Welcome to the Samstag Museum of Art

One of Australia's leading university art museums, the Samstag Museum of Art aims to stimulate, challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative exhibitions, publications and associated public activities.

The Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today.


Now Showing | 2018 PROGRAM

Saturday 3 March — Sunday 3 June 2018

2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds

Titled Divided Worlds, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial presents an allegory of human society, one that meditates on the drama of the cosmos and evolution; on the past and the future; and on beauty and the environment. 

Delivering new and unexpected visions in mediums such as photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image are artists from all corners of the country including:

Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Emily Floyd (VIC), Amos Gebhardt (VIC), Angelica Mesiti (NSW), Khaled Sabsabi (NSW), Christian Thompson (VIC) and Douglas Watkin (QLD).

Open 10am — 5pm daily

Publication: the 128 page full colour Divided Worlds catalogue is available to purchase at the Samstag Museum of Art front desk and online via Publications.



Adelaide Cinémathèque: Making Worlds

4 March — 23 May 2018

Inspired by Divided Worlds and the filmic passions of the participating artists, the Media Resource Centre and Mercury Cinema are present this special Adelaide Cinémathèque season, Making Worlds. For film details and bookings visit Mercury Cinema.

Location: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide



Everyone is invited to attend ON ART, a free series of conversations, forums, workshops and events developed for students and interested visitors.

ON ART provides a platform for critical thinking, information, discussion and innovative arts practices, and features South Australian, national and international artists, curators, writers, performers and respected commentators. See upcoming events.

Location: Samstag Museum of Art


Adelaide Biennial Vernissage Weekend, 3 — 4 March 2018

The Vernissage Weekend of the Adelaide Biennial is a celebration of contemporary Australian art.

Delve into a program of free talks, panel discussions and performances featuring artists and thinkers in Divided Worlds, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with the support of the Adelaide Festival. See details.

Location: Art Gallery of South Australia, JamFactory and Samstag Museum of Art

Listen to Forum One: Divided Worlds of Time

Listen to Forum Two: Universal Concerns

Samstag 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.

Each scholarship includes, for twelve months of overseas study, a tax-exempt stipend equivalent to US$48,000, plus return airfares and institutional fees.

In 2017, Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW) were awarded the 2018 Samstag Scholarships.

Applications to become a 2019 Samstag Scholar
are NOW OPEN, closing 30 June 2018.

This year, the application process is online. See details and apply.