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Emy-Roeder-Prize

For young Rhineland-Palatinate artists

The Prize

Every three years, the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture in Mainz, organizes the competition for young Rhineland-Palatinate artists, founded in 1979. The Emy Roeder Prize and the Advancement Prize are prestigious awards for up-and-coming artists in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Emy Roeder Prize, named after the well-known sculptor and art teacher, is endowed with €5,200 and the sponsorship prize with €2,600. The exhibition provides insight into the up-and-coming art scene in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Emy Roeder Prize 2020

Participating artists: Tobias Becker, Christina Hartwich, Elisabeth Heil, Naehoon Huh, Valentina Jaffé, Yeonho Jang, Aneta Kajzer, Björn Kühn, Theresa Lawrenz, Leonie Licht, Katrin Nicklas, Hyunju Oh, Silke Schönfeld, Paul Schuseil, Tuğba Şimşek, Eleni Wittbrodt

The Kunstverein Ludwigshafen has been awarding the Young Rhineland-Palatinate Artists - Emy Roeder Prize competition since 1979. Every three years, up-and-coming artists who were born, live, work, or studied in Rhineland-Palatinate can apply.

Due to the lockdown at the beginning of March 2020, the competition and exhibition, which was announced in November 2019, had to be postponed by six months.

A total of 56 applications were received, of which 16 candidates - 13 female and three male - were selected for the second judging after reviewing the portfolios submitted. The decision on the winners was then made at the end of July in front of the originals. Three-quarters of the applicants came from the Kunsthochschule Mainz, and nine of the finalists continued to develop their artistic work as master students after completing their studies.

Even if the works of the 16 finalists cannot provide a representative cross-section of the Rhineland-Palatinate art scene, it is nevertheless pleasing that all media - painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, video, installation, and performance - are represented. A tour of the exhibition reveals a diverse kaleidoscope of artistic concepts and, as always, extremely promising positions of young up-and-coming talent can be discovered, which should continue to be promoted.

Emy Roeder Prize 2020

The Emy Roeder Prize 2020, endowed with €5,200, goes this year to Tobias Becker. Tobias Becker (* 1991) was a master's student of Prof. Dieter Kiessling after completing his master's degree at the Mainz University of Art and Design; he also completed his master's degree at the University of the Arts in Bremen under Prof. Rosa Barba. His work has been awarded several scholarships and prizes. At first glance, Tobias Becker's artistic work may give a somewhat brittle impression. However, those who are not put off by the restrained aesthetics and supposedly relaxed nature of the work will be confronted with current questions about the unstoppable change from the analog to the digital age. This process has already changed our viewing habits and our ideas of reality and will inevitably continue to do so in the future. The artist combines analog and digital processes in surprising ways, reviving old, almost forgotten devices.

Tobias Becker has already developed his very own artistic signature. His works move in the field of tension between analog and digital media. He succeeds in illustrating virulent questions about digitization in an impressive way.

Sponsorship award 2020

The sponsorship award, endowed with €2,600, goes to Theresa Lawrenz. Theresa Lawrenz (*1991) has been a master's student of Prof. Sabine Groß since 2019 after completing her master's degree at the Mainz University of Art and Design. Her artistic work has been recognized with the Art Promotion Prize of the Friends of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the BMBF Germany Scholarship for the master's student program. Theresa Lawrenz prefers to use concrete and steel for her sculptures and spatial installations. Both are materials that we are very familiar with and are surrounded by in our everyday lives. Urban space is the obvious place for the artist's explorations and investigations. Here she draws inspiration from forms and materials, from buildings, shells, or houses under demolition, and standardized urban furniture, surfaces, and squares. In her often large-scale, expansive installations, however, the artist is not interested in creating images of urban spaces. Rather, her works can be read as architectural quotations that articulate themselves in a free interplay of form and substance, based on memories and spatial experiences. Theresa Lawrenz's impressive spatial installations demonstrate great creative potential and the young artist succeeds convincingly in maintaining a balance between form and content.

A catalog will be published to accompany the exhibition for 10 euros.

With the kind support of: the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture, Rhineland-Palatinate, Sparkasse Vorderpfalz, and GAG Ludwigshafen

Teilnahmeformular

Teilnehmende Künstler*innen  


Tobias Becker, Christina Hartwich, Elisabeth Heil, Naehoon Huh, Valentina Jaffé, Yeonho Jang, Aneta Kajzer, Björn Kühn, Theresa Lawrenz, Leonie Licht, Katrin Nicklas, Hyunju Oh, Silke Schönfeld, Paul Schuseil, Tuğba Şimşek, Eleni Wittbrodt