About Oskár Čepan Award

Named after a foremost Slovak art historian Oskár Čepán (1925 – 1992), Oskár Čepán award is a prestigious young visual artists award initiated in 1996 by Wendy W. Luers (Foundation – Center for Contemporary Arts, USA). The award is organised since 2001 in Slovakia by Foundation -Center for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava and is member of the international network YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards.

The award is intended for young visual artists under 40 years of age, living or being active in Slovakia. The award is granted to visual artists working with any media, with respect to current tendencies in contemporary art. The aim is to support development of young art scene in Slovakia and to reinforce expert reflection on Slovak creations.

Every year, realization phase runs from March to December and official award ceremony goes along with exhibition of works of the four finalists and a rich cultural program. The laureate receives 2 600 EUR and will be sent to Residency Unlimited in New York for two months-long residency program, supported by JaT Banka and TMU foundation (USA). The award is supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council, main partner of this project.

 

Organization and partners


The Foundation – Center for Contemporary Arts (former Soros Center for Contemporary Arts), operating in Slovakia since 1993 was established in the frame of the network of Open Society Foundations in East Europe. F-CCA has been working for 23 years already, supporting the expansion of contemporary arts, specifically of visual arts, through its activities following the ”open society” philosophy. In Slovakia, the Foundation has played a key role in promoting contemporary artistic creations and setting up new trends and initiatives.

Past laureates and finalists

Cena Oskára Čepana (2001–2017)

2017 Katarína HruškováAPART collectiveNik TimkováZuzana Žabková
2016 Julia Gryboś a Barbora Zentková / Lucia Luptáková, Daniela Krajčová, Juraj Gábor
2015 Radek Brousil & Ján Zelinka / František Demeter, Viktor Fuček
2014 Jana Kapelová / Martin Kochan, Jaroslav Kyša, Matěj Smetana
2013 Radovan Čerevka / Erik Sikora, Martin Vongrej, Zuzana Žabková
2012 Mira Gáberová / Tomáš Džadoň, Oto Hudec, Matej Vakula
2011 Tomáš Rafa / Kassaboys, Katarína Poliačiková, Ján Šipöcz
2010 Petra Feriancová / Štefan Papčo, Jaroslav Varga, Pavla Sceránková
2009 András Cséfalvay / Tomáš Džadoň, Viktor Frešo, Jarmila Džuppová
2008 Svätopluk Mikyta / Petra Feriancová, Ján Šicko, Jaroslav Varga
2007 Lucia Nimcová / Erik Binder, Patrik Illo, Filip Jurkovič
2006 Aneta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová / Stano Masár, Ildikó Pálová, Lucia Dovičáková
2005 Ján Vasilko / Radovan Čerevka, Radim Labuda, Ingrid Višňovská
2004 Michal Moravčík / Tomáš Agat Blonski, Jaroslav Kyša, Peter Maukš Voda
2003 Mário Chromý / Martin Kollár, Svätopluk Mikyta, Boris Sirka
2002 Pavlína Fichta Čierna / Juraj Dudáš, Stano Masár, Maroš Rovňák
2001 Marko Blažo / Erik Binder, Dorota Sadovská, Dušan Zahoranský

Young Artist Award Tonal (1999–2000)

2000 Vanesa Hardi / Marianna Čunderlíková, Marek Kvetán, Bohuš Kubinský
1999 Emöke Vargová / Marko Blažo, Róbert Kočan, Dorota Sadovská

Young Slovak Artist of the Year (1996–1998)

1998 Ilona Németh / Dorota Sadovská, Emöke Vargová, Marek Kvetán
1997 Anton Čierny / Peter Ondrušek, Dorota Sadovská, Dušan Zahoranský
1996 Patrik Kovačovský / Bohuš Kubínsky, Dušan Zahoranský, Adriana Korkošová