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Judy Cassab – A major gift of paintings to Macquarie University

Page last published: 18 Sep 2014

Artist Judy Cassab with Rhonda Davis and John Seed. Photo: Effy Alexakis, Photowrite.Macquarie University Art Gallery and the Faculty of Arts organised a special viewing of Judy Cassab – A major gift of painting to Macquarie University exhibition, on Tuesday 2nd September at the Macquarie University Library.

Artist Judy Cassab, her son John Seed, and family, along with friends, donors, alumni and staff, gathered at the exhibition space of the Library which came to life with the outstanding collection of Judy's work that reflects the social and cultural histories of a number of important artists Cassab has captured in the past forty years.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG presented the official acknowledgement of this generous gift to the University.

Judy Cassab is one of Australia's most renowned portrait painters, having won numerous prestigious art awards including the Archibald Prize.

Austrian-born and of Hungarian parents, Judy Cassab immigrated to Australia in 1951 with her husband and two children. In Australia, she quickly gained a reputation for her distinctive expressionist technique and portrait abilities. Her works are held in numerous collections in Australia and overseas.

"This installation of Judy Cassab's works will also provide opportunities for research and learning whereby the physical and intellectual access is informative to direct experience of the works for study – one of the important roles of the Collection," says Ms Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator of the Macquarie University Art Gallery.

"Further, the dedicated display provides students, staff and the many visitors to the University campus a moment to enjoy and appreciate the hard work of Judy Cassab, one of Australia's most celebrated artists."

Judy Cassab's works are displayed in the entry level exhibition space of the Library for public viewing.

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