A Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Kelly Gellatly, has been appointed Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.

Chairman of the Potter Julie Ann Cox said she and the Museum’s board were delighted with Ms Gellatly’s appointment.

“Kelly brings to the Ian Potter Museum of Art diverse experience in the museums sector, and extensive knowledge of both well-established and emerging Australian art,’’ Ms Cox said.

She has curated a wide range of projects, from large survey shows such as Melbourne Now across both campuses of the NGV to more niche exhibits such as the Michel Blazy foam sculpture Bouquet final 2, which she installed at NGV International for only 24 hours during the recent White Night Melbourne event.

“As well as curating one of Australia’s most exciting collections of contemporary art, Kelly is also the author of numerous publications, and I very much look forward to her sharing her insights to the wonderful works contained in the University of Melbourne’s Art Collection,” Ms Cox said.

An alumna of the University of Melbourne, Ms GelIatly said she was thrilled with her new role.

“The Potter and its collections hold an important place in the heart of the Melbourne arts community and I look forward to working with both the museum’s staff and Melbourne University on this ambitious next phase in the museum’s history,” she said.

Ms Gellatly has worked across both NGV Australia at Federation Square and NGV International, producing exhibitions and publications on contemporary Australian and International art as well as developing the Gallery's collections of Australian and International art produced post-1980.

Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis welcomed a ``new and dynamic voice’’ to lead the University’s flagship art museum.

“The Ian Potter Museum of Art is a great museum and custodian of a nationally significant collection of works, collected over the University’s 160 years. Both the University community and the wider art community will watch with interest as Kelly brings her knowledge and style to bear on the University’s fabulous art collection, exhibition spaces and public programs,” Professor Davis said.

Ms Gellatly succeeds Dr Chris McAuliffe, who left to pursue research, writing and arts commentary.