A Record of Art History at La Trobe University

A Record of Art History at La Trobe University

La Trobe University’s Art History Alumni chapter will gather data and oral histories to create an online historical record of Art History at La Trobe University including the contributions of world class curators, educators, researchers and writers.

The La Trobe Art History department produced many world class curators, educators, researchers and writers.   Alumni include Laurie Benson and Tony Elwood at the NGV, Dr Penny Peckham, Mark McDonald at the British Museum, Alana O’Brien formerly at the Medici Project and Vincent Alessi, to name only a few.

Art History lecturers have included such distinguished scholars as Lucy Ellem, Joan Barclay-Lloyd, Robert Gaston, Sylvia Harris, Ian McPhee, Caroline Jordan, Adelina Modesta, Richard Haese, Frank Heckes, Lisa Beaven and Robert Nelson.

About the Art History Chapter

The Art History Chapter is one of the largest of the La Trobe University Alumni Chapters.

The sixty-seven members of the alumni chapter represent decades of lived experience here at La Trobe University, stretching back to the inception of the Art History program in 1972.

The chapter maintains a strong relationship with the La Trobe Art Institute and the Trendall Centre.  The committee meets six times per year and organises regular events for members, including the prestigious Rae Alexander Lecture, now in the 19th year.

In 2016, the committee has been pleased to present a prize for most outstanding student in the yearly Summer School program held at the NGV – the $500 AHA LTU/NGV Summer School prize – and has been working to establish a yearly acquisitive prize – the $1,000 AHA LTU Visual Arts Acquisitive Prize – as a demonstration of support for the arts at La Trobe University.

Project details

Check back for access to the completed online Art History resource.