HAAF: The Three Best will Get the Prize

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
Governmental Buiding 3, Yerevan, RA
Contact: Lusine Mnatsakanyan
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The Three Best will Get the Prize

Life is short, art is eternal…
The April 5th exhibition at the center of innovative and experimental art
(NPAK) served a taste of eternal art, displaying the works of the semi
finalists of the President of the Republic Youth Prize in the Fine Arts and
Film nomination.
The President of the Republic Prize was established 3 years ago by
initiative of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund and the sponsorship of the
Robert Boghossian & Sons Fund. The nominations are `Fine Arts & Film’ and
`Literature’, and beginning from 2005, a nomination for the best `Classical
Music’ was added. The Prize is to evaluate and encourage young Armenian
artists and promote their further advancement.
The `Fine Arts & Film’ nomination includes painting, sculpture, graphic
arts, tapestry, ceramics, photography, design, etc. Each year, the President
of the Republic gives away 3 prizes in this category, each including a
monetary award of $2500, a certificate and a medal.
Seyranoush Manoukian, a member of the panel of judges says, `The most
important thing is that year after year, quantitatively and qualitatively
the participants are growing. In a wider chose, the best catch the eye more
easily. Besides, for the winners, this Prize is a good financial and
spiritual inspiration for newer creations.’
This year of the 46 applicants, 28 made it to the final stage. Of the 28
finalists, 5 presented films, there were 2 collections of clothes, and
21artists contested with their paintings and photographs.
`Competition is quite acute. I can see there are very good paintings. I’m
not sure if my landscapes will win’ says one of the participants, a student
of the Panos Terlemezian Fine Arts academy Gayane Khachatrian.
`Of course, I would like to be amongst the winners; however participation is
already victory of a kind. If my paintings made it to the semi finals and
even if they are not chosen to be the best, at least, this means they are
good enough’, says a student of the Yerevan Arts Academy Knarik Harutiunian.

One of last year prize winners Hripsime Davtian admitted that the Prize has
not only been an assessment of victory for her, but has obliged her to paint
more and better. `I need to remain worthy of the Prize I received’ says
Hripsime. It has to be said that Arthur Hovannisian’s works who is also a
last year laureate, were recently displayed in one of the best galleries in
Moscow and received high praise.
While this year’s participants are still excited and full of hope awaiting
the evaluations of their creations; creations which are the embodiment of
their unique perception of the world, their taste, and boldness of youth,
creations which will be evaluated and selected by the commission of highly
competent specialists.
The Commission has already made its selection, but the names of the winners
will be announced only after the decision has been approved by the President
of Armenia.
The 3 prizes will surely go to the best 3 creations, to artists whose work
is most in the spirit of eternal art.

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