Biography

Nick Mitzevich holds a degree in Fine Art and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Fine Art from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

 Nick commenced in his position of Director, Art Gallery of South Australia from 26 July 2010.

Previously Nick was Director of The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. His strategic direction resulted in major innovative change for the art museum enhancing the museum’s national profile, providing significant increases in visitor numbers, growth of the art collection particularly in the area of Aboriginal art and the development of philanthropic support.

 Nick Mitzevich was recognised for his outstanding achievements by receiving the Museum and Gallery Services Queensland 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award.

 Nick was also Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, a position he held for six years. In this role his initiatives included a transformation of the gallery in the areas of community engagement, support groups, programming, sponsorship and collection development, particularly in the area of contemporary Australian art. Other achievements included a broad refurbishment of the gallery and master planning for a major redevelopment plan for the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.

 He has curated notable international and national exhibitions, including the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart (2014), AES+F The Revolution starts now! (2010), Margaret Olley: Life's journey (2009), Strange Cargo: contemporary art as a state of encounter (2006) and Auto Fetish: the mechanics of desire (2004).

 Nick Mitzevich has previously worked as a university lecturer in art history and museum studies, a commercial art dealer, a school art teacher and a multicultural arts officer.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Name:                                    Mr Nick Mitzevich

 Date of Birth:                        8th May 1970

 Areas of expertise

 ·      Museum change management and public gallery leadership

 ·      Collection development and philanthropy

 ·      Audience expansion and community engagement

 ·      Contemporary Australian art

Employment History

2010                           Director Art Gallery of South Australia

2007 2010             Director, University of Queensland Art Museum,   

                                   Brisbane, Queensland

                  2001 2007            Director - Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South

                                                                      Wales

1999 2001          Lecturer: Australian Art History and Museology &    

                                  Professional Arts Practice, School of Fine Art,

                                  University of Newcastle (part time)

2000 2001            Teacher: Part-Time, Professional Arts Practice - TAFE

                                   School of Art and Design (part time)

1996 2000             Exhibitions Officer - Newcastle Region Art Gallery

1995 1996             Multicultural Arts Officer - Ethnic Communities

                                   Council, New South Wales

1995                         Visual Arts Classroom & Distance Education Teacher 

                                  New South Wales Department of Education

1991 1992            Art Gallery Coordinator - 249 Gallery - Artist run          

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Education

 1994                          Diploma of Education (awarded merit in Visual Arts)

                                  The University of Newcastle

1992                          Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art

                       The University of Newcastle

 1991                           Bachelor of Fine Art

                                  The University of Newcastle

Awards and Grants

2010                          Alumni Award for Leadership (National)

                                  University of Newcastle Alumni Awards

2010                           $12,000 International Travel Grant

                                    Gordon Darling Foundation

2009                           Museum Leadership Program

                                    Gordon Darling Foundation

2009                           Outstanding Achievement Award (Individual

                                    Category)

                                    Museum and Gallery Services Queensland

Selected Curatorial Projects

2014                           Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart

                                    Art Gallery of South Australia

                                    Contemporary Australian art.

 2010                           AES+F: A revolution starts now!

                                   University of Queensland Art Museum

                                   Selected recent video and photography work by    

                                   Russian contemporary art collective AES+F.

 2008 2009            Margaret Olley; Life's Journey

                                   University of Queensland Art Museum

                                   Exploration of Margaret Olley's landscape and travel

                                   works on paper from 1950 to 1985

 

2007                           About Men: Lucian Freud

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

Exploration of the male image in Freud's recent etchings

This project exhibition explores Freuds depictions of the male image including important private and public loans. 

 2006 2008             Strange Cargo: contemporary art as a state of

                                    encounter

Touring exhibition of contemporary art curated from the Newcastle Region Art Gallery contemporary collection developed over the past decade. The extensive regional and rural touring schedule for this exhibition included Bendigo Art Gallery, Broken Hill Gallery, Ipswich Art Gallery, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Orange Art Gallery, Tweed Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

 2005                           Your Gallery

13 week national radio and online art exhibition

Newcastle Region Art Gallery and ABC Radio National

The first publicly curated exhibition in Australia with three interfaces to maximise audience involvement (radio, web and real time). 45,000 people participated nationwide. The exhibition was opened via a live ABC national broadcast.

 2004                           Auto Fetish: the mechanics of desire

The car in contemporary Australian art

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

A celebration of car culture involving the commission of new work by nationally established Australian artists. This exhibition achieved new links with the community and delivered significant growth in youth audiences.

