Prof Ruth Rentschler
|Position:||Chair In Arts & Entertainment Mgt|
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Business and Law|
|Department:||Deakin Business School|
|Campus:||Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 92446228 +61 3 92446228|
Ruth is a Professor in Arts Management at Deakin University, Australia. She has 20 years’ experience working in governance, management and marketing in the non-profit sphere at local, state, national and international levels. She has leadership experience in entrepreneurial, start-up, business, government and higher education positions. She is a DAAD scholar, a St Hilda's College, University of Melbourne scholar and recipient of various awards and prizes. She graduated first class honours, first place, from the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD at Monash University.
Ruth has been re-elected as Chair Academic Board at Deakin University. She is also on the boards of VicHealth, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Ballarat Art Gallery and the Duldig Gallery. Her interest in governance is wide and deep, linking research, policy and praxis.
She has conducted governance research in Australia for visual arts organisations, arts ministries, performing arts organisations (to name a few) and has spoken internationally on the topic in the UK, Europe and Taiwan as an invited key note speaker. Ruth's other research interests focus on diversity and inclusion in arts management. Over her time at Deakin she has secured over $1.5 million in research grants (including category 1 grants) to investigate arts management social and economic policy issues. Ruth has just completed a research monograph on arts governance as the first in a series on the cultural and creative industries for Routledge, London.
She has taught at postgraduate level in arts management and doctoral studies. She initiated and designed the arts management program at Deakin, bringing it to the forefront of postgraduate arts management education nationally and internationally. She has conducted key note addresses in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia on a range of contemporary issues in her field, such as arts governance, audience diversity, arts marketing and arts management. She has published widely including the research books. Examples include: The Entrepreneurial Arts Leader Brisbane: University of Queensland Press; Creative Marketing Palgrave MacMillan, London (with Ian Fillis); Routledge Companion to Arts Marketing Routledge, London. (with Daragh O’Reilly and Theresa Kirchner); Marketing Museums: Competing in the Global Marketplace Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford (with Anne-Marie Hede); Innovative Arts Marketing, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
Ruth has received recognition such as the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Faculty of Business & Law Award for Outstanding Research, Best Doctoral Supervisor Award in the Faculty of Business and Law, all at Deakin University. She has also received best paper awards at conferences. In 2012, she was awarded a Medal for the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to education, to the arts and to the community.
She is on the editorial board of various international journals. She is the book editor for the International Journal of Arts Management. She is also Chair of the 2nd international doctoral symposium in arts management in 2015 in Marseilles, France as the precursor to the international arts management conference, AIMAC. She is a member of the scientific committee for AIMAC.
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1976
- Graduate Diploma in Personnel Administration, Victoria College, 1986
- Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1999
Board member, Multicultural Arts Victoria
Board member, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Board member, The Duldig Studio
Board member, VicHealth
Research ambassador, German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
Book review editor, International Journal of Arts Management
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Conduct workshops for AICD and Leadership Victoria on governance in non-profits and the arts
2013 Coordinator Doctoral Symposium, 12th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management
2011, Sir John Monash Key Note Lecture, 'Cultivating a Creative Community?', Monash Gallery of Art
Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM MAICD Professor Ruth Rentschler is an experienced non-profit director. She is Chair Academic Board and Chair and Professor Arts Management, Deakin University. She is on the boards of VicHealth, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Duldig Gallery. She is a member of University Council and the University Executive. She is on the boards of the international arts management association (AIMAC) and various refereed journals. She has worked with many national, state and local organisation boards. She has conducted governance research in Australia for visual arts organisations, arts ministries, performing arts organisations (to name a few) and has spoken internationally on the topic in the UK, Europe and Taiwan as an invited key note speaker. She is contracted to Routledge UK to write a book on arts governance.
Governance, diversity, and the arts
Doctoral projects Completed:
Jonathan Sweet UNESCO and colonial museums in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1946- 1980 graduated April 2011
Rimi Khan (University of Melbourne) Multicultural community arts: Self-government and the management of difference graduated 2009
Megan Cardamone (ARC APAI scholar) Indigenous cultural micro-enterprises and new media, graduated 20 April 2009
Tabitha Ramsey White (VicHealth scholar) The social impact of art on the individual, graduated 20 April 2009
Marcus Morgan (Deakin scholar) Effective board practices in implementing the mission of nonprofit Australian and American arts organisations
Jon Hopwood (Deakin scholar) Identifying multiple creative process factors of a live event concept
Sarah Broadbent (Deakin scholar) Brand Love and the AFL
Conferences and seminars
12th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management, Bogota, Columbia, 2013
Spinning the Celebrities ArtsHub
Marketing political brands: Passionate punters need consistent messaging The Conversation
The reinvigoration of Geelong a fine art Geelong Advertiser
Arts organisations need a brush with good governance The Age
Montsalvat goes pro Valley Weekly
Arts governance: Survey shows report is off beam The Age
Below the bottom line Not-for-profit boards Company Director
Vic arts boards pass the test The Boardroom Report Company Directors
Awards and prizes
2012, Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to education, to the arts, and to the community.
2012 Faculty Research Rocket Award for Outstanding Publications
2012 Faculty Service Star Award
2006, DUSA award for best doctoral supervisor in the Faculty of Business and Law
2000, Faculty of Business and Law award for outstanding research
2000, Vice-Chancellor's Award for outstanding community service
Indigenous Art Increasing Audiences Australia Council for the Arts a nationally funded project investigating how to boost audiences for Indigenous art
Stats and Stories Arts Impact on Regional Australia a nationally funded project investigating how the arts make a difference to peoples’ lives in rural and regional Australia
Arts leaders' careers, including artists, managers, board members
Arts Governance: People Passion Performance
Routledge Companion to Arts Marketing
The Entrepreneurial Arts Leader.
Cultural and Entertainment Industries Handbook
Innovative Arts Marketing
Museum Marketing and Reflections on ANZAC Day.
In 2003, Shaping Culture was published in Chinese, as it met the needs of the emerging creative industries in Taiwan.
In 2000 and 2004, Best Paper Awards
Numerous articles in journals, consultancy reports and research reports, available on artsleaderscareers.com