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Leoni Schmidt


Leoni Schmidt is a Professor in the Dunedin School of Art, the Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies at Otago Polytechnic and the Deputy CEO: Academic for Otago Polytechnic's Auckland International Campus. Leoni's doctorate, a D Litt et Phil, is from the University of Johannesburg. She also has an MA (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BA (Fine Arts) from the University of South Africa, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic. Leoni has supervised many postgraduate students up to Master's level in the Dunedin School of Art and PhD candidates at other institutions, and assessed many postgraduate students for a wide range of universities and polytechnics. She also mentors candidates in Otago Polytechnic's Doctorate of Professional Practice programme. There are strands to Leoni's own research: contemporary drawing and its political agency, and the interface between trauma architecture and contemporary art. Leoni's alignment between her background in philosophy and art history and theory, and her knowledge of contemporary art practice and studio methods, help students to write about their own research practice. Her understanding of research methods and methodologies and of leadership in research supports staff at Otago Polytechnic and wider afield.

Research Outputs

Journal Article

Schmidt, L. (2015) Architecture van Brandenburg in an Era of Waste Crisis. South African Journal of Art History, 30 (2):139-145. http://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC184196. Text initially invited by Architecture van Brandenburg for their exhibition titled "Unfurling" at Rocha Art Gallery, San Francisco, 10 October - 10 December 2015.

Schmidt, L. (2014) Van Brandenburg Unfurled: Architecture in the Expanded Field of Contemporary Practice. South African Journal of Art History, 29 (2);173-179. http://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC164710. Full text also invited as wall text and in "Architecture van Brandenburg Unfurled" catalogue Architecture van Brandenburg at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014.

Schmidt, L. (2012) Body Construction and Representation: Anatomical Waxes in the Museo La Specola,. South African Journal of Art History, 27 (2): 247-258. ISSN: 0258-3542.

Oral Presentation

Leoni Schmidt (2015) Homo Sacer: Venice Biennale 2015: All the World's Futures Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic Public Research Seminar Programme, 23 October 2015.

L. Schmidt (2014) "Venice Biennale 2013: The Encyclopaedic Palace" Dunedin School of Art Public Research Seminar Programme, 20 February 2014.

Schmidt, L. (2013) Contemporary Drawing in the Expanded Field. Invited seminar presented at the University of the Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, 30 October.

L. Schmidt (2013) "Beyond Reality: British Painting Today" Seminar presented in the Public Seminar Series, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, 23 May.

Schmidt, L. (2012) Surprises in Spanish Art, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 19 September.

Schmidt, L. (2012) Spanish Art 2012: A Politics of Scale. Dunedin School of Art Public Research Seminar Programme, 20 September.

Chapter in Book

Schmidt, L. (2014) Commensality in Visual Arts Practices. In: "Art and Food", ed. Peter Stupples, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014: pp. 103-114. ISSN: 978-1-4438-5491-7. Also: Symposium Paper presented at the Art & Food Symposium, Dunedin School of Art, 24 August 2012.

Schmidt, L. (2013) Survival and Persistence; Beauty and Pleasure: Recent Paintings by Henry Symonds. in Henry Symonds, "The Piano Lesson/Considered and Abandoned". Henry Symmonds, ISBN 978-0-473-25438-4.


L. Schmidt (2013) "Foreword: Connectedness and Learning" Scope: Contemporary Research Topics: Kaupapa Kai Tahu, 2, October 2013, p.4.

Conference Contribution - Other

L. Schmidt (2012) "Art Education and Money in the 21st Century" Art & Money Symposium. Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in partnership with Brandbach, Business School. University of Otago, 26 September.

L. Schmidt (2012) "Art and Food: Commensality in Contemporary Practices" Art & Food Symposium, Conference Organised by the Dunedin School of Art, the Otago Polytechnic Culinary Arts Programme and the University of Otago Food Science Department, Otago Polytechnic, 30 September.

Schmidt, L. (2012) Art & Food: Commensality in Contemporary Practices, Art & Food Symposium, Dunedin School of Art and Culinary Arts at Otago Polytechnic with the University of Otago Food & Science Department and Centre for Sustainability, 24 August.

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