Anne & Gordon Samstag
International Visual Arts Scholarships

The Samstag Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to Australian visual artists to complete a year-long placement in an international learning institution.

The annual scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning.

Each scholarship covers costs for twelve months overseas, institutional fees for one academic year and a US $50,000 tax free allowance, airfares, travel and medical insurance.



Marlee McMahon (VIC) and Kate Power (SA) have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship for 2020.


Marlee McMahon graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2017. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Victoria, interstate and overseas. Her painting practice explores the intersection between graphic design and abstraction. 

“I am overwhelmed and honoured to be the recipient of the Samstag scholarship. This invaluable opportunity will allow for me to develop my art practice in exciting ways that I could not achieve on my own.”  — Marlee McMahon

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Kate Power works across media, often drawing on craft, video, sculpture and performance. She graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2015 and has undertaken several overseas residencies, exhibiting widely in South Australia and interstate.

"I've never been more ecstatic than when I got the news that I'd received a Samstag Scholarship. Immediately it has given me so much confidence in what I'm doing with my work.” — Kate Power

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The Samstag 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, on behalf of Gordon Samstag's United States trustee, the Bank of America. 144 scholarships have been awarded to date.

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