Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
09. 01 2018
Icelandic Art Prize Established



Icelandic Art Prize will be awarded for the first time in February next year. An open call for nominations has been launched on Icelandic Visual Arts Fund’s homepage,


Icelandic Visual Arts Council is the founder of the prize, who’s aim is to honour and promote outstanding Icelandic contemporary art and encourage new artistic forms and creation.


The prize will be awarded in two categories: Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year.

The main prize, 1 million Icelandic krona, will be awarded to an Icelandic artist or an artist residing in Iceland, who has exhibited outstanding work in Iceland in the past year 2017. The prize for the emerging artist of the year, five hundred thousand Icelandic krona, will be awarded to a young artist who has earned his or hers Bachelors Degree in the past 5 years and has exhibited publicly within that time.


The jury of Icelandic Art Prize is appointed for one year and its members are nominated by Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Art Theory Association of Iceland, Icelandic Visual Arts Council, Icelandic art museum directors (Icelandic National Gallery, Akureyri Art Museum, Reykjavík Art Museum, Kópavogur Art Museum, The Living Art Museum, LÁ Art Museum, Reykjanesbær Art Museum, ASÍ Art Museum) and The Association of Icelandic Artists.


The members of the jury of Icelandic Art Prize 2017-2018 are:


Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, artist (The Association of Icelandic Artists)

Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir, Dean of Fine Arts at Icelandic Academy of the Arts

Magnús Gestsson, chairman of Art Theory Association of Iceland

Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, representative of Icelandic art museum directors

Margrét Kristín Sigurðardóttir, chairman of Icelandic Visual Arts Council







Björg Stefánsdóttir, director IAC, tel.: +354 864 6822

Hera Guðmundsdóttir, project manager of Icelandic Art Prize, tel.: +33 6 95 80 99 98,


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