Sheridan Palmer

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  • 2005 : Ph.D - University of Melbourne;
  • 2000: B.A.Honours (First Class)- LaTrobe University;
  • 2008: Bachelor of Fine Art - Victorian College of the Arts;
  • 1976: Diploma of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts.
Key Professional Achievement
  • 2009 : Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia
  • 2009: Manning Clark/CAL Residential Fellowship
  • 2009: Sidney Myer Grant small arts grant
  • 2008: Sponsorship from Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, James Fairfax and Joseph Brown
  • 1976: The Joseph Brown Drawing Prize, Victorian College of the Arts
Emploment History
  • Sheridan Palmer’s experience in the fine art world is extensive having worked at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra 1981; The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery 1982-6; and commercial galleries in Melbourne and London. She is a professional art curator, arts writer and academic, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne.


  • She has published widely in journals, and was a contributor to Victorian Icon. The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1996, and to The Australian Dictionary of Biography.  Her book, Centre of the Periphery. Three European Art Historians in Melbourne, ASP, 2008, establishes the importance of the Europeans in the transformation of art and culture in post-war Melbourne. Her most recent book is Dean Bowen. Argy Bargy Macmillan, 2009. She is currently writing the authorised biography of the eminent art historian Bernard Smith.


  • She has curated numerous exhibitions including The Gulag: the history of the Brunswick artists studio, Counihan Gallery. Moreland Shire, 2009; The Goddess Grins. Albert Tucker and the female image, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2007; Long Distance: Artists Working Regionally, LaTrobe University Bendigo 2000; Unity Within the Void Exhibition, Jock Clutterbuck Prints and Sculpture 1968 -1991. Bendigo Art Gallery 1997; Helen Ogilvie, Retrospective Exhibition, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 1995.