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David Ginton, Rappaport Prize for Established Israeli Artist, 2019

Pain (Foot on Stone), 1974

Photo: Ellen Ginton

The Museum confers a variety of awards in the field of art, usually in conjunction with foundations or donors. Some are designed to stimulate artistic endeavor, and others were created to help expand and enrich the Museum’s collection.

Each of the awards has its own policy that sets out how the winner or winners are decided, the formal and substantive conditions for conferring it, and the frequency and manner in which it is awarded.

The lists of award winners present a rich and diverse mosaic of several generations of Israeli art.

Rappaport Prize for a Young & Established Israeli Artist


Solo exhibitions and annual monetary reward

In 2006, the Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foundation founded a prize that is awarded annually to two Israeli artists – established and young, respectively. The aim of the award is to highlight current trends in artistic practice in Israel, and to make the general public aware of fresh creative forces. Exhibitions of the two winners’ works are held at the same time, approximately a year after the award ceremony.

The winner must commit to donating one work to the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Collection of Israeli Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The monetary reward for an established artist is $35,000, and for a young artist (up to the age of forty) $15,000.

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List of Winners of the Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Artist

2020 Drora Dominey
2019 David Ginton
2017 Yitzhak Golombek
2016 Zvi Goldstein
2015 Yair Garbuz
2014 Ido Bar-El
2013 David Reeb
2012 Deganit Berest
2011 Asaf Ben Zvi
2010 Sharon Poliakine
2009 Tal Matzliach
2008 Avner Ben-Gal
2007 Jan Rauchwerger
2006 Nurit David

List of Winners of the Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Artist

2020 Hilla Toony Navok
2019 Eran Naveh
2017 Gil Yefman
2016 Yifat Bezalel
2015 Shai Yehezkelli
2014 Alma Itzhaky
2013 Iva Kafri
2012 Elad Kopler
2011 Michael Halak
2010 Oren Eliav
2009 Melanie Daniel
2008 Jossef Krispel
2007 Netally Schlosser
2006 Eli Petel

David Ginton, Rappaport Prize for Established Israeli Artist, 2019
Pain (Hands), 1974

Photo: Ellen Ginton

Eran Naveh, Rappaport Prize for Young Israeli Artist, 2019
Guide, 2014 (detail)

The Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art


Solo exhibition, catalogue, and annual monetary reward

The Haim Shiff Prize is awarded each year to an Israeli painter for a figurative-realistic body of work, with the aim of cultivating this genre.

Awarded since 2008, the prize was founded by Mr. Dubi Shiff in memory of his father—the late Haim Shiff, an Israeli businessman and art collector.

The prize comprises a $10,000 grant, a solo exhibition at the Museum, and a catalogue.

The winner commits to donating one artwork to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s collection.

List of winners

2019 Tigist Yosef Ron
2018 Samah Shihadi
2017 Matan Ben Cnaan
2016 Fatma Shanan
2015 Ofer Rotem
2014 Leonid Balaklav
2013 David Nipo
2012 Eldar Farber and Sigal Tsabari
2011 Orit Akta Hildesheim
2010 Eran Reshef
2009 Maïa Zer
2008 Amnon David Ar

Tigist Yosef Ron, The Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, 2019

Fernos’s Son‭, ‬2019

Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize


Monetary reward

The Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize is awarded to an Israeli artist for the purposes of research and production of an exhibition catalogue.

The award bears the name of the Israeli painter Nata (Netanya) Dushnitsky-Kaplan (1918—2005). Instigated by her son, Lior Dushnitsky, it has been awarded since 2006 by the Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The award consists of a $10,000 grant.

List of winners

2018 Yonatan Vinitsky
2017 Avraham Ofek
2014 Ori Gersht
2011 Yair Garbuz
2010 Gabriel Klasmer
2009 Robert Baser
2008 Alima
2007 Avigdor Stematsky
2006 Yudith Levin

Yonatan Vinitsky, Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize, 2018

The Cosmos, Element no.9 (detail)

All the works courtesy of the artist and The Estate of Matt Montini
Photo Credit: Thierry Bal

Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Art


Monetary reward

The Kolb Foundation was established by the Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Organization (headed then by Ms. Hani Bergman) in memory of Eugene Kolb, the Museum’s director from 1952 to 1959. Given Kolb’s great fondness for line and paper art, it was decided to dedicate the award to Israeli graphic arts, in a bid to cultivate local artists in the fields of drawing and printing.

The prize is a monetary reward in the amount of NIS 5,000.

List of winners

2017 Dfus Golem Publishing
2014 Hilla Ben Ari
2011 Hadas Hassid
2009 Shai Zurim
2006 Yaacov Dorchin
2003 Khen Shish
1999 Shosh Kormosh
1998 Moshe Kupferman
1997 Asaf Ben Zvi
1996 David Reeb
1995 Ra'anan Levy
1992 Sharon Poliakine, Meira Shemesh
1991 Pinchas Cohen Gan
1989 Moshe Gershuni
1987 Alima
1984 Jerusalem Print Workshop
1983 Uri Lifschitz
1981 Menashe Kadishman
1975 Uri Stettner

Dfus Golem Publishing, Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Art, 2018
Yossi Assouline, Apertures Mud, 2016 (detail)

Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art

Monetary reward

The Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art was established in 1980 for the purpose of purchasing works by Israeli artists for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s collection. The award, which is a monetary reward in the amount of NIS 10,000, seeks to pay tribute to the work of a prominent Israeli artist.

List of winners

2018 Etti Abergel
2016 Boaz Arad
2015 Tal Matzliah
2012 Miki Kratsman
2011 Ido Bar-El
2010 Tamar Getter
2009 Miri Segal
2008 Michal Na'aman
2007 Larry Abramson
2006 Deganit Berest
2005 David Reeb
2004 Tsibi Geva
2003 Yitzhak Livneh
2002 Gabi Klasmer
2001 Moshe Kupferman
2000 Yechiel Shemi
1999 Pinchas Cohen Gan
1998 Yudith Levin
1997 Philip Rantzer
1996 Raffi Lavie
1995 Moshe Gershuni
1992 Yair Garbuz
1991 Nahum Tevet
1989 Asaf Ben Zvi
1987 Buky Schwartz
1985 Micha Ullman, Menashe Kadishman
1981 Avigdor Stematsky

Etti Abergel, Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art, 2018
Wall piece (Cradle II), 2007—10

Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist


Exhibition and monetary reward

The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist was founded in 2015 by Lauren and Mitchell Presser, with the goal of promoting young Israeli artists in the field of photography.

The award consists of a $5,000 grant and a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The award is offered to candidates aged between 25 and 45, who hold a degree in art or photography.

List of winners

2019 Eli Singalovski
2018 Daniel Tzal
2017 Ronit Porat
2016 Mark Yashaev
2015 Rami Maymon

Daniel Tzal, The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist, 2018

Darius Sewing, 2014

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