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 currently 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 have 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 Musuem, 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 at The Saltwater Art Studio, 2016 - 2018. 

Consultant & Picture Framer, Framing Fantastic Art, Mar 2015 - Jan 2016

Instructor & Sales Associate, The Art Station, 2013

Assistant, James Crable [Artist], 2010-2011

Gallery Assistant, Sawhill Gallery, 2010-2012

Intern, ArtWorks Gallery, 2009

curation:
Wyndham Art Prize 2021, May - Jul 2021.
PINK - Wyndham Art Gallery, Feb - Mar 2021.
LEGACY - Wyndham Art Gallery, Sep - Oct 2020.
TRUE LIES (and alibis) - Wyndham Art Gallery, Jul - Sep 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:
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
The Salon des Wunder Gym - 2/10 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC. (Jun)
2021
Wunder Gym: Make Some Noise - Station Place Laneway, Werribee, VIC. (Dec - April 2022) 
Still Life Prize - Tacit Gallery, Collingwood, VIC. (Dec)
Linden Postcard Show 2021-22 - Linden New Art Gallery, St Kilda, VIC. ( Dec - Feb 2022)
2020
Still Life - No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize 2020 - Rutherglen, 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
Agendo Art Prize 2019 - David Williams Gallery, Canterbury, VIC.
All You Can Eat - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
Small Works Art Prize - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2018
9x5 Landscape Prize - Waverly Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW.
Australasia Now - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2017
Small Works Art Prize - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
RED | redux - Public Art exhibition, Werribee, VIC. (Lead Artist)
Linden Postcard Show - Linden New Art, South Yarra, VIC.
Wyndham Art Prize 2017 - Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, VIC.
2016
Wyndham Council's 'Red' Public Art Installation Project. 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
Wyndham Council's 'Red' Public Art Installation Project. 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:
Wunder Gym x MFF & Kait James, 2021.
Awarded a 'Community Strengthening Grant' from Wyndham City Council, 2017.
Awarded an 'Arts Incubator Grant' From Wyndham City Council, 2016.
Honourable Mention, Regional Juried Show, Fredericksburg Centre for Creative Arts. Oct. 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

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.