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Staff Profile

Dr Ann Schilo

Dr Ann Schilo Dr Ann Schilo
Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Design and Art
Department Department of Art
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 202.187
Phone 08 9266 2972
Email A.Schilo@curtin.edu.au

Overview

Dr Ann Schilo is a senior lecturer in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. Ann’s research investigates a number of key themes in contemporary art theory and practice, with a particular interest in the areas of women’s artistic practices, feminist art theory, the visualisation of place, and folk material culture. She is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate research and is recognised for her work in the field of creative production theses.

Dr Schilo started work at Curtin in 1993 as a part time lecturer in Visual Culture and since that time has developed a strong profile in the national arts community as both a dedicated teacher and engaged researcher. She has played numerous administrative roles in the University. From 1998 until 2010, she was a member of the Division of Humanities Graduate Studies Committee, serving variously as a School representative, as a postgraduate studies coordinator and finally as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Humanities. For her sins she was also an ERA champion from 2008 to 2013. In 2003 she was awarded the inaugural Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Distinguished Service Award for her contribution to teaching and research.

Ann’s teaching and research concerns intersect in various areas and follow a number of key themes surrounding contemporary art theory and practice. She has developed an ongoing concern for best practice in the delivery of postgraduate research programs and is recognised for her work in the area of creative production theses. As well as contributing to national and international conferences through the presentation of papers, Ann writes for many local and national art journals and catalogues. A book, Visual Arts Practice and Affect: meaning materiality and embodied knowledge, has been published by Rowan and Littlefield. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Studio Research Journal.

Memberships, Awards and Training

2003 Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Distinguished Service Award.

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Research Interests

I have four major strands to my research: the visualisation of place, women’s artistic practice, theorisation of craft, and the creative PhD. Importantly, all these strands are grounded in a Western Australian perspective.

Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from fields such as cultural geography, visual arts theory and practice, and informed by feminist approaches, my current research considers how visual arts practice may offer new insights into our understanding of lived experiences of being in this world. An edited volume, Visual Arts Practice and Affect: meaning materiality and embodied knowledge, published by Rowan and Littlefield in late 2016, builds upon my earlier research in these fields, which has included publications such as ‘Lines Flight and Fancy: migrated metaphors of dislocation’ Mundos de Muneros 08, International Women’s Interdisciplinary Congress, Madrid in July 2008, and ‘Lyrical landscapes: picturing experience’ at  the Affective Landscapes Conference at University of Derby in May 2012. Importantly this project has been a collaboration with co-authors and colleagues, Dr Susanna Castleden, Dr Thea Costantino, Dr Anna Nazzari and Dr Anna Sabadini.

Similarly collaborative in nature, GMT&8, an exhibition of work by HDR students from the School of Design and Art presented at the China Academy of Art Museum in Hangzhou, China in October 2015, and co-curated by Dr Susanna Castleden, considered the role of contemporary printmaking as a vehicle for visualising temporal and spatial understanding. A paper presented at the interrelated Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference, in Hangzhou at the same time, further elaborated these concerns by attending to the question of the role of art theory and criticism in a global context.

A related strand of research involves considerations place and identity that is grounded in material culture and visual arts practice. This has included a collaboration with Dr Anna Sabadini that has resulted in three conference presentations and journal articles in 2010: ‘Visual transformations: to mix metaphors in the field of painting’ in International Journal of Arts and Society, Vol 5, No.3; ‘Collaborative Viewpoints: the writing of impossible descriptions’ Colloquy 22; and ‘Delighting in metaphors: Viewpoints from the South West’ Tradition and transformation, 2010 AAANZ Conference, Adelaide.

My ongoing work on women’s artistic practice in WA has entailed a number of projects. In 2011, I received an invitation from the Albany City Council to be a guest curator for their Annual Curator’s Choice Exhibition. As the first woman to be invited to take on this role, I was interested in applying a feminist perspective to my curatorial premise. From their collection, I selected the work of twenty four women artists that highlighted not only a breadth of styles, genres and mediums but also covered both historical and contemporary perspectives.  The resultant exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Insight was presented at the Vancouver Arts Centre in January, 2012.

In addition I have worked with a number of contemporary Western Australian women artists on a range of activities that have included catalogue essays, journal articles and curatorial projects. For example, my interest in theorizing craft has underscored research about the work contemporary artist, Jane Whiteley who explores issues surrounding plain sewing, history, identity and artistic practice.  This research resulted in a monograph published in late 2012.

Another aspect of this research area explores issues surrounding the theorizing of craft practices and contemporary visual culture, including ongoing interest in folk material culture. This has been realized in 2010 as a chapter discussing the use of adornment in fashion, ‘On Dress and Adornment’ in Beyond Garment ed. Anne Farren, Western Australian Museum, Perth, and in 2009 the chapter, ‘Foreign aesthetics - Art in working life in FOREIGNERS: Secret Artefacts of Industrialism ed. J. Harris, Black Swan Press

My final research interest is in the area of creative PhDs where I have contributed to the on-going issue of best practice in the delivery of these programs in Australia. This has resulted in a collaboration with Professor Barbara Milech on a co-authored book chapter, ’Thinking through Art, Creating through Text: I think I May Be Finding My Own Voice’ published in 2013, in which we extended our ideas on the research question model as a means for understanding the relationship between studio practice and the exegesis; originally published in 2004 as ‘Exit Jesus: Relating the Exegesis and Creative Production Component of a Research Thesis’ in TEXT Special Issue No.3

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Publications

2016

Books (Research)

2013

Book Chapters (Research)

Creative Works

2012

Journal Articles (Research)

Creative Works

Exhibition - Curation

2011

Journal Articles (Research)

Creative Works

2010

Journal Articles (Research)

Creative Works

2009

Book Chapters (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

Creative Works

2006

Creative Works

2005

Conference Articles (Research)

Creative Works

2004

Journal Articles (Research)

Creative Works

2003

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2002

Creative Works

Additional publication categories

2012

Book Chapters - Other

2009

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Schilo, A. 2001.“Meditations on a placement.”Fancy Work: Embroidery and the Texture of Place 1: 12-14.
  • Schilo, A. 2001.“What's a thing made of nothing.”Lace 1: 5-8.
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