Max Hart Collection of Aboriginal bark paintings

The University has a rich resource in the collection of 1970s bark paintings gifted by former lecturer Max Hart.

Australian university art museums (UAMs) contribute significantly to the cultural and intellectual life of the community. As university-based museums, they offer distinctive experiences to visitors by actively engaging in research and teaching and advancing community engagement. Their programs showcase world-class exhibitions and encourage critical discourse and debate.

UAMs develop and maintain significant art collections that contribute to the national distributed collection held in museums Australia wide. These art collections play a vital role in enriching the cultural milieu of universities and the nation.

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Anne and Gordon Samstag

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Samstag Scholarships, the exhibition Meet the Samstags: Artists and Benefactors showcased the artistic talents of Anne and Gordon Samstag with many treasures from the Samstag Legacy Research Archive.

The American artist Gordon Samstag famously made one of the great cultural bequests benefitting the arts in this country, enabling large numbers of Australian visual artists to develop their skills and abilities internationally. But who were the Samstags? Anne and Gordon Samstag both enjoyed early artistic success in America; Gordon as a successful painter of the American Scene and ‘New Deal’muralist, and Anne as an accomplished textile artist. Married in Manhattan in 1933, they came to Australia in 1961 and stayed for 16 years. Gordon taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art; after living in Cairns, Queensland, for a time, the Samstags retired to America. The Samstag Bequest was their generous gift back to Australia.

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Selected works from the University of South Australia Art Collection 

An exhibition presented by the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia 24 February – 04 March 2010.

The University of South Australia's Samstag Collection consists of works by Samstag Scholars, recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon International Visual Arts Scholarships. Since first established in 1992, over one hundred artists have been awarded scholarships.

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue presents a small selection from the growing number of works held by the University in its Samstag Collection. It reveals the University as a confident and innovative supporter of the contemporary visual arts, and illustrates the diversity and imaginative strengths that characterise emerging Australian art practice and the Samstag alumni. Drawing richly from an expanded view of the world, the Samstag artists challenge and engage us with explorations of the unknown, or portrayals of everyday realities, intertwined with ambiguities.

READ: SELECTED WORKS from the UniSA Collection