La Trobe University Museum of Art
The La Trobe University Art collection was founded in 1966 before the first buildings were commenced at Bundoora, the site of La Trobe University’s major campus, some fifteen kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD. Dr Roy Simpson, AO, the University's Master Architect, emphasised that art and culture are important aspects of the 'university experience' and the University should lead the way for the wider community.
Sculptural works were incorporated in the original design of the buildings, and further commissions and purchases of works of art were made possible with funds raised through the 1976 Retirement Appeal for the inaugural Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Myers.
The La Trobe University Art Collection was established in 1966, before construction of the first buildings commenced at the site of the University?s major campus at Bundoora. Recognising the importance of an art collection within an educational environment, the University?s Master Architect, Dr Roy Simpson, AO, incorporated the installation and display of art works into his overall vision for La Trobe. Today the Collection is considered a major public art collection, comprising of approximately 3,000 post war and contemporary Australian art works. The collection covers most media and periods of Australian art. It includes the largest holding of works by the Australian Surrealist Bernard Boles, expatriate artist Allen David and the Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection which consists of over 300 pieces. The University's Museum (LUMA) which manages the Collection also manages a collection of Ethnographic objects and the one of the largest collections of political posters from China outside of China.