The Charles Sturt University Art Collection was established on 6 May 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 Charles Sturt University Art Collection is to serve the University and its regional communities through the establishment of a quality collection of twentieth century Australian artworks. 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 Charles Sturt University 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.
Administratively, the Art Curator is situated within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry).