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Polish Artists in Running for Prize
October 29, 2008   
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Polish artists Pola Dwurnik and Michał Tatarkiewicz are among the six finalists of the international Henkel Art. Award, having seen off competition from 500 artists from 29 European and Central Asian countries. The two will now be going to the award ceremony in Vienna Nov. 17 where the winner will be announced. At stake are 7,000 euros in prize money, and an exhibition at the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts and another in the winner's home country. The other four finalists are Pal Gellerfi from Hungary, Natalija Seruga and Miha Strukelj from Slovenia, and Alban Muja from the Republic of Kosovo.

Pola Dwurnik, born 1979, is the daughter of famous Polish artist Edward Dwurnik. She is a graduate of the institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw.

Michał Tatarkiewicz, born 1980, is a graduate and doctoral candidate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, and is currently on a scholarship at the University of Tennessee.

Domicella Bożekowska, Paweł Grobelny and Łukasz Misiewicz were the other prize winners in the Polish finals. This year's finalists were selected at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw June 18. They beat 61 other candidates. The jury used the criteria of conformity to the generally accepted definition of drawing, workmanship and technique in making its decision.

Paweł Grobelny was awarded the Grand Prix of zl.5,000.

This is the fourth time the Henkel Art. Award. has been held in Poland. The award was founded in Austria in 2002 by the Henkel company and the KulturKontakt foundation to coincide with eight Central and East European countries preparing to join the EU. The competition reflects the EU's efforts to promote understanding, acceptance and tolerance between nations.

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