Dr James Newitt, Head of Visual Communication at the Tasmanian School of Art, is one of the two recipients of the annual Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships.
Dr Newitt said the scholarship was very welcome.
“The Samstag Scholarship will allow me to continue the existing field of enquiry and continue the research I have been undertaking for the past few years.”
Dr Newitt said his art practice investigates the ways contemporary art can represent cultural and social realities and also seeks to explore issues of ethics.
“I love travel and it is also an important aspect of what I do in my art, so grants and funding are very helpful.”
About the Samstag Scholarships:
The Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1992 through the generous bequest of Gordon Samstag, an American artist who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art. They are renowned as 'golden passports' to professional success in the visual arts and for identifying artists of exciting talent, who progress to careers of high achievement.
The Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are awarded for study overseas in the visual arts. Each scholarship includes a tax-exempt stipend of US$37,000, institutional fees and return airfares.
Through a partnership with the Australia Council's Visual Arts Board, the Australia Council for the Arts and Anne and Gordon Samstag ISCP Residencies are awarded for six-month residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, including accommodation and a stipend of AUD$25,000.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
21 February, 2012