Caroline Field has an extensive knowledge of Australian art, and is directly involved in its artistic assessment, collection management and presentation. She commenced her role as Curator, ACU Art Collection in August 2016.
Caroline obtained a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts (Fine Arts) from University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Deakin University. Her previously held positions include Director of the City of Horsham Regional Art Gallery, and Manager/Curator of the Museum of Art at Deakin University.
In 1995, Caroline obtained a Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship at the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, London, and in 1999 she underwent an internship at the Word and Image Department at the V&A, London.
She became the founding manager of Deakin University’s two galleries: the Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Toorak Campus, and the ICON Museum of Art (now Deakin University Gallery), Burwood Campus.
In 2005, Caroline was appointed Manager, Paintings and Sculpture, Australian Galleries, Melbourne until 2014.
Caroline was an Honorary Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, and in February 2014 she undertook a writer’s residency at the Bundanon Trust, NSW. She has recently completed a highly regarded publication titled: Australian Galleries: The Purves Family Business. The First Four Decades 1956 – 1999.
Caroline is also a contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and is a valuer for the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.