ARS FENNICA art foundation
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – ARS FENNICA sr was established in 1990 to promote the arts by opening up new channels for Finnish visual art internationally, by providing artists with inspiration in their creative work, and by encouraging interest in and respect for the visual arts among the general public.
In alternate years, the Foundation awards Finland’s most significant visual-art prize – 40,000 euros. The prize goes to an artist in recognition of individual artistic work of outstanding quality.
An award committee appointed by the Foundation nominates the candidates and also an international art expert, who then chooses the prize winner from among these candidates. The candidate artists have variously been from Finland, the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and the St Petersburg region.