Senior lecturer of Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree at Monash University.
After graduating from Oxford University and the Royal College of Art with an MFA in Sculpture, Kit Wise received the Wingate Rome Scholarship in Fine Art in 1999, to study at the British School at Rome. In 2001 he received a Boise Travel Scholarship, administered by the Slade School of Fine Art, for subsequent research in New York, Egypt & Australia.
Moving to Australia in 2002, he received an Australia Council Presentation & Promotion Grant in 2004 as curator of the international touring exhibition ‘Academici: the first five years of the Australia Council Rome Award’ as well as an Australia Council Skills Development grant to study in Tokyo for three months in early 2006. In 2006 he was also included in the major survey show ‘Responding to Rome: British Artists in Rome, 1995 - 2005’ at the Estorick Collection, London. In 2007 he received his third Australia Council research grant, for original research in the fine arts.
Wise continues to undertake research as an artist, art writer and curator, and has published over 30 articles, reviews and catalogue essays since 2003 including texts for Australian and international art journals such as Artlink, unMagazine and Frieze. He is Deputy Head of Fine Art and a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Australia; as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Course Coordinator and Studio Coordinator of Sculpture & Spatial Practice.
He is currently engaged in developing a major international research project in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London, as the basis of an application for Discovery Project funding from the Australia Research Council. This project is titled ‘Narratives of hybridisation’, and investigates the impact of cultural tourism and transcultural exchange upon the practice of contemporary artists.
Working primarily with found-object based sculpture, installation, digital animation and web-based imagery, Wise has exhibited nationally and internationally, addressing the increasingly fluid or plastic condition of the art work, the context of art works and the artist in contemporary culture.