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L'AMIA, Marchigiana Associazione Iniziative Artistic Association, owner and organizer of the Marche Prize, is pleased to announce, twenty years after the last edition, the definitive revival of the famous exhibition that, since the Fifties, has been characterized as one of the more significant in the territory of the Marche Region and of national importance.

The Marche Prize, from the 2018 edition returns to be the famous Biennial of Contemporary Art, which will be inaugurated with an exhibition at the Forte Malatesta in Ascoli Piceno from 17 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Historically linked to the city of Ancona, the Marche Prize becomes itinerant, to affirm and confirm the primary objective of knowledge and enhancement of the Marche artistic scene in the contemporary, Italian and international visual arts.

As part of a renewed and updated representative role, the event, starting from this XXIV edition, intends to face a regional territorial exhibition that moves from Ancona to the Marche region so much to be an added value for the territory, through the involvement synergistic of the local cultural and economic realities of all the major cities of the Marche at each next edition.

For this edition the city of Ascoli Piceno has been identified, in order to a recent exhibition tradition of the territory, in the presence of museums and civic galleries of contemporary art and on the basis of the structure and quality of the exhibition spaces offered, as are those of the Forte Malatesta, the famous Fortified Fortress, today represented by the definitive arrangement made by Sangallo the Younger in 1540.

At the same time we want to show how the Marche can return to being a point of reference for artists, critics and scholars and for this, the biennial cadence will be turned to alternate years to the artistic recognition on the regional territory before and on the national successively.

The Marche 2018 Prize is dedicated to artists from the Marche region, or operating in the region, giving recognition to established authors and young artists with outstanding technical and poetic qualities.

With the same inspiring principle, the choice of artists will be carried out in two ways: at the invitation of the Scientific Committee and through the selection made by a Judging Commission among all the applications received by the Competition Announcement with final deadline (October 4, 2018).

This, with the dual objective of making different generations and expressive mediums dialogue, united by a theme that will be chosen for each edition, and to identify a coherent aesthetic path that will then be the leitmotif of the exhibition, the final event celebrating each edition.

The theme chosen for the 2018 edition is "The artistic interpretation as harmony. Expression and perceptible parameter of a legacy of the work of art in the Italian artistic tradition (Western and European ".

Among the artists selected by the Judging Commission, the winner of the MARCHE 2018 AWARD is a number of 12 (twelve) artists who, given the recognized artistic value and the adherence of the work to the theme of the festival, will be rewarded with the invitation to the next National exhibition of the MARCHE AWARD - Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Moreover, from this edition the Critics Prize "Alfredo Trifogli" was instituted, named after the historical President, creator and founder of the Marche Prize, in the desire to enhance a personality linked to the promotion of art in the brands.

Throughout its history the Prize has seen the participation of some of the major artists of the late twentieth century, some already established in those years and others who later became, such as Luigi Bartolini, Arnaldo Ciarrocchi, Alberto Burri, Corrado Cagli, Omar Galliani, Giuliano Giuliani, Umberto Peschi, Wladimiro Tulli, Orfeo Tamburi, Giuliano Vangi, Valeriano Trubbiani, just to name a few among the many.

The artists invited for the Marche 2018 Prize are:

Ubaldo Bartolini, Pierpaolo Calzolari, Luigi Carboni, Enzo Cucchi, Giorgio Cutini, Bruno D'Arcevia, Dante Ferretti, Omar Galliani, Giuliano Giuliani, Elio Marchegiani, Eliseo Mattiacci, Tullio Pericoli, Oscar Piattella, Nino Ricci, Mario Sasso, Roberto Stelluti , Valeriano Trubbiani, Giuliano Vangi, Valter Valentini.


For all the artists in Competition the adhesions to the Marche 2018 Prize, accompanied by the required material (Art.7 of the Call), must be sent by October 4, 2018 (the date of the postmark), to the Organizing Secretariat: AMIA - Assessorato to the Culture of Ascoli Piceno, Palazzo dei Capitani, Piazza del Popolo - 63100 - ASCOLI PICENO.

Award Marche 2018

 Organizing Committee

AMIA - Marchigiana Association of Artistic Initiatives

In collaboration with

Marche Region - Department of Culture

Municipality of Ascoli Piceno - Department of Culture


Scientific Committee

Paolo Benvenuti (AMIA Artistic Director), artist, formerly Academy of Fine Arts Academy of Macerata;

Barbara Gasparetti (AMIA Counselor), historical and contemporary art conservator of Cultural Heritage;

Armando Ginesi, (AMIA Counselor), art critic, professor Emeritus of Art History;

Fabio Mariano, (AMIA Counselor), architect, professor at the Polytechnic University of the Marche;

Stefano Papetti, (AMIA Counselor), art historian, professor at the University of Camerino;

Stefano Tonti (AMIA President), artist, curator of exhibitions, professor of Fine Arts Academy of Florence;

Arianna Trifogli, Executive Committee Coordinator Marche Prize of the AMIA Executive Council.


Councilorship for Culture Municipality of Ascoli Piceno

Department of Culture Marche Region

  Civic Museums of Ascoli Piceno

  Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (currently being acquired)

  Logistics and organizational secretariat

AMIA - Marchigiana Association of Artistic Initiatives

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