2018 Ursula Hoff Fellowship

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is pleased to announce Dr Jane Eckett (School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts) as the recipient of the Ursula Hoff Fellowship for 2018. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a candidate displaying a commitment to research into prints, the history of print collecting and the scholarly activities of museums and universities. The Ursula Hoff Fellow is provided research access to collections relevant to their research at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Dr Jane Eckett is an early career researcher and teaching associate in the University of Melbourne's art history and gender studies programmes. Her PhD, conferred in 2017, traced the origins of Centre Five, a group of European-trained modernist sculptors who converged in Melbourne after the Second World War. During her doctoral studies Jane worked as archival assistant to the late Inge King, a founding member of Centre Five, and catalogued the studio contents of the painter-printmaker Grahame King.

Drawing on her prior research into the post-WWII monotypes of Jankel Adler, Louis le Brocquy, Alan Davie and Inge and Grahame King, Dr Eckett aims to contextualise Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack's trace monotypes against international monotype practice. Remembered chiefly in Australia for his pivotal role in disseminating knowledge of Bauhaus pedagogy and for his experimental Farbenlichtspiel (colour light plays), Hirschfeld-Mack's extensive printmaking practice is less well understood, particularly the transfer drawing technique he employed in his trace monotypes. Dr Ursula Hoff bequeathed funds to The University of Melbourne to establish a Fellowship for the study and promotion of prints held in the print collections of The University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. In recognition of Dr Hoff's scholarly and professional achievements, the Fellowship is awarded annually to a candidate displaying a commitment to research into prints, the history of print collecting and the scholarly activities of museums and universities.

The value of the award is $30,000 and the duration of the Fellowship is four months. The Fellow will be offered research access to collections relevant to their research at The University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Dr Jane Eckett

Dr Jane Eckett