The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art (former Faculty of Art and Design) of the University of West Bohemia follows the inspiring legacy of a Pilsen native and internationally renowned Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar. With the annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize the Faculty honors the life and work of this genius artist and at the same time shows appreciation to outstanding Czech and international artists and pedagogues.
The Prize is awarded with consent of Ladislav Sutnar´s son, Mr. Radoslav L. Sutnar and his wife Elaine. We would like to express our thanks for this honor.
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 also awarded to institutions that support modern art and design through their program and activities.
The award-winning artists are selected by a jury = members of the Arts Council of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art. Candidates for the Ladislav Sutnar Prize are nominated by the professional public.
The complete Statute of the Ladislav Sutnar Prize is available here.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize has been designed by doc. M.A. Petr Vogel. It consists of four metal sheets cut through with laser. The motive of the prize is inspired by Ladislav Sutnar´s logo and transforms it into a 3D object.
Ladislav Sutnar Prize
ladislav sutnar prize 2017
The sixth annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize awarded by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia has its winners:
creative team: Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar / USA
the founders of the Chermayeff & Geismar brand design firm (today Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv) receive the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for their lifelong work which includes both pioneering ideas and passing experience to younger generations in teams of graphic designers. They have created an impressive number of corporate designs, e.g. for Burlington Industries, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dictaphone, Mobil Corporation, Pan Am and Xerox. Their designs bring back to life pictograms and ideograms whose role is rather forgotten in the western culture, and function similarly to picture writing.
Seymour Chwast / USA
receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his all-round contribution to the field of graphic design and illustration, which has significantly influenced the current American and also European production. His unique style characterized by expressivity in creating types and layouts and by a great number of ideas and innovations became the point of a new wave of design based on revivalism – the radical alternative to the Swiss formalism. Seymour Chwast has founded the well-known Push Pin Studios and worked for advertising agencies, animated film, television, recording studios, publishing houses, companies producing package design, posters and magazines.
Prof. Victor Margolin / USA
the pedagogue, scientist and author receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his tireless efforts put over the last 40 years into raising the level of design research and history studies. His multi-volume series on world design history written for the Bloomsbury Publishing has discovered many so far unknown design cultures which add to the overal understanding and recognition of this field. Prof. Victor Margolin has also written about Ladislav Sutnar and other Czech designers. He is a co-founder of the prestigious DESIGN ISSUES journal, one of the United States two most important publications in the field of sociology, philosophy and design criticism.
Prof. Stanislav Stankoci / Slovak Republic
receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his extensive artistic work and beneficial pedagogical work. His work comprises visual communication, digital graphics, multimedia projects, objects and painting. Besides his artistic work focused on a broad range of social topics, he also works on projects which apply graphic design into a number of media – from typography and book design to visual identity of institutions, companies, products and events. Stankoci is one of the artists who pose existencial questions and contemplate the essence of this world. In his work, Stankoci has been recently putting more emphasis on broader socially reflected topics related to the cultural and social context of the current state of the world and the development of civilization.
Richard Saul Wurman / USA
receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelong effort to popularize graphic design and to explore it from the philosphical and theoretical point of view. In his book Information Architects he introduces the mechanisms of „information architecture" by which the world responds to the growing number of infomation superhighways. Wurman demonstrates how appropriate presentation can make complex material clear and easily accessible. In 1984 he established the exceptionally popular TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which instantly became closely monitored live discussion forums used by members of the designer community and heads of commercial companies to exchange their views and opinions. His practical work includes designing of new formats of telephone directories, road maps and guidebooks for aviation companies.
The laureates will receive the Ladislav Sutnar Prize at the award ceremony which will take place on 9 November 2017 in Pilsen.
ladislav sutnar prize 2016
The Arts Council of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia has awarded five laureates with the Ladislav Sutnar Prize 2016. They received the award on 8 November 2016 in Pilsen - please find an article and photo gallery here.
