by Volha Tsiasliuk from Czech Republic.
Ladislav Sutnar, one of the most important figures of Czech inter-war Modernism and a leading figure of American and international art and design, has a pre-eminent status among famous people born in Pilsen. During his life he received numerous awards and commendations. Just as an example we can mention his successes from the inter-war period – such as his silver medal for toy design at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925, his gold medals for exhibition design at the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929 and at the Milan Triennale in 1936. He also received posthumous awards – in October 1979 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the New York Art Directors Club. In 2001 he was awarded a State Order of Merit for Culture in memoriam by President Václav Havel.
The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art (former Faculty of Art and Design) of the University of West Bohemia honors the life and work of this genius artist with the annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize. The Ladislav Sutnar Prize is awarded to living Czech and international artists for outstanding performance in the field of fine arts, especially applied arts and design, possibly also in connection with pedagogical work of the nominees. It can be also awarded to institutions that support modern art and design through their program and activities. The Ladislav Sutnar Prize is awarded to living Czech and international artists for outstanding performance in the field of fine arts, especially applied arts and design, possibly also in connection with pedagogical work of the nominees. It can be also awarded to institutions that support modern art and design through their program and activities.
In 2015 the Arts Council of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art has decided to award the fourth annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize to the following artists and institutions:
Milan Grygar / CZ
William Lobkowicz and the Lobkovicz Collections / USA-CZ
Lech Majewski / PL
R. Roger Remington / USA
Jan Solpera / CZ
AIGA, the professional association for design / USA
Art Institute of Chicago / USA
Museum of Modern Art / USA
Plzeň 2015, o.p.s. and the Chairman of its Board of Directors Mgr. Martin Baxa / CZ
Also the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art hosted an international meeting for art schools and institutions on 26 – 30 October 2015. They welcomed the representatives of about thirty art schools and institutions from the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, the USA, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and other countries. The DesignMeeting programme was open to the general public and besides dozens of guests and speakers it attracted dozens of other visitors, especially art school students and representatives of educational and cultural institutions. DesignMeeting 2015 met its bold ambitions and became a place of networking, meetings and sharing expertise for professionals, students, artists and representatives of art universities and institutions from around the world. It offered an attractive program, the possibility to establish new contacts, to share good practice and create new professional relationships which will continue to help and develop design, support education in the field of art and creative industries.
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