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Wednesday July 25, 2018 | by Valerie Hughes

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award 2019

The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation, centered at Museum Kunstpalast in Germany, is calling for submissions to the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award for 2019. Participants cannot be older than 40 years of age by 2019 and their chosen artwork must be from either 2017 or 2018. Each artist can submit three artworks in the form of images, with no more than three images per work, and the artist must own all rights of the images. The biennial award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euro (roughly 12,300 US dollars) is granted to artists whose works feature glass in a significant display of skill and creativity. In addition, two Talent Prizes are awarded, each consisting of 1,500 Euro (roughly 1,845 US dollars) and there are Honorary Diplomas granted as well. The deadline is October 14, 2018 and those who are interested may apply here. Applications may be submitted in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish but any further correspondence will be in English. A choice of entries will be published in the Journal Neues Glas/New Glass. Winners are selected by a jury and the awards will be announced in the Spring of 2019.

The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation was founded in 1984 by Ruth-Maria Franz in Vienna to commemorate her late daughter and artist Jutta Cuny (1940-1983). From the mid-1970s to her death, Cuny was a prominent European sculptor who favored transparent glass and incorporated bronze and porcelain into her works. At the bequest of Ruth-Maria Franz, her daughter’s art is owned by Museum Kunspalast in a collection of five major and a number of smaller works of art.

Last year, the 2017 Jutta Cuny-Granz Memorial Award was granted to Anjali Srinivasan for her work entitled “Inflorescence (arch),” a delicate arrangement of flame-worked glass filaments in the form of a fantastical arch. Srinivasan has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. The 2017 Talent Awards were granted to Thomas Kuhn from Germany and Madisyn Zabel from Australia. Kuhn’s work, entitled “Anraum,” consisted of varying molten glass pieces that were stacked on top of each other, reminiscent of stacked styrofoam plates. Zabel won the other Talent Award for her work “Refract”, which highlights the relationship between two-dimensional objects and their three-dimensional counterparts. Zabel has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University School of Art and has participated in a multitude of workshops abroad, such as at The Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass.  

Museum Kunspalast opened in 2001 in Dusseldorf, Germany, and today features a range of contemporary art and encourages the public to adopt a new perspectives. Recently, it has exhibited a collection of etchings by the renowned Baroque painter Rembrandt van Rijn. 

For more information to apply, visit award's official website.

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