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Art Gallery of South Australia

Teaching Staff

  • Nick MitzevichDirector

    Nick Mitzevich holds a degree in Fine Art and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Fine Art from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. He commenced in the position of Director, Art Gallery of South Australia in July 2010. Previously Mitzevich was Director of The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, a position he held from 2007 to 2010 and prior to that, Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in New South Wales. Mitzevich's contribution to the museum sector includes his commitment to contemporary art exhibitions and acquisitions and his bold transformation of audiences through education and community engagement. He has curated notable international and national exhibitions including the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart (2014), AES+F The Revolution starts now! (2010), Strange Cargo: contemporary art as a state of encounter (2006) and Auto Fetish: the mechanics of desire (2004). Mitzevich was recognised for his outstanding achievements by receiving the Museum and Gallery Services Queensland 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award.

  • Lisa SladeAssistant Director: Artistic Programs

    Her recent curatorial projects include The extreme climate of Nicholas Folland (2014), HEARTLAND: Contemporary Art from South Australia (2013), management of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2012, 2014) and curation of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial. Lisa is also a PhD candidate at Monash University. Her research interests include Renaissance collecting cultures, Australian colonial art and the role of curiosity in curating contemporary art. These research interests have been brought to bear on her curatorial work, including the 2010 exhibition Curious colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer which was developed for Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Prior to her move to South Australia in 2011 Lisa also taught Art History at the University of Newcastle (2002-2010). She writes regularly for a range of publications and contexts.

  • Tracey Lock-WeirCurator of Australian Paintings & Sculptures

    Over the past decade Tracey has curated numerous Australian art exhibitions and temporary displays at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She curated the Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces retrospective in 2014, and in 2012 a major survey titled, Anna Platten: The Devil is in the Detail. In 2011 she was responsible for the 600 work re-hang of the Art Gallery of South Australia's Australian art permanent collection in the Elder Wing of Australian Art. In 2008 she curated the national touring exhibition, Misty Modern: Australian Tonalists from 1915-1950. Her interests cover all periods in Australian art, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

  • Robert ReasonCurator of European and Australian Decorative Arts

    BA MA (Auckland) Graduate Diploma (Melb). Formerly curator of the Shepparton Art Gallery and from 1997-2002 coordinated the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award. He has curated numerous exhibitions for the Art Gallery of South Australia including 20th Century Style: Furniture (2003); The Most Delightful Thing on Earth: The Art of Gladys Reynell (2006); Empires & Splendour: The David Roche Collection (2008); Bravura: 21st Century Australian Craft (2009); and Bounty: Nineteenth-century South Australian gold and silver (2012). He has been coordinating curator for significant international exhibitions, Egyptian Antiquities from the Louvre (2007); and Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Collection of Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2014).

    He has contributed essays and articles for numerous catalogues and art journals including Australian Art Pottery 1900-1950 (2004). Books include a monograph on Gladys Reynell (2006; co-author of Empires & Splendour (2008; Bravura (2009); Bounty (2012); and Inspired Design: European and North American decorative arts from the Art Gallery of South Australia (2011). Areas of interest include neoclassicism, William Morris, colonial silver and studio pottery.

    In 2004, he was awarded a prestigious Gordon Darling Foundation International Travel Grant and in 2008 was awarded the inaugural Copland Foundation Attingham Summer School Scholarship. In 2009 he attended Tokyo Design Week through the auspices of Asialink. He assists the craft and design sector of Australia through judging awards, panel assessments, conference committees and was on the Board of Craft Australia 2008-2012.

  • Julie RobinsonSenior Curator, Prints, Drawings & Photographs

    Julie has worked at the Art Gallery of South Australia since 1988. She has curated numerous exhibitions in the areas of Australian and international art including Fragmentation & Fabrication: Recent Australian Photography (1991), Hans Heysen: The Creative Journey (1992), The Age of Rubens & Rembrandt: Old Master Prints (1993), Durer and German Renaissance Printmaking (1996), Ann Newmarch: The Personal is Political (1997), Five Centuries of Genius: European Master Printmaking (2000), the Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art (2004), Eric Thake (2004) and A Century in Focus: South Australian Photography 1840s - 1940s (2007), Candid Camera: Australian Photography 1950s-1970s (2010) and The World of Mortimer Menpes: Painter, Etcher, Raconteur (2014) and Trent Parke: The Black Rose with Maria Zagala (2105).

