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Callum Morton to lead Fine Arts at Monash

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20 February 2012

Australia’s representative to the 2007 Venice Biennale, acclaimed installation artist Callum Morton, has joined Monash University as Head of Fine Arts.

Mr Morton will continue his art practice while providing creative direction in teaching and undertaking studio research in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture. His appointment as Professor of Fine Arts commences in March.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ed Byrne said he was delighted to welcome Mr Morton to Monash.

"Callum possesses the extremely rare qualities of being critically acclaimed, publicly successful and academically engaged," Professor Byrne said.

"It is indicative of the quality of the fine arts program at Monash that such a respected artist would wish to take an active role in shaping its future."

Dean of Art Design & Architecture, Professor Shane Murray described the appointment as a coup for the University.

"Callum's arrival heralds an exciting new period for the faculty. He joins what is already one of the strongest fine art teams in the country," Professor Murray said.

"Given Callum's immense record of achievement as an exhibiting artist on the world stage, and his reputation as one of Australia’s most celebrated and significant artists, his appointment cements the art school's emphasis on teaching and nurturing creative practice outcomes for students and staff." 

Regarded as one of Australia's foremost artists, Mr Morton is represented by prominent galleries Anna Schwartz and Roslyn Oxley9 in Australia, and by galleries in London and Los Angeles. 

His works have been exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, LA, The Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, the Indian Triennale, and in several Australian galleries, including ACCA, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Heide.

Mr Morton has an existing connection with the University - his large-scale work Silverscreen provides a spectacular entrance to the Monash University Museum of Art. Other prominent works include the much-lauded Valhalla, from the Venice Biennale and Grotto on display in The Netherlands.

In addition to his practice, Mr Morton has extensive teaching experience with institutions including The Art Centre College of Design in Los Angeles, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Emily Walker, Monash Media & Communications on +61 3 9903 4844 or 0428 277 308.