Anne & Gordon Samstag
International Visual Arts Scholarships
The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of the late Gordon Samstag, an American artist who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art, now the School of Art, Architecture and Design, a part of the University of South Australia.
Gordon Samstag's will provided funds for awarding annual scholarships enabling Australian visual artists to 'study and develop their artistic capacities, skills and talents outside Australia'. This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia.
Samstag Scholarships are administered by the University of South Australia through the Samstag Museum of Art behalf of Gordon Samstag's United States-based trustee, the Bank of America. 140 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded to date.
Each scholarship covers reasonable costs for twelve months overseas, and includes institutional fees for one academic year of study (where applicable), a generous tax-exempt stipend of US $48,000, return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance.
ARE YOU OUR 2019 SAMSTAG SCHOLAR?
Applications are NOW OPEN, closing midnight 30 June 2018.
This year, the application process is online. Interested artists are invited to read the guidelines and apply.
2018 Samstag Scholars
In 2017, the University of South Australia announced Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW) as our 2018 Samstag Scholars. Congratulations to both artists!
READ: Andrew Purvis (SA) and Jenna McKenzie (SA) on our 2018 Samstag Scholars
2017 Samstag Scholars
Also in 2017, Zoe Kirkwood (SA) and Jacqueline Felstead (VIC) began their studies at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and Royal College of the Arts, England respectively.
“The process of study in a challenging and engaging environment is always going to push your practice and allow you to make things you wouldn’t have necessarily thought you would or even could make.” — Zoe Kirkwood
2019 Samstag Scholarship applications NOW OPEN
ArtsHub: Samstag Scholarship gives artists agency over their education
ArtsHub: International opportunities for local artists
ArtGuide: Julian Day and Sasha Grbich awarded 2018 Samstag scholarships