OUR PEOPLE

Art Education Victoria is governed by an elected council of volunteers. Find out more about our 2016-17 councillors below.

We also have five committees that oversee the different aspects of AEV:

  • Executive
  • Early Years/Primary
  • Secondary/VCE
  • Museum
  • Marketing & Communications

Our Life Members are individuals who have made remarkable contributions to visual art education and to the association within their time in AEV.

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Steve Marks

President

Atelierista | Princes Hill Primary School Sessional Educator | National Gallery of Victoria Creativity has always played a central role in how I explore the world and express myself. From a very young age art appealed to me as a...

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Mark Threadgold

Vice President

Literacy Leader & Visual Art Teacher | Koonung Secondary College I’m a visual arts educator and practicing artist with 18 years teaching experience in Melbourne and the UK. Currently I coordinate a Visual Thinking Strategies partnership between Koonung SC and...

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Penny McGonegal

Vice President

Senior School Coordinator Visual Art Faculty | Strathmore Secondary College I currently teach in a Government, Secondary Art room and absolutely love it. My passion for my role has only grown throughout my short years in the profession. I am...

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Shelley Menhennet

Vice President

Visual Art Teacher | Cambridge Primary School I have served on AEV Council 2016-17 and am a primary trained teacher. I have taught P-6 and most combinations of grades you can think of. I have also taught Performing Arts, EAL,...

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Freya McCormick

Treasurer

| Victorian Public Service I'm a public servant with experience in economics, policy, regulation, behavioural insights and community engagement. I joined the council of Art Education Victoria as Treasurer in 2013. I believe that art education has immense value and that visual literacy, creativity and...

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Jes Simson

Secretary

Product Manager | Freelance I'm a product manager and designer at Simson Cards, my family's greeting card company here in Melbourne. This means that I basically spend a third of my day steeped in excel spreadsheets teasing insights out of...

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Marion Marks

Executive Editor of Article

I have been teaching visual art at Hampton Primary School for nearly 5 years. Before becoming a teacher I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for about 20 years. I have been part of the existing council for the...

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Adrian Montana

Councillor

Visual Art Educator | Xavier College I am an experienced teacher and leader: Worked with students and teachers at all levels, in Victoria, Western Australia and England. Experienced in Art Gallery and Museum education and public programs. Former board member...

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Sash Fernando

Councillor

Creative Director | Principle Design  Sash is the Creative Director of Principle Design - a design studio that focuses on assisting ethical organisations grow. He is a graphic designer, visual thinker and world traveller, Sash brings with him a wealth...

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Rohan Schwartz

Councillor

I am a Melbourne-based arts practitioner: artist, facilitator and educator. As a Teacher Candidate, I am currently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. This comes after graduating with a Bachelor...

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Ruth Cronin

Councillor

Visual Art Teacher | Ardeer South Primary School I am a Generalist-trained Primary Teacher who specialised in Performing and Visual Art (Grad Dip) and Arts Administration (M.Ed). I have taught Visual and Performing Arts at both State and Independent Schools...

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Leah Murphy

Councillor

Visual Arts Learning Area Leader | Coburg High School It's hard to put into words why art education is so important to me, it feels so personal. Art saved me in high school. It was the only thing that made sense;...

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Adam Staples

Councillor

Visual Arts Education and Educational Studies lecturer | Australian Catholic University I am a Visual Arts Education and Educational Studies lecturer at ACU on the Melbourne campus, teaching into the Master of Education, Master of Teaching (Primary) and Bachelor of...

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Laura Russell

Councillor

Visual Art Educator | Newport Lakes Primary School I am a primary school Art teacher. I am also an artist with 10 years experience working for not-for-profit Arts organisations. I coordinate a local Art teachers network group.

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Leonie Besley

Councillor

The University of Melbourne / EMC I am currently completing my masters of teaching with the University of Melbourne. I am a practicing artist working in site specific installation artworks, collage and painting. I also relief and CRT work with...

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Jaimi Dawson

Councillor

The University of Melbourne I am currently undertaking my Master of Teaching at The University of Melbourne, specialising in Secondary Visual Arts education. Before coming into teaching, I completed a Bachelor of Visual Art and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism...

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Vanja Radisic

Committee member

Public and Academic Programs Officer | Deakin University Vanja Radisic is an Australian – Bosnian artist, educator and author. 
She holds Master of Teaching (by Research) from Melbourne University (2009) and a Bachelor of Fine Art from RMIT (2005).
Prior to...

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Tahlia Jolly

Committee member

I am a recent graduate of The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education specialising in Secondary Visual Arts education. Before coming into teaching, I completed a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne and worked within the...

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Marie Allaman

Committee member

I am a Cultural project manager with a strong passion for art, education and community engagement. Freshly settled in Melbourne, I’ve been working six years overseas for a Fine arts museum right after a master’s degree in Museum studies and...

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Janette Grenfell

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Robert Matthers

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Jill Edwards

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Jeffrey Sheldon

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Marion Strong

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Deryck Greenwood

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Robert Hamilton

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Tania Tickyj

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Nicole Wassell

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Nancy Whittaker

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