The International Art Prize dedicated to ceramic production, sponsored by the Iris Ceramica Group Foundation, was established as a way of celebrating ceramics and its connections to art, design and architecture. The first edition is approaching, and there is now only one month left to register in order to participate.
There will be two sections. The first section, under 25, is only for young students enrolled in Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) institutions who can participate with a thesis or dissertation. The over 25 section, instead, is intended for professionals, artists and designers who have created a work or prototype by using ceramics. In fact, the prize is meant to highlight new and unprecedented ways of processing this material, which has been an essential part of human life for many centuries.
The purpose of the prize is not to submit existing works to the jury, but rather to encourage new ideas in order to nurture the talent of both Italians and foreigners who can pass on their know-how in the field of ceramics. This is a truly innovative aspect which, as Iris Ceramica Group explained, “comes from the belief that ideas are the starting point for building cooperation and developing talents”.
The Prize Jury consists of representatives of the sponsoring institutions and experts including Federica Minozzi (CEO of Iris Ceramica Group), Pietro Cantore (gallery owner), Giovanna Cassese (art historian and President of ISIA - Higher Institute for Artistic Industries of Faenza), Tommaso Corvi Mora (gallery owner and ceramist), Antonia Iannone (gallery owner), and Judith S. Schwartz (professor emeritus at New York University). The jurors will assess whether the shortlisted works are in keeping with the theme of the prize based on criteria such as originality, aesthetics, sustainability, and technical innovation. Besides awarding a prize to each category, the 10 best projects will be selected and featured at an exhibition that will take place at the Flagship Store of Iris Ceramica Group in Milan. This exhibition, which is likely to become a traveling exhibition to be held at the Group's international stores, has the potential to expand the prize's influence and become a useful tool to attract a greater number of people and enthusiasts to find out more about the world of ceramics.
Deadline to register and participate in the prize: September 30, 2022.
Full contest notice available at this link:
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