2014 Samstag Scholarships announced

Samstag media release


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The University of South Australia has today announced the 2014 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships.

The two recipients of the prestigious 2014 Samstag Scholarships are Madison Bycroft, from South Australia, and Linda Tegg, from Victoria.

These renowned and prestigious scholarships have been awarded on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, the celebrated American artist who taught at the South Australian School of Art in the 1960s. A total of 132 Samstag Scholarships have now been awarded since 1992.

Madison Bycroft, a recent graduate of the South Australian School of Art, part of the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia, is an artist who according to arts writer Jasmin Stephens ‘uses video installation and sculpture to evince a unified optimism to art and life’. Since graduating, her work has featured in a variety of exhibitions, and her latest work Songs for Tounji has been awarded the 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize Youth Commission for Sculpture. Bycroft intends to use the Scholarship to develop the sculptural potential of her practice.

Linda Tegg, an artist using photography, video, installation and performance, creates works of art that challenge the act of viewing and being viewed. Tegg received a Masters from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently living and working in Melbourne. Her work Tortoise, 2013, was featured in ‘NEW13’ at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, highlighting Tegg as a promising talent to watch. The Samstag Scholarship will enable Tegg to further her interest in interdisciplinary practice by working within a world leading post-graduate program that actively links artistic, design and scientific research.

Both artists will receive a twelve month living allowance of US$43,000 (United States dollars), as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at a destination of their choice.

The selection committee for 2014 Samstag Scholarships were the University of South Australia’s Associate Professor Andrew Hill, Director of the South Australian School of Art and Louise Haselton, artist and lecturer at the School of Art; with external artist selector Mikala Dwyer, an internationally exhibited artist, lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts and celebrated recipient of a Samstag Scholarship, in 2005.

This year the commissioned Samstag essayist writing on Madison Bycroft and Linda Tegg is respected arts writer and curator Jasmin Stephens. Stephens’ essays along with selected images and films, and biographical information of both artists, are available on the Samstag Program website.

Samstag Museum of Art Director Erica Green in extending her congratulations to these two outstanding recipients, noted that ‘the Samstag Scholarships have now been awarded for over twenty years, a remarkable legacy that has provided all scholars with significantly enhanced opportunities for developing their practice and furthering their careers. The Samstag Bequest is a legacy that with prudent management, and despite the world-wide financial situation affecting many benefactions, will continue in perpetuity’.

For further information contact
Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art
Tel + 618 (08) 8302 0872
Email: erica.green@unisa.edu.au