(For release on November 12, 1999)
Eight artists from around Australia will have the historic distinction of being the ultimate Samstag Scholarship recipients of the outgoing millennium, when the University of South Australia presents the Year 2000, Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships today.
In his introduction to the Class of 2000 catalogue, Samstag Program director Ross Wolfe suggests the need for "a little whoopin' and hollerin' to join the gathering millennial euphoria". More seriously, Wolfe goes on to observe "that the opportunity provided by the Samstag benefaction, its material generosity and the privileged latitude it offers for sustained artistic exploration, is simply without equal in Australia." He describes Gordon and Anne Samstag "as exemplars of vision devoted to the encouragement of talent!"
The gold-edged Samstag Scholarships are far and away the richest awards offered in Australia for visual artists to study overseas. This is the eighth group of scholarship recipients announced since the Samstag bequest was established in 1992, and brings the number of Samstag Scholarships now awarded to sixty-two (62), in total.
The eight Samstag Scholars are Sally-Ann Rowland (South Australia), Károly Keserü, David Ralph and Paula Wong (Victoria), John Harris and Marco Masci (Queensland), Troy Ruffels (Tasmania) and Elvis Richardson (New South Wales). They will share well over $500,000 in generous stipends, return airfares and institutional fees, for study overseas in the visual arts commencing next year.
Year 2000 Samstag catalogue essayist James Moss takes up the millennial theme, observing wryly that, 'next year, Andy Warhol will be an artist who lived in the last century.' (We finally have something to think about with this!). Moss lectures in art history and theory at the South Australian School of Art, and his current research engages with contemporary reassessments of history.
This year's Samstag selection committee was chaired by recently-appointed Head of the South Australian School of Art, Professor Noel Frankham, and included his School of Art colleague, Olga Sankey, and exciting young Brisbane-based artist Anne Wallace, herself a high-achieving former Samstag Scholar who studied at the Slade in 1994/95. Ms Wallace's most recently exhibited works - shown at the Darren Knight Gallery, in Sydney - were produced during a six months stay in Paris.
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