 2003                           Lucian Freud: Etchings1982 - 2002

Survey of leading British artist Lucian Freud's etchings

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

A focused examination of works on paper by Britain's leading artist resulting in the delivery of a highly acclaimed exhibition to regional audiences.

 2002                           Chris Langlois: 'Everything and Nothing'

A ten year painting survey

Newcastle Region Art Gallery and Metro Arts, Brisbane.

This was the first survey exhibition of this Hunter artist who is now represented in major collecting institutions.

 1999                           Vera Zulumovski: A ten year survey

University of Newcastle, School of Fine Art Gallery

An innovative experiment in installation, inviting a new way of reading Zulumovskis rich and evocative printmaking.

Presented at The University of Queensland Art Museum in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

Selected Publications

2014                           Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart

                                    Exhibition catalogue

                                    Published by the Art Gallery of South Australia

          2010                           AES+F: A revolution starts now!

                                               Exhibition catalogue

                                               Published by the University of Queensland

2009                           NEW 2007-2008

                                    Exhibition catalogue

                                    Published by the University of Queensland

 2008 2009             Margaret Olley; Life's journey

                                    Exhibition catalogue

                                    Published by the University of Queensland

 2006 2007             Strange Cargo: contemporary art as a state of

                                    encounter

                                    Exhibition catalogue

                                    Published by the Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2005                           Highlights from the Collection

                                    Collection publication

                                    Published by the Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2004                           Auto Fetish: the mechanics of desire

                                    Exhibition catalogue

                                    Published by the Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2003                           Anne von Bertouch: A Tribute

                                    Obituary

                                    Art Monthly, September 2003

 1999                           Vera Zulumovski

                                   Exhibition catalogue

                                   Published by the University of Newcastle

Selected Public Lectures

2007 2010            A range of public lectures on art and the UQ 

                                  collection

                                  The University of Queensland

 2007                         Beyond Visitor Numbers

                                                                     Museum & Gallery Services Queensland Lecture Series

 2001 2007             ABC 1233 Radio

                                   Radio appearances promoting the visual arts and the

                                   Gallerys programs to a wide audience on a fortnightly

                                   basis since 2001.

 2006                          Strange: Recent Developments in Contemporary

                                   Australian Art

                                   Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society: Annual

                                   Lecture

                                     New Museum Models Transforming Communities

                                  2006 Lecture Series: Museum of Sydney

                                  Museums and Galleries New South Wales

                                   Money Follows Good Ideas

                                  Annual Lecture, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2005                          Your Gallery - radio program

                                   Radio National 13 week, weekly 30 minute program

                                    Japan Australia: Culture of Clay

                                  25th Sister City Anniversary: Japan, Ube

                                    A Conversation with William Bowmore

                                  Newcastle Region Art Gallery

                                   The Business of Art

                                  Newcastle Business Club

                                   A Conversation with Margaret Olley

                                 Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2004                         The Collecting Series: Collecting Paintings

                                  Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

                                    Why a City Needs Art

                                   Newcastle Business Club

                                    A Conversation with Gil Docking

                                  Newcastle Region Art Gallery

 2003                         A conversation with Anne von Bertouch

                                  Newcastle Region Art Gallery

                                   Presentation on the Art of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

                                 Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney

                                  The Novocastrians:  Mikey Robbins, Tony Squires,

                                 Sandman & Nick Mitzevich

                                 Art After-Hours Program: Art Gallery of New South

                                Wales

Committee Membership

2013                       Visions Australia Peer Panel

                                  Australia Council for the Arts

 2011                        Helpmann Academy Board of Governors

 2010                      Council of Australian Art Museum Directors

 2010                         St Leos College Public Art Committee

                                 The University of Queensland

2009 2010           Morton Bay Research Station Public Art Committee

                                 The University of Queensland

 2006 2007          Jury Member - Architect Selection Panel

                                 Art Gallery Redevelopment National Design  

                                 Competition

                                 Newcastle City Council

 2001 2007           Foundation Director (ex-officio) and Company

                                 Secretary

                                 Newcastle Region Art Gallery Foundation Pty Ltd

                                  Committee Member (ex-officio), Newcastle Gallery

                                 Society

                                  Public Art Advisory Committee, Newcastle City Council

 2001 2003           Board Member

                      `          Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales

 1999 2000           Exhibitions Committee: Grants and Funding

                                 Museums and Galleries New South Wales

 1999 2001            Exhibitions Committee

                                 School of Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle

 1996 1998            Public Art Advisory Committee

                                 Newcastle City Council

 1995 1997            Art Advisory Committee: Honeysuckle Development

                                Corp.

                                New South Wales State Government

 1995- 1996             Ethnic Affairs Grant Advisory Committee: Festival  

                                Grants

                                New South Wales State Government