The Stanislav Libenský Award (founded in 2009) is an international competitive glassmaking exhibition that every autumn in Prague presents the best work of graduates of art colleges who used glass in their degree projects. Visitors can thus see how the phenomenon of artistic glassmaking is developing on an international level through the arrival of a new generation of glassmakers. This exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world.
For young glassmakers, the annual award provides career development opportunities, while for the public it is an opportunity to see both fresh and traditional approaches to glassmaking. It is of course also a tribute to an artist and teacher who is rightly considered the greatest Czech glass artist.
Prizes are awarded by an international jury of renowned experts from the field of glass such as the director of the Czech branch of the auction house Dorotheum Mária Gálová, American sculptor who has been living in Prague since 1998 Karen LaMonte, Latvian artist and glass maker Marta Gibiete, university teacher, historian and theoretician of applied art and design Jaroslav Polanecký, artistic director and co-founder of the glass museum GlazenHuis in Lommel in Belgium Jeroen Maes.
Professional supervisor is Milan Hlaveš, head of the collections of glass, ceramics and porcelain in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPM).
For more information, see www.libenskyaward.com