Ryan Johnston was appointed Head of Art in October 2012. Before joining the Memorial he was Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum, where he oversaw a major redevelopment of the Museum and its subsequent re-launch. Ryan has also worked as a lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is currently finalising his PhD on 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, The journal of surrealism and the Americas, and Broadsheet, and recognised with several awards, including a Yale University Fellowship. Ryan was also a founding editor of e‑maj, Australia’s first online refereed journal of art history, and he is a current member of the Boards of Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Canberra Youth Theatre.