Professor Denise Ferris is the Head of the ANU School of Art & Design.
As a photographer, she has expertise in nineteenth century, non-silver, UV photographic processes. She is interested in absent social narratives and is working on a project on the Chinese miners of Kiandra in the 1860s. Her ongoing photography focuses on environmental change in a site-specific landscape, a ski resort in the Perisher Valley. Her photographs and written research have explored how motherhood and mothers are visually represented.
Denise has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Asia. Her work is included in major public collections in Australia, including the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery and National Library, as well as overseas institutions.
She has been Head of the School of Art & Design since 2013 and is also the 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.