The foundation

The H.M. Queen Sonja Art Foundation was established in 2011 to generate interest in and promote the development of graphic art. The Foundation presents the Queen Sonja Print Award every other year. The first award was given to Tiina Kivinen in 2012.

The cash prize is taken from the yield on the Foundation’s capital along with any gifts or other contributions received by the Foundation. In addition, the prizewinner also receives an educational stay at the art studio Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden. The amount of the cash prize is determined by the board.

With its focus on international graphic art in all its expressions and techniques, the Queen Sonja Print Award is set to become the most prestigious prize within this field of the contemporary art.

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The board

H.M. Queen Sonja

The Queen (b.1937) was educated in tailoring at the Oslo Vocational School, and graduated from L `Ecole des Jeunes Filles Professionele in Lausanne. Queen Sonja has a MA from the University of Oslo, with curriculum French, English and art history. Queen Sonja has been studying watercolour and printmaking techniques with the assistance from the artists Ørnulf Opdahl and Kjell Nupen. Her interest in art resulted in the opening of Gallery Queen Josephine at Bygdøy in 2013, when Queen Sonja saw a possibility for the foundation. The first season the prints of Tiina Kivinen was a part of the exhibition together the graphic art project Three Journeys. Three Landscapes (2011), created by Queen Sonja, Nupen and Opdahl.

Ørnulf Opdahl

Ørnulf Opdahl (b.1944) lives and works at Godøya outside of Ålesund. He is educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and at the Academy of Fine Art. He acted as a professor at the Academy of Fine Art from 1985 to 1992. Opdahl primarily works with painting, watercolours and printmaking. He has held numerous exhibitions in Norway and abroad, he is represented in several public and private collections.

Ole Larsen

For over 40 years Ole Larsen (b. 1954) has been running one of the world’s leading printmaking studios, the Ateljé Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden. After growing up among his father Thormod Larsen (1921-1977) prints, Larsen sr. founded the Ateljé Larsen in 1972. When Ole Larsen was 18 years old, he started to work in the studio as an apprentice. Ateljé Larsen has specialised in different intaglio printmaking techniques, based on a large scale equipment, manufactured by himself and a unique collaboration with artists from many countries.

Gry Mølleskog

Gry Mølleskog (b. 1962) is Lord Chamberlain at the Royal Court in Oslo. Before that, she was five years in Korn Ferry International as Senior Client Partner, and she has served as Chief of Staff for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess in Norway. Mølleskog spent 23 years with SAS, most recently as Senior Vice President at the company`s headquarter in Stockholm. She is Chairman of the Norwegian Folk Museum, and a director of SAS AB, Norwegian Property ASA and Quartz + Co AS. She holds a Master of Management from BI Norwegian School of Management.

Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland

Harriet Cecilie Malm Brundtland (b. 1961) is a Norwegian art historian, graduated from the University of Oslo with a Master of Art in 1995. Brundtland has been responsible for a variety of exhibitions from 1995 until today. She has also written and edited several books: “Ørnulf Opdahl. By the sea” (1997), “Knut Rose. Flight – Struggle – Towards Conciliation” (1997), "Tone Vigeland. Jewellery + Sculpture. Movements in Silver", (2003) and “Norwegian Art Photography 1970 – 2007” (2007), among others. Brundtland is European Representative of Voss Foundation, Trustee of Milgis Trust and board member of the Norwegian Folk Museum. She is a founding partner of Brundtland & Krosby DA, and chairman and CEO of Piero AS.

Magne Furuholmen

Magne Furuholmen (b. 1962) is a visual artist and musician. He studied under the late Kjell Nupen in the period 1989-1993, and got his break through with the exhibition “Kutt” at Henie Onstad Art Centre in 1995. Furuholmen is honorary mentor at The Gutenberg Akademie, Mainz, Germany, Former board-member of The Norwegian Graphics Union, and guest-professor at The College of Fine Arts, Shanghai. He has held numerous exhibitions in Norway and abroad, is represented in several public and private collections and contributes to a wide range of publications.

Erlend Høyersten

Erlend Høyersten (b. 1972) holds a cand.philol. in art history from the University of Bergen and began his museum career at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand in 2000, the years 2004-09 as a Director. After that he became the Deputy Director and the Director of KODE Art Museums of Bergen (2009-2013) and headed a comprehensive reorganization of the four art museums of Bergen. From January 1st 2014 Erlend Høyersten is the Director of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, which has more than half a million visitors a year. Aarhus will be the European Capital of Culture 2017, and ARoS will be a crucial player. Erlend Høyersten has curated numerous exhibitions.