The first chair of Fine Arts in Australia was bestowed by Sir Keith Murdoch by way of The Melbourne Herald
Joseph Terrence Burke was appointed in 1946 and his role was not simply to develop a teaching department, but to work to widen the opportunities to experience the fine arts both within the University and in the wider community.
Many key figures have been part of UM as art historians or academics. Note that the following list provides entry points into the collection and is not meant as a comprehensive listing.
Sculpture on campus
A range of artistic styles can be found in the sculptures scattered across all University of Melbourne campuses.
Cultural and Community Relations Committee, The University of Melbourne. Sculpture on campus. University of Melbourne Parkville campus. 2002
Sloggett, R. (2011). Sculpture in the grounds, with some memories of things that got away Ray Marginson, interviewed by Robyn Sloggett.
This sculpture was designed by Austrian artist Victor Tilgner in 1893.
'The Crown' was a gift from Carlton and United Breweries in 1986 to the University. This sculpture was once the top of a major chimney at the Carlton and United Breweries in Abbotsford. After acquisition by the University, it was installed on the south side of the Physics Building.
Zoology relief in copper, commissioned 1962. Hungarian-Australian artist Andor Meszaros was also commissioned to produce the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games commemorative medal. This sculpture is located on the Zoology building
Trial of Socrates 1956 copper Commissioned c. 1953 Tom Bass. Located on Wilson Hall.