GREATER Shepparton City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rebecca Coates in the role of Acting Director of Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), commencing Monday, August 17.
Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with more than 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas.
A lecturer at the University of Melbourne in art history and art curatorship and with a PHD in art history, Dr Coates has curated numerous exhibitions. She regularly speaks and writes on contemporary art and theory, curatorial practice, and art in the public realm, and has contributed to a number of art magazines and journals.
Dr Coates is excited about taking up the Acting Director position at SAM and said, “SAM is a great institution, with a strong team of staff and supporters. “The museum has presented a really interesting and dynamic series of contemporary and historic exhibitions. It is at an exciting point in its development, with the plans for the new building in place.
“There is a significant opportunity here to work with the Greater Shepparton community to ensure SAM’s place and role in this region.”
Greater Shepparton City Council’s Kaye Thomson said SAM and Council are honoured to have Dr Coates accept the role, stating “We look forward to Rebecca’s input and guidance whilst we commence the recruitment process for a permanent SAM Director.”