Winners of the International contest ″Drawing 2017“ announced

On 19th October, 2017 the winners of the VIth International Algimantas Švėgžda drawing contest "Drawing 2017" have been announced at Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA). Competent jurors have first made a shortlist for the exhibition and then selected 14 winners. 

Coordinator of the Graphic Design Department Asta Jackutė and the Dean of Vilnius Faculty assoc. prof. Česlovas Lukenskas. 

1st place – Laura Slavinskaitė

The Grand Prix went to Laura Slavinskaitė, a student of Kaunas Faculty of VAA. Her, according to the jury, ‘compassionate and responsible glance at the museum‘s exhibits’ was awarded 500 euros prize and 10-day complimentary stay at the Nida Art Colony.  The award was established by Mr. Vidmantas Martikonis and the stone sculptures’ park "Vilnoja".

Laura Slavinskaitė, "Sielų galerija"/"Gallery of Souls", 2016.

2nd place – Raminta Blaževičiūtė 

A second place, 300 euros and 10-day stay in Nida Art Colony was awarded to Raminta Blaževičiūtė for ‘highlighting the meaning of imagination in everyday life’.

Raminta Blaževičiūtė, "Šventinimas"/"Consecration", "Kontempliacija"/"Contemplation", "Vidurinis pirštas"/"Middle Finger", "Draugiškas vyrukas pamiškėj"/"A friendly guy in the edge of forest", 2017

3rd place – Paulina Jaklik

Paulina Jaklik, a student of Jan Matejko Fine Art Academy from Poland, won a third place, 100 euros and 10-day stay in Nida Art Colony. She was nominated for ‘developening possibilities of the drawing‘s expression’.

Paulina Jaklik, „Layers - Cycle“, 2017.

4th place – Raimonda Diskaitė

100 euros award for the original interpretation of the objects was granted to Raimonda Diskaitė, student of Vilnius Faculty of VAA.

Raimonda Diskaitė, "Ateities architektūra"/"Future Architecture", 2015 m. 

Prizes for the 2nd-4th places were established by Vilnius Academy of Arts.  

Ten more students were awarded diplomas: 

Andrzej Dromert (Jan Matejko Academy of Arts, Poland)
Kristaps Priede (Latvia Academy of Arts)
Kristina Asinavičiūtė (VAA)
Eglė Žarnauskaitė (VAA)
Marija Rinkevičiūtė (VAA)
Arnas Špakauskas (VAA)
Aleksandra Vilimaitė (VAA)
Anastasija Kodzisova (VAA)
Augustė Santockytė (VAA)
Antanas Gudynas (VAA)

Congratulations to the winners! 

The artworks of all 14 winners will be included in the exhibition catalogue and the winners of the first three places will be granted an opportunity to hold solo exhibitions at the galleries of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

This year the members of the jury were Dr. Assoc. Prof. Žygimantas Augustinas, prof. K. Grigaliūnas, prof. J. Kazlauskas, Assoc. Prof. Remigijus Gataveckas and Algirdas Gataveckas. We would like to express our gratitude for their commitment, attention and devoted time.

With each year, the International drawing contest, named after famous Lithuanian painter and graphic artist Algimantas Švėgžda attracts more and more young artists from Lithuania and other European countries. Selected entries are exhibited at Vilnius Academy of Arts, presenting the young artists' ideas, demonstrating their creative and professional skills and encouraging innovations as well as showing the diversity of today’s artistic drawing. At this year’s selection, the great variety of topics stands out: young artists demonstrated informal attitude to the problems of today‘s everyday life, they turned to the history of their families and nation and reflected it through the personal experiences. 

The selected and winning works will be on show until 22nd October at Titanikas, Vilnius Academy of Arts museum’s exhibition halls, Maironio st. 3, Vilnius.