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The jury members

Gabriel Belgeonne

Gabriel Belgeonne – BE

President of the jury 2016

Born in Gerpinnes in 1935

A painter and printmaker, from 1966 to 1990, he taught printmaking and printing techniques at the Academy of Plastic and Visual Arts in Mons, which he headed up during the 1976 - 77 academic year.
From 1990 to 1998, he was Professor in charge of the Printmaking and Book Illustration workshop at the La Cambre National Academy of Visual Arts in Brussels, where he served as Director from September 1998 to September 2000.

Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland (1990)
Visiting Professor at the Regional Academy of Fine Arts in Nantes (France) (1992)
Visiting Professor at Atelier GRAFF in Montreal (Canada) (1999)

In 1989 he was elected corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts and in 1995 he became a member. In 2000, he was elected a full member of the European Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts.

Founding member of the Association "Tandem 74 Printmaking" (1974).
Founding member of the International Printmaking Biennal Condé-Bonsecours (1976-1984)
Founding member of the Musée du Petit Format (Small Format museum, a contemporary art museum), (Nismes (Belgium)
Founding member of the Centre for Printmaking and the Printed Image, of the French-speaking community of Belgium, La Louvière.

Member of the international jury at the 7th and 8th Printmaking Triennials in Frechen (Germany), at the 10th Printmaking Biennial in Krakow (Poland), at the 4th “Small format printmaking” Exhibition in Lodz (Poland), at the 2nd Triennial “Never again war”, in Lublin (Poland), at the 1st Printmaking Triennial in Prague, and at the first ten Printmaking Prizes of the French-speaking community of Belgium in La Louvière (Belgium).

Marie Akar

Marie Akar – FR

Born in Paris in 1962

After having completed a literary scholarship (preparatory years ‘hypokhâgne’ and ‘khâgne’), Marie Akar was assistant to the director of the cultural center Paris Art Center, located on Falguière street. She subsequently went to work for the architects office Brunet & Saunier. Upon graduation as Master of Arts and Culture (option Book trade), she collaborated to various publications of the magazine Art et métiers du livre (Éditions Faton), with focus on printmaking (articles written about Mohlitz, Didier Mutel, Francis Capdeboscq, Atelier Tugdual…) and contemporary bookbinding art. She currently is editor-in-chief of this magazine.

Paul Bertemes

Paul Bertemes – LU

Born in Luxembourg in 1953.

Studied History of Art and Letters at the University of Luxemburg and the Saarland University in Germany. 
1983: Doctorate from the Saarland University. 

1980-1990: Art critic and journalist-editor (cultural pages and political department) with the Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper (Germany).

1990-1994: Journalist-editor with the Lëtzebuerger Land newspaper (Luxembourg).

1994-2004: Communication Manager at ARBED and ARCELOR. 

March 2004: Co-founder - with Jean Colling (Lombard Media) - of mediArt sàrl, a private agency for cultural promotion in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. 

Since 1980 he has been supporting artistic creation in Luxembourg and the Greater Region, including publications, profiles of artists, newspaper articles, radio broadcasts, speaking at seminars and the concept and setting up of exhibitions.  Since 2006 he has been managing the artistic legacy of his father, the painter-printmaker, Roger Bertemes.

Roger Dewint

Roger Dewint – BE

Born in Brussels in 1942

Illustrator, engraver, book illustrator, Roger Dewint is an honorary professor of drawing and engraving at the Brussels Academy and a member of the Libre Académie Picard.

He holds several awards in Belgium, as well as abroad: Canada, United States, France, Spain, Greece, Macedonia.

With more than 60 solo and retrospective exhibitions in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Peru, he participates in some 130 biennials or triennials of engravings around the world.

Roger Dewint is also represented in more than 80 public collections or museums around the world.

Dessislava Yougova

Dessislava Yougova – BG

Born in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) in 1965

Trained in literature and linguistics at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Dessislava Yougova also specialized in culturology (culture’s history and theory), of which art and media history classes were part of. She holds a master degree in European Studies from the CEU of Nancy (France) and a research master degree entitled «Text, imagination, society» from the Université Paris 8. She presented a dissertation on popular culture under the supervision of Henri Meschonnic.

She worked as a librarian and a translator and free-lanced for several cultural publications, mainly for the web.

She is currently an European Parliament’s official, and more specifically an information specialist within the Directorate-general for parliamentary research services in Brussels.

She approached engraving from a sociological perspective, as a communication media and also from an aesthetic point of view during her studies.

Exhibition Catalogue

For each edition, a catalog is produced in order to honor the work of the 25 laureates but also to thank the work of an entire team (members of the jury, members of the non-profit organization, partners, etc.). You can consult the catalog of this edition below.