Student prizes of 2017

Pearls Pigao's piece in the graduation show for master students in Oslo
Jan Eric Skevik (BA), Andreas Dyrdal (MFA) and Pearla Pigao (MFA) win student prizes at this year's graduation shows in Bergen and Oslo

Each year the graduating students from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts' Art and Craft department and the University of Bergen's Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design for both BA and MA present their work in graduation shows in Bergen and Oslo. 

The annual BA and MA student exhibitions are an opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary fine art, craft and design practise in the two cities. This year, the four exhibitions showcased a diverse crop of student's projects with innovative approaches, imagination and at times exceptional artistic quality and technical skills.

The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts awarded two prizes for the best work on show to MFA students Pearla Pigao, Oslo, and Andreas Dyrdal, Bergen. The Foundation for Art and Design Students at the Oslo Academy of the Arts awarded prizes to best BA student work to Jan Eric Skevik and to MFA student Pearla Pigao.

Jan Eric Skevik was awarded the prize from The Foundation for Art and Design Students at the Oslo Academy of the Arts for the best work in the BA show. Says the jury about Skevik:

”He follows a process that is well known in his field, and transform this into a work of art.”

”The jury is experiencing the work as an allure of extraterrestrial associations in a clear-cut construction, and over time, the work will reveal references to life cycles, technology, and chemical and metallurgical constellations."

Andreas Dyrdal's MFA work "CSL / CSR" shows a realistic, photographic reproduction of a sheet of Molton textile. The four meter tall photograph is attached to an adjustable suspension protruding from the wall at 90degrees, mimicking a curtain. Through the hyper realistic photographic representation of the fabric, the trompe l´oeill effect brings a poetic focus to the relation between materiality and tactility.  The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts awarded Dyrdal the prize for the best work in the Bergen MFA show.

Pearls Pigao's interactive tapestry and sound installation appears as result of an in-depth and thorough research into weaving and sound. Her project is technologically advanced whereby the tapestry acts as a sensor to surrounding movement transcribing it digitally into an interactive soundscape making the audience´s presence part of the realisation of the work.  Says Pigao about her work: “I transform different audio structures and tactile experiences. The sound becomes three-dimensional, something one can physically touch and move around."
Pigao was awarded The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts prize to an MFA student as well as The Foundation for Art and Design Students at the Oslo Academy of the Arts prize for the best work on show. 

Jan Eric Skevik
Andreas Dyrdal

In the jury for the Foundation for Art and Design BA prize were:
Kari Skippervold, Curator and exhibition co-ordinator for the BA show
Lars Sture, Curator exhibition programmes, Norwegian Crafts
Vibeke Frost Andersen, Artist and previous recipient of the MA prize.
Synnøve Øyen, Master's programme coordinator Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Art

In the jury for The Foundation for Art and Design MA prize were:
Kristine Jærn Pilgaard, Curator and exhibition co-ordinator for the MA show.
Ellen Aslaksen, Dean dept. Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Lars Sture, Curator exhibition programmes, Norwegian Crafts
Vibeke Frost Andersen, Artist and previous recipient of the MA prize.

In the jury for the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts' student prize, Bergen 2017 were:   
Silje Bergsvik, Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, West Norway
Kirsti van Hoegee, curator, KRAFT – rom for kunsthåndverk, Bergen
Anne Britt Ylvisåker, Senior curator,  KODE Art Museums of Bergen

The jury for the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts student prize, Oslo 2017 were:
Inger Helene Stemshaug, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Joakim Borda Pedreira, Director Gallery Format,  Oslo
Marit Lønning Reiten, Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts