BAZA Award

Initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia
together with:
Foundation for a Civil Society, USA
Young Visual Artists Awards

In 1990 Wendy W. Luers, founder and director of Foundation for a Civil Society, together with Chalupecky Association had established a prize for the young visual artists up to 35 years of age in Czech Republic. Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA - was established over several years as an international network of similar awards with support from the Trust from Mutual Understanding, a US foundation.
Today 10 European countries are part of this network: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania and Bulgaria.
Bulgaria joined this group in 2008. ICA-Sofia ( was chosen as a partner to organize the award.
Aim of the BAZA Award for contemporary art is to provide support to young creative artists through opening new possibilities for education, research and professional realization. Award creates a positive context for the young contemporary art and builds friendly milieu for its development.
The competition is opened for artists up to 35 years old who work in all media in the field of contemporary art. Applicants may enter the competition themselves or they also may be nominated by an invited arts professionals active in the field of contemporary art. A candidate must be a Bulgarian citizen or a permanent resident of Bulgaria.
The award is a six-week fellowship in New York and a solo exhibition in the gallery of the ICA-Sofia.


1. artists apply with their portfolios
2. a jury of established professionals selects four finalists. Its decision is announced at:
3. the 4 nominated artists are presented in an exhibition in Sofia City Art Gallery in May 2008
4. the jury announces the winner during the opening ceremony of the exhibition
The candidates must be proficient in English language by October 2008.
Name, address, phone number, e-mail address
CV and bibliography
Photos/prints of the art works (with title, size, year)
DVD (for video works and performances)
The candidates can present additional materials (catalogs, brochures, texts)
The documentation will not be returned. It will remain as a part of BAZA Award archive.
The deadline for 2008 is 4th of April.


The BAZA 2023 award winner is Viktor Petrov

Институт за съвременно изкуство – София

Фондация „Едмонд Демирджиян“

Софийска градска художествена галерия

съвместно с: Фондация за гражданско общество, Ню Йорк

и международната мрежа Награди за млади художници YVAA



Конкурс за „Награда за съвременно изкуство БАЗА 2023“

The BAZA 2021 award winner is Krassimira Butseva

Competition for BAZA 2022: Award for Contemporary Art

The BAZA 2021 award winner is Marta Djourina


  • from Jan 15, 2021
  • till Mar 1, 2021

The BAZA award winner for 2020 is Maria Nalbantova.

Nominated artists: Boryana Petkova, Kalas Liebfried (Калоян Любомиров), Maria Nalbantova, Natalia Jordanova, Yavor Kostadinov.

The BAZA award winner for 2019 is Valko Chobanov.

Nominated artists: Aleksander Aleksandrov, Maria Nalbantova, Milena Georgieva, Nevena Ekimova, Radostin Sedevchev, Sevda Semer, Valko Chobanov, Veneta Androva.

The BAZA award winner for 2018 is Martin Penev


BAZA Award for contemporary art nominees:
Marta Djourina, Martin Penev, Natalia Jordanova, Pepa Ivanova, Radostin Sedevchev, Sophia Grancharova, Stefan Ivanov, Valko Chobanov.

The jury members are:
Boshko Boskovic, Karina Kottova, Stefka Tsaneva, Vera Mlechevska, Vladiya Mihaylova

The BAZA award winner for 2017 is Martina Vacheva


Nominated artists:


Alexander Alexandrov

Georgi Tomov Georgiev

Leda Vaneva

Martina Vacheva

Martin Penev

Stanimir Genov

Valko Chobanov


The BAZA award winner for 2016 is Dimitar Shopov

Sofia City Art Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia
together with:
Foundation for Culture and Society, New York and Young Visual Artists Awards

Exhibition of the BAZA Award for contemporary art nominees:

Albena Baeva, Boryana Petkova, Dimitar Shopov, Kalina Terzieva, Stanimir Genov

June 21 – July 17, 2016
Exhibition opening: June 21 (Tuesday), 6 pm.

The BAZA winner for 2015 is Aleksandra Chaushova

Nominated artists:

Aleksandra Chaushova

Desislava Unger

Kristina Irobalieva

Pavel Lefterov

Stela Vasileva

Vladislav Georgiev

The jury members for the 2015 competition are:
Galina Dimitrova-Dimova (curator), Ivana Nencheva (artist), Vessela Nozharova (curator), Diana Popova (critic), Sasho Stoitzov (artist).

BAZA Award for Contemporary Art 2014

Nominated artists:

Albena Baeva

Dimitar Solakov

Kalina Terzieva

Leda Vaneva

Lyben Petrov

Nestor Kovachev

Svetozara Alexandrova

Zoran Georgiev

Jury: Galina Dimitrova-Dimova, Iara Boubnova, Kalin Serapionov, Maria Vassileva, Sasho Stoitzov

Exhibition: June 12 – July 6, 2014
Sofia City Art Gallery


The BAZA award winner for 2014 is Zoran Georgiev


The BAZA award winner for 2013 is Kiril Kuzmanov

BAZA Award 2013 - Nominated artists:

Dimitar Solakov

Emilian Lalev

Iskra Blagoeva

Kiril Kuzmanov

Nikolay Zanev

Sasho Popovski

Stela Vasileva

Zoran Georgiev

The BAZA award winner for 2012 is Leda Ekimova


The BAZA award winner for 2011 is Vikenti Komitski.

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