Professor Kit Wise
Professor Kit Wise is currently Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania; and Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Monash University. After graduating from Oxford University and the Royal College of Art with an MFA in Sculpture, Kit Wise received the Wingate Rome Scholarship in Fine Art in 1999, to study at the British School at Rome. In 2001 he received a Boise Travel Scholarship, administered by the Slade School of Fine Art, for subsequent research in New York & Australia. Since moving permanently to Australia in 2002, Wise has received four Australia Council grants in the categories of Presentation & Promotion (as curator), Skills Development (Tokyo Studio Residency), New Work (Emerging) and New Work (Established), as well as grants and commissions from Arts Victoria, Arts Tasmania and the Besen Family Foundation. He completed his PhD at Monash University in 2012.
Wise has held senior educational leadership and leadership and governance roles since 2008. In his role as Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University (MADA), he led the development of interdisciplinary education and was seconded to the Monash University Course Architecture Taskforce in 2013 to undertake curriculum renewal and develop new course structures for the university. Monash University. He has a authored number of publications on interdisciplinary education, including the refereed book chapter ‘Hyperdisciplinarity and Beyond: The Beginning or the End? Enabling Interdisciplinarity in the Creative Arts’. In 20014 he received an Office of Learning and Teaching Innovation & Development Grant as Project Leader for: ‘Benchmarking quality assessment tasks to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the creative arts and humanities (Ref: ID14-3909)’.
He is a member of the Steering Committee for CALTN, the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Network which in 2012 established the new peak body for Creative Arts education, the Board of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA). He is also a member of the Executive Council of ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools). He regularly engages with art schools across nationally and internationally in an advisory capacity on course design and interdisciplinarity, including the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania; LaSalle, Singapore and Massey, New Zealand.
Wise practices as an artist, art writer and curator. He has held 15 solo exhibitions in Australia, America and Italy, exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia, Taiwan, Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, and has published numerous articles, reviews, book chapters and catalogue essays including texts for Australian and international art journals such as Frieze, unMagazine and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Sea, The Desert, The Stone, The Shell, Sarah Scout Presents (2014); Flood, Screen Space, Melbourne (2013); Arcadia, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012); Disaster, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (2011); Explosion at Sarah Scout, Melbourne (2010), Summertime at ACCA @ Mirka, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Tolarno Hotel (2009).
In 2010, he presented a major commissioned work in Experimenta Utopia Now: International Biennial of Media Art, Melbourne which was later selected as the opening film of the 2010 Off and Free Film Festival, Korea; as well as a series of animations at Media Facades Festival Europe. His work was also selected for the 2009 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan, at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In 2011, he received support from both arts victoria and the Besen Family Foundation to present a major new digital video work at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. In 2012, his work was screened at the Tate Modern, London, and in 2013 he held a two-person show at Galleria della Cortille in Rome. In 2014-2015 he was part of an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects and scientists that developed a series of major architectural project for MONA, Tasmania, as part of The River Derwent Heavy Metals Project.
He is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.