BA(Hons) Qld., PhD Qld.

Dr Sally Butler teaches the introductory course to art history along with advanced and honours level courses in Australian Indigenous art, art and cultural theory, photography, and arts industry practice. Her teaching innovations focus on promoting the professional practice of art history and national leadership in Indigenous art history achieved through curriculum development and a unique engagement strategy based on developing community partnerships. In her role as head of discipline from 2009 to 2013, Dr Butler led art history staff in transforming the insular classroom tradition of art history education into a more industry-driven program embedded with vocational and interdisciplinary pathways and practical assessment elements from first-year to postgraduate levels. Dr Butler’s implementation of the first and only Indigenous art history field school based in an Arnhem Land Aboriginal community is a feature of her innovative teaching practice. Her “art history as practice” teaching philosophy derives from a diverse professional background prior to her 2005 teaching and research appointment at UQ. This includes teaching positions at ANU, QUT and Griffith University; roles as Senior Education Officer and curatorial assistant at the Queensland Art Gallery; an ongoing role as freelance curator and arts writer/editor; and as a graphic designer.

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