Today, August 5, 2021, the Center for Cultural & Arts Initiatives in Lviv presented an exhibition collection of art of the III International Art Project without age restrictions ART AXIS.

An exhibition of works of art, the authors of which took part in the international art marathon ART AXIS 2021 and were marked by the majority of board members as a work of artistic value, took place in the exhibition hall of the second floor of the Lviv Palace of Arts.

Despite the period of vacations, holidays, and quarantines, the solemn presentation and opening were crowded.

The annual project is aimed at artists who are ready to promote their creative achievements to the world through the philosophical vision of ART AXIS and thus help artistic education among gifted youth, including those deprived of parental care and special needs.

It should be noted that the International Art Project without age restrictions ART AXIS for the third year in a row was implemented exclusively as a public initiative. The organizing committee did not receive any assistance from the budget for its implementation. All-time, technical, intellectual resources are accumulated thanks to the support and help of benefactors, partners, and ardent admirers of art.

To participate in ART AXIS 2021, the organizing committee has registered more than one and a half hundred applications with works of art from Brazil, Haiti, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, Portugal, Poland, the United States, Ukraine, France, and the Czech Republic from authors, age range 6 – 60+ years. The selection took place in three mandatory stages. The organizing committee accepts applications and verifies the correctness of filling out all formal documents in the first of them. The international qualification board conducts the following stages of selection, and then the international panel of experts celebrates the best works.

By the decision of the qualification board, 27 works of art were selected for the exhibition, which can be viewed in Lviv until August 14 (17 Kopernyka Street, Lviv Palace of Arts). Then the exhibition collection will go on an exhibition tour of the galleries of the project partners.

The ART AXIS 2020 qualification board included:

Krzysztof Marchlak is a painter, photographer and cultural animator, PhD in Fine Arts, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Painting and Artistic Education at the Pedagogical University of Krakow (Krakow, Poland);

Roman Petruk is a painter, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Associate Professor of the M. Boychuk Kyiv State Academy of Decorative Arts and Design (Kyiv, Ukraine);

Vakaris Bernotas is a Professor of the Klaipeda Department of Visual Design of the Academy of Arts in Vilnius (Klaipeda, Lithuania);

Magdalena Gotovska is an artist, art manager of the French-Canadian association «Peintures de France» in Montreal (Montreal, Canada).

The expert board included:

Rostyslav Shmahalo is a Doctor of Art Studies, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of History and Theory of Art of Lviv National Academy of Arts, Honored Worker of Arts of Ukraine, Board Member and Head of the Division of Arts and Art Management of Lviv Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Member of Union of Art Critics and Historians (Lviv, Ukraine).

Oksana Poltavets-Huyda is an Honored Artist of Ukraine, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Acting Rector of the Mykhailo Boichuk Kyiv State Academy of Decorative and Applied Arts and Design (Kyiv, Ukraine);

Malgorzata Komorowska is a painter, set designer, Professor of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Head of Stage Design Department (Krakow, Poland);

Konstantin Chernyavsky is a Candidate of Art History, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Restoration of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Chairman of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).

According to the changes in the international protocol from 2021, additional votes will be given to the Project participants themselves, who may use the right to express their views on the work of other ART AXIS participants. For this purpose, an album of reviews for the exhibition guests is left in the exhibition hall. Every exhibition visitor can indicate the authors of the works, which were primarily to his taste.

On behalf of the project’s organizing committee, which included specialists and volunteers of the Center for Cultural & Arts Initiatives, Lviv Regional Charitable Foundation “TORBA”, and International Association Culture and Art, we thank all participants for their courage and desire to present their work in an open project. – “Art without age restrictions”!