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About the Collection

In 1995, USC—or the Sunshine Coast University College as it was then known—purchased its first artwork, establishing the beginnings of what would become the USC Art Collection. At over 800 works, it is now the largest public collection of art in the Sunshine Coast region.

The acquisition of art so early in the history of the University represents how art has not only been valued but woven into the fabric of USC. From the commissioning of major outdoor sculptural pieces to the savvy integration of existing artwork holdings into new building projects, the incorporation of art across USCs network of campuses has been a priority.

The Sunshine Coast region has been, and continues to be, home to many artists; and USC continues to collect works by recognised artists who are from, live in, or have a deep connection to the region. The Collection also continues to expand its holdings of work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and important Queensland artists. More recently, priority has shifted to acquiring artworks made within the lifetime of the University (1996 onwards).

The Collection has been enriched through the generosity of many individuals. Major gifts, donations and bequests have included the John Mainwaring Collection in 2012 and the Richard and Arija Austin Bequest in 2015.

Works from the Collection are exhibited throughout USC buildings and across campuses, and included in exhibitions curated for USC Art Gallery that provide opportunities for critical research, outreach and engagement.

Works are also made available for loan to other public institutions across Australia for exhibitions.

For further information about the Collection, institutional loans or image reproduction please contact Megan Williams, Manager.

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