An act of generosity inspired the foundation of Murdoch University's Art Collection. To commemorate Murdoch University’s inauguration in 1974 a series of artworks were donated by generous individuals. The most notable being eleven works received between 1974-75 from prominent collector and philanthropist, Dr Harold Schenberg, 包括伊恩·费尔韦瑟的作品, Leonard French, 罗兰·韦克林和玛格丽特·伍德沃德. Along with the purchase of a drawing of Sir Walter Murdoch by Louis Kahan.
Robert Juniper, Cotswolds Landscape 1983. Acrylic and charcoal on linen, 182 x 232 cm (diptych). Donated by Rural and Industries Bank of Western Australia 1983.
对这种恩惠充满热情, the University’s 参议院 formed an Art Acquisitions Committee to establish an art collection in 1975. Professor Geoffrey Bolton was appointed Chair and the University’s 图书馆 was given responsibility to catalogue and manage the Collection. Throughout the 1970s and 80s the Collection advanced with purchased and donated artworks including works by Charles Blackman, Robert Juniper, 劳埃德·里斯, Jacob Epstein, 西德尼·诺兰和提姆·劳拉.
By 1995, the Committee acknowledged the need for professional arts administration and appointed Angie Beck as the Collection’s first curator on a part-time basis. By 1997, the Art Acquisitions Committee disbanded to make way for an advisory board. The inaugural Chair of Murdoch University Art Collection Board was highly regarded curator, John Stringer and the new Board’s membership featured representation from the visual arts industry. The Board observed curation and management of the Collection and provided the Vice Chancellor with strategic counsel. In 1999, the Board implemented its first acquisitions policy and aimed to develop and maintain a distinctive art collection of the highest calibre. During this time, the Collection made many more acquisitions including artworks by Hans Arkeveld, Jarinyanu David Downs, 朱莉·道林, 托尼•琼斯, 布莱恩·麦凯 Queenie McKenzie Nakarra, 西德尼·诺兰。, 米里亚姆·斯坦尼奇和约翰·塔里.
Artists Unknown, Pukumani Poles (detail) circa 1980. Natural ochres and synthetic binder on Ironwood, Dimensions variable. 由John Roberts AO于1998年捐赠.
艺术收藏在2000年代蓬勃发展, 第一位全职策展人的任命, 马克•斯图尔特, 随着资金的增加, 资源 and a greater position in the university’s priorities. This was a significant turning point in the ongoing development of the collection, 通过大量的艺术品收购, public art commissions and successful fundraising campaigns for the purchase of artworks.
In 2006 the first major review of the collection’s acquisition strategy was undertaken to explore opportunities for future focus and development. 作为一个结果, 额外的焦点领域，如抽象, photo media and Indigenous art from urban and remote communities were introduced.
The Collection undertook substantial growth during this period with the strategic acquisition of a wide range of art by nationally recognised artists including, 托尼•艾伯特, Brian Blanchflower, Pat Brassington, 菲奥娜福利, 罗德尼•格里克, 布伦特哈里斯, Petrina Hicks, 乔安娜羊肉, Janet Laurence, Patrick Mung Mung, 莉娜Nyadbi, 罗伯特·欧文, Christopher Pease, Trevor Richards, 吉玛史密斯, Alex Spremberg, Darren Sylvester和Karl Wiebke.
Several highly successful fundraising campaigns for targeted art acquisitions were realised and a record number of quality artwork donations were received over consecutive years.
吉玛史密斯, 博尔德# 2 2008. 丙烯酸塑料，94 x 64厘米. Purchased 2009.
布莱恩·麦凯 几何ag体育手机app 1973. 布面油画，91 x 122厘米. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Jeffrey Hay & Di干草2011.
Noteworthy acquisitions in the last decade include artworks by Abdul Abdullah, Abdul Rahman Abdullah, 布鲁克安德鲁, 詹姆斯·安格斯, 内森胡子, Jan Billycan, Andrew Browne, Susanna Castleden, Dadang Christanto, 蒂莫西·库克, 贝文蜂蜜, Kitty Kantilla, Rosemary Laing, 丹尼Mellor, Andrew Nicholls, 约翰·尼克松, Michael Riley, 布拉德轮辋, 海伦史密斯, Wakartu Cory Surprise, Christian Thompson, 房地美蒂姆斯, 特雷弗·维克斯和安妮·扎哈尔卡.
Rosemary Laing, The Paper, Wednesday 2013. C型照片，110x197.5 cm. Purchased 2014.
In 2016, the University introduced a public art strategy in which a percentage of budget for all building and refurbishment projects is allocated towards the purchase of artwork. After 9 years of service, Alan Dodge retired from the Board following the launch of Murdoch University's 艺术画廊 in November 2017. Margaret Moore, a highly experienced and respected curator and art consultant, will commence the role as Murdoch University's Art Collection Board’s fourth Chair in 2018.
如今，该博物馆收藏了近2000件艺术品, 在整个珀斯大学都有展示, 为Rockingham市增加和Mandurah校区, 包括ag体育投注的美术馆, which presents regular exhibitions.
内森胡子, Ad Matres series 2014-17 (Clockwise from top left) Supodj | Hoongtong | Boonlaern | Rampai / Samniang /该中心/ Pornjit | Hoong | 桑旁 | Samlee |Boondta. Unique state digital prints on archival paper, with Swarovski crystal elements. Purchased 2017.