Vanessa Preger-McGillivray-Prize of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the City of Vienna

08. March 2021
From now on, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the City of Vienna will award the Vanessa Preger-McGillivray-Prize for a thesis project from the Institute of Fine Arts. The prize is named after the student who was murdered during the terror attack in Vienna’s first district on November 2, 2020. Vanessa Preger-McGillivray started her studies in fine art at the Angewandte in autumn 2020. The prize should remind us of its eponym, celebrate the potentials of studies in art, provide a positive impulse, and reflect the hopes and perspectives of students for a life with artistic fulfilment.
The first prize-winner Maria Cozma convinced the jury with her work titled It’s an early winter evening and even though it’s not particularly late, the time has lent the sky an almost prematurely darkened cast. “The thesis project by Maria Cozma has achieved a precise and poetic frugality, which is centred on absence, and thereby questions how we act and speak,” the diploma jury explains their decision. The jury was headed by Henning Bohl and included the teachers Judith Eisler, Gabriele Rothemann, Paul Petritsch, Hans Schabus, and Jan Svenungsson.

The rectorate and the City of Vienna happily accept the suggestion of the jury and warmly congratulate Maria Cozma, the first Vanessa Preger-McGillivray-Preis winner.

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                                       VPMcP Preis Diplomjury2021 Maria Cozma © DieAngewandte
VPMcP Preis Diplomjury2021 Maria Cozma © DieAngewandte