  • James BennettCurator of Asian Art

    James has worked at the Art Gallery of South Australia since 2003. During this time he has produced the following exhibitions and catalogue publications: Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices (with Russell Kelty, 2015), Crescent moon: Islamic art and civilisation of Southeast Asia (2005), Yingarti jilamara: Art of the Tiwi Islands (2006), Golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections (2009), Reflections of the lotus: Art of Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos (2010), Beneath the winds: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art (2011) and Realms of Wonder: Jain, Hindu and Islamic art of India (2013).

  • Maria ZagalaAssociate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs

    B.A. (Hons) (La Trobe), MA (La Trobe). Maria's Master of Arts research thesis was on Italian Renaissance drawing practice. Her first class Honours degree was completed in part at the University of Califonia at Berkeley where she undertook an internship at the University Art Museum with the Curator of Twentieth Century Art. In her position as Assistant Curator of Prints & Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, Maria had wide ranging experience on exhibitions including the thematic shows Drawn (2005) and Grotesque: The Diabolical and Fantastic in Art (2004). She has held the position of Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Art Gallery of South Australia since 2006, and has worked on numerous exhibitions including co-curating with Julie Robinson A Century in Focus: South Australian Photography 1840-1940s (2007), A Beautiful Line: Italian prints from Mantegna to Piranesi (2010), Tracey Moffatt: Narratives (2011) and Time to time: the films of Bill Morrison (2013) and Trent Parke: The Black Rose with Julie Robinson (2105).

  • Rusty KeltyAssistant Curator of Asian Art

    Curatorial Research Assistant: Asian Art BA from Colorado State University (Art History), MA in Art History from University of Adelaide with key research on Vietnamese Tile Shards found at sites in Indonesia.

    Publications in ArtLink, Art Monthly Australia, TAASA and Orientations. He co-curated Treasure Ships: Art in the age of spices with James Bennett in 2015, and is co-author of the accompanying exhibition catalogue.

  • Elle FreakAssociate Curator of Australian Paintings, Sculpture and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

    Elle Graduated with a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies in 2012 (University of Adelaide), a Graduate Diploma in Art History in 2011 (University of Adelaide) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts Specialisation in 2010 (UniSA). In her previous position of Curatorial Assistant at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art she developed a strong interest in contemporary Australian art. She commenced at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2011 and has curated a range of exhibitions of Australian art including The Mind's Eye (2013) and Above and Below (2014). She also assisted Tracey Lock-Weir on the major retrospective exhibition Dorrit Black: unseen forces (2014) and contributed an essay on the artist's printmaking in the associated publication. She is currently working towards a rehang of the Gallery's Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections.

  • Alice ClanachanAssistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs

    Alice has a background in cultural heritage management. Previously Alice worked at the National Gallery of Victoria, in the Departments of Prints and Drawings and Public Programs. In her freelance practice she has also managed site-specific curatorial projects and travelling exhibitions of contemporary art.

  • Nici CumpstonArtistic Director Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Art

    Artistic Director Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Art
    B.V.A. (Hons)(University of South Australia). Nici graduated with a fine arts degree and practises as a photographic visual artist as well as working as a curator. She developed and lectured in the inaugural course, Indigenous Art, Culture and Design at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia from 2006 - 2008; and prior to this taught photography for ten years at Tauondi Aboriginal Community College in Port Adelaide. Having commenced as the first Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2008, she wrote the publication and curated the ground-breaking exhibition Desert Country, which toured nationally until 2013. Other curated projects include HEARTLAND: Contemporary Art from South Australia (2013) with Lisa Slade, and she has supported Aboriginal artists' projects for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2012, 2014). She is currently the Artistic Director of the Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Art that will be presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in October 2015.

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