Karen Quinlan has achieved much since taking the helm at the La Trobe Art Institute in 2016.
Establishing La Trobe University’s first Art Strategy, Quinlan built upon existing strengths to create a home for contemporary art engagement, one that would become a hub for discourse and learning.
Through the establishment of an invigorated new team, and a commitment to reinforcing the significance of the university’s cultural holdings, Quinlan has cemented a new vision for the LAI.
With Karen soon to move on to the exciting role of Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Vice-Chancellor John Dewar says, “Karen has played a unique role in regional arts. The enduring partnerships Karen Quinlan has forged with leading institutions nationally and internationally will continue to benefit La Trobe students and communities in years to come. We wish her the very best and look forward to continuing work with Karen in her new role.”
Karen leaves a legacy of creative innovation at La Trobe University; a centre that will continue an ambitious and evolving platform – where audiences, students, practitioners, and industry can engage, collaborate and participate.