Get ready for 2020 Kaohsiung Awards
After a long time of evaluation by experts in various fields, we finally picked the final 25 finalists from 438 contestants, whose works will be presented in this exhibition.
The Kaohsiung Awards have entered its 24th session since 1997. The Kaohsiung Awards are the city's honor to the artist, which encourage the creation of artists by giving them a substantial award, together with an exhibition. Each year's winning works reveal a new direction and driving force in the art.
In response to the trend of crossover and then changes in creative methods, the Kaohsiung Awards have undergone many changes. It initiated the evaluation mechanism of "classification in the first examination, no classification in the second examination", and introduced the unique observer system in 2007, which not only interviewed the contestants and examined the artistic trends of each session, but also linked the first examination and the second examination, enriching the indispensable role of the speculative process. In 2015, in order to encourage the creation of calligraphy, it attracted the resources of private enterprises to jointly established the calligraphy and seal carving awards with the HCS Calligraphy Foundation.
The Kaohsiung Awards will be reformed again in 2019, including (1) raising the prize money of the three awards to NT$500,000, (2) abolishing the restriction on the nationality of contestants to add the diversity of the awards, (3) the original eight categories (ink/gouache, calligraphy/seal carving, oil painting/acrylic, sketch/printmaking, sculpture, photography, composite media, new media/technological art) are changed to "calligraphy and painting art", "painting and print art", "spatial art", "image and technology media art", with the new category of "crossover art", making a total of five categories. The Kaohsiung Awards provide artists with creative options to keep pace with the trend, embracing the spirit of diversity, blending, flow and macro of contemporary art creation, and highlighting the flexible and open mechanism of the Kaohsiung Awards.
This is the appeal of Kaohsiung, a beautiful port city, hopes to spread. With open arms, we welcome a new generation of artists to come here to compete, show great energy, and share their touching life stories with us.