Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

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Associate Professor Lisa Chandler


Teaching areas

  • Art and Design
  • Visual Culture

Research areas

  • 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.

Professional memberships

  • 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

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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