The University of South Australia Art Collection is developed and managed through the Samstag Museum of Art in accordance with the UniSA Art Collection Policy. Works of art from the Collection are displayed throughout the University campuses to enhance the buildings and grounds. The Collection is intended to foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts within the University community and amongst its visitors.
Established for research and display purposes, collecting began in the early 20th century. The Collection includes works by predominantly South Australian artists from 1970s onwards, as well as the Max Hart Collection of Aboriginal bark paintings, the Chamberlain and Lyons Collections of South Australian ceramics, and the Samstag Collection featuring works by Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship alumni.
The University also supports South Australian artists through the commissioning of public works of art that are strategically placed in key sites to enrich the University environment and stimulate its community.