Dr Ann Stephen

Senior Curator, Univeristy Art Gallery

BA Hons (Melb); MA Hons (Syd); PhD (QUT)

Biographical details

Ann's curatorial career has been in public and university museums. She joined Sydney University Museums as the Senior Curator of the University Art Gallery in 2009, and has been responsible for the University Art Collection and developing the art exhibition and publication program.

Ann has been a mentor for early career academics as well as many colleagues in art history and art curatorship and has an established national and international publishing record in modernism and Conceptual art. She has been awarded several significant grants and prizes for her academic work and was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009. Since 2014 she has been chair of Art Monthly Australasia.

Research interests

  • Modernism
  • Australian art
  • Contemporary art
  • Conceptual art
  • Primitivism

Awards and Honours (since 2000)

2014

Best Publication, 1969: The Black Box of Conceptual art, University Art Museums Australia (UAMA) prize

2013

Best Publication, J W Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris 1934, Inaugural University Art Museums Australia (UAMA) prize

2011

Catalogue prize, Mirror Mirror: Then & Now, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

2009

Fellow, The Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Norman Macgeorge Scholarship, The University of Melbourne

2008

Book prize, Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

Book prize, short-listed, On Looking at looking: The art and politics of Ian Burn, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

2002

Catalogue prize, Visions of a Republic: The work of Lucien Henry, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

2000

Power Studio residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris


Selected Grants

2016

Discovery grant, Australian Research Council, ‘Bauhaus Australia: Transforming Education in Art, Architecture and Design’, with Professor Philip Goad, University of Melbourne, Professor Harriet Edquist, RMIT, Professor Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Isabel Wunsche, Jacobs University, Bremen.

2013

New Works grant, Australia Council

Gordon Darling Foundation grant, 1969: The black box of Conceptual art

2012

Chancellor’s Committee grant, J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris 1934, Power Publications, The University of Sydney

2009

Gordon Darling Foundation grant, Mirror mirror then and now, published by Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2007

Gordon Darling Foundation grant, Modern Times: The untold history of modernism in Australia, co-published by The Miegunyah Press and Powerhouse Publishing       

2004-06

Linkage Project grant, Australian Research Council for ‘The Unwritten History of Australian Modernism’, with Professor Philip Goad, University of Melbourne and Dr Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology

2004

Modernist Studies Association grant, ‘Pacific Rim Modernisms’ co-hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver 


Exhibitions (since 2000)

2015

Curator, ‘Women and Power’, The University of Sydney

2014

 Curator, 'Jacky Redgate: Mirrors’, The University of Sydney

2013

Curator, ‘69: The black box of Conceptual art, The University of Sydney with Queensland University of Technology

Atelier Power: The Power Studio, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney

2012

Curator (with A.D.S. Donaldson), J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris, 1934, with, University Art Gallery, National Library of Australia, Canberra and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Curator (with Luke Parker) Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion, Sydney Festival with University Art Gallery, Monash University Art Gallery and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide 

2010

Curator (with Luke Parker) Kent State: Four Decades Later, University Art Gallery, Sydney

2009-10

Curator Mirror Mirror then and now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane with University Art Gallery, Sydney and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide 

2009

Curator, Consuming passions: The collection of Justice Roddy Meagher, University Art Gallery, Sydney

2008-09

Curator, Modern times: The untold story of modernism in Australia, with Philip Goad and Andrew McNamara, Powerhouse Museum, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Queensland State Library, Brisbane

2002

Curator, Shanghai Childhood, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

2001

Curator, Vision of a Republic: The work of Lucien Henry, Centenary of Federation exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney


Selected publications

Books

2015

Stephen, A with Leonard, R., Jacky Redgate: Mirrors, Sydney: Power Publications

2012

Stephen, A with Donaldson, A.D.S., J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris, 1934, Sydney: Power Publications

2010

Stephen, A., Philp, J., Turner, M. (2010) Into the Light: The Cultural Collections of The University of Sydney. Sydney: The University of Sydney .

2008

Stephen, A., Goad, P. McNamara, A. Modern times: The untold story of modernism in Australia. Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press and Powerhouse Publishing.

