Dr Andrew Montana

PhD Art History, The University of Melbourne; BA (Hons) The University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies, (Deakin)
Senior Lecturer, Honours Convenor & Honours and Masters Internship Convenor, School of Art & Design
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: x 58963: Room 3.27 Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120)

Areas of expertise

  • Design History And Theory 120301
  • Art History 190102
  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
  • Architecture 1201

Research interests

Andrew Montana researches in the areas of visual arts, architecture, design and the decorative arts. These interests include Australian and international art; the visual and material culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centures; theatre arts; theories of ornament and design; and exhibitions and interpretation. Curating the exhibition Australa Revealed: Decorative Arts from the Australiana Fund at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2013, I have written an illustrated  chapter on 'Modern Australia' in The Fund's new book Collecting for the Nation: The Australiana Fund due for publication in 2017. This volume also includes my essays on eight key objects (painting, decorative arts, sculpture) in The Fund's Collection on view at the Official Residences in Canberra and Sydney.  This publication brings together the chapters of specialist, historian colleagues from heritage, design, art and architecture within Australia.

I am currently developing a publication project on inineteenth-century decorative artist, art collector and dealer Daniel Cotter (Australia, North America, Europe,and Britain) with U.S. expert on nineteenth-century Western painting Professor Petra T Chu, the curator of nineteenth-century decorative arts Max Donnelly from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and Suzanne Veldink, curator and researcher of nineteenth-century painting in the Netherlands.

Courses convened:

ARTH2097/6097: Victorian and Edwardian Art and Design (1837-1914)

ARTH2043/6043: Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design 1850-2000

ARTH2093/6093: Post-Colonial Discourses in Australian Art (nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries)

ARTH2061/6061: Postmodern, Sublime

ARTH4015: Art Museum Internship Collection Management  (Hons)

ARTH4016: Art Museum Internship  Audience Development (Hons)

ARTH8015: Art Museum Internship Collection Management (Grad)

ARTH8014:  Art Museum Internship Audience Development (Grad)

Courses taught into:

ARTH1006: Art and Design Histories Form and Space

ARTH1003: Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art

ARTH4017/8012: Methodologies of Art History



After completing Honours in Art Hstory at the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Deakin University, I worked at the new Museum of Contemporary Art and then in the curatorial department at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney and on  research projects for the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.  Returning to Melbourne, I completed a PhD in Art History at the University of Melbourne, during which candidature I was awarded a British Councill scholarship to research at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under the supervisory guidance of the distinguished late Dr Clive Wainwright. Working in heritage and collections, I published my first book The Art Movement in Australia: Design, Taste and Society  1875-1900 with Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Publishing and articles that grew out of my doctoral thesis. My lectureship at the Australian National University encouraged my ongoing commitment to education, supervision and research and I am co-ordinator of the Art History and Curatorship internship program and Honours convenor.   The students underake this formal internship throughout the two teaching semesters at our leading cultural institutions in the ACT, including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian War Memorial and the University's own Drill Hall Gallery, to mention only some of the cultural institutions to which the Centre for Art History and Art Theory is connected. I have received grants from the Ian Potter Foundation, the Gordon Darling Foundation and Arts ACT.   I am driven to research, discover and document in histories the significant works of known and little-known Australian artists and designers throughout the nineteenth and the twentieth centures and ensure that this research has ongoing impact on my research-led-teaching and supervisions at the ANU and engages scholarly and global communities.




Researcher's projects

My forthcoming article for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art , 1. 2018, exemplifies my active research in bringing decorative arts and design into contemporary Australian scholarship.  I actively maintain a commitment to ongoing research and publications on Australian and international art, design and ornament and art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Papers presented at conferences and symposia (select)

'The Work of Art', Art Historians Association of Australia and New Zealand, ANU  Canberra, December 2016.

'Geocritical',  Art Historians Association of Australia and New Zealand, Launceston, December 2014.

'Architecture on the ragged edge of Empire: race, place, taste and the colonial context, Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, University of Queensland, June 2013.

Recent Public talks (select):

'Symbolism and Mysticism: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Phoebe Anna Traquair and Mary Seton Watts- Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau Artists in Scotland and England', Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, February, 2019

'Collection Study Room-Loudon Sainthill at the NGA',  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra -October 2017

National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'Mapping Modernisms in Australian art and design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries' Symposim - Narratives of Nation- The Australiana Fund & The White House Historical Assocation, Washington DC- September 2017 (keynote speaker Dr Curtis Sandberg, Director, David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History), September 2017

Exhibition Opening address, ANCA, ACT, Dreaming of Remembering, curated by ANU PhD candidate Grace Blakeley-Carroll, September 2017

Art Forum, Hobart, September 2014

Johnston Collection House Museum, Melbourne, May 2014

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, November  2013





Current student projects

Current PhD student research includes examinations of Alex Danko's art and practice; the life and art of Eugene von Guerard in Europe, Australia and England; the dynamic correlation between Australian colonial and North American portraiture and representations of first nation peoples; and Victorian taxidermy at Exhibitions and the domestic interior. 

Current Honours student research includes the representation of colonial women artists in the National Gallery of Australia; the influence of Persia on the design work of the French jeweller Lucien Falize between 1860-1900.

Past student projects

Recent PhDs include the prints, production and transmission of the Arundal Society globally in the nineteenth century (senior curator, international art National Gallery of Australia); the art of Larry Clark (senior curator, National Portrait Gallery); the art of Chrstine Waller (exhibitions curator, National Library of Australia); minimalist art of Donald Judd and Robert Morris ( curator of outoor public projects, City of Melbourne). 

Recent MA thesis research has included: the art of Bessie Davidson; the Ballets Russes and Australian fashion; the quilts of Mary Jane Hannaford in Australia; gold jewellery  and silversmithing in Queensland gold fields: 1870-1900


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