The 22nd edition of Young Artist Fine Arts Exhibition began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Monday.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the exhibition virtually as the chief guest.State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Cultural Affairs Ministry Additional Secretary Md Abdul Mannan Ilias, renowned artist Sahid Kabir and BSA’s Director of Fine Arts Syeda Mahbuba Karim spoke at the event and handed over awards to the recipients with BSA Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky in the chair.
The exhibition showcases 368 artworks by 337 artists selected from a total number of 519 applicants and their 1,350 submissions of paintings, sculptures, print illustrations, craft-works, pottery-crafts, architectural and video arts, performance art pieces and new media arts.
The primary selection committee includes notable artists like Ivy Zaman, Dr Rashid Amin, Dulal Chandra Gain, Harunur Rashid Tutul, Shaon Akand and photographer Mofizul Islam.
The final selection committee for selecting the best artworks featured artist Naima Haque, Dr Md Iqbal, Mostafa Zaman Mithu, Anisuzzaman and eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun.
A total of 12 artists (11 categories and one overall grand award winner) also received awards, certificates and prize-money at the inaugural ceremony.
Soma Surovi Jannat received the title award as the best artist in the exhibition, while artists Md Tariqul Islam (paintings), Mozahidur Rahman Sarkar (sculptures), Md Rafiqul Islam (print illustrations), Sanjay Kumar Pramanik (eastern arts), Imran Hasan (graphics design), Tanvir Hossaim Rhythm (pottery arts), Rubaiyat-E-Sharmin (craft arts), Md Fazlul Haque (new media, video arts), Kuntal Baroi (architectural arts), Naim Hossain (performance arts) and Mohsin Kabir (photographic arts) won awards in respective categories.The month-long arts Exhibition will continue till December 29, every day from 11:00am to 06:00pm on gallery 1, 3, 5, 6 and the sculpture arena at the National Art Gallery.
Started as a biennale back in 1975, the exhibition has earned recognition from art-lovers around the nation as a festivity and celebration of modern artworks and crafts by artists from all over the country.