The CSU Art Collection was established in 1996, bringing together artworks collected over decades by the University's precursor educational institutions.
The focus of the Collection is Australian twentieth century prints, many of which are located throughout the campuses of the University. Selected works from the Collection are chosen for public exhibitions during graduation week on the Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga campuses.
The mission of the CSU Art Collection is to serve the University and its regional communities through the establishment of a quality collection of twentieth century Australian artworks.
The Art Collection was established as a single entity on 6 May 1996, combining artwork collected by all of the University's precursor institutions.
A generic Museums and Collections policy was adopted on 13 December 1996, the year the first full time art curator was appointed. A specific Art Collection policy was subsequently adopted on 20 June 1997. Acquisition policies for the CSU Art Collection were written in 1997 and focused on limited edition artists' prints, because of their abundance within the collection. A focus that has continued.
Structurally, the Art Collection is situated within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).