Class of 2008 Samstag Scholarships


Wednesday, 10 October, 2007

The University of South Australia has announced the 2008 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships.

Five artists from around Australia have been presented the prestigious awards for study overseas in the visual arts, commencing in 2008. They are: Simon Terrill (Victoria); Hayden Fowler and Giles Ryder (NSW); Tracy Cornish (South Australia); and Joshua Webb (Western Australia).

This year’s Scholarship announcement coincides with the University of South Australia’s official opening – on Friday 12 October – of its new
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. The elegant, two-level gallery complex – named in honour of these two distinguished benefactors to Australian culture and their relationship with the University – is a world-class facility that answers a long-standing need in Adelaide for a second public gallery of scale.

The 2008 Samstag catalogue essayist is Louise Martin-Chew, a freelance writer based in Brisbane. She is Brisbane art critic for The Australian newspaper, and contributes regularly to art magazines, journals and exhibition catalogues. Like last year, the Class of 2008 catalogue once more includes the innovation of a DVD insert, reflecting the growing shift towards technology-based mediums among the new generation of visual artists.

Judges for the 2008 Samstag Scholarships were Professor Kay Lawrence, head of the South Australian School of Art, Paul Hoban, artist and lecturer at the School of Art, and Jon Cattapan, the prominent Melbourne-based painter.

Each Samstag Scholarship artist receives a twelve months living allowance of US$32,000 (United States dollars), as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees, commonly in excess of $30,000 a year at leading international art schools. Now in their sixteenth award year, the Samstag Scholarships are renowned for identifying artists of exciting talent, who progress to careers of high achievement. A total of 116 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded since 1992.

For further information contact – Ross Wolfe, Director, Samstag Program
Tel + 618 (08) 8302 0869; 0417 814 188 (m);