Dr Rebecca Coates has been appointed as the new Director of Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).
Dr Coates is an accomplished museum director, curator, writer and lecturer, and has previously worked at numerous acclaimed institutions, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Museum of Modern Art Oxford.
Most recently, Dr Coates was the Artistic Director and CEO of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), where she oversaw a transformative period during which the museum became internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most significant regional art museums, housing a nationally significant collection of ceramics and a program of exhibitions that are locally relevant, engaging and inspirational.
Dr Coates has curated over 50 exhibitions and organised programs for many of Australia’s leading contemporary art spaces, as well as international art museums and galleries. As an academic, she has written extensively on contemporary art curating, exhibition histories and art in the public realm.
She brings extensive experience in developing and implementing visionary and timely artistic programs, and a strong commitment to community engagement and increasing opportunities around diversity and inclusion.
Photo: Cam Matheson
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