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Winners of the International Competition OKNOPLAST FOR ART Announced

Winners of the International Competition OKNOPLAST FOR ART Announced

Published at:28.04.2023

Following two days of intense deliberation, a jury comprised of Anda Rottenberg, Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bednarczyk, Edyta Kurpiel-Placek, Maria Anna Potocka, and Andrzej Starmach have selected the winners of the inaugural edition of the OKNOPLAST FOR ART international competition, held in collaboration with MOCAK The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. Over 200 submissions were received from artists not only from Poland, but also from Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, and France. We are delighted to announce that three winners were chosen, and all participants were notified of the results via email. In addition to the grand prize of 8,000 euros, two distinctions of 2,000 euros each were also awarded. The winning works will be exhibited at MOCAK starting on June 26, 2023, and the exhibition will run until September 17th.

The competition task that the artists had to face was to create an artistic work in any technique, the basis of which is a window.

The submitted works were evaluated by a distinguished jury consisting of:

  • Anda Rottenberg, an art historian, critic, and curator, organizer of Polish artistic life. She has been the director of Zachęta Gallery for many years. Co-founder of the independent Egit Foundation, the Institute for Art Promotion Foundation, and the Batory Foundation's Center for Contemporary Art. A publicist with numerous critical texts on art published in several languages. Curator of numerous exhibitions promoting Polish art in the country and abroad. Author of novels, essays, and diaries. Host of the radio program Andymateria on Tok FM and the culture section in "Vogue" magazine.
  • Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bednarczyk, a Polish painter, graphic artist, draftsman, sculptor, professor of fine arts, academic teacher at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and rector of this university. Author of over fifty solo exhibitions and participant in over two hundred group exhibitions in twenty-nine countries. Long-time board member, program council member, curator, and jury member of the International Print Triennial in Krakow. His work has been honored, among others, with the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art of Poland (1987), the Award of the Małopolskie Voivodeship for outstanding actions for the development and promotion of culture ARS QUAERENDI (2017), and the Silver Medal "Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis" (2019).
  • Edyta Kurpiel-Placek, art collector, representative of the OKNOPLAST company - sponsor of the awards.
  • Maria Anna Potocka, art critic and philosopher. Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK. Founder of four author's galleries (1972–2010), creator of an international art collection (1973–2010, donated to MOCAK), and curator of numerous exhibitions. Member of IKG, AICA, ICOM, SPP, editor of the artistic and philosophical magazine "Tumult" (1990–1994). Author of many books on art.
  • Andrzej Starmach, an art dealer, art historian, and collector, who, since 1989, has been running the Starmach Gallery in Krakow together with his wife Teresa.