The Macquarie University Art Collection forms an important part of Australia's national cultural heritage in which Macquarie University is dedicated to its preservation, management, display and interpretation for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Macquarie University Art Collection encompasses modernist works (Australian and International) and emphasises contemporary Australian art practice that include artists such as Bronwyn Bancroft, Marion Borgelt, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Lawrence Daws, Paula Dawson, Ian Fairweather, Rah Fizelle, Sidney Nolan, Robert Rooney, Billy Thomas, Tony Tuckson, Fred Williams, Roland Wakelin, Rosemary Valadon, Jeremy Welsh and many more. The collection comprises a range of media from painting, photography, video, prints and drawings to glassware, ceramics and textiles.
The University Art Collection forms a basis from which in-house curated exhibitions are developed that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the art gallery's mission in forging links with teaching and research at Macquarie. Indigenous themes and issues form a strong focus for both academic and informal learning within the Art Gallery's changing exhibition program.
The University Art Collection is displayed throughout the campus and enriches the intellectual and cultural life of students, staff and visitors to the University. Additionally the paintings add colour, vitality and freshness to the physical environment of the University campus.
Established in 1967, the collection has since developed either through acquisition or donation of art works that reflect cultural and critical values of importance to Australian society - the interrelationship between landscape, the environment, people and place - the nations developing identity and its place in a changing global context.
In 1974, the renowned Sydney art dealer Rudy Komon donated the first major painting by the artist Leonard French to the University, the work titled The Myth remains a focus on the 3rd level of the University Library with its bold timeless presence. It continues to attract viewers in its relevancy within the context of the global capital.
At the time, the University Executive felt that Rudy Komon's donation "formed the nucleus of an appeal for works of art'"representing the opportunity to promote philanthropy as a way of forging stronger links with the community. The Deputy Vice Chancellor urged the need "to supplement Mr. Komon's donation to form a foundation on which an on-going appeal might be launched."
Macquarie University has a strong tradition in developing links with the donor community; Rudy Komon's relationship with the University dating back some forty years ago provided the initial framework for philanthropy to enable the University's aspirations to be devised.
The Art Collection forms an important part of Australia's national cultural heritage in which Macquarie University is dedicated to its preservation, management, display and interpretation for the benefit of present and future generations.