Samstag Museum

Image: Samstag Museum of Art, 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds, launch event, March 2018. Photography by Sia Duff.


Bold, creative and responsive to developments in the contemporary visual arts, the University of South Australia’s Samstag Museum of Art is a leading university art museum known nationally for its outstanding artistic programming.

The Samstag Museum of Art's core funding is provided by the University of South Australia, however it relies on partnerships and a variety of funding sources to develop and extend these programs and its community engagement.

Your donations can help the Samstag Museum of Art to stimulate, challenge and engage its audiences with a program of innovative exhibitions, publications, artists' talks and events that shape the visual arts and positively impact the cultural life of South Australia.

For information about supporting the Samstag Museum of Art or to discuss partnerships please contact

Erica Green
Samstag Museum of Art Director

Tel: (08) 8302 0872.

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Samstag scholarships

Samstag Museum of Art installation

Zoe KIRKWOOD, The Screen Set Series, 2015, installation view, CACSA Contemporary. Photograph Che Chorley.
Zoe Kirkwood was Samstag Scholar in 2017.

Samstag Scholarships provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills outside Australia through a dedicated period of practice based learning.

The generous scholarships cover costs for, institutional fees for one academic year and a US $50,000 tax free allowance, airfares, travel and medical insurance.

The Samstag Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of Gordon Samstag (1906-1990), an American artist who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art, a part of the University of South Australia.

This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia, and has enabled to-date 142 Australian artists to study overseas.

>> Find out more about leaving a bequest to the University of South Australia.

100% of your gift will support the Samstag Museum to provide a program of innovative exhibitions and visual arts events, with no administration fees applied to your donation.


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Image: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds, installation view featuring Angelica Mesiti, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photograph by Sam Noonan.