2013 Samstag Scholarships Announced

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 06 November 2012.

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The University of South Australia has announced the 2013 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships. The two recipients of the prestigious 2013 Samstag Scholarship are Christian Lock, from South Australia, and Alex Martinis Roe, from Melbourne.

The University has awarded the renowned and prestigious scholarships – for twelve months study overseas in the visual arts commencing in 2013 – on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, the celebrated American artist who taught at the South Australian School of Art in the 1960s. A total of 124 Samstag Scholarships have now been awarded since 1992.

Both artists receive a twelve months living allowance of US$43,000 (United States dollars), as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at a leading international art school of their choice.

Christian Lock, a graduate of the South Australian School of Art who continues to live and work in Adelaide, is a painter who draws on sources as diverse as surfboard design and European surrealism to create dream-like abstractions that bring ‘easy and difficult into a strange continuum’. His work was recently featured in Deep Space: New acquisitions from the Australian contemporary art collection at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2012, and in CACSA Contemporary 2010: The NEW NEW, at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Lock intends to use the Scholarship to expand his conceptual and aesthetic framework, developing his practice’s installation and sculptural potential.

Alex Martinis Roe is a multi-disciplinary artist who was awarded her PhD in Fine Arts from Melbourne’s Monash University in 2011, currently living and working in Berlin. Her conceptual practice examines the relationships between events and documents, histories and situations, using a feminist language to encourage dialogue and exchange. Alex has held recent solo exhibitions in Berlin, Sydney and Dublin, and has been curated into numerous group exhibitions such as Post-planning, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Letters from the Field, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, both in 2012, and Urban research project, Seoul Artspace Geumcheon, Seoul, 2011. The artist plans to use her scholarship to undertake post-doctoral research contributing to the production of a major documentary/situation design project.

Erica Green, Director of UniSA’s Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, which administers the scholarships program, has observed that “the Samstag Scholarships are golden passports to success, and they will provide Lock and Roe the time and context to develop as professional artists and perhaps even build international careers”.

“It’s become more and more clear to us in the past few years, just how important the Samstag Scholarships are to the ecology of Australian art. We are delighted that despite the continuing international economic slump that has impacted so severely on arts bequests and charitable cultural funding – the Samstag Trustee has ensured stability and continuity of the Program through its prudent management.”

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art University of South Australia, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Artist selectors for the 2013 Samstag Scholarships were Professor Kay Lawrence AM, Director of the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia; Louise Haselton, artist and lecturer at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia; and Callum Morton, an internationally exhibited artist and celebrated former recipient of a Samstag Scholarship, in 2003.

This year, respected art critic, writer, academic and broadcaster, Andrew Frost, has been commissioned to write short essays on Christian Lock and Alex Martinis Roe, available to read on the Samstag Program website, along with selected images and films and biographical information of both artists.