About

Sophia is a philanthropy professional and writer based in Australia. Sophia is Philanthropy Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia’s leading museum dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

Sophia and the MCA Philanthropy team secure funding in support of the MCA’s vision to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience, demonstrating the social impact of contemporary art and shaping a creative and equitable Australia that values contemporary artists and their work.

Sophia’s career includes five years at the National Gallery of Australia, in philanthropy and other roles, as well as experience as Critic-in-Residence for Art Monthly Australasia, Curatorial Assistant for Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and international experience at Michel Dyens & Co, a boutique investment bank in Paris.

In 2020, Sophia was shortlisted for the 7th International Awards for Art Criticism and was named as one of Agenda Paris & Asia-Pacific’s 30 Under 30 Emerging Cultural Leaders. Her work as a freelance critic and writer has been published by Art Monthly Australasia, Art Almanac, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Australian National Capital Artists and others.

Sophia graduated with First Class Honours in Art History & Curatorship from the Australian National University in 2019. She was the recipient of the Janet Wilkie Memorial Prize for Art History and Art Theory, the ANU’s top undergraduate honour for art history. Sophia was also awarded the Capital Artists Patron’s Organisation Curatorial Award and the Australian Museum and Galleries Association Curatorial Award for her work at Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Her thesis project, Inherent Vice: on Material Culture and the Mortality of Ephemeral Art was published by the ANU Research Journal.

Sophia is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (Social Impact) at UNSW, a specialised MBA tailored to not-for-profit managers.

Curatorial projects

2020Negative Space | Canberra Contemporary Art Space
2018State of Flux | ANU School of Art & Design
2016Artists of the Great War | National Gallery of Australia

Publications

2021Far from home | Art Almanac May 2021
2020Through the Looking Glass at TarraWarra Museum of Art | Art Monthly Australasia Issue 326
2020Looking ahead: on creative recovery in the midst of a pandemic | Art Almanac
2020The seen and the unseen in Tony Albert’s ‘Duty of Care’ at Canberra Glassworks
2020A good time to be a post-internet artist | Art Monthly Australasia Issue 324
2020Subject of change: Becky Gibson and Nina Juniper’s ‘A Provisional Landscape’ | Australian National Capital Artists
2020Substance and Surface: Christopher Burton’s Pencil On | Australian National Capital Artists
2020“eX de Medici: Belling the Cat” | Art Monthly Australasia Issue 323
2020“Christine Manfield” | Artonview 101: Know My Name edition
2020“Urs Fischer’s Francesco 2017: on material culture and the mortality of ephemeral art” | ANU Undergraduate Research Journal Volume 10
2019“Ephemeral Art and Material Culture”, conference paper | ANU Student Research Conference
2019“White Cube to Black Mirror: Art in the Post Internet Age”, Tainted Love exhibition catalogue | Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Awards

2020 Shortlisted for International Awards for Art Criticism (Royal College of Art, London and Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai)
2020Agenda Paris & Asia-Pacific ’30 Under 30 Emerging Cultural Leaders’
2019Janet Wilkie Memorial Prize for Art History & Art Theory
2019Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) Curatorial Award
2019Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) Curatorial Award

Work Experience

2019-2021Development Officer | National Gallery of Australia
2020Critic-in-Residence | Art Monthly Australasia & Australian National Capital Artists
2019Curatorial Intern | Canberra Contemporary Art Space
2017-19Administration Officer | National Gallery of Australia
2016-17Visitor Experience Officer | National Gallery of Australia

Education

OngoingMBA (Social Impact) | UNSW
2019Bachelor of Art History & Curatorship (Honours, First Class) | Australian National University

Thesis | Inherent Vice: on material culture and the mortality of ephemeral art