William Platz

Australia (residence), Australia, United States (citizenship) °1971
research interests: drawing, drawing research, performance, life drawing, artist's model, portraiture
affiliation: Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Dr William Platz leads the Fine Art Department at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He is also Convenor of Drawing and is the co-Convenor of the drawing research project Drawing International Griffith (DIG). Dr Platz is American-Australian and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in New York and his PhD in Brisbane, Australia. 

Dr Platz's research, teaching and practice concern life drawing, portraiture and pedagogies of drawing, with an underlying focus on the studio transactions that occur between artists and models. His research brings the theatrical and performative into alignment with conventional frameworks of skilfulness and academic pretence to interrogate, reform and expand the understanding and teaching of drawing.


Recent projects include publication in the International Drawing Annual (INDA8; INDA10), Manifest Drawing Research Centre (USA); publication in the journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, Intellect (UK); Guest Editor of a special issue dedicated to drawing of the journal Studio Research, Octivium (Australia); exhibition at Nishikicho Gallery (Tokyo) and Codex 2017 (Berkeley); the international Drawing Discourse exhibition at University of North Carolina (USA); staging of a series of drawing performances under a grant from the Queensland Folk Federation;  exhibition of contemporary Australian prints and drawings Body Politic in Philadelphia; curating the exhibition Drawing {a,b} in Brisbane; a collaboration with the Global Workshop for Arena Calcetto at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale (also installed in Sydney); performance drawing in the international survey exhibition Drawn to Experience in Brisbane; the Symbol X exhibit which travelled from the United States to Denmark and the Czech Republic; and Bridges to the Unknown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (for which Dr Platz also wrote the exhibition catalogue ‘The Surface of Neosymbolism’).


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