Ryan Johnston was appointed Head of Art in October 2012. Prior to joining the Australian War Memorial he was Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum, where he oversaw a major redevelopment of the Museum and its subsequent relaunch. Ryan has also worked as a Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and as a Curator at La Trobe University. He is currently finalising his Ph.D dissertation on the Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi, also at the University of Melbourne. His research has been published in local and international journals including The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Visual Culture in Britain, The Art Bulletin of Victoria and The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, and recognised with several grants and awards including a Yale University Fellowship. Ryan was also a founding editor of e-maj, Australia’s first online refereed journal of art history.