2006

Stephen, A. (2006) On Looking at Looking: The art and politics of Ian Burn. Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne.

Stephen, A., Goad, J., McNamara, A. (2006) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967. Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press.

2001

Stephen, A. (2001) Visions of a Republic: The work of Lucien Henry. Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing.

1988

Stephen, A., Burn, I., Merewether, C., Lendon, N. (1988) The Necessity of Australian Art. Sydney: Power Publications.

1985

Stephen, A., Reeves, A. (1985) Badges of Labour Banners of Pride. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.


Exhibiton catalogue essays and contributions

2012

Stephen, A. Donaldson, A.D.S. (2012). J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris, 1934. Sydney: University Art Gallery, Sydney University

 

Stephen, A.  (2012). ‘Ian Burn’. In Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia, Melbourne: Heide Museum of Modern Art

 

Stephen, A.  (2012). Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion. Sydney: Sydney Festival with University Art Gallery, Monash University Art Gallery and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

2010

Stephen, A.  (2010). Mirror mirror then and now. Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art

 

Stephen, A.  (2010). ‘I am torn between white walls and other places. In Peter Cripps: Towards an Elegant Solution. Melbourne:  Australia Centre for Contemporary Art

 

Stephen, A.  (2010). ‘Walking the Styx’. In Raquel Ormella. Sydney: Artspace

2009

Stephen, A.  (2009). Cannibal Tours. Melbourne: Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

 

Stephen, A.  (2009). ‘Fernand Léger’ and ‘Jacky Redgate’. In Cubism and Australian Art. Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press

2008

Stephen, A.  (2008). ‘Eyes Open’. In The University Art Museum Collection, Brisbane: The University of Queensland

2006

Stephen, A.  (2006). ‘Flos Mortis: Flowers of Death’. In Michael Callaghan: A Survey 1967-06. Sydney: Manly Art Gallery and Museum

 

Stephen, A.  (2006). ‘Annotations: Narelle Jubelin’. In 21st Century Modern. Adelaide:  Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

2003

Stephen, A.  (2003). ‘The Conundrum of the Mirror Piece’. In Fieldworks. Melbourne:  National Gallery of Victoria

2002

Stephen, A.  (2002). ‘Ian Burn’s Blue Variable’. In Monash University Museum of Art Collection. Melbourne: Monash University

 

Stephen, A.  (2002). ‘Narelle Jubelin’s Old Love’. In Monash University Museum of Art Collection. Melbourne: Monash University

1997

Stephen, A.  (1997). ‘Kunstler denken’, On Dialogue: Zeitgenossische Australische Kunst. Berlin


Book chapters

2015

Stephen, A. with McNamara, A., 'The Modern Primitive and the Antipodes: The visual arts and Oceania', in Stephen Ross and Allana C Lindgren, The Modernist World. Routledge

2012

Stephen, A. (2012) Lucien Henry. In Philip Goad and Julie Willis (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture. Cambridge University Press

2011

Stephen, A.  McNamara, A. (2011). The story of the Sixties … a pile-up on the freeway of advanced art. In Jaynie Anderson (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art. Cambridge University Press

2009

Stephen, A. (2009). Modernists and Black-fellows: Not just black and white. In Helen Sword and Steven Yao (eds.) Pacific Rim Modernisms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

2005

Stephen, A. (2005). Soft-Tape: Hard Talk: The early collaborations of Burn and Ramsden. In  . Michael Corris (ed.) Conceptual Art, Theory, Myth and Practice. Cambridge University Press

2000

Stephen, A. (2000). Reclaiming Wailwan culture. In Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture. Oxford University Press


Journal Articles

2017

Stephen, A. (2017). ‘The Oceanic primitivism of Len Lye’s animation Tusalava (1929)’, Art History, Vol.40, Issue 3

2008

Stephen, A. (2008). ‘The local presence of Sol LeWitt.’ Australian and N Z Journal of Art, 8.

2006

Stephen, A. (2006). ‘Review: Modernism’. Australian and N Z Journal of Art. 7(2).

2006

Stephen, A. (2006). ‘Designing for the World of Tomorrow: Australia at the New York World’s Fair’, reCollections, National Museum of Australia Journal. 1.