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Stanislav Libenský Award
The Prague Gallery of Czech Glass (PGCG) has already organized it’s fifth year of the competitive international exhibition of art universities graduate’s Stanislav Libenský Award. In 2013 more contestants have submitted their work than in any of the previous competitions and 10 universities entered submissions for the very first time.
The first round saw an international jury select 52 exhibitors out of a total of 71 applicants. Artists came from all over the world: Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United States, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Exceptionally inspiring collection of art works created by the youngest generation of glassmaking artists offers a remarkable experience for the experts as well as the general public.
The first place in Stanislav Libenský Award 2013 won Ieva Voroneckyte (Lithuania) for the work entitled Bite That. The expert jury, chaired by the major New York gallerist Douglas Heller, considered her work to be a highly professional and quality craftsmanship. This object reflects the contrast of precious jewel and aggressiveness with the deterrent effect of a weapon. The overall impression of the exhibit is enhanced by displaying the objects on bandages.
The second place in Stanislav Libenský Award 2013 won Terese William Waenerlund (Sweden) for the work entitled Florence Table, which demonstrates stopping some action in time, with a touch of melancholy. The jury appreciated the innovative combination of textile and glass forms.
The third place in Stanislav Libenský Award 2013 won Veronika Reková (Czech Republic) for the work entitled Pure Blood. This object was awarded for its playfulness that goes against the traditional principles of glassmaking; it is provocative and goes beyond the existing boundaries of the field. This is exactly what the fresh graduates should strive for.
The whole press release see below in Pdf.
Chairman of the jury Douglas Heller said on the selection: „Members of the jury tried to keep the memory of Stanislav Libenský reflecting in his openness in approach to new ideas and trends in the young generation. “ The jury was very pleased with the quality, increasing professionalism, diversity of expressions, used techniques and interconnection of artistic disciplines. All this is reflected in the selection of winners in Stanislav Libenský Award 2013.
Price for glass artists from around the world – the fifth edition of Stanislav Libenský Award
Stanislav Libenský Award competition is open to young artists, to any graduates of bachelor or master programs around the world who have used glass in their final thesis projects.
Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, which has during five years of its existence gained a reputation in the world of contemporary art glass and glass design, concluded in June call for entry. In a total 35 art universities have applied, of which 10 for the first time.
Out of 71 applications, the most contestants for the past five years, the jury selected in the preliminary assessment 52 exhibitors. Artists come from all over the world: Australia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.
The international jury consists of several experts in contemporary glass. The jurors include Sven Hauschke, the director of the European Museum of Modern Glass in Coburg, Germany and the curator of the art collections at Veste Coburg, Douglas Heller, the owner of Heller Gallery in New York, Milan Hlaveš, Ph.D., an art historian, curator, and the head of the glass, ceramics, and porcelain collections in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Martin Janecký a Czech glass artist and educator active mainly in the U.S., Sylva Petrová, an emeritus professor of the University of Sunderland in the UK, and Angela van der Burght, a Dutch writer, independent curator, and consultant who specializes in glass.
“I greatly appreciate the work of the jurors, for whom it was not easy at all in the preliminary assessment," says after the first round director of Prague Gallery of Czech Glass Kateřina Čapková. "Individual objects and entire installations, which work with light, new media or even using musical instruments, await us."
The first place winner will receive opportunities that will further their glass careers - admission into a course at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in the US for a three-week residency program during the summer of 2014. The second place winner will receive a one-week stay at glass company AJETO. Moser, another Czech glass company, will also award a special prize. Additionally, first, second, and third place winners will have their pieces sold at an art and antiques auction on 23.11.2013 at the Marriott Hotel Prague. The auction is organized by auction house Dorotheum.
Part of the autumn exhibition will be also a Glass symposium entitled "Glass from Different Angles", which will present to the public lectures given by the jury members and guests. The symposium will be between 20. – 21.9. 2013, and will create place for the confrontation of different points of view in the glass scene in the Czech Republic and abroad. For all participants of the exhibition and for the public is also scheduled a special journey mapping the Czech glass industry in North Bohemia.
The initiator of Stanislav Libenský Award is Prague Gallery of Czech Glass.
