The Calleen Collection: 40 Year Anniversary
In 1976, the Calleen Trust and patron Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM made the first donation of prize money for an acquisitive painting prize – the ‘Calleen Art Award’. The year of the first winner was 1977 and the winning painting was given into the care of the Cowra Shire Council to form the nucleus of ‘The Calleen Collection’. The Calleen Art Award and The Calleen Collection form an important and unique association with the activities and development of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. During the past 40 years the Calleen Art Award has grown into a substantial national painting prize, open to all artistic styles, and The Calleen Collection is a cornerstone collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery since it opened in 2000, as well as, enhancing the cultural heritage of the region.