The winners of the second edition of the Open to Art Prize have been announced. The Prize is a biennial international competition dedicated to Art and Design Ceramics, developed and promoted by Officine Saffi Project.
There were 30 finalists (20 in the Art Ceramics section, 10 in the Design Ceramics section) from 18 countries. The international jury comprised Alberto Biagetti (Museo del Design 1880-1980), Laura Borghi (gallery owner, Officine Saffi, Milan, creator and promoter of the Prize), Carlotta De Bevilacqua (Architect, designer, Vice President of Artemide and President of Danese Milano), Mette Blum Marcher (director of Guldagergaard), Paolo Dell'Elce (designer specializing in products, furnishing and lighting), Flaminio Gualdoni (art professor and critic), Franco Marrocco (Director of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan), Shozo Michikawa (artist) and Kristina Riska (artist). The jury awarded the first prize for the two categories, both 5,000 euro, to Frank Louis (Germany, 1973) for the Art category, and Andrea Walsh (UK, 1974) for the Design category.
In addition to the first prizes for the two categories, three Artist's Residencies were awarded. Serena Zanardi (Italy, 1978) will go to Japan for ICAF (International Ceramic Art Festival in Sasama); Lut Laleman (Belgium, 1958) will go to Guldagergaard in Denmark, and Enrica Casentini (Italy, 1982) will go to Studio Amfora in Seinäjoki, Finland.
The winners of the two awards for Production were Michela Benedan (Italy, 1988) with FABLAB Milan, and Louisa Zahareas (Greece, 1987) with the Carlo Zauli Museum in Faenza.
The prize for people aged under 30, awarded by the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, went to Ahryun Lee (Korea, 1989). Heidi Jalkh (Colombia, 1986) won the Solo Show Prize offered by Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milan.
The Special Prize of 500 euro offered by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte was awarded to Rafael Pérez (Spain, 1957).
Lastly, La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo, the magazine published by Officine Saffi Publishing, awarded two special mentions for Ken Eastman (UK, 1960) and for Charlotte Thorup (Denmark, 1973), and it will publish a special catalogue section dedicated to the Open to Art Prize, with details on the finalists' artistic development and their work.
Announced the finalists of the second edition of the Open to Art Prize, biennial international competition dedicated to Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics, created and promoted by Officine Saffi.
Open to Art aims to enhance and promote the use of ceramics in contemporary architecture and design, recognising excellence and the most innovative trends in terms of style and technique.
Artist subscription has reached significant levels, demonstrating international interest in the Prize, now in its second edition. There were 300 entries, of which 210 were in the Art section and 90 in the Design section, from 48 countries from all 5 continents.
From these entries the jury selected 30 finalists (21 for Art Ceramics Section, 9 for Design Ceramics Section).
The finalist artists who will show their artworks in the collective exhibition at Officine Saffi Gallery are:
Art Ceramics Section Finalists
Baek Kyung Won (KR)
Benedan Michela (IT)
Bingham Anna (UK)
Bittl Petra (DE)
Bosevski Lidia (HR)
Casentini Enrica (IT)
Cooper Robert (UK)
Eastman Ken (UK)
Fløche Anne (DK)
Gardiner Emily (UK)
Huang Hua-Chen (TW)
Jalkh Heidi (CO)
Laleman Lut (BE)
Louis Frank (DE)
Onozawa Koichi (JP)
Pérez Rafael (ES)
Razumovskaya Irina (RU)
Taruta Hiroshi (JP)
Thorup Charlotte (DK)
Walsh Andrea (UK)
Zanardi Serena (IT)
Design Ceramics Section Finalists
Enjalbert Sylvie (FR)
Lee Ahryun (KR)
Lirhus Falke Svatun (NO)
O'Rorke Margaret (UK)
Paronetto Paola (IT)
Sironi Roberto (IT)
Turkoglu Erin (US)
Venables Prue (UK)
Zahareas Louisa (GR)
The international jury, made up of Alberto Biagetti (Museo del Design 1880-1980), Laura Borghi (gallery owner, Officine Saffi Milan, creator and promoter of the prize) Aileesh Carew (Project Director - Design & Crafts Council of Ireland), Carlotta de Bevilacqua (Architect, designer, Vice President of Artemide and President of Danese Milano), Paolo Dell'Elce (designer specialising in product, furniture and lighting design), Flaminio Gualdoni (professor and art critic), Franco Marrocco (Director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera), Shozo Michikawa (artist) and Kristina Riska (artist) will also choose the winners of the second edition of Open to Art, which will be announced on 22 February 2017 at the launch of the exhibition presenting all the finalist works.
The exhibition will be held at the Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, and will be open to the public from 22 February to 15 March 2017.
CALL FOR ARTISTS! Open to Art, International Contemporary Art and Design Ceramics Competition invites applications.
From 31 March 2016, applications are open for Open to Art that is offering:
- 2 Money Prizes for a total of 10,000* euro
- 3 Artist's Residencies in Japan, Finland and Denmark
- 2 Production Prizes at Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza and FABLAB, Milan
- 1 Under 30 Prize offered by Accademia di Brera, Milan
- 1 Solo Show Prize offered by Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milan
- 1 Special Prize by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte
Finalists' works will be showed at the Final Exhibition at Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan.
There are two sections to which apply for: Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics.
Applications deadline: by
30 June 2016
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