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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.


Applications for 2019 Samstag Scholarships have CLOSED.

Watch this space for the announcement of our recipients!


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