Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Carole Wilson

Carole Wilson

Position: Honours and Research Degrees Co-ordinator - Creative Arts
Location: Room 305, Old Law Courts Building, Camp St Campus
Phone: 5327 8610
Email: c.wilson@federation.edu.au


  • PhD – University of Ballarat 2001
  • Graduate Diploma in Education – University of Ballarat (Ballarat College of Advanced Education) 1987
  • Diploma in Art – RMIT (Philip Institute of Technology) 1984


  • AABCA4011 Research Methods
  • AABCA4023 Studio Project A
  • AABCA4012 Exegesis
  • AABCA4024 Studio project B


Carole is a practicing visual artist whose recent works have engaged with aspects of garden history, exploration and the decorative arts in Victoria and the Northern Territory. Carole's work is held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum, State Library of Victoria and a number of regional Victorian galleries. Her posters are in museum collections in Finland, Moscow and Poland.

Carole co-ordinates the Honours and Research Degrees programs in the Arts Academy.

Areas of expertise

Visual arts

Research interests

Practice based research


Charles Darwin University Principal Supervisions (2009 – 2011):

  • Aly de Groot (PhD) Fibre Art and Feminism – Virtue Unspun
  • Glynis Lee (PhD) Balancing on Borderlines – A Visual Voyage into Hybrid Identities of Australian-born Chinese
  • David Rolfe (PhD) Virtual Reality and Masking: transformation, identity, meaning and paradox
  • Jenny Taylor (PhD) Portraits of Country: plein-air painting practice and relationship to place


  • Caroline Rannersberger (PhD) Unsettling Country: The sensation of painting country in northern Australia - 2010
  • Birut Zemits (PhD) Ethno-Eco Dialogue: Filmmaking for Environmental Sustainability - 2010
  • Talitha Kennedy (Masters by Research) A Homemakers Guide to the Wilderness - 2011
  • Sarah Pirrie (Masters by Research) Artists with Axes – Environmental aesthetics as a Post-medium condition - 2011

University of Ballarat Principal Supervisions (current – 2012):

  • Sally Miller (PhD) Zooanthropomorphism: a new word for an old practice
  • Cody Joy (Masters by Research) Meeting Point: the physical and emotional environment
  • Chrissie Smith (Masters by Research) Does a participatory model of creative development lead to compromise or innovation


  • Trudi Harley (Masters by Research) Time Passing: a glimpse through an interstice: Caught - 2012
  • Dawn Whitehand (PhD) Evoking the Sacred: The Artist as Shaman - 2009
  • Michelle Zuccolo (Masters by Research) Space: Contemplating the Voids – 2006
  • Judy Hughes (Masters by Research) Thread of Truth – 2005


Solo exhibitions

2010-11 Mrs Darwin's Garden, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria
2010 Mrs Darwin's Garden, 24HR Art Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Northern Territory
2008 Contained Worlds, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Amphora, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Gardenesque, (with Louise Saxton) Maroondah Gallery, Craft ACT, Ararat Gallery
2004 Gardenesque, (with Louise Saxton) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Benalla Art Gallery
2000 Stitch, Ararat Gallery, Victoria
1998 Text textile 2, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
1998 Text textile, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
1996 Shal, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
1995 Mantra, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
1994 Prayers and Mantras, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Awards and grants

2012 Finalist, 37th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2010 Finalist, 36th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  Finalist, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2009 Winner of the Flanagan Prize, St Patricks College, Ballarat
  Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
2008 Finalist, Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery
Acquired, Tallis Foundation 2008 National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery
2007 Finalist, City of Banyule Works on Paper Award
  Finalist, City of Darebin – La Trobe University Acquisitive Art Prize
2004 Public grant for exhibition catalogue - University of Ballarat
2002 Regional Arts Victoria and City of Ballarat Community Grant
Artist in Residence at Uniting Care Ballarat
2001 Arts Victoria and Ballarat Specialist School
Artists in Schools Residency Program
1996-99 University of Ballarat Post Graduate Research Scholarship
1999 Finalist, Geelong Print Prize
1992 Special Jury Prize
Chaumont 3rd International Poster Festival, France
1990 Australia Council for the Arts
Grant for study & lecture tour to New Zealand
1988-89 Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Victoria
Artist in Residence, Red Planet, Melbourne
1988-90 Australia Council for the Arts & Arts Victoria
Artist in the Community, Red Planet, Melbourne

Work held in public collections

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Lahti Poster Museum, Finland
  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
  • Artists' Central House, Moscow
  • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Moravska Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Warsaw Poster Museum, Warsaw, Poland
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat,Victoria
  • City of Maribrynong, Melbourne
  • City of Banyule, Melbourne
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
  • University of Ballarat, Victoria
  • Charles Darwin University, Darwin

Cited in publications: books

Traudi Allen, Homesickness: Nationalism in Australian Visual Culture, Macmillan, Melbourne, 2008

Traudi Allen, Cross-currents in Contemporary Australian Art, Fine Art Publishing, St Leonards 2001

Powerful Posters – 20 Years of Red Planet, Red Planet and NETS Victoria, 1999

Liz McQuiston, Suffragettes to Shedevils, Phaidon Press, London 1997

Roger Butler, Poster Art in Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1993

Sandy Kirby, Sightlines: Women's Art and Feminist Perspectives in Australia, Craftsman House, Sydney 1992


  • Art Gallery of Ballarat Association
  • 24Hr Art, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art
  • National Association for the Visual Arts
  • National Gallery of Australia Members Association