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Donors help USC's art collection expand


Published on 25 September 2012

25 September 2012

A significant increase in donations has boosted the value of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s art collection to more than $2.2 million.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the first official valuation of the collection since 2006 was undertaken this year.

“Since 2006 we have had fantastic donations to our collection, which focuses on contemporary Australian art with an emphasis on Queensland artists,” she said.

“I have recently processed another 29 donations, which add further depth and interest to our growing collection.”

Ms Oelrich said the University was grateful for the support of the community, including artists and other benefactors, who have contributed a total of $1.23 million in art donations since the campus started in the 1990s.

“It represents the most significant public art collection in the region and many of the works can be viewed throughout the University campus,” she said.

The collection includes paintings, sculpture, photography, new media and Australian Indigenous paintings.

Recent donations include:

  • The sculpture, Junk, by Sunshine Coast artist HEW Chee Fong and the painting, Lightning Ridge Hare, by Archibald Prize winning and recently deceased artist Adam Cullen. Both were donated by Ingrid and Gerhard Schnorbus of Switzerland, philanthropists who live part of the year in Australia.
  • A series of 25 photographs of the Antarctic taken and donated by Queensland photographer Ken Peters. The high-quality, silver-gelatine processed images were originally toured in regional Queensland in an exhibition called Red, Green & White in 2001.
  • Two paintings by internationally recognised and influential painter Judy Cassab.
  • A sardonic work in ceramic and steel called Let’s Get out of Here Before They See Us that comments on commercial farming practice and particularly battery hens. It was donated by Queensland artist James Lamar Peterson.
  • A major sculpture called Beizam by Ken Thaiday Sr, an internationally recognised Torres Strait Island artist. It was donated by the Proost-De Deyne family of Woombye.

The University of the Sunshine Coast is a registered recipient for donations through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

— Julie Schomberg

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