Sasha Grbich: 2018 Samstag Scholar

Sasha is a graduate of Adelaide Central School of Art, achieving a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours in 2003, and is the current Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) and BVA Honours Coordinator at the School

 

The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art have this week announced that Sasha Grbich is the South Australian recipient of a 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.

Grbich is a graduate of Adelaide Central School of Art, achieving a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours in 2003, and is the current Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) and BVA Honours Coordinator at the School.

Through the Samstag Scholarship she will receive a twelve-month living allowance of US $48,000, as well as travel expenses and the cost of institutional study fees at a leading international art school of her choice.

The Samstag Scholarships, nicknamed the “Golden Tickets,” are responsible for launching the international careers of many Australian artists.

“Sasha is a highly accomplished and most deserving recipient of this prestigious award,” says Ingrid Kellenbach, CEO Adelaide Central School of Art. “She is an inspiring artist and the School is excited for her to undertake this overseas study.”

The School is also celebrating the inclusion of Roy Ananda (graduate of the School (BVA with Honours, 2001) and current Head of Drawing) in Divided Worlds, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial, curated by Erica Green.

These recent announcements exemplify Adelaide Central School of Art’s dedication to excellence in visual arts education, and its track record of preparing students for successful careers as professional practising artists.

“So many of our graduates go on to achieve national and international acclaim,” says Kellenbach. “This is largely because they have been taught by extraordinary artists who themselves are leaders in the Australian visual arts sector. It is the School’s philosophy to employ academic staff who have active visual arts practices.”

Other members of the School’s academic staff to receive Samstag Scholarships are Nicholas Folland (Head of Sculpture); Monte Masi (BVA (L1) Coordinator); and Michael Kutschbach, who will return in 2018.

Christine Aerfeldt (BVA with Honours, 2001) is the only other graduate of Adelaide Central School of Art who has received a Samstag Scholarship (2006). She has since been collected by Charles Saatchi, David Roberts, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and her art practice is now based in Montpelier, France. 

Read more in the School's Media Release here.