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John Reid

Position: Emeritus Fellow


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John Reid, BA (ANU), MFA (UNSW), is an Emeritus Fellow of the Australian National University (ANU) and a Visiting Fellow, ANU School of Art & Design and ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Reid is a visual artist, graphic designer, curator, educator and pedagogic researcher. As a visual artist he works with the media of photography, collage and performance. The environment and human rights are the enduring themes of his artwork. He collaborates with scientists and environmental activists to visually and aesthetically communicate about ecologically significant landscapes. He has integrated a visual arts practice of more than 30 years into his role as a tertiary visual arts researcher and educator with a strong entrepreneurial emphasis in rural communities.

His research is concerned with procedures for artist engagement with scientists and community leaders to create aesthetic visual material that enhances community deliberation of values that are fundamental to the development of public policy.

As a nationally awarded visual art educator, he is a convenor in the School of Art Environment Studio Field Study program The program provides students with field research opportunities for fine art production. Since his inception and development of the Field Study program in 1996, he has convened 38, and field co-ordinated 26, programs.

Reid has curated, (and exhibited in) more than 30 group exhibitions in rural south-eastern Australia that address local environmental issues. As a graphic designer he specialises in book, logo and display typeface design.

His artwork is in the collections of the University of Canberra, the Australian National University, the Nevada Museum of Art, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Braidwood IGA Supermarket.


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