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Professor Colin Rhodes

Dean

About

I am Dean of Kingston School of Art, with more than 25 years experience in Higher Education in the UK and Australia, including The University of Sydney and Loughborough University.

I am skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Art Education, Research Design, Lecturing, Academic Writing, Strategic Planning and Leading Change. I have strong board experience in education and the nonprofit sector.

My research is primarily in the areas of modern and contemporary art and visual culture. I am an acknowledged expert on Expressionism and Surrealism, especially as they relate to their putative artistic and cultural others. My work on self-taught and outsider art is world-renowned. In recent years I have also become increasingly involved in art and disability. I received a BA(Hons) from Goldsmiths University of London, and an MA and PhD from the University of Essex.

Areas of specialism

  • History of Art
  • Fine Art
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Expressionism
  • Surrealism
  • Outsider Art
  • Disability

Qualifications

  • PhD History and Theory of Art, University of Essex, 1993
  • MA History and Theory of Art, University of Essex, 1987
  • BA(Hons) Art and Art History, 1986
  • GAICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2009

Research

I work primarily in the areas of modern and contemporary art and visual culture. I am an acknowledged expert on Expressionism and Surrealism, especially as they relate to their putative artistic and cultural others. My work on self-taught, outsider art and art brut is world-renowned, including my books, Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (Thames & Hudson) and An Art Brut Master Revealed - Foma Jaremtschuk, and numerous essays and articles in books, journals and exhibition catalogs. I am Director of STOARC, the Self-Taught and Outsider Art Research Collection, founded at the University of Sydney in 2008, and Editor of Elsewhere, the International Journal of Self-Taught and Outsider Art. I have curated numerous exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind in Sydney in 2016. I have a keen commitment to art making and exhibit my work internationally.

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