Caroline Esbenshade is an artist and emerging curator based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She splits her time between creative projects, her role at Hobsons Bay City Council, and pursuing her Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.
Caroline Esbenshade

Esbenshade lives and works in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She juggles her contemporary arts practice with being an emerging freelance curator, her role at Hobsons Bay City Council and pursuing her Masters at the University of Melbourne.

artist statement

Known for working with diverse subjects framed in a contemporary context, her approach references the romanticism of early 19th century painting and uses exaggerated motifs from the old masters and the baroque era in an exploration of how canonical imagery in today’s visual vernacular can be a reaction to the ‘woke’ candy coated aesthetic of the digital age.

Since her recent solo show ‘Repoussoir’ she’s been pushing her work further, taking her drapery pieces beyond the interplay of framing and subject to develop narratives through aphorisms and allusions to personal experiences. She plans to continue integrating new hues, compositions and materials in this new series that considers intimacy in a world where human experience is becoming less and less tactile.


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

Marketing Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council, Jun 2021 - Present

Visual Arts 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

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:
‘Repoussoir’ - Trocadero Art Space. Footscray, Melbourne, VIC.
‘The Fishbowl’ - Wyndham Art Spaces, Featherbrook. Point Cook, VA.
Photoworks. Leesburg, VA.
Blue Nile. Harrisonburg, VA.
ArtWorks Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.
Bluestone Vineyard. Bridgewater,VA.
ArtWorks Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.

group exhibitions:
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 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.
9x5 Landscape Prize - Waverly Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW.
Australasia Now - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
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.
Wyndham Council's 'Red' Public Art Installation Project. Werribee, VIC.
Colour Box Studio’s ‘Throw Up Your Art’ Exhibition. Footscray, VIC.
Colour Box Studio’s ‘Throw Up Your Art’ Exhibition. Docklands, VIC.
Wyndham Council's 'Red' Public Art Installation Project. Werribee, VIC.
Artful August Village at Leesburg 2013 Juried Art Show. Leesburg, VA.
Regional Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts. Fredericksburg, VA.
JMU Accreditation Exhibition, Duke Hall. Harrisonburg, VA.
JMU Juried Undergrad Art Exhibition. Sawhill Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.
JMU Juried Undergrad Art Exhibition. Sawhill Gallery. Harrisonburg, VA.

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.

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:
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.

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

Member, National Association of Visual Artists, 2014 - 2020
Founder and President, RedWest, 2017 - 2019
Member, Wyndham Arts Incubator, 2016 - 2018




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