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A swag of Samstagers

Anne Wallace's oil on canvas painting, Writer’s BlockThe UniSA Art Museum’s 2004 program will finish on a high note with the final exhibition in the museum’s current premises, Kindle and Swag: The Samstag Effect, on show until December 11.

Curated by Ross Wolfe, the exhibition features work by seven artists who are all past recipients of the UniSA administered Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, Australia's richest and most prestigious visual arts scholarship.

Now in their 13th year and funded through a visionary bequest by American artist Gordon Samstag, the scholarships have enabled almost 100 Australian artists to study overseas for lengthy periods of time.

This exhibition presents a selection of works by high-achieving Samstag artists (Deborah Paauwe, Nike Savvas, Tim Horn, Nicholas Folland, Anne Wallace and Megan Walch) revealing something of the eclectic richness and cutting edge strategies of Australia‘s hottest artistic talents.

Tim Horn's Discomedusae, Photo: Grant HancocA highlight of the exhibition opening on November 4 was the announcement – by William Thomas, a visiting Samstag trustee – of the recipients of the 2005 scholarships, including UniSA graduate Michael Kutschbach, and also Michael Graeve and Viveka Marksjo (Vic), Jemima Wyman (Qld), and Mikala Dwyer and Edward Wright (NSW).

Kindle and Swag will be the final exhibition at the Art Museum‘s current home at 54 North Terrace Adelaide, before the gallery closes its doors to make way for the construction of a new building (which will include a new art museum) due to be complete by 2007.

Following the UniSA season, the exhibition will tour to the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum from February 4 – April 24.