La Trobe appoints professors for Bendigo Art Institute  

LA TROBE University has appointed five new adjunct professors to work in its newly established Art Institute in Bendigo. 

They include central Victorian artist John Wolseley, Mildura Arts chairman Ross Lake, Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan, National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood and Stefano de Pieri, a supporter of the arts. 

Art Institute director Neil Fettling said the professors would bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of the art sector to the institute. 

“The appointments are extraordinary,” he said. “They will bring with them their contacts and their connections within the industry and they will be able to advise us on any opportunities that may arise.”

Mr Fettling said the institute aimed to bring together other institutions to develop a co-ordinated approach to visual arts teaching and arts practice. 

He said work was under way to develop a curriculum and that it would be announced towards the end of the year. 

La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar said the new professors would bring passion and creative energy to the Art Institute and a new way of thinking about arts in regional Victoria.

He said each professor already played a leading role in the Victorian art community and had close connections with La Trobe University. 

“All five leaders, together with the 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,” he said.

“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 as a regional centre of excellence in the arts.” 

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

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