Renowned Australian artist, Paula Dawson was awarded a degree honoris causa in recognition of her work as a pioneer using holographic technology as an artistic form.
Dawson is best known for her most famous piece There's No Place Like Home, which at the time of its completion was the largest hologram ever made.
Over a career spaning thirty-five years, Dawson been exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally, including at the Museum of Holography, New York and the first International Biennale of High Technology Art in Nagoya, Japan.
In 1984, Professor Dawson won a commission from the Australian Government to create an artistic hologram display for the Australian Pavilion at the Science Expo '85 in Tsukuba, Japan.
The piece, The Eidola Suite was donated to Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra, where it remains today.
As well as her art, Dawson has made significant contributions to the artistic community through her academic work.
A leading authority on holographic technology, Dawson currently works as a Research Fellow and lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
Even today she continues to push boundaries in her art form.
In her recent collaboration with the Macquarie University Art Gallery, her exhibition Virtual Encounters included the seminal piece - To Absent Friends, the largest hologram ever produced to date.
A major survey exhibition, Virtual Encounters was yet another example of the significant contribution Dawson has made to contemporary new media visual arts practice through her striking and haunting holograms.