Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

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Associate Professor Lisa Chandler


Teaching areas

  • Studies in Art and Design

Research areas

  • cross-cultural curatorship including the representation and display of Indigenous Australian art in museum and gallery contexts
  • art and visual culture that addresses environmental issues
  • visual technologies and approaches in education and research


Associate Professor Lisa Chandler is the inaugural Deputy Head of School, School of Communication and Creative Industries in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at USC. Lisa also leads the Arts Research in Creative Humanities (ARCH) cluster at USC.

Lisa has worked as an educator, graphic designer, gallery director, curator, artist and journalist. She has coordinated and taught courses in art, design and visual communication at USC, and in commercial and community contexts. She was foundation director of the University Gallery, establishing an extensive exhibition program and curating exhibitions. In 2009, she was invited to teach for a semester at Kyungpook National University, South Korea and in 2010 she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. Lisa has published in international journals, written numerous exhibition catalogue essays and her articles have appeared in publications such as Artlink, Australian Art Review, and Imprint.

Lisa was formerly employed as manager of a team of graphic artists for an award-winning clothing designer / manufacturer and subsequently as manager of the gallery and workshops at Hyatt Regency Coolum. She has been actively involved in the regional arts industry for many years and has been an advisory group and board member the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Cultural Plan and for various cultural organisations such as RADF, ArtSynC and the Sunshine Coast Youth Arts Research Project. In 2009, she was awarded the inaugural Sunshine Coast Regional Council Australia Day Creative Award for her contributions to design education and creative industries in the region.

Professional memberships

  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Museums Australia
  • Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance


  • Gallery and Museum Achievement Award, East Coast Encounter, Museums & Galleries Queensland.
  • USC Advance Award (2015): ABLE award for Advancing the Blended Learning Environment (with Alistair Ward)
  • Shortlisted in Best Small Catalogue category, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Awards (2014)
  • Vice Chancellor's Medal for Learning & Teaching, USC (2012)
  • Vice Chancellor's Medal for Engagement, USC (2011)
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2010), ALTC
  • Museum Journal Award Finalist (2010), International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council Australia Day Creative Award (2009), Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Visiting Scholars Program, scholarship recipient (2000), Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Visiting Scholars Program, scholarship recipient (1999), Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Cultural Vitality: Measuring the Return on Investment of Local Government Funded Arts, Culture and Heritage Programs on the Sunshine Coast Chandler, L. and Walters, T. (USC) and Di Blasi, C. (Sunshine Coast Council) USC and Sunshine Coast Council Collaboration Grant (A$22,130) 2016–2017 To develop a means of identifying the social and cultural value of Council-funded arts, culture and heritage programs. the project also involves designing a cohesive evaluation strategy and measurement tool for the continual improvement of Council-funded offerings in this space. The project seeks to better understand the contribution of Council programs to perceptions of cultural vitality.
Design Dialogues:  Immersed in Design Continuity and Change Chandler, L. and Ward, A. USC Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grant (A$10,000) 2015–2016 Using immersive technology to enhance student understandings of how the work of contemporary and past artists and designers might inform, influence and encourage innovation and imagination within their own design practice.
East Coast Encounter catalogue Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth Foundation (A$15,000) 2014  
East Coast Encounter curatorship Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Australian Council for the Arts:  Presentations and Promotions Grant (A$47,000) 2013  
East Coast Encounter curatorship Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Australia Council for the Arts Visions Grant (A$68,000) 2013  
Ecovisualisation as Public Art Baldwin, C., Chandler, L., Guthrie, C., Jones C., Marks, M. and Terton, U. Sunshine Coast Council and USC Collaboration Grant (A$5,000) 2013  
East Coast Encounter Chandler, L. Sunshine Coast Council funding for national curatorship (A$10,000) 2012  
First Year at Risk Intervention Project Chandler, L. USC Teaching and Research Development Grant 2010–present To support first year at risk students who have failed or marginally passed their first assignment.
At the Water’s Edge Baldwin, C. and Chandler, L. USC Seed Research Grant 2009–2010 Using Photovoice to elicit diverse perspectives on climate change.
Reading Local Landscapes Dobson T., Martin, L., Chapman, S., Chandler, L., Hand, B., Adams, T. Regional Arts Development Fund grant (A4,735) 2009–present Environmental art project based on land-type research developed by South East Queensland Catchments.
Interpretation of USC Western Desert Art Collection Oelrich, D., Chandler, L., and Shadforth, N. Regional Arts Development Fund grant in conjunction with USC Gallery (A$5,000) 2006  Research and writing interpretive material and an online education kit for USC's collection of Western Desert art.
My Country Chandler, L. Corporate funding grant from Noosa Blue (A$3,000) 2006 Research curatorship of My Country exhibition of indigenous art from the collections of Noosa residents, for the Noosa Long Weekend festival.
Design Dynamics Chandler, L. USC Teaching and Research Development Grant 2001 To research and produce a learning object in the form of a DVD incorporating insights from design professionals.

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