Anthon Beeke / the Netherlands
Anthon Beeke is one of the most noticeable personalities of the Dutch and worldwide graphic design. Since the 60s when he started to work as a freelance designer, he has strongly influenced the development of artistic and design disciplines and the public space as well. His editorial and publishing work is also very important, e.g. at the renowned magazines Bloom and View on Colors. His pedagogical work includes teaching at renowned universities such as Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, Cranbrook Academy of Art Detroit and Rhode Island School of Design. The Arts Council has awarded Anthon Beeke with the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his inspirational work and thoughts which have been supporting and motivating many generations of graphic designers.
Gere Kavanaugh / USA
Gere Kavanaugh was one of the first women who graduated from the design programme at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She became a pioneer of the female approach to the field previously dominated by men. She has cooperated e.g. with architects Victor Gruen and Frank Gehry during her carreer. Her work includes design of textiles, furniture, interiors, exhibitions, products and graphics, she i salso an artist and a consultant. Her love of letterforms shows in the type designs she creates. Gere Kavanaugh has been awarded the Ladislav Sutnar Prize as an appreciation of her outstanding and extensive work and also for the emphasis she puts on respecting student work copyright.
Pratt Insitute / USA
The history of the Pratt Institute in New York dates back to 17 October 1887. Since its establishment the school has grown into one of the world´s largest and most prestigious universities of art, design and architecture. It has been awarded the Ladislav Sutnar Prize as an appreciation for its efforts in development of education in the field of design and art where it serves as a role model for similarly oriented schools, and in connection with its upcoming 130th anniversary which the Pratt Institute celebrates next year.
prof. akad. mal. Rostislav Vaněk / CZ
Professor Rostislav Vaněk is an irreplaceable personality of Czech graphic design and typography. He has created numerous orientation systems (e.g. the Prague Metro), corporate identities (e.g. the Commercial Bank) and new typefaces. His interest in ongoing communication in the field led to foundation of the free association of typographers which realized a number of successful exhibitions under the name Typo&. He also initiated establishing of the Czech Typo Design Club where he was an active member. His successful pedagogical carreer includes teaching at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Professor Vaněk receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize as an appreciation of his lifelong work and for his contribution to the development of the field of graphic design.
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Vlček, CSc. / CZ
Professor Tomáš Vlček is a prominent Czech historian, art theoretician, artist and pedagogue. His professional carreer includes the positions of a Director of the Institute of Art History at the Czech Academy of Sciences and a Director of the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection at the National Gallery in Prague, where he worked for 11 years. His main interest lies in the critical interpretation of modern and contemporary art. Professor Vlček receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelong work in the field of art and art theory and also for his long-lasting interest in the work of Ladislav Sutnar, which started with mutual correspondence in 1976 and culminated for the time being in curating the Ladislav Sutnar – Venus exhibition at the Gallery of the City of Pilsen in 2015.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize 2016 Award Ceremony will take place on 8 November 2016 in PIlsen.
ladislav sutnar prize 2015
The Arts Council of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art decided to award the fourth annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize to nine outstanding artists and institutions.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize 2015 Award Ceremony took place on 26 October 2015 as part of the international symposium DesignMeeting 2015 held by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art and supported by the European Capital of Culture Pilsen 2015 - please find more information and photos here.
Milan Grygar / CZ
Milan Grygar is one of the most important internationally renowned Czech artists. He is known especially for interconnecting visual and acoustic art. He receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his outstanding lifelong work and for significant contribution to the world of art.
William Lobkowicz and the Lobkovicz Collections / USA-CZ
William Lobkowicz has been taking care of the exceptional art collections of the Lobkowicz family for many years through the Lobkowicz Collections, o.p.s. non-profit organisation. He receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his persistent work in preserving the national cultural treasures for the next generations and making them accesible to the public.
Lech Majewski / PL
Professor Lech Majewski works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is a graphic designer whose main interest lies in poster and book design. Prof. Majewski receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his professional contribution to the world of art, his long-time pedagogical work, extensive design work as well as meritable theoretical work.
R. Roger Remington / USA
Professor R. Roger Remington works at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York which owns an extensive archive of Ladislav Sutnar´s work. Prof. Remington focuses on graphic design and its history, he is the author of a number of specialized publications in this field and his work highlights Ladislav Sutnar as one of the pioneers of American graphic design. He receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for his lifelong work as a pedagogue, artists and author.
