The recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship for 2020 were announced this week.
Kate Power (SA) and Marlee McMahon (VIC) were announced as joint recipients of the 2020 Scholarship, providing each artist with institutional fees for one academic year of study and a US $50,000 tax free allowance. The competitive national scholarship program, now in its 28th year, is open to students and recent graduates.
An alumnus of the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA, Kate Power graduated from the South Australian School of Art with First Class Honours in 2014. Working primarily in sculpture, her practice also encompasses video, performance, textiles and installation in its exploration of social environments and social constructions.
"Power’s assemblages and sculptural arrangements feel very much like an exteriorisation of unconscious processes in which the conflicting and contradictory impulses that govern intimate relationships are laid bare," says Anna Zagala of the Samstag Museum of Art. "What Power proposes about the experience of gender, sexuality and corporeality is complex."
Power has previously been awarded the Constance Gordon-Johnson Sculpture and Installation Prize, Carclew Professional Development grants, and Helpmann Academy grants. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, FELTSpace, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (NSW), West Space (VIC) and NARS Foundation Gallery (USA). She has completed residencies in Reykjavik, Iceland, Brooklyn, New York, and the British School at Rome, Italy.