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Adjunct staff

Ours is a collegiate community of artist researchers. Amongst our research staff are retired academics whose links to our predecessor institutions in Ballarat and Gippsland enrich our programs. Adjunct professors and honorary research fellows participate in guest lectures and seminars, contribute to research publications and exhibitions, and/or the supervision of research students.

Our adjunct staff are often important figures in the local arts community, such as Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Gordon Morrison. They bring a wealth of experience in the arts, arts management and publishing to their roles.

Dr Lisa Anderson

Adjunct Professor

PhD (Public Art) UOW; Master of Visual Arts (Painting and Installation) City Art Institute, UNSW; Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies, City Art Institute, UNSW; Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art) Kelvin Grove CAE.

Dr Anderson’s research questions environmental issues that impact on the social structures of communities and their mapped or metaphysical borders. She develops projects around ways of understanding the effects of climate change. These include work with folklore, legends and religions that tell stories of coping with weather, forced migration of animals and people and coping with difference. She has undertaken international residency programs and exhibitions in the Arctic, Iceland, Paris, Norway, London and China, and she was the first Artist in Residence at the Australian Museum. These unique opportunities continue an extensive art practice of installation work, video, photography and sculpture. Anderson has an extensive record of exhibitions in Australia and overseas with work included in both private and corporate collections. Her exhibitions include Journeys: Due North, a large installation work that includes work created over a 10-year period of engagement in expedition and science work North of the Arctic Circle. Beneath the Beauty of Architecture, an exhibition at her London Gallery, Bicha, used images created in China, Nunuvut Territory in Canada and the Antarctic while working with the migration stories of survival.

Dr Anderson has created many large scale artworks that challenge notions of occupation of the City, including Writing the City, a three-year program of installation works to shift the use of Sydney to being a city of public space in its pre-Olympic development. Singing up Stones celebrated the people who created and use the Opera House and the Quay for performance and ideas. This included the first image projection onto the Sydney Opera House, a projection onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a ballet of cruise liners with the sound simulcast on the local radio station.

Dr Anderson’s company undertakes consultancies for local government, advice on art collections and reviews and audits of cultural impact. She also undertakes project work in the studios of the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia.

Websites: Dr Lisa Anderson website / Lisa website

Dr Loris Button

Adjunct Research Fellow
Dip Art, MFA, Grad Cert TT, PhD

Loris Button completed undergraduate studies in painting and drawing at the Phillip Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. Her PhD thesis employed self-portraiture as a means for reflecting on the self, time and ageing in contemporary culture.

Working with prints, paintings and drawings on paper, the artist often makes the paper herself, and currently utilises imagery gathered during travels to other parts of the world as a means to interrogate the nature of our engagement with time, place, culture and memory. Since 1978 she has regularly shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in public and university collections including; the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Federation University Australia, Hanji Development Institute Korea, Loreto College and RMIT.

A staff member of the Arts Academy in 1987 and 1990 - 2010, Dr Button taught into the undergraduate fine arts program, and supervised postgraduate students. Roles during that time included: Painting Studio Coordinator (2002-2010), Acting Honours Program Coordinator and Acting Research, Higher Degrees and Ethics Coordinator (2009 and 2010). Since 2011 she has continued her involvement with the Arts Academy as an Adjunct Research Fellow.

Gordon Morrison

Adjunct Professor at Federation University Australia since 2009
BA Hons (First Class)

Career: Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat since 2004, Division Head; Exhibitions and Collections at the National Gallery of Victoria 1997 – 2003, Registrar National Gallery of Victoria 1984 – 1996, Assistant Registrar NGV 1983-1982.

Research interests: Byzantine art and history, Australian art related to natural sciences, 19th century topographical art, Australian political and social art including cartoons and social realism, Arnhem land bark painting. Practical interest in early music particularly Chant – Gregorian, Corsican and Georgian.