The focus of the University Art Collection is Australian twentieth century prints, many of which are located throughout the campuses of the University.
Works from the Collection are hanging in public spaces within the University's many and dispersed campuses. Artwork can be found in our libraries, lecture theatres, office buildings, some executive offices, in dedicated exhibition spaces and within the campus grounds as sculpture.
Selected artwork from the Collection are chosen for public exhibitions during graduation week on the Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga campuses.
The mission of the Charles Sturt University Art Collection is to serve the University and its regional communities through the establishment of a quality collection of twentieth century Australian artworks.
The Collection was established on 6 May 1996, bringing together artworks collected over decades by the University's precursor educational institutions.
A generic Museums and Collections policy was adopted on 13 December 1996, the year the first full time art curator was appointed. A specific Art Collection policy was subsequently adopted on 20 June 1997. Acquisition policies for the Charles Sturt University Art Collection were written in 1997 and focused on limited edition artists' prints, because of their abundance within the collection, a focus that has continued.
Administratively, the Art Curator is situated within the Division of Library Services.
Dr Thomas A Middlemost
News from the Art Curator is periodically posted to The Charles Sturt University Art Collection blog. Topics include recent purchases or donations for the Collection, current research, exhibitions on campus or within the regional gallery system, conferences or art fairs attended by the Curator.
Charles Sturt University Art Collection catalogues date back to 1998, produced in conjunction with exhibitions and drawing on artworks from within the Collection. Many include essays by important art curators and art historians. Some of these past catalogues are available for purchase.