Wilson, Carole Assoc Prof

Carole Wilson

Position: Associate Professor
Study area: Creative Arts
Location: Arts Academy, Camp Street Campus, Room C305
Phone: 5327 8610
Email: c.wilson@federation.edu.au


Doctor of Philosophy – 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



  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Creative Arts)
  • Supervision of PhD and Master of Arts candidates in Creative Arts


  • AABCA4023 Studio Project A
  • AABCA 4024 Studio Project B
  • AABCA 4012 Exegesis


Carole holds a dual role as Associate Professor in Visual Arts in the Institute of Education, Arts and Community and Higher Degrees by Research Co-ordinator in the Graduate Research School. She has previously held leadership positions in the university including Deputy Dean, School of Arts from 2018-2022 and has been a past board member and former Chair of the Art Gallery of Ballarat where she is a current Acquisitions Committee member.  As a visual artist living and working in Ballarat, Carole’s original training was in printmaking and she was a founding member of Jillposters, feminist poster group, in 1983 and worked at Another Planet Posters, Melbourne.

Carole has held regular solo exhibitions and participated in curated exhibitions nationally and internationally. For many years she has utilised discarded and salvaged materials such as floral carpets, maps and atlases to create works which engage with aspects of botany, garden history, travel and historical ornament. In recent years she has undertaken residencies in Italy, the US, Malaysia and The Netherlands which have all had a significant impact on her work. She is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum, State Library of Victoria and a number of regional and university galleries. Her posters are in museum collections in Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Poland.

Areas of expertise

Practice led research in the visual arts, particularly in the fields of textiles, works on paper, printmaking, painting and installation.

Research interests

Carole is a member of the Artful Engagements with Place: Space, History, Society research group which activates social, political, environmental and historical themes, from the personal to the global, to interrogate the human and more than human forces that shape our past, define our present and influence our future. She supervises broadly across the creative and visual arts at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.


  • Ken Kronberger, Artifice and Illusions within the Diorama: a comparison to animated screen art (PhD) Principal Supervisor
  • Lauren Matthews, Survival memories: communicating incest survival and generating social change through the history and tenacity of materials (PhD) Principal Supervisor
  • Melissa Proposch, Cupping the Light – reconciling the shadow Self through printmaking process and practice (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor
  • Julie McLaren, Ruby Lindsay: a life in black and white (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor
  • Stella Clarke, Landscape to Earthscape: Practice and Aesthetics in a Time of Environmental Crisis (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor
  • Vienna Drysdale Bischard, Artistic Autistic: An exploration into female autistic artists through portraiture (Master of Arts- Research) Associate Supervisor
  • Anna Caione, Metaphysics and materiality in abstract art: the intersections between physical work and digital technology, (PhD) Associate Supervisor

Recent completions

  • Elise Whetter, Applied Aspirations: Design and Applied Art at the Ballarat Technical Art School during the early twentieth century (PhD) Principal Supervisor, 2022
  • Tony Griffin, Shelter from the Storm: Webs of Connectedness and Entanglement in Contemporary Paintings of The Everyday, (PhD) Principal Supervisor, 2021
  • Fiona Crawford, When you go looking for me, I am not there: Description through absence (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor, 2021
  • Georgia Janetzki, Traces of the female self: Exploring self-portraiture and the documentation of women's art through traces, impressions and residues via contemporary print practice (Master of Arts-Research) Principal Supervisor, 2020
  • Lauren Murray, To Wandiligong: a visual journey through memory, time, space, light, landscape and fourteen layers of glass (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor, 2020
  • Anna Farago, The making and placing of a personal view: questions of place (Master of Arts- Research) Principal Supervisor, 2019


Major exhibitions

2022Pages From a Lockdown Diary (with Tim Craker), Ararat Gallery TAMA
2018 Patterns of Collecting: From the Bower at The Johnston Collection, (With Loris Button, Deborah Klein & Louis Saxton). The Johnston Collection Museum, Melbourne.
2017 From the Bower: patterns of collecting, (with Loris Button, Deborah Klein & Louis Saxton) Warrnambool Art Gallery & Art Gallery of Ballarat
2016-17 Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne
2016 Field Notes Penang, Langford 120, Melbourne
2014 Upon Return, (with Loris Button), Post Office Gallery, Federation University, Ballarat
2013 Scala, Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Gallery FAB, University of Missouri-St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
2013  Got the Message? – 50 Years of Political Posters, Art Gallery of Ballarat
2011 The Nature of Things, Charles Darwin University Gallery, Darwin
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

2015-17 Chief Investigator on: Developing New Approaches to Ethics and Research Integrity Training Through Challenges Posed by Creative Practice Research (Innovation and Development) awarded by Office for Learning and Teaching
2016-17 Finalist, Tidal 16, Devonport Art Gallery, Tasmania
2016 Finalist, Banyule Works on Paper Award, Hatched Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
2014 Finalist, 2014 National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2013 Finalist, Togart Contemporary Art Award, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin
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 Patrick's College, Ballarat
  Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
2008 Finalist, Swan Hill Print and 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 and lecture tour to New Zealand
1988-89 Australia Council for the Arts and 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 Maribyrnong, Melbourne
  • City of Banyule, Melbourne
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
  • Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria
  • Charles Darwin University, Darwin
  • Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne

Cited in publications

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 (Board of Directors – Chair)
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat Acquisitions Committee
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Print Council of Australia