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Thanks to support from the Gallery Winter, the Birgit-Jürgenssen-Prize will be awarded again this year. The prize is endowed with 5.000 euros and an exhibition at the Academy.

As a teacher and member of various academic boards, Birgit Jürgenssen (1949–2003) was closely bound up with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and, throughout many years, had a determining influence on the institution. Birgit Jürgenssen primarily initiated the teaching of photography, whereby this medium was a constant and very important companion to her own artistic language. From the early 1980s on, she was involved in establishing an interdisciplinary platform forging a link between painting and photography in the context of the master class of Arnulf Rainer and, subsequently, that of Peter Kogler. Until her untimely end, the relationship and contact with her students remained a crucial concern for her as a teacher.

Target group

Birgit Jürgenssen was an artist interested in multimedia and so, in addition to the areas of video or (digital) media art , the areas of drawing, artistic photography, sculpture , and painting also played a major role in her oeuvre.

The prize is therefore awarded to an enrolled student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna for work in these areas.

Awarding conditions

The scholarship holder is selected by a jury consisting of two lecturers of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as three external artists or curators. The jury members 2021 are Vanessa Joan Müller, Peter Noever, Marlies Wirth, Dorit Margreiter, Veronika Dirnhofer.

Necessary for application

Application period: December 1st, 2020 until February 9th, 2021, 11.00 a. m.

Please submit all documents in one single PDF with max. 5 MB and max. 30 pages:

  • portfolio with art work / documentation of artistic work
  • CV
  • for films, videos and sound pieces etc. please use (vimeo) links with password

Please note that submissions are only possible via the Academy's submission system !

Award Ceremony: as part of the exhibition opening
Exhibition: end of April 2021
Venue: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Studio Building, Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Wien

Contact and Information

Mag. Daniela Jungmann-Masilko (; Vice-Rectorate for Art | Teaching