​A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to Australian visual artists to complete a year-long placement in an international learning institution.

Image: Jane Skeer, True Blue, 2019, used truck rachet straps, steel, timber,
acrylic, 300 x 400 x 120cm. Photo: Grant Hancock


The annual Samstag Scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning in an international learning institution.

The scholarship provides each artist with institutional fees for one academic year of study and a US$50,000 tax free allowance and covers travel expenses to a leading international art school of their choice. The competitive national scholarship program, established in 1992, is open to students, recent graduates–and, for the first time since its inception–to applicants who have been graduates of more than five years standing.

2023 Applications open March 1 2022

Announcing the 2022 Samstag Scholars

Jane Skeer (SA) and Trent Crawford (Vic) have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Samstag Scholarship for 2022.

Jane Skeer works across installation, textiles and photography often incorporating found objects and materials. She graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2015 and has undertaken residencies and exhibited widely in South Australia for the past five years in solo and group exhibitions.

Trent Crawford graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2017. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, interstate and overseas. He works with photography, video, and installation to consider the effect images and image-based technology have on human perception and agency.

Erica Green, Director of the Samstag Museum of Art, which administers the program, says, “We warmly congratulate the 2022 scholars on this tremendous achievement. We know from experience that it is a life-changing professional opportunity.”

The selection committee for the 2022 Samstag scholarships comprised Simon Biggs, Professor of Art, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA; 2005 Samstag scholar and Lecturer: School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA, Michael Kutschbach; and Naarm (Melbourne) based artist and 2004 Samstag scholar Dr Simone Slee.

Simone Slee says, “Skeer’s work demonstrates an investigation that is a deep dive and there's a real sense of curiosity evident in the practice. It is a great foundation for her to go overseas.”

Simon Biggs says, “Crawford's work is just so incisive and focused and exceptional in its execution.”



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,  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.

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Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.