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VU appoints Werribee artist as first artist-in-residence

A Werribee visual artist and art lecturer has been appointed Victoria University's first artist-in-residence.

Dr Megan Evans began her practice as a painter nearly 30 years ago, and has since worked in a range of media. She has been a VU lecturer for 11 years, in computer-mediated art.

This will be among her busiest years ever as she completely immerses herself in the new role to promote the impressive - but often inconspicuous - array of fine arts produced and taught at the University.

"The role is aimed at highlighting the tradition of creativity at VU, which has nurtured some wonderful talent and attracted some very highly regarded teachers," she said.

Megan has been teaching two subjects in the Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries: 'The Creativity of Innovation', and 'Arts - The Inside Story', which focuses on practical business tips for aspiring professional artists. She is also curating an upcoming exhibition of art from China entitled: 'A New Silk Road' that will feature student works from a new VU partner, the Northwest University in Xi'an.

On top of that, Megan is also preparing a floor-to-ceiling installation of swirling eucalyptus leaves in her Footscray Park Campus office for her own upcoming exhibition, 'The Fall'. It will be launched at VU on 3 September, before it is painstakingly moved - panel by panel - to Fourtyfive Downstairs, a Flinders Lane art gallery.

"It is so nice to be making my own work right now instead of just talking about it, and having students pop in to see it," she said.

'The Fall', is an extraordinary collection of leaves Megan has gathered over the years, including some from her mother's Healesville home that were charred by the recent bushfires.

Each leaf has its own identity, but as a whole, they form a collective sense of movement, leading the eye to a central screen, which has a video work of the leaves furling and unfurling.

Dr Megan Evans is available for interview

A photo of Megan Evans with 'The Fall' is available on request

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