European artists to compete for Henkel Art Award

European artists to compete for Henkel Art Award

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European artists to compete for Henkel Art Award

Last year a work by Estonian artist Marge Monko won the Henkel award.

Henkel Central Eastern Europe (Henkel CEE) is calling for artists to submit their entries to its 12th art award competition. The art award targets creative visual artists from 23 countries in the region, including Turkey. The prize is granted in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria and Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art (mumok). The winner will not only be given a monetary prize of 7,000 euros, but an exhibition in the artist’s native country and an individual presentation at mumok in Vienna. Thus the total value of the art prize will be 35,000 euros.

 “Art contributes to mutual understanding and thus to a positive coexistence among people,” said Günter Thumser, president of Henkel CEE. “With our Henkel Art Award, we aim to promote this development in Eastern Europe.”

This year the award will once again honor outstanding and innovative works submitted by visual artists in the fields of painting, drawing, photography, video and installation. A prominent international jury will convene in the summer of 2013 to nominate five finalists from among the entries to win the main prize. The winner will be announced at a gala award ceremony to be held in Vienna in December 2013.

Talented young Austrian artists can also submit their entries for the Henkel Young Artists Prize Austria and receive a financial grant of 2,000 euros.

In addition, Henkel CEE will once again give a third prize, a scholarship worth 2,000 euros, to a young Eastern European artist. The prize winner will be selected from the participants of the artists-in-residence program of KulturKontakt Austria.

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