Who is Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart portraitIn August of 2010 the University of South Australia secured $30 million from the Federal Government's Education Investment Fund towards the $95 million Participate@UniSA project, including a new Learning Centre valued at over $85m for the City West campus.

When work started on the site in 2011, archaeological remains were discovered. Structural remains of an 1838 house, landscape of the back yard of the 1838 house and an area displaying the early phase of brewer construction were all discovered. After working with Austral Archaeology Pty Ltd to preserve the remains, official construction started in January 2012.

Image: Jeffrey SMART, Selfportrait at Papini’s (detail), 1984–5, oil and acrylic on canvas, 85.0 x 115.0 cm, © Jeffrey Smart

Why is it called Jeffrey Smart Building?

To honour the life and contribution of the great Australian artist Jeffrey Smart, the University of South Australia named this new learning centre, the Jeffrey Smart Building.

Jeffrey Smart was an iconic painter and accomplished draughtsman, graduating from the South Australian School of Art and Crafts (now a part of University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design). In 2011, Smart received an honorary doctorate from UniSA and  in 2012 the University’s Samstag Museum of Art presented the major retrospective Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940 – 2011 celebrating a lifetime of work. He sadly passed on 20 June 2013 (2013-06-20), aged 91, leaving an unprecedented legacy in Australian art.

Smart’s unending quest for inspiration encapsulates UniSA’s enterprising spirit, which is why we are so thrilled to name this new learning centre in his honour. 

“Everybody gets inspired. We all have these moments. It just depends on whether you’ve got the ability to seize it.”

- Jeffrey Smart

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