The art of giving

The generosity of husband and wife UQ Arts patrons, who believed art, music and culture could enrich and improve our lives, will continue to transform the learning experience of UQ students for generations to come.

Paula and Tony Kinnane designated a gift through their estate to allow the UQ Art Museum to establish internships and scholarships with a focus in museum theory and practice.

In 2017, the first two Kinnane scholars were welcomed to the new UQ Art Museum program. Emma McLean (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws) and Rebecca Johnson (Master of Museum Studies) received 12 months of paid work through the newly established Kinnane Endowment Curatorial Internship and the Kinnane Endowment Registration Internship, respectively.

These professional experiences accelerate students towards success by providing them with the experience, confidence and skill sets to succeed in their future careers.
Since coming on board, Ms McLean has undertaken research for exhibitions, written rationales to acquire artworks, and drafted a range of interpretive texts to promote and elucidate the collection.

“I’m honoured to be the selected candidate for the Kinnane Endowment Fund Curatorial Internship,” Ms Mclean said.

“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the late Paula and Tony Kinnane, I have been fortunate enough to learn the fundamental skills of curating from the creative and experienced UQ Art Museum staff.”

Rebecca Johnson has also taken full advantage of the program, working behind the scenes to ensure exhibitions and artworks shine on display by conducting vital art
preparation, managing copyright agreements and overseeing the UQ collection.

“The UQ Art Museum has been a driving influence for me during my studies and has helped develop my passion into the foundations of a career,” said Ms Johnson.

“I feel so fortunate and excited to broaden and challenge my professional skills on the job in the name of Paula Kinnane – she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives, and I believe this experience will truly change mine.”

UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray said the gift gave students substantial professional opportunities both within the Art Museum and in regional centres.

“Education was at the heart of Paula’s decisions and she was excited about the difference she knew her gift would make to students’ lives,” Dr Gray said.

“She was also able to realise her desire to give back to regional areas through a program of student placements to regional galleries and professional development opportunities for gallery employees, thereby giving students a distinct advantage when full-time employment is sought.”

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