The exhibition is co-organized by the Prague Castle Administration and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, under the auspices of the painter Jaroslava Brychtová and the U.S. Embassy in Prague. The curator of the exhibition is Milan Hlaveš and the architect and exhibition is Jan Kalous.
PRACTICAL INFORMATIONVenue: Royal Summer Palace at Prague Castle
Dates: 20.9. -.1.12.2013
Exhibition opening hours: every day from 10 to 18 hours
Admission: Elementary – 100 CZK, reduced (children 7-15 years, seniors, students) - 60 CZK, group tickets for more than 20 people – 50 CZK, family ticket (2 adults +2 children) - 250 CZK, teacher, journalist – free.
Catalogue price is 300 CZK.
In 2013 will Prague Gallery of Czech Glass announce for the fifth time a prize Stanislav Libenský Award. The competition is open to young artists, graduate Bachelors or Masters, from all over the world who used glass in their final thesis. Initiator and the main organiser of the competition is Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. Co-organisers are Prague Castle Administration and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
Jury is composed of distinguished experts in glass scene such as director of the European Museum of Modern Glass in Coburg in Germany Sven Hauschke, owner of the Heller Gallery in New York Douglas Heller, head of glass, ceramics and porcelain collections in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague Milan Hlaveš, Czech glass-maker and pedagogue active mainly in the U.S. Martin Janecký, Emeritus Professor of the University of Sunderland in the UK Sylva Petrová, Dutch journalist specialized in glass Angela van der Burght.
The first prize is three-week summer residency in Pilchuck Glass School in the U.S. with course of own choice in 2014. The winner has thanks to it the unique possibility to work in the international environment, to meet foreign colleagues and gather valuable experience for their future practice. The second prize is a one-week stay at the glass company AJETO. First three awarded objects will have the possibility to be auctioned at a glass auction organized by the auction house Dorotheum in the autumn of this year. Glass company Moser will award special prize for excellent design and quality craft work.
In the second half of July 2013 will the international jury select from all entries candidates whose work will be than exhibited at the Royal Summer Palace at the Prague Castle from 20.9 – 1.12. 2013. The final assessment will be based on actual works and will take place on 19.9.2013. On the same day the winner will be officially announced at the gala evening at the Ball Game Room at the Prague Castle.
"We need to encourage young artists, especially in the field of glass, which has a strong tradition in the Czech lands," says Kateřina Čapková, director of the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass. "By initiating Stanislav Libenský Award we do not only honour the memory of the excellent Czech glassmaker, but we also want to motivate young artists in their further work in the field of glass."
Application form, photos of the artwork, CV and annotation of the artwork must be sent not later than 28 June 2013 to Prague Gallery of Czech Glass.
International glass exhibition Stanislav Libenský Award 2013 will be in the Royal Summer Palace at the Prague Castle from 20.9.-1.12.2013.
In the cloister of St. George’s Convent at Prague Castle the 4th year of international exhibition Stanislav Libenský Award 2012 & Cherchez la femme takes place.
The display of graduate works is coupled with the exhibition Cherchez la femme, which is both confrontation and reminder of joint art work of Jaroslava Brychtová, a patroness of the Award and Professor Stanislav Libenský, a personality, whose name the competition bears.
Also this year, hundreds of young glassmaking artists from around the world entered the competition. The expert jury short listed 48 exhibitors. The list of countries, where contestants studied, is represented by Japan, Australia, USA, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Korea, China, Latvia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and of course Czech Republic. Stanislav Libenský Award is an extraordinary opportunity for young glassmakers to present their graduate works, created by any glassmaking technique, in a representative environment and on an international level.
The winner was decided by a jury composed of respected experts: Uta M. Klotz, Jiří Harcuba, Milan Hlaveš, Oldřich Palata, Oldřich Plíva, Jidnřich Smetana and Jiří Šetlík.
The variety and variability of glass, its traditional way of processing or, on the contrary, original approaches, crazy design ideas and authors’ testimonies are situated in the interesting area of the cloister adjacent to the St. George’s Convent at Prague Castle.
Also this year, we can observe certain areas and topics, approaches and forms that were processed in glass form by the authors.