For Immediate Release
April 02, 2010
PRESIDENT’S YOUTH PRIZE COMPETITIONS CONCLUDE WITH EXHIBITION OF FINE-ARTS AND FILM FINALISTS
NEW YORK, New York — On March 30, Armenia Fund held the concluding round of the President’s Youth Prize competitions, the fine-arts and film competition. The exhibition, which featured the works of 19 finalists and gave jurors the opportunity to make their final selections, took place at the main gallery of the Artists’ Union of Armenia, in Yerevan.
Commenting on the general quality of the paintings, sculptures, graphics works, photographs, and films displayed at the exhibition, jury members were unanimous in their judgment that this year’s entries represented an unprecedented level of originality and sophistication.
President’s Youth Prize Exhibition in Yerevan
Haik Poghossyan, a sculpture finalist, noted that such competitions help emerging artists earn experience and added confidence. Another finalist, Meline Saftalyan, whose vibrant animated films were audience favorites, spoke of the hard work which has enabled her to make it to the final round of the competition.
“This year marks the tenth anniversary of the President’s Prize and the sixth anniversary of the President’s Youth Prize,” said Aida Khachikyan, advisor to the executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “We are extremely pleased that during the past decade the competitions have enabled 140 outstanding candidates in various fields of culture and science to receive recognition and gain public exposure. Of the dozens of talented artists who have won the President’s Youth Prize, many have gone on to represent Armenia at prestigious international competitions. They include the acclaimed singing duo of sisters Inga and Anush Arshakyan, singer Gevorg Hakobyan, and painter Arshak Sargsyan.”
Armenia Fund has also concluded the final rounds of the President’s Youth Prize competitions in the categories of classical music and literature.
Winners of the President’s Prize — as those of the President’s Youth Prize in the categories of classical music, literature, fine arts, and film — will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held at the presidential palace on May 13.
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