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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 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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