Graduate Student

Henry Skerritt

Advisor(s): Terry Smith

Henry Skerritt is an art historian, curator and songwriter hailing from Perth in Western Australia. He is currently undertaking graduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests centre around Australian Aboriginal art, identity and cultural transaction. From 2004 to 2009 he was manager of Mossenson Galleries in Melbourne, and in 2011 he was awarded a one-year grant through the Sir Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest to curate the exhibition Experimental Gentlemen at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at University of Melbourne. He has written extensively on Aboriginal art and culture, and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Artlink, Art Guide Australia, Art Monthly and Meanjin


2003-2004 Master of Art Curatorship, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria
Thesis: The Figures and The Field: Refiguring National Identity in The Field exhibition (National Gallery of Victoria, 1968).

1997-2002 Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Art History, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia
Thesis: Calling Australia Home: Nationalism and Suburbia in the Work of Howard Arkley

Selected Publications

"Strange Relatives: Negotiating the Borderlines in East Kimberley Painting," in Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art (Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2012): 97-107.

"Experimental Gentlemen: Making the Past Present in the Sir Russell and Mab Grimwade ‘Miegunyah’ Collection," University of Melbourne Collections 10 (June 2012): 15-23.

"Picturing Alfred Howitt," Meanjin 70 (3, September 2011): 40-51.

"Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek AO," Art Guide Australia (November/December 2010): 45-49.

"Choosing Who Will Keep the Stories Strong," Artlink 29 (3, September 2009): 74-76.

"Patrick Kunoth Pwerle," in Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, eds. Nicole Foreshore and Brian Parkes (Sydney: Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, 2009), 80-83.

Conference Papers

"Boundary Riders: Opacity, Relation and Aboriginality in Contemporary Art of the East Kimberley," Twenty-First Annual World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 27-30, 2012

‘Strange Relatives: Rethinking Cultural Exchange in the Art of the East Kimberley’, Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America, Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, February 16-18, 2012

‘Old Way/New Way: Picturing a Kunwinjku Art History Through Contemporary Approaches to the Line’, Aesthetics and Techniques of Lines between Drawing and Writing, International Conference (CIHA Colloquium), Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck-Institut, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy, 30 June-2 July 2011

‘Returning to Forgotten Fields: Landscape Art After The Field exhibition (National Gallery of Victoria, 1968)’, University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association Symposium, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, 2004