Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art

Barcham 28 May 2013 3

This month local photographer Denise Ferris took up the role of Head of The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Art.

More information about her photography and current projects can be found here.

Ferris joined the ANU ranks in 1987, teaching photography for what she thought would only be for one semester.

“I taught a course called The Real Thing based on my thesis about conceptual art. I was coming here for a semester and was just going away – but, I’ve just never gone away,” Ferris says.

In her time at ANU Ferris has been a Senior Lecturer in Photography, Post Graduate Coursework and Honours Convenor and Associate Dean (Education) of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. She is also an elected member of the University’s Academic Board.

In 2011 Ferris won the national Distinguished Teaching Award from the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.

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3 Responses to Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art
c_c™ c_c™ 2:41 pm 31 May 13

Woroni’s reporting $1m in cuts to School of Art. Damn, I know what I said above, but this was faster than even I thought. You’d think they were cooking this up for a while.

c_c™ c_c™ 2:48 pm 29 May 13

I somehow doubt they would have appointed someone who wouldn’t fall into line with management’s plans.

Helen Musa apparently already sees this as the Canary in the coal mine for the SoA.

One thing’s for sure, SoA is going to have an uphill battle ahead of it. If she does have a head for figures, then she’ll quickly realise arts is the area at Universities that delivers the least public benefit in economic terms, and for many graduates, results in a negative personal economic benefit.

astrojax astrojax 1:13 pm 29 May 13

good on her; i hope she’s a head for figures as she wrestles the brass for funding…

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