Caroline Esbenshade lives and works in Shepparton, Victoria where she juggles her role as Curator – Community at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) alongside her contemporary arts practice while pursuing her  Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. 
Caroline Esbenshade
bio & artist statement

Born in the US, Caroline Esbenshade is the Curator – Community at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) where she manages the Community Gallery, Children’s Gallery and the Artist in Residence programs. She has worked with several artists and art organisations and is passionate about supporting creatives at all career stages. Previously a curator at Wyndham Art Gallery, she is pursuing her Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne and continuing her contemporary arts practice alongside her full-time role with SAM.

Her art practice explores the format of still life painting and photography, including the tension between its trivialisation and rich tradition. She uses it as a vehicle to frame ways we experience love and intimacy in a world where romance is commodified and physical experience in a shared time has all but been eliminated.



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education:
Currently pursuing a MA in Art Curatorship
University of Melbourne. Melbourne, VIC, AU. (Commenced in 2020)

BA in Studio Art / School of Media Art & Design
James Madison University. Harrisonburg, VA, USA. 2011

employment:
Curator - Community, Shepparton Art Museum, Jun 2022 - present
Marketing Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council, Jun 2021 - May 2022
Co-Curator, Wyndham Art Gallery, Dec 2019 - May 2021
Arts Program Support Officer, Wyndham City Council, Feb 2018 - Dec 2019
Instructor and Studio Manager, Saltwater Art Studio, 2016 - 2018 
Consultant & Picture Framer, Framing Fantastic Art, Mar 2015 - Jan 2016
Instructor, The Art Station, 2013
Assistant, James Crable [Artist], 2010-2011
Gallery Assistant, Sawhill Gallery, 2010-2011
Intern, ArtWorks Gallery, 2009

curation:
All Together - Meredith Turnbull & Ross Coulter - Shepparton Art Museum, Nov 2022 - Apr 2023.
500 Strong - Ponch Hawkes - Shepparton Art Museum, Sep - Nov 2022.
Wyndham Art Prize 2021 - Wyndham Art Gallery, May - Jul 2021.
PINK
- Wyndham Art Gallery, Feb - Mar 2021.
LEGACY - Wyndham Art Gallery, Sep - Oct 2020.
Wyndham Art Prize 2020 - Wyndham Art Gallery, May - Jun 2020.
REVEAL - Wyndham Art Gallery, Mar - Apr 2020.
OUT IS OUT - Wyndham Art Gallery, Jan - Mar 2020.

solo exhibitions:
2023
Things that shouldn’t last - Brunswick Street Gallery. Fitzroy, VIC. (upcoming in January)
2019
Repoussoir - Trocadero Art Space. Footscray, Melbourne, VIC.
2016
The Fishbowl - Wyndham Art Spaces: Featherbrook. Point Cook, VIC.
2013
Photoworks. Leesburg, VA.
2011
Blue Nile. Harrisonburg, VA.
ArtWorks Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.
Bluestone Vineyard. Bridgewater, VA.
2010
ArtWorks Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.

group exhibitions:
2022
FEAST - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC. (upcoming in December)
The Salon des Wunder Gym - 2/10 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC. 
2021
Wunder Gym: Make Some Noise - Station Place Laneway, Werribee, VIC.
Linden Postcard Show 2021-22 - Linden New Art Gallery, St Kilda, VIC. 
2020
Still Life - No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Tough Love - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
Artist Aid Bushfire Fundraiser - Long Space Gallery, Newport, VIC.
2019
2019 ILFORD CCP Salon - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, VIC
All You Can Eat - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2018
Australasia Now - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2017
RED | redux - Wyndham City Council, Werribee, VIC. (Lead Artist)
Linden Postcard Show - Linden New Art, South Yarra, VIC.
2016
Red - Wyndham City Council, Watton St, Werribee, VIC.
Colour Box Studio’s ‘Throw Up Your Art’ Exhibition - Footscray, VIC.
2015
Colour Box Studio’s ‘Throw Up Your Art’ Exhibition - Docklands, VIC.
2014
Red - Wyndham City Council, Watton St, Werribee, VIC.
2013
Artful August Village at Leesburg 2013 Juried Art Show - Leesburg, VA.
Regional Juried Exhibition - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts. Fredericksburg, VA.
2011
JMU Accreditation Exhibition - Duke Hall. Harrisonburg, VA.
JMU Juried Undergrad Art Exhibition - Sawhill Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.
2010
JMU Juried Undergrad Art Exhibition - Sawhill Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.

bibliography:
Maker’s Magazine, Issue 3: The Blues, 2017.
Macaulay, Charlene: “Wyndham artists breathe life into old shire offices”, Wyndham Star Weekly, June 22, 2016.
Macaulay, Charlene: “My Wyndham”, Wyndham Star Weekly, December 2, 2015, p.29.
Anderson, Sarah: “Dive On In and Find New Inspiration”, Wyndham Leader, October 20th 2015, p.8.
Binstead, Seth: “Majors at Work”, Port&Main Magazine, Winter 2011, p.16.

teaching:
2016 - 2018, Instructor at The Saltwater Art Studio. Point Cook, VIC.
2016, Workshop Facilitator, NatureWest. Werribee South, VIC.
2015, Workshop Facilitator, part of Wyndham’s Activate Workshop Program. Point Cook, VIC.
2013, Painting Instructor at The Art Station. Leesburg, VA.

awards and grants:
Finalist, Still Life Prize 2022 - Tacit Gallery, Collingwood, VIC. (upcoming in December)
Finalist, Kangaroo Valley Art Prize 2022 - Kangaroo Valley, NSW.
Finalist, Little Things Art Prize 2022 - Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW.
Finalist, Still Life Prize 2021 - Tacit Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
Finalist, Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize 2020 - Rutherglen, VIC.
Finalist, Agendo Art Prize 2019 - David Williams Gallery, Canterbury, VIC.
Finalist, Small Works Art Prize 2019 - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
Finalist, 9x5 Landscape Prize 2018 - Waverly Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW.
Finalist, Small Works Art Prize 2017 - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
Awarded a 'Community Strengthening Grant' from Wyndham City Council, 2017.
Finalist, Wyndham Art Prize 2017 - Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, VIC.
Awarded an 'Arts Incubator Grant' From Wyndham City Council, 2016.
Honourable Mention, Regional Juried Show - Fredericksburg Centre for Creative Arts, 2013.
Alan Tschudi Outstanding Student in Studio Arts & Scholarship, 2010-2011.
James Madison University Undergraduate Art Exhibition Award, 2010-2011.

residencies:
Wyndham Art Spaces - Featherbrook. “The Fishbowl”. Point Cook, VIC, AU. 2015 - 2016

judging, panels and commitees:
Wyndham City’s Arts & Tourism Portfolio Committee. Wyndham, VIC, AU. 2017- 2018

organisations:
Member (through workplace), Public Galleries Association of Victoria, 2021 - current
Member, National Association of Visual Artists, 2014 - current
Founder and President, RedWest, 2017 - 2019
Member, Wyndham Arts Incubator, 2016 - 2018


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In the spirit of reconciliation I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the country on which I live and work and their connections to land, sea and community. I pay my respects to the Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous peoples today.