Exhibition highlights architect’s generous donation

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Exhibition highlights architect’s generous donation


Pauline Sunfly's painting, Wilkinkara, is among the collection that John Mainwaring has donated to USC

1 May 2014

Well-known architect and philanthropist John Mainwaring will be the guest speaker at the opening of an exhibition being held in his honour at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 8 May.

The John Mainwaring Collection will feature selected pieces from an impressive personal art collection that Mr Mainwaring generously donated to USC in 2012.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill will officially open the exhibition at 6.30pm. Media and the public are welcome to attend this event.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said Mr Mainwaring had donated a huge collection of prints, paintings and bark paintings to the University and many of the works were already displayed in buildings across campus.

“He made this significant donation to maintain his close ties with the University and to make his collection available to the public,” Ms Oelrich said.

“We have selected some of the more outstanding works for this exhibition to show the depth and breadth of his collection. In addition to the artworks, John has been very generous with his time and intimate knowledge of the art in his collection.

“He has documented how the art has influenced his architectural practice. The exhibition shows an art collection created by a person with a fine eye for art, aesthetic and design.”

Mr Mainwaring, who is an Honorary Doctor of USC, was a co-designer of the award-winning USC Library and is nationally recognised as a leader in sub-tropical architecture.

The exhibition will continue at the USC Gallery until Saturday 7 June.

The gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

— Terry Walsh

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