The award winners and recipients of recognition awards are nominated by a jury of international art experts. After a pre-selection process on the internet that lasts several weeks, the jury nominates up to 80 artists for the final jury. At the main jury session in April three original works per artists (200 -300 pictures) are judged and the award winner and four recipients of recognition awards are nominated. Comparing the original works closely is important to understand their relationships and character and to vote seriously. From 2015 - 2017 the jury has the following members:


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Tayfun Belgin

Director Osthaus Museum Hagen

In 2012 Tayfun Belgin has been appointed managing director of the Department of Culture of the city of Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and is responsible for the Historisches Centrum Hagen, the Osthaus Museum Hagen and the Cultural Office. As early as 2007 he was appointed director of the Osthaus-Museum Hagen, which was founded by Karl Ernst Osthaus in 1902 under the name Museum Folkwang as the world's first museum of contemporary art. From 2003 to 2007 Belgin was director of Kunsthalle Krems, and from 1990 to 2003 curator and exhibition director of the Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund. In 1956 Tayfun Belgin moved from Turkey to Germany and studied Art History, History and Philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He regularly curates and publishes articles on art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.


Martin Germann

Curator S.M.A.K. Ghent

Since 2012 Martin Germann has been Senior Curator at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) in Ghent, Belgium. Between 2008 and 2011 he was curator at kestnergesellschaft Hanover, working on solo exhibitions and publications of internationally renowned contemporary artists. From 2010 to 2012 he was part of the curatorial team for 'Made in Germany Zwei', a survey show of young international art at kestnergesellschaft, Kunstverein Hannover and Sprengel Museum. Before working for Buero Friedrich, Berlin (2006-2007) he was responsible for the programme of Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, a project space of the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2005-2006). Martin Germann is a frequent contributor for exhibition catalogues and magazines.


Elsy Lahner

Curator Albertina

Elsy Lahner is one of Austria's experts on contemporary drawing and young Austrian art. In 2007, she founded the art space and showroom "das weiße haus" together with Alexandra Grausam and realized a number of exhibition projects in empty spaces all over Vienna. She ran “das weiße haus” until 2011. In 2008/2009 she was curator-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts, and initiated a platform for art and knowledge transfer in Yokohama, Japan and Vienna. Since 2011 she has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Albertina. Her exhibitions include a retrospective with Gottfried Helnwein (2013), "Dreaming Russia" (2013) and "Eric Fischl. Friends, Lovers, and other constellations" (2014). Furthermore, she established a program of interventions with a younger generation of artists at Albertina.


Edith Raidl

Art collector

Edith Raidl has been known for decades as a collector of contemporary art and profound expert in the Austrian art scene. The collector’s main focus has always been discovering and collecting young, not yet established artists. As an experienced art lover, Edith Raidl has been supporting the jury of STRABAG Artaward International with her expertise and intuition since 2006.

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Madeleine Schuppli

Director Aargauer Kunsthaus

Madeleine Schuppli has been managing the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau (CH) since 2007, curating exhibitions with international appeal and special attention to contemporary art. In recent years, she has been responsible for exhibitions by Mark Wallinger, Ugo Rondinone, Fiona Tan and Christian Marclay. Before that, she was curator at Kunsthalle Basel until 2000, and director of the Kunstmuseum Thun until 2007. Madeleine Schuppli is editor and author of numerous publications. She is involved in various committees; since 2015 she has been President of ICOM Switzerland. She studied art history, archeology and ecclesiastical history at the Universities of Geneva, Hamburg and Zurich. In addition, she completed a MAS in Cultural Management at the University of Basel.


Corrie van der Veen

Curator Aegon Art Collection

Corrie van der Veen is an Amsterdam based curator and expert of contemporary art. In the 70s and 80s she worked as an art consultant at the Foundation of Art and Econony (Stichting Kunst en Bedrijf) in Amsterdam.  In 1991 she was invited by Aegon NV The Hague to start a corporate collection of modern and contemporary art. Since then Corrie van der Veen has been working with Aegon Art Collection as a curator and has constantly been building up the collection. Additionally from 2001 until 2013 she was the curator of NOG Collection (Foundation Beheer SNS REAAL) in Utrecht. The NOG Collection was donated to the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in 2013. Corrie van der Veen was an ambassador at Amsterdam Drawing 2014 art fair.


Tanja Skorepa

Head of the STRABAG Kunstforum

Tanja Skorepa has been the head of the STRABAG Kunstforum since July 2013. After studying art history she gathered experience in several galleries and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna as an assistent, curator and shop manager. Since 2004 Tanja Skorepa is active in all areas of the art forum and the organization of the STRABAG Artaward and curator of the exhibitions in the STRABAG Artlounge.


Wilhelm Weiss

Director STRABAG Kunstforum

Wilhelm Weiß has been the director of STRABAG Kunstforum since the early nineties. In 1994, he called the predecessor of today’s STRABAG Artaward International, the Bau Holding art promotion prize for young art into life and has since been a permanent member of the jury. Wilhelm Weiß, himself the son of a Carinthian painter, is responsible for the acquisition of new works in the STRABAG Artcollection. In addition to his role as manager of SBS STRABAG Bau Holding GmbH he has devoted himself also privately to collecting modern and contemporary art.

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