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 2021–2023, the composition of the jury will be as follows:
Art historian, curator and culture manager, based in Trnava and Bratislava and focusing on modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries in a Central European context. Since 2019, Beskid has been the director of the Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the artistic director of the European Capital of Culture Košice 2013. From 2004-2006, Beskid participated in the East Art Map project, which published East Art Map - Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe (Afterall Boods - MIT Press Cambridge) in 2006. From 1998-2002 Beskid taught at the Department of Visual Arts and Intermedia at the Faculty of Arts of TU Košice, and from 1996 to 1998 he was project leader of international grants at Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia. Vladimír Beskid obtained a PhD in philosophy from Comenius University in Bratislava.
Roman Grabner studied art history, German language and literature, and history at the Karl Franzens University in Graz. He worked as curator and research fellow at the Neue Galerie Graz, the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten Graz and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Since 2012 director of the BRUSEUM and curator of the Neue Galerie Graz at the Universalmuseum Joanneum. The main focus of his work is art after 1960 with a focus on performance and drawing. He has curated numerous exhibitions and written texts for publications. A selection of his exhibitions include "1968. The Great Innocence" (Bielefeld 2009), "Mother. New Images in Contemporary Art" (Graz 2010), "Damage Control. Body Art and Destruction 1968-1972" (Graz 2014), "Totalansicht. Retrospective Gerhard Rühm 1952-2015" (Graz 2015), "Yoshio Nakajima. Out of the Picture" (Graz 2017), "Schiele Brus Palme. Crash Dreams" (Vienna 2018), "As if with a Scalpel. The Action Drawings of Günter Brus" (Graz 2018), "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz. Conspiracy of Cephalopods" (Graz 2019), and "Freedom Will Have Been an Episode" (New York 2020).
Vít Havránek is a curator and art historian. He works as Vice Dean of Fine Arts Academy in Prague. From 2002 until 2019 he directed the contemporary art initiative tranzit.cz (part of www.tranzit.org), that was constituted as a discursively oriented exhibition space with an international publishing program. He serves as a member of various collective bodies namely Representative Board ELIA, advisory Board of Czech Minister of Culture and Art History Society (UHS).
Vít Havránek co-curated and curated exhibition at various venues, most recently Come Closer, Matter of Art, Prague, Death and Alive, 9th U3 MG+MSUM Ljubljana, Jakarta Biennale 2017, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, VOX Montréal, New Museum HUB New York, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Manifesta 8 Murcia, Centro Monthermoso, Espace Electra Paris, pas Prague and others. He is the editor or co-editor of several books and catalogues published at JRP Ringier, such as: Eva Koťátková, H.U. Obrist, Jan Mancuska, Atlas to Transformation, Autobiographies, The Need to Document, Lanterna Magika, action, word, movement, space. Havránek also regularly contributes texts to artists’ catalogues and art magazines.
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.
After obtaining a Master from the University of Warsaw, Anda Rottenberg was employed at the Polish Academy of Sciences (1973–1986). She was the founder of EGIT Art Foundation (1986), Soros Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1992) and Institute of Art Promotion Foundation (1997). From 1993–2001 she served as the director of the ‘Zachęta’ National Art Gallery in Warsaw, thereafter visiting consultant of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2001–2002) and president of the Program Advisory board and the Program Director of the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2005–2007). Starting in the 1980s, she curated many international exhibitions worldwide, such as the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1993–2001), I Kwangju Biennale (1995) and Sao Paolo Biennale (1997– 2007). Co-founder and board member of Manifesta 1, fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2015/2016) and member of the selection committee of Documenta 12. Academic teacher in Poland and abroad. Author of the numerous texts on art, most recently published From Poland with Love, Letters to Harald Szeemann, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2019. Since 2017 editor of the culture section in Vogue PL, since 2012 personal weekly radio broadcast Andymateria.
Hajnalka Somogyi is a curator based in Budapest. Since 2014, she has worked as leader and co-curator of OFF-Biennale Budapest, the largest state-free international art project in Central-Europe, which she initiated. After two editions in 2015 and 2017, the third edition of the biennale is scheduled for May 2021. In 2013–2014, she was editor of artmagazin.hu. Between 2009 and 2012 she served as curator at Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, and between 2001 and 2006 at Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest. She co-founded two independent art spaces, Dinamo (2002–2006) and Impex (2006–2008), both in Budapest. She holds a diploma in Art History from ELTE Budapest, and a Master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
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.