UQ Art Museum is housed in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre. Brisbane architect Robin Gibson OAM (1930–2014) designed the original building, which was opened in 1973 and features coloured-glass windows by the late North Queensland artist Nevil Matthews (1930–2013). Mayne Hall, as it was known, was used for graduation ceremonies and concerts.
When graduations moved to the UQ Centre, then Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay AC moved to reinvent the building to house the University’s Art Collection. A generous donation from The Atlantic Philanthropies helped facilitate the makeover.