Jan Solpera / CZ
Professor Jan Solpera is an exceptional personality of both Czech and world graphic design. He has left a distinct mark in graphic design history as a typographer, type designer, graphic artist, pedagogue and author and he continues to be an inspiration for new generations of artists. Professor Solpera receives the award for his exceptional lifelong work.
AIGA, the professional association for design / USA
AIGA, the professional association for design was founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts and it remains the oldest and largest professional association for design. Through its worldwide activities it supports design, its function and values in the society and its development. AIGA educates, supports and inspires designers worldwide. It receives the award for its exceptional contribution to the world of design and for its active role in maintaining Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy.
Art Institute of Chicago / USA
The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest museum in the USA and at the same time one of the most visited museums in the world. It takes care of extensive collections of world´s artistic treasures and works of world-class artists including Ladislav Sutnar. Its work includes important educational activities. The Art Institute of Chicago receives the Ladislav Sutnar Prize for all its activities in preserving the world´s artistic heritage.
Museum of Modern Art / USA
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is a foremost museum of modern art in the world which disposes of an exceptionally extensive and unique collection of modern and current art including works of Ladislav Sutnar. The museum plays an irreplaceable role in collecting and preserving the world´s modern art and runs important research and educational programmes. It receives the award for its exceptional contribution to the world of art and for maintaining Ladislav Sutnar´s artistic legacy.
Plzeň 2015, o.p.s. and the Chairman of its Board of Directors Mgr. Martin Baxa / CZ
Plzeň 2015 public benefit company receives the award for its exceptional and historical contribution to the culture of the city of Pilsen, its significant work in development of creative industries and long-term support of the project The Return of Ladislav Sutnar which returns the world renowned designer and his artistic legacy back to his hometown and to his country. The award also goes to Mgr. Martin Baxa, the Vice-Mayor of the city of Pilsen and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Plzeň 2015 company, who has been engaged it the project Pilsen - European Capital of Culture 2015 from its very beginning and has contributed significantly to its success.
ladislav sutnar prize / 2014
The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art awarded the third annual Ladislav Sutnar Prize to three outstanding artists and two institutions.
Please find an article and photos from the Ladislav Sutnar Prize 2014 Award Ceremony here.
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
- 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.
ladislav sutnar prize / 2013
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize for 2013 went to four notable artists and one institution.
Please find an article with a photo gallery here.
prof. akad. mal. Jiří Šalamoun
for lifetime contribution in the field of illustration, graphics, graphic design, poster design, for reinstatement of the Studio of Illustration and Graphics at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and for his long-standing pedagogical activities
prof. akad. mal. Karel Míšek, Ph.D.
for lifetime contribution in the field of graphic design, for establishment of the Studio of Graphic Design at the Faculty of Art and Design of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and for his long-standing pedagogical activities
prof. emer. Gyula Ernyey
for lifetime contribution in the field of design as the CEO at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, for his work as a consultant of Rubik Studio, for directing the Institute of Humanities at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, for his theoretical work published in many languages and for his long-standing pedagogical activities
prof. Markus Dreβen
for his contribution in the field of graphic design, his pedagogical work at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and for his publishing activities
Cooper – Hewitt National Design Museum
for its contribution to the world design, for promotion of Ladislav Sutnar´s legacy and care for his work
ladislav sutnar prize / 2012
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize was first awarded on 18 October 2012 on the occasion
of the Grand Opening of the new building of the Institute of Art and Design, the current Faculty of Art and Design, in presence of Radoslav L. Sutnar and his wife Elaine.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize laureates in 2012
prof. akad. mal. Adéla Matasová
prof. akad. soch. Václav Šerák
prof. akad. mal. Pavel Nešleha in memoriam - prize accepted by PhDr. Mahulena Nešlehová
doc. akad. mal. Josef Mištera (nominated by R. Sutnar)
The first Ladislav Sutnar Prize awarding ceremony took place during the Grand Opening of the new building of the Institute of Art and Design.
Radoslav L. Sutnar and his wife Elaine - distinguished guests of the evening.
Radoslav L. Sutnar examines the prize that bears his father´s name.