be determined supported by Caloundra Regional Gallery staff, valued at $2,000
• a four week residency at The Old Ambulance Building Nambour followed by an exhibition at Ground Zero Gallery.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize is on display at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August to 26 October 2014.

For full details about the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit Sunshine Coast Council’s gallery website -

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.