The winners of STRABAG Artaward International are chosen by a jury of international experts, who serve a three-year term. The jurors, who are drawn from the countries eligible for the prize, compile an initial shortlist based on materials submitted online, in a preliminary online judging process lasting several weeks. The artists selected are invited to submit original works for the final judging process. At the jury meeting in April, original works submitted by the artists selected are discussed, and the main prizewinner and the four winners of recognition prizes are nominated.
Viewing, comparison and contextualization of the original works is necessary in order to directly and intensely experience the artworks’ character – without it, a serious judgment as to their quality would be impossible.
For the three-year cycle from 2018–2020, the composition of the jury will be as follows:
Yilmaz Dziewior has been director of the Museum Ludwig Köln since February 2015. From October 2009 to January 2015 he managed the Kunsthaus Bregenz. From 2001 to 2008 he was director of the Kunstverein Hamburg. In 2015, Yilmaz Dziewior curated the Austrian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. Dziewior's texts regularly appear in Artforum (New York), Camera Austria (Graz) and Texte zur Kunst (Berlin). He has published over 50 books and catalogs on 20th and 21st century art. Dziewior earned his doctorate on Mies van der Rohe under the title "Looking through the mirror. Glass as a space-defining element in the work of Mies van der Rohe. "
Since 2010 Ulrike Groos has been director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. From 2002 to 2009, Groos, who holds a PhD in Art History, worked at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 2006 and 2008 she was coordinator of the German contributions of the Biennale São Paulo. Groos was and is a member of numerous committees: From 2004 to 2010 she was on the Advisory Board for Fine Arts / Exhibitions of the Goethe-Institut, from 2008 to 2013 in the Villa Massimo-Jury for Fine Arts and since 2009 in the Purchase Commission of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein. In 2017 she was appointed to the Federal Purchase Commission. In Stuttgart, the contemporary art expert realized thematic exhibitions such as "Eat Art. From Food in Art" and "I Got Rhythm. Art and Jazz since 1920".
Curator Krist Gruijthuijsen has been director of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin since July 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of the Grazer Kunstverein. Since 2011 he has been the lecturer for the master course in Fine Arts at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Gruijthuijsen is one of the founding directors of Kunstverein Amsterdam and has organized numerous exhibitions and projects over the last decade, e.g. at Manifesta 7 as part of Adam Budak's curatorial team (Trentino/South Tyrol), at the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade) or at the Swiss Institute (New York). Gruijthuijsen has publicized texts with numerous renowned art book publishers.
Günther Oberhollenzer is an art historian, curator and author. From 2006 to 2015 he was curator at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, before that he worked at the Department of Fine Arts in the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna. He curated inter alia "overlapping voices. Israeli and Palestinian Artists", the personal exhibition "Rosa Loy & Neo Rauch: Behind the Gardens"(2011) as well as the emerging artists exhibition "The Future of Painting" (2014). Since 2016 he has been working as a curator for the newly emerging art museum in Krems, the Landesgalerie Niederösterreich (opening in 2019). Oberhollenzer is a member of the South Tyrolean Cultural Advisory Council and lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2014 he published his book "Von der Liebe zur Kunst” („About the love of Art“).
Edith Raidl has been known for decades as a passionate collector of contemporary art and profound expert in the Austrian art scene. The collector’s main focus has always been on discovering and collecting young, not yet established artists. Through art-historical educational journeys and the visit of international large-scale exhibitions, she is constantly expanding her knowledge of the European art scene. As an experienced art lover, Edith Raidl has been supporting the jury of STRABAG Artaward International with her expertise and intuition since 2006.
Tanja Skorepa has been the head of the STRABAG Kunstforum since July 2013. After studying art history she gathered experience in several galleries worked at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna as an assistant curator and shop manager. Since 2004 Tanja Skorepa is active in all areas of STRABAG Kunstforum and the organization of STRABAG Artaward. As a curator she has realized more than 70 solo exhibitions of Artaward-winners and numerous special exhibitions, e.g. “Fathers_Daughters” or “Strich und Faden. 12 Zeichnerinnen” at the gallery space STRABAG Artlounge.
Wilhelm Weiß has been the director of STRABAG Kunstforum since the early nineties. In 1994, he called the predecessor of today’s STRABAG Artaward International, the Bau Holding art promotion prize for young art into life and has since been a permanent member of the jury. Wilhelm Weiß, himself the son of a Carinthian painter, is responsible for the acquisition of new works in the STRABAG Artcollection. In addition to his role as manager of SBS STRABAG Bau Holding GmbH he has devoted himself also privately to collecting modern and contemporary art.
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