Jane Clark

Jane Clark

  • Post-Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section: Arts

Biography

Jane Clark is a curator and art historian, writer and lecturer. She is currently Senior Research Curator at Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart, Tasmania—Australia’s largest private museum. She joined Mona in 2007 during the initial planning phase, having been Curator of Major Special Exhibitions in both international and Australian art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and then Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s in Australia.

A graduate of Melbourne University and the Courtauld Institute, London University, she was a Harkness Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1988–90. At the NGV she curated exhibitions including The Great 18th Century Exhibition, Golden Summers: Heidelberg and beyond (with Bridget Whitelaw) and Sidney Nolan: Landscapes and legends. She continues to research and write on 19th and 20th-century Australian art, especially in its wider international context. Since Mona opened in 2011, Jane has worked on all the museum’s major exhibitions and publications, with a particular focus on the universalities of art-making from a biological point of view. Responsible for collection and provenance research, she helped develop and writes for the museum’s unique interpretive ‘electronic label’ device—the Mona O. She is usually based in Melbourne.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.