The Ladislav Sutnar Prize 2014 Award Ceremony took place on 3 November in the ceremonial hall of the Pilsen City Hall. Before the ceremony the laureates met with the Dean of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art doc. Josef Mištera for a meeting and a guided tour of the remarkable faculty building.
The special guests attending the Ladislav Sutnar Prize Award Ceremony included Radoslav L. Sutnar and his wife Elaine, the new US Ambassador to the Czech Republic H.E. Andrew Schapiro, the Mayor of Pilsen Martin Baxa and other city representatives, the rector of the University of West Bohemia doc. Ilona Mauritzová, the director of the Pilsen 2015 project Ing. Jiří Suchánek and the member of the Pilsen Region Council Jaroslav Šobr.
The following artists and institutions received the award from the hands of Dean Mištera and Radoslav L. Sutnar:
Steven Heller / USA
- School of Visual Arts, New York
- world renowned authority in the field of design, design theory and art critique. His many professions include that of a pedagogue, theoretician, art ciritic and art director, author and editor of a large number of professional publications and articles about design, especially about graphic design.
- Steven Heller received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelong contribution to the world of design and his constant care for Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy
The J. Paul Getty Trust / USA
– the world's largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. The Getty preserves, studies, and interprets the world's artistic legacy for the benefit of present and future generations.
- the Getty received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for its constant care for Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy through its archives of his work
- the prize was presented to Ron Hartwig, the Getty Vice President, Communications
The Museum of Decorative Arts / Czech Republic
- the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague maintains a large archive of Ladislav Sutnar´s works. The Museum continually and actively cares for Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy and presents his art to the public.
- the museum represented by the director PhDr. Helena Koenigsmarková received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for its long-term efforts to maintain Ladislav Sutnar´s legacy and to introduce his work to the public
prof. Zdeněk Ziegler / Czech Republic
- renowned Czech artist in the field of graphic design, pedagogue, Rector Emeritus of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where he built the Graphic Design field of studies in the 90s
- now pedagogue of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art where he also built the Graphic Design field of studies
- prof. Ziegler received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelong artistic and pedagogical contribution to the field of graphic design
doc. Jiří Šetlík / Czech Republic (not present at the ceremony for health reasons)
- renowned Czech art historian and pedagogue who acted during his professional carreer as the Head of the National Gallery Collection of Modern Art and as the Director of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. He could not pursue his profession in the era of normalization. In the 90s he held the position of the Cultural Attache at the Czechoslovak Embassy in the USA.
- he is the last living Czech person who personally met with Ladislav Sutnar in his New York studio (1967)
- doc. Šetlík received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelog contribution to the world of design and care for Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy.
At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Radoslav Sutnar presented a very special gift to the city of Pilsen represented by the Mayor Martin Baxa - the original Venus painting, called Venus / Pilsen is a Woman to honor the relationship between Ladislav Sutnar and his native city. The painting presented at the occasion of the approaching year 2015 when Pilsen becomes the capital of European culture, is a symbol of return of Ladislav Sutnar home.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize is awarded to living Czech and international artists for outstanding performance in the field of fine arts, especially applied arts and design, possibly also in connection with pedagogical work of the nominees. It can be awarded to institutions that support modern art and design through their program and activities. It has been already awarded e.g. to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (USA), prof. Gyula Ernyey (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Maďarsko), prof. Markus Dreβen (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst v Lipsku) and Czech artists and pedagogues prof. Karel Míšek, prof. Jiří Šalamoun, prof. Adéla Matasová, prof. Václav Šerák.
The project is supported by the City of Pilsen.