13 February 2013
Internationally renowned curator of contemporary art Juliana Engberg has been appointed a Professorial Fellow of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture (MADA) at Monash.
With a career spanning three decades of national and international practice, she is widely considered Australia's most adventurous and ambitious contemporary curator and is undoubtedly its most influential.
Juliana is currently Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014. She has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including works for the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2007 she was Senior Curatorial Adviser for the Australian presentations at the Venice Biennale.
This honorary position recognises a shared commitment to excellence and will enable Juliana to strengthen the University's international engagement with contemporary art practice. She will provide invaluable advice to the development of MADA's innovative curatorial practice program, inspire research and mentor students.
Juliana said she was delighted to be joining Monash, especially as MADA is building its reputation for creative learning.
"MADA is committed to engaging with creative professionals and I am inspired by its practice-led approach to teaching and learning,” Juliana said.
“MADA faculty members, who have individually and collectively achieved excellence in their respective disciplines, provide students at all levels with a point of view that will enhance their professional practice in their chosen careers. I'm delighted to be able to contribute to what is proving to be a very exciting faculty of integrated creative practice.”
As Professorial Fellow, Juliana joins an already stellar community of artists and academics at MADA, including Head of Department, Professor Callum Morton. Professor Morton is excited by the appointment and values the opportunity for meaningful engagement with professional practice.
"Juliana is the best contemporary curator in the country and it is an enormous honour to have her join Monash. I look forward to drawing on her knowledge for our programs," Professor Morton said.
Dean of MADA, Professor Shane Murray said the appointment was a coup for the University.
"Juliana is an outstanding advocate for contemporary Australian practice, as well as having a distinguished history of practice here and internationally. She will be an inspiration for students and provide a strong foundation for innovative curatorial research,” Professor Murray said.