Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award

A collaboration between studio das weisse haus,
the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and Erste Bank

A success from the very beginning, Erste Bank’s partnership with das weisse haus continues: In 2016, the Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award will be awarded for the first time.

Artists whose work has already been presented in das weisse haus or who have participated in the studio and residence program of studio das weisse haus are eligible to submit entries for the MoreVALUE Art Award. It includes a one-month residency in New York, and an exhibition on the 11th floor of the Austrian Cultural Forum located in the city, from July 7 to 31, 2016. Travel and accommodation expenses will also be covered. The prize was realized in collaboration with studio das weisse haus and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
In 2016, an Honorable Mention, worth 1,500 euros and including a solo exhibition at das weisse haus, will also be awarded.

Jury Members
Boris Manner (curator, theorist and author)

Eva Schlegel (artist)
Andrei Siclodi (director of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen)
Ruth Goubran (director of Erste Bank’s MoreVALUE Sponsoring Program)
Alexandra Grausam (director of das weisse haus and studio das weisse haus)

Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award

Jury Statement
This award was initiated with the aim to promote a young artist and facilitate a one-month residency in New York as a phase of inspiration and to expand his/her own network.

After intense discussion, the jury unanimously chose Ulrike Königshofer, for the impressive clarity and accuracy of her artistic practice as well as its precise, analytically investigative character. In her works, the artist uses simple arrangements and apparatuses to observe and examine the relationship between the artistic object, the viewer’s perception and her own position. This results in new perspectives of seemingly natural processes.

Erste Bank MoreVALUE Art Award – Honorable Mention
Recipient 2016: SAMUEL SCHAAB

Given the close decision, the runner-up Samuel Schaab received an Honorable Mention upon the jury’s recommendation.

His works are fascinating in their formal quality. In his space-consuming installations and aesthetic objects, the artist primarily works with sound and light. He succeeds in making manifest immaterial phenomena such as wind, air or lightning.

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