- Art and Design
- Visual Culture
- Art and design
- Environmental art
- Indigenous Australian art
- Curatorship and museum practices
- Visual communication
- Visual culture
Associate Professor Lisa Chandler is an academic and curator. She leads the Arts Research in the Creative Humanities (ARCH) group and was the inaugural Deputy Head, School of Communication and Creative Industries (2016-18). Lisa was also the foundation director of the USC Gallery, she has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on contemporary art, curatorship and visual culture. She was co-curator of the award-winning touring exhibition East Coast Encounter: re-imagining 1770 and in 2018 she was awarded the National Library of Australia’s curatorial fellowship.
She has been the recipient of multiple research grants, is a board member of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, and received the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Australia Day Creative Award (2009) for her contributions to art and design education and regional creative industries.
Lisa is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was the recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning (2010) and the USC Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Learning and Teaching (2012). She has also received awards for teaching initiatives involving immersive learning.
- Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) board member and Humanities in the Regions committee member
- Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
- Museums Australia
- International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS)
- National Library of Australia, Curatorial Research Fellowship (2018).
- Awarded Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2017).
- USC Simulation and Visualisation Initiatives, Honourable Mention, Pearson & ACODE Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning (USC team. My contributions involved design learning initiatives in the Immerse Lab. 2017).
- Gallery and Museum Achievement Award, East Coast Encounter, Museums & Galleries Queensland (2015).
- 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, 1999), Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra
|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.|