Professor Marie Sierra is the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne. She has a 30-year career in the arts, specialising in fine art. Her research, which takes the form of non-traditional research outcomes through exhibitions and traditional research outputs, such as academic journal articles and book chapters, explores the intersection of art and nature, the agency of art, and ethics in the creative arts. She has held numerous solo exhibitions within Australia and has participated in over thirty group shows in Australia, the US, and France, resulting in five Australia Council for the Arts Grants. Her research has also been supported by three Australia Research Council grants (a current Linkage and two LIEF grants) and an Australian Office of Teaching and Learning Grant.

Previously held board positions include Chair and Treasurer of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS), Deputy Chair of Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Board, and member of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s Board. She is currently an Executive Member (and previous Treasurer) for the Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA), and a Board member of the Melbourne Theatre Company.