Susan McCulloch receives Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Arts
January 26, 2011 - Australia
Australia Day 2011 Susan McCulloch was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the arts as a writer and publisher.
With this she joins the family honours of her late father Alan McCulloch who received the Order of Australia (AO) for services to the arts as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws, Melbourne University and the inaugural Australia Council Emeritus Medal.
Susan McCulloch has been a book publisher and art writer since 1978.
Since 1980 she has combined book publishing with writing on the arts for major Australian press including The Age , the Bulletin, the Melbourne Herald, and many other journals and magazines. She was The Australian newspaper’s visual arts writer 1994-2003 and its national art critic 2003-2004.
She has managed McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art since the late 1980s and has been its co-author for its 1994 and 2006 editions.
She has a longstanding passionate interest in Aboriginal culture, has written widely on the subject and travels as often as possible to the many art-producing communities throughout Australia. Her book, McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide, (1999, 2001, 2008) has become a classic reference work on the subject and has now been completely updated.
In 2003 she established the publishing company Aus Art Editions (now McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books) with her daughter Emily to research, write and publish the Encyclopedia and a range of other books on Australian indigenous and other visual arts. She continues to write further books and reviews for “The Australian Financial Review.”: http://www.afr.com/home/
In addition to arts writing and publishing, Susan is also a curator, a skill she developed assisting her father who founded and ran The Herald Outdoor Art Show, a large event filled with work by artists who would become known as amongst Australia’s most important. Recent exhibitions she has curated include Across Country: The Ken Hinds Collection for the Caloundra Regional Gallery and McCulloch’s Aboriginal Art: A Writer’s Selection , with Emily, held at Flinders in 2009.
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