New gallery named
by Michèle Nardelli
The philanthropy of a former art lecturer at the South Australian School of Art, Gordon Samstag and his wife Anne, is being acknowledged by the University of South Australia in the naming of its new art museum gallery.
At the introductory launch of UniSA’s landmark building on North Terrace, Vice Chancellor, Professor Denise Bradley announced that the major new gallery now under construction will be named The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art – University of South Australia.
"The Samstag story is one of extraordinary generosity and a passion for nurturing Australian artistic talent through education and opportunity," Prof Bradley said.
"Today the Samstag name is associated with the development of some of Australia’s leading creative talents, through the unique opportunities made available by the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, awarded annually by the University of South Australia. In the 14 years since the scholarships were established, 105 artists have been supported to travel and study overseas."
The Samstag Fine Art bequest, now valued in excess of $10 million, is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the Australian context, supporting opportunities for Australian artists to undertake visual arts research internationally for extended periods.
The new Samstag Museum of Art, designed by John Wardle Architects in association with Hassell and scheduled to open late in 2007, will be a world-class facility of architectural distinction with the most contemporary of display features, including museum-standard climate control, specialised lighting systems and reinforced capacities for hanging large and heavy works. The gallery will feature display walls almost five metres in height. Stretching over two levels the 500 square metre gallery complex will be the second largest in the state.