Denise Ferris

Professor Denise Ferris is Head of the School of Art and Design at The Australian National University. She has been in this position at ANU since 2013, where she has lectured in photography since 1987. Denise is a photographer who uses ultraviolet processes and inkjet technologies, exploring the photograph as a non-documentary archive.

Professor Ferris is also Chair of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS), the peak body representing over thirty Australian universities in visual arts, craft and design. The Council undertakes leadership, advocacy, policy development, research, and community service for the sector.

For her PhD, awarded in 2007, Ferris used a unique light-sensitive milk emulsion, a mixture of casein and dichromates, to make photographs visualising maternal ambivalence and duality.

She has published scholarly work on representations of the maternal, along with numerous conference presentations and catalogue essays.Ferris has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Asia.

As Head of the School, Ferris has a strong interest in tertiary education policy and administration, having served as an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as on arts sector boards.

Professor Ferris is also the Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools , the peak body representing over thirty Australian universities in visual arts, craft and design. The Council undertakes leadership, advocacy, policy development, research and community service for the sector.