With a background in fine arts, printmaking, museum planning and education, Juliana O’Dean’s interest as a contemporary artist lies in examining nature’s dynamic relationships through research based practice.

A focus on the significance of terrain, ground and geology in defining place, and human relationships with place, underpins her conceptual approach.

Influenced by interpretative processes employed in creating exhibitions about natural environments, she works across a range of artistic disciplines.

She believes that the contemporary imaging of nature by artists is occurring at a critical juncture in man’s presence on the planet and that the act of recording allows the artist and viewer the possibility of reappraisal and re-valuing.

Selected C.V.


2008 MFA by Research in Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW

2001 Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, Sydney

1994 Advanced Diploma in Painting, National Art School, Sydney

1980 Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, Distinguished Academic Achievement Award,

Sydney Teachers College, University of Sydney

1977 Sydney College of the Arts Master Class Program, Painting. Entry by selection by lecturer, John Olsen

1964-1968 Diploma in Design and Crafts, East Sydney Technical College, ASTC (Associate of Sydney Technical College) 5 yr f/t course. Graduate status



From 1997 Printmaking, National Art School, Sydney. 3 years

Black and White Photography, National Art School, Sydney

Lighting in Photography National Art School, Sydney



2010 Highly Commended Award, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Outback Art Prize

2008 Inaugural Postgraduate Residency, ARC COFA Postgraduate Studio, University of NSW Arid Zone Research Station, Fowlers Gap, NSW

2007 Residency, Australian Museum, Collection of Mineralogy

2007 Studio Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

2007 Residency, Le Musee de Mineralogie, l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris

2004 Australia Council and Arts Victoria Funding, Gabriel Gallery, Seine-Maribyrnong Exhibition

2002 Studio Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

1996 Denise Hickey Memorial Studio Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. Awarded by Art Gallery of NSW

1980 Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Sydney Teachers College, University of Sydney

1974 Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship for Museum Planning and Exhibition Design. 

Program covered UK, Germany (Deutsches & Dahlem Museums), USA (Smithsonian Insti- tute), Canada



2008 Inherent Delicacy, Kudos Gallery, COFA University of NSW

2004 Double Vision - Seine Maribyrnong, Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Art Centre Vic.

2002 La Terre Intime, Salle E.M.Sandoz, Salles d’Exposition, Cite Internationale des Arts

1996 Les Pyrenees Decouverte, Atelier Exhibition, Cite Internationale des Arts



2010 Highly Commended, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Outback Art Prize

2009 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Outback Art Prize (photography)

2009 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Judge and selection, Edmund Capon

2006    Tyree Tycan Works on Paper Prize, Berrima, NSW

2005 Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, COFA, NSW

2002 Alvaro Painting Prize, Berrima District Art Society



2011 Margo Lewers Mosaic: ‘Expansion”, ANU Foyer Gallery, Canberra - photographs of Margo Lewers’ mosaics

2010 Gallery 4a Group Exhibition

2010 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Outback Art Prize

2009 Remembering Paris, Macquarie University Gallery, NSW (photography)

2009 Gallery 4a Group Exhibition

2008 Sighting the Whale, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW (photography)

2008 Gallery 4a Group Exhibition

2007 Travel Notes, Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW (photography)

2007 Gallery 4a Group Exhibition 

2007 Fowlers Gap 2006, COFA Exhibition/ Performance Space, NSW

2006 Desert Space -The ILIRI Research Project, Alliance Francaise Gallery, ACT

2005 Going Out There - ILIRI Survey Exhibition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA NSW

2005 Palm to Paper, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

2004 Without  Reason, Biennale Associated Event. Curated by COFA

2004 Spectrum 2004 Exhibition, Parliament House, NSW

2004 FONAS Stock Exchange-Reuters Exhibition, Cell Block Exhibition Space, NAS

1996 Ironsides Invitation Exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney



2013 Residency at the Centre for Recent Drawing, London

Current The ‘Ancient earth, Fresh Ground’ Project - a solo exhibition of two and three dimensional objects that explores the significance of’ “ground” in the landscape, at two sites in  NSW, and the making of a rare edition book of poetry and etchings that relate to “ground”.

2007-8 Successful application on behalf of COFA Postgraduate students to UNSW Students Union for construction of a 3 person, ecologically sustainable, live/work artist’s studio, UNSW Arid Zone Research Station, Fowlers Gap. Construction completed 2008. Construction cost $150,000.  

2007 Project Manager, Recognising the Land International Symposium, 10 day event UNSW Arid Zone Research Station, Fowlers Gap. Participants included Dr Idris Murphy, Professor Paul Carter, Professor Ian Howard, Badger Bates, Dr David Croft, 

Associate Professor Peter Hill, Janet Laurence, Professor Stuart Hill, Co-Joint Professor Peter Stutchbury, Dutch artists, architects and photographers.

