Adjunct Professors for Art Institute

La Trobe University has announced the appointment of five influential Victorians as Adjunct Professors for its newly established La Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo.

John Dewar and Stefano de PieriThe five are: Dr John Wolseley, one of Australia’s foremost artists who lives and works in central Victoria, Ross Lake, Chair of Mildura Arts and Stefano de Pieri, a major supporter of the arts, particularly in Mildura.

Karen Quinlan, Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery and Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, have already been announced.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar (pictured at left with Stefano de Pieri on the right) said the five art and community leaders would bring passion and creative energy to the Institute as well as a new way of thinking about arts in regional Victoria.

‘All five leaders, together with Institute Director Neil Fettling, are committed to strengthening visual arts education in regional Victoria, engaging artists in the program and cross fertilising ideas and programs across the State and with Melbourne,’ said Professor Dewar.

He added that each Adjunct Professor was already playing a leading role in the Victorian art community and had close connections with La Trobe University.

‘Their participation in the development of La Trobe Art Institute will help drive its aim of becoming the premier regional art school in Australia, building on the already strong reputation that Bendigo has a regional centre of excellence in the arts,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘This is also another way La Trobe is helping make Bendigo a University city,’ he said.

La Trobe Art Institute aims to bring together institutions such as the Bendigo Art Gallery, La Trobe University’s Visual Arts CentreBendigo Senior Secondary College and the Bendigo Institute of TAFE as well as institutions in Mildura to develop a coordinated approach to visual arts teaching and arts practice.

It will also offer resources and leadership in a collaborative venture to coordinate regional arts training, promotion, employment, and overall development. Work is already underway to develop a new curriculum for La Trobe University’s regional visual arts programs.

The new curriculum for La Trobe’s regional arts programs will start in 2015.

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Biographic details

Karen Quinlan

Karen is currently Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery and is a major figure in the Victorian arts community.  Recently she has served the University in two important capacities – as a member of the Visual Arts & Design and La Trobe University Museum of Art review panels.

Tony Ellwood

Tony is Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and plays a leading role in the arts at both the state and national levels.  He was previously Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Deputy Director, International Art, NGV.  Tony was also a member of the Visual Arts & Design and La Trobe University Museum of Art review panels.

Dr John Wolseley

John is regarded as one of the foremost Australian artists of his generation.  He has a strong environmental connection in his work and has been described as a 19th century naturalist.   He is represented in major galleries, the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and the Art Gallery of NSW. John works and lives in central Victoria and contributes to the intellectual life at both Bendigo and Mildura visual arts through events such as Palimpsest and festivals.

Ross Lake

Ross is the Chair of Mildura Arts and a member of Regional Arts Victoria.  He is currently Chairman of the Mildura La Trobe University Foundation.  He is actively involved with the arts community in Mildura.

Stefano de Pieri

Stefano has a long and distinguished association with La Trobe University, particularly the Mildura campus.  He established the Mildura Arts Festival in 1995 and is a major supporter of the arts.  He has previously been Chairman of the Mildura La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board. Stefano is probably best known for is restaurant Stefanos and the ABC TV series Gondola on the Murray’.