Celeste prize

Celeste Prize, artists and art

Celeste Prize is an annual, international contemporary arts prize, open to all artists without limits of age, sex or profession. In 2010 there are 40,000 € awards in five prize categories: Painting (8,000 €); Photography & Digital Graphics (8,000 €); Video & Animation (8,000 €); Installation, Sculpture & Performance (8,000 €); and Live Media (8,000 €). The prize is particularly attractive to artists because the 50 finalist artists themselves vote the prize money according to the majority principle (who receives most votes wins the prizes). In 2009, nearly 1,500 artists worldwide presented a work to the prize.

Celeste Prize 2011, 3rd Edition
Celeste Prize is an annual, international contemporary arts prize, open to all artists without limits of age, sex or profession. In 2011 there are 30,000 € awards in five prize categories: Painting (6,000 €); Photography & Digital Graphics (6,000 €); Video & Animation (6,000 €); Installation, Sculpture & Performance (6,000 €); and Live Media (6,000 €).
Jurors 2011: Eugene Tan (Singapore/UK) and Sara Reisman (USA)

Selection Committee: Joseph Gaylard (South Africa), Mami Kataoka (Japan), Bibi Katholm (UK, Denmark), Oxana Maleeva (Russia), Davide Quadrio (Thailand, Italy), Erin Sickler (USA), WonGi Sul (South Korea), Philip Tinari (China, USA), Nicola Trezzi (USA).
Live Media & Performance Prize Selection Committee: Digicult - Marco Mancuso (Italy), Fonlad Festival - Jose Peirera (Portugal), Forward Motion Theater - Erik Dunlap (USA), Otolab-Orgone - Bertrand Niessen (Italy), Claudio Sinatti (Italy), Marius Watz (Norway, USA).

The prize is open to any person practicing art, whether full or part-time professionals, students and self-taught artists from anywhere in the world. There are no limits for age, sex, experience or qualifications. The prize encourages participation by artists at every level.

Celeste Prize
2011: name of artist winners
Painting Prize: Jane Lee
Photography & Digital Graphics: William Miller
Video & Animation Prize: Shahar Marcus
Installation & Sculpture: Vertical Submarine
Live Media & Perforance: Fuse

Celeste Prize (International)
2010 - 2nd edition: name of artist winners
Painting Prize: Gianni Politi
Photography & Digital Graphics: Fabiano Parisi
Video & Animation Prize: Ed Purver
Installation & Sculpture: Lisa Wade
Live Media: Fuse

Premio Celeste (Italy only)
2010 - 7th edition: winners
Painting: Laura Bisotti
Photography & Digital Graphics: Mario Rossi
Video & Animation: Paola Sunday
Installation & Sculpture: Quiet Ensemble

Celeste Prize (International)
2009 - first edition: winners
Painting Prize: Michael Luther
Photography & Digital Graphics: Olivier Fermariello
Video & Animation Prize: Surabhi Saraf
Installation & Sculpture: Clement Price-Thomas
Live Media: Otolab die Orgone

Premio Celeste (Italy only)
2009 - 6th edition: winners
Painting: Paul Beel
Photography & Digital Graphics: Silvia Noferi
Video & Animation: Silvio Giordano
Installation & Sculpture: Gianfranco Pulitano

5th edition: winners-
Painting: Domenico Dell’Osso
Photography: Samantha Casolari
Video, Installation & Sculpture: Lara Mezzapelle & Giacomo Deriu
Student Artist: Lorenzo Aceto

4th edition: winners-
Painting: Nicola Villa
Photography: Silvia Camporesi
Video: Luna Amato
Student Artist: Tiziano Soro

3rd edition: winners-
Painting: Antonella Cinelli
Photography & New Media: Cristian Castelnuovo
Student Artist: Pierluigi Febbraio

2nd edition: winners-
Painting: Angelo Bellobono
Photography & New Media: Nicola Vinci
Student Painting: Maurizio Cariati
Student Photography & New Media: Amanda Chiarucci

1st edition: winners-
Artist: Valerio Berruti
Emerging Artist: Mauro Di Silvestre
Student Artist: Erika Di Rocco

Celeste Kunstpreis (Germany only)
Only one edition in 2008:
Artist: Maya Zack
Student Artist: Stefanie Klingemann

Celeste Art Prize (UK only )
Only two editions in 2006 and 2007:
2nd edition: winners-
Artist: Shane Bradford
Student Artist: Rachel Thorlby

1st edition: winners-
Artist: Natasha Kidd
Student Artist: Shaan Syed

celeste prize

Celeste Prize is organised by an Italian non-profit cultural association called ‘Associazione Culturale L’Albero Celeste’ founded by Steven Music in 2004. The association promotes the work of international artists via ‘Celeste Prize’, an online network celesteprize.com which supports artists who participate in the prize, exhibitions and catalogue publication. A similar prize is organised in Italy called ‘Premio Celeste’ with its own supporting website premioceleste.it. Celeste has organised exhibitions around the world from Berlin (Germany) to Miami (USA), from Milano (Italy) to London (UK).

What is Modern Art?

text-align:justify; For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition. Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter. But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed. Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed. Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art. From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906) . He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way. By the late 1960's,and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.

What is Contemporary Art?

text-align:justify; Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime. The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.

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