Associate Professor Joanna Mendelssohn is an art historian specialising in Australian art. A graduate of the University of Sydney, she began her career as curatorial assistant at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before becoming a writer and later an academic at the College of Fine Arts (now UNSW: Art & Design). As well as teaching Australian art history, for many years she was also Program Director for the Master of Art Administration. The author of many books, including The Life and Art of Sydney Long, (McGraw-Hill 1979); Lionel Lindsay: an artist and his family (Chatto & Windus 1988) and Letters & Liars: Norman Lindsay and the Lindsay Family (Angus & Robertson 1996), she has also curated a number of exhibitions including Larter Family Values (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 2006) and wrote the catalogue for The Yellow House 1970-1972 (Art Gallery of New South Wales 1990). She has written art criticism for the Sydney Morning Herald, Independent, The Bulletin and Australian; and for many years has been a contributing editor to ArtLink. Mendelssohn first met Joan Kerr in 1969 at the University of Sydney.
Photo of Joanna Mendelssohn by Pamela Griffith.