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Dauphine Prize for Contemporary Art

Sylvia de La Baume et Clémence Prudot d'Avigny

Supported by the Paris-Dauphine University since 2014, the Dauphine Prize for Contemporary Art is a unique and innovative initiative which approaches the main challenges associated with contemporary creation.
It is part of the Dauphine Art Days, which is a major cultural and artistic event at the Paris-Dauphine University. The first three editions were about the subjects of “La frontier”, “Metamorphose” and “Tandem” which had great support from the participating artists and the public.

We had a discussion with Clémence Prudot d'Avigny (Prize's responsable) and Sylvia de La Baume (treasurer and partnerships responsable) so they could present the initiative in more details:

ARTSPER : Why giving a prize of contemporary art in Dauphine ?

The Dauphine Prize for Contemporary Art is a student initiative created in 2014. It is part of the Dauphine Art Days, which is a major cultural and artistic event held at the Paris-Dauphine University. It focuses in the openness of the University to art, and makes it possible to open up to a new audience, a milieu that is sometimes overlook.

ARTSPER : What is its purpose ?

The initiatives that support young artists are numerous and necessary for the visibility and professionalization of young artists. The Dauphine Prize for Contemporary Art wants to approach the term artist/curator for the second year in a row and thus promote the ties that connect them and the creative capacity of the exhibition layout. The Dauphine Prize for contemporary art is a recent award but ambitious in its objectives. It aims to offer the greatest visibility possible to artists through media partnerships, a partnership with the CROUS Gallery, expert in terms of young creation, and the creation of a jury of professionals acclaimed in the world of contemporary art.

ARTSPER : Who are the members of the team and the jury, what are their selection criteria?

The fourth edition of the Dauphine Prize for Contemporary Art will be led by a team of young professionals who are concerned about maintaining their quality and increasing their influence. Strong due to the diversity of their profiles, the team of this 2017 edition wants to incorporate different personalities from the world of art and consider new tendencies of contemporary art by rewarding the binomial artist/curator for the second year in a row.
A prestigious jury will be made up of experts from the world of contemporary art such as Chiara Parisi, curator at Ville Medicis, Anne de Villepoix, gallery owner, David Herman, art critic, Mathias Kiss, artist and Romain Semeytis, founder of Chassis.

ARTSPER : Where can we see the work of the prize winners? Will meetings be organized ?

The work of the artists who win will be exhibited for two weeks at the Crous Gallery, located in the 6th district. Meetings will be organized at the Paris-Dauphine University on Monday 27th, the artist and trained mediators will be present during the whole week of the exhibition.


ARTSPER : What happened with the artists who have won the previous editions ?

The Dauphine Prize has served as a real trampoline for most artists, in terms of sales and visibility. Most of the pieces exhibited at the Crous Gallery have been sold the same evening of the opening, and numerous artists have been discovered by galleries. Last year’s winner, Gillian Brett, is currently doing a residency abroad, at the Weiss Hauss de Vienne in Austria.

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