In the exhibition year 2019, the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, once again presents a selection of this year's production from the artist associations of Styria in reference to the famous historical Parisian salon. The "Salon de Paris" was an exhibition of accomplishments among the French art scene in the mid-nineteenth century, from which the latest trends in art could be deduced. Therefore, the competition exhibition "Salon" acts as a selected overview of recent works by artists who are members of a Styrian artist association. In addition to the awareness for tradition and the close connection to the region, this also reflects the institution’s aspirations to remain current and relevant.
The members of the Styrian artist associations Berufsvereinigung der Bildenden Künstler Steiermark, Künstlerbund Graz, Sezession Graz, Steiermärkischer Kunstverein Werkbund, Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Steiermark are previously invited to submit their best artwork from the production year of 2019 in the field of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video or animation. There will be no specifications or limitations concerning the artworks’ content or theme. Rather, the show's interest focuses on artistic creativity and independence within the bandwidth of diverse art production.
A specialist jury, comprised of Elisabeth Fiedler (Head of the Department of Art in the Outdoor Space, Universalmuseum Joanneum), Alois Kölbl (Hochschulseelsorger, Head of Art Commission Diocese Graz-Seckau) and Klaus Schuster (MKL Painting, Master School of Art and Design, Ortweinplatz), will select the artworks that will be displayed at the exhibition. Three of the submitted works will be awarded by the jury and the audience respectively: In addition to a main prize for an outstanding artistic position, the jury will also determine an advancement award to promote young talents. Both prizes will be announced by the jury as part of the exhibition opening. Furthermore, an audience award will be determined by a voting procedure offered to the visitors of the exhibition and will be presented at the closing event.