2006-7 Research Assistant, Imaging the land International Research Institute, COFA


BIBLIOGRAPHY (Abbreviated)


Essay The Groundscape Project - Making a Rare Edition Book , The College Voice, Vol.10, Issue 2


Catalogue Expansion - Margo Lewers Mosaic Mural, Canberra Rex Hotel


Catalogue Gallery 4a Exhibition

Catalogue Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Outback Art Prize, July 2010


Catalogue Broken Hill Regional Gallery Outback Art Prize, August 2009

Catalogue Gallery 4a Exhibition

Artist’s Talk A Vision of Two Rivers, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, 12.8.2009

Catalogue NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

Essay I and Thou - Idris Murphy, Juliana O’Dean, July, 2009

Article I and Thou - Idris Murphy, Juliana O’Dean, The College Voice Website ARC@COFA Vol. 7 Issue 1 Winter 2009

Collection La Terre Intime, Catalogue by Juliana O’Dean, National Library of Australia

Catalogue Essay  Regarding Certainties, Remembering Paris Exhibition, Juliana O’Dean, p.22, 2.7. 2009

Catalogue Essay Remembering Paris, Leonard Janiszewski and Gina Hammond, Curators, Macquarie 

University Art Gallery, p.1, 2.7.2009

Website Exhibition: Remembering Paris, COFA  UNSW News and Events, 

Website New Photo Exhibition Shows Paris As You’ve Never Seen It Before, Macquarie University Marketing Unit,

Article Remembering Paris at Macquarie, The Macquarie Globe,

Website Listing, Upcoming Events, Innovative Universities European Union Centre 

Article L’an dernier, le Musee accueillait Juliana O’Dean, Le Lien, Mines Paris Tech, 

Journal of l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, France, p.2 No.78, Mars, 2009


Radio Interview Art Student Field Trips as Educational Experience, ABC Radio National, Rural Report, Bro- ken Hill, 18.7.2008

Catalogue Essay Inherent Delicacy, Juliana O’Dean, February, 2008

Catalogue Inherent Delicacy, Kudos Gallery, COFA, UNSW

MFA Thesis The Materiality of Stone, Juliana O’Dean, February, 2008, Sydney, NSW

Catalogue Essay Sighting the Whale, The Exhibition in Context, Katrina Cashman, Curator, p.6, publisher Mosman Art Gallery

Article Sighting the Whale, Exhibition Preview, Katrina Cashman, Imprint, Vol.43, No.1, p.13

Catalogue Sighting the Whale, Mosman Art Gallery,15th March-4th May, 2008, p.16, published by Mosman Art Gallery

Article Sighting the Whale, New works from Primrose Paper Arts, Julie Petersen, Mosman Art Gallery, 5.3.2008

Essay Teaching in the Desert, Juliana O’Dean., The College Voice Website, COFASA Vol.4, Issue 2007

Article Postgraduate Research, Residency in Paris,  Research Centres Postgraduate Research COFA, UNSW, 12.12.2007

Article Residency in Paris, Juliana O’Dean, COFA, The College Voice, Vol. 6, Issue 2, ARC Website via UNSW Website


Catalogue Travel Notes, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 21.12.2006

Artist’s Talk Artist Travellers: Journeys of the Eye, 23.12.2006, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Website National Gallery of Australia, Prints and Printmaking, Asia Pacific

Essay Intimate Earth, Transcendent Stone, Juliana O’Dean, The College Voice Website, COFASA Vol.4, Issue 1, COFA, University of NSW

Annual Report UNSW Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station Annual Report, Artist’s Statement, Juliana O’Dean, p.38, University of NSW

Journal Article Palm to Paper, TEXTILE Fibre Forum, p.41, Issue 1, No. 81

Catalogue Tyree-Tycan Works on Paper Prize, 31.3.2006


Catalogue Palm to Paper, Primrose Paper Works, 23.7.2005

Article Outback Influence, Aimee Brown, Sydney Weekly Courier,, p.11, 7.9.2005

Catalogue (Going) Out There, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, UNSW p.6, 20.10.2009

Catalogue Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, Kudos Gallery, COFA,15.7.2005

Catalogue Desert Space (The ILIRI Research Project), Gallery Alliance Francaise, Canberra



Catalogue Imaging the Land, COFA E/PS Gallery, 10.9.2004

Catalogue Double Vision-Seine Maribyrnong, Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 15.4.2004

Listing Seine-Maribyrnong, New Exhibitions, The Age, Melbourne, 16.4.2004

Listing Seine-Maribyrnong Double Vision, Melbourne Magazine, May Issue, 2004

Radio Interview Seine Maribyrnong Exhibition, SBS Radio, French language  interview, May 2004 

Article A Meeting of Rivers, Piggery Press, Melbourne, May Edition, 2004

Article Paris and Footscray, Community Roundup, The Times, Melbourne,13.4.2004

Article A Tale of Two Cities, an artist’s river view, The Star, Melbourne, 13.4.2004

Article A Tale of Two Rivers, The Times, Melbourne, 20.4.20

Catalogue Without Reason, Biennale Event Exhibition, COFA E/PS Gallery, 1.11.2004


Catalogue ASX Reuters/Friends of the National Art School Exhibition, Cell Block Gallery, 1.9.2003


Website NAVA Artists‘ Website

Catalogue La Terre Intime, Juliana O’Dean, Salles E.M.Sandoz, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

Catalogue Essay La Terre Intime, Juliana O’Dean, 28.11.2002

Catalogue Alvaro Painting Prize, Berrima District Art Society, 13.7.2002


Catalogue A Studio in Paris, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney



Public Collections

Maribyrnong City Council, Le Musee de Mineralogie, Ecole Nationale Superieure, Paris

Private Collections

Australia, UK, France,Germany, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, USA



Imaging the Land International Research Institute COFA UNSW 

National Association for the Visual Arts

Print Council of Australia

Codex Australia