International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art
The 59th International Ceramics Competition provided, as in the previous edition, two separate sections, one reserved for artists under 40 years of age, the other reserved for artists over 40 years of age.
Each competitor, single or associated, with the exclusion of the winners of the previous Faenza Prize and Cersaie Prize, could present a maximum of three works, without any thematic constraint, executed with any ceramic technique, also using other materials if not predominantly. The works had to be of exclusive ownership, made in the previous two years and not submitted to other competitions.
At the Competition, with € 36,000.00 of prizes, in addition to the honorary ones, 618 artists representing 57 countries participated, with a total of 1.355 works. An initial selection of the works, based on the images submitted, was made on 26 January by the international jury, composed of experts in the field of art, ceramics and culture. A total of 134 works submitted by 131 artists from 28 countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America) were admitted to the second selection.
The second degree selection, with the awarding of prizes, took place on May 5th and 6th evaluating directly the works received, with the exclusion of those seriously damaged during the expedition. The works winning the Faenza Prize and the Cersaie Prize remained the property of the city of Faenza and deposited at the MIC.
The award ceremony took place at the MIC on 27th June, the same day of the opening of the exhibition. The works were exhibited from 27 June to 24 January 2016. The exhibition was then extended until 31 January 2016.