PROF Su Baker

PROF Su Baker




  • Su Baker is an artist, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne and Professor in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in teaching, research and senior management accrued at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, and most recently, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where she was ten years, Head of the School of Art, and seven years, Director of the VCA. She is President of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, and previously has been Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (2004–08). Su is Chair of the Sturt Street Arts Precinct Forum and Editor in Chief of Art + Australia, the journal having been recently donated to the VCA by Eleonora Triguboff. Su Baker is a leading arts academic and artist, who is called upon for expert advice and has written on the shifting needs of arts education and the role of the Art School in the 21st Century, including "Art School 2.0 : Art Schools in the Information Age or Reciprocal Relations and the Art of the Possible, in Rethinking the Contemporary Art School, The Artist, the PhD and the Academy", NSCAD Press, 2009. She has been Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (2004-2008). Through this role she played an active role in the recognition of the research in the Creative Arts advising the ARC in the development of the RQF and the recent ERA process. Her work in these roles has led to the establishment of the new Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, to which she was elected President in February 2013. Su Baker has exhibited nationally over the last 20+ years in public and commercial galleries, including numerous solo and selected group exhibitions and national survey shows including in a number of curated exhibitions at State Galleries and significant contemporary art venues. These include Perspecta '89 at the Art Gallery o   



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • In 2000 she spent time at the Milan Studio, granted from the Australia Council where she developed new work exhibited at Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney in 2001. In 2003 Su Baker received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant, Visual Arts Grants for the exhibition of new work, Mise-en-scene: Reflections on the Screen, and Serious Pleasure, at John Curtin Gallery, in 2004. Previously, in 1996 she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award, and in 1991 was awarded the Overseas Development Grant, Italian Studio, VACB, from the Australia Council, in 1987 was awarded the Half Standard Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council, and in 1987 a Project Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.   


Education and training

  • DCA, Curtin University of Technology 2004
  • PGradDipVisArt, University of Sydney 1984
  • Grad Dip Ed, Curtin University of Technology 1980
  • BFA, Curtin University of Technology 1978

Awards and honors

  • Australia Council for the Arts, 2000


Available for supervision

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