Boekman Dissertation prize
The Boekman Dissertation Prize is awarded every three years to the best Dutch PhD research on art, culture and society. The prize consists of a sum of € 10.000 and is intended to make recent results of scientific research about art, culture and society known to a wide audience. To this end, the journal Boekman devotes the year following the presentation to the subject of the winning dissertation.
The prize is an initiative of the Boekman Foundation and NWO Social and Humanities. It is named after Emanuel Boekman, who was the first in the Netherlands to receive his PhD on June 6th, 1939 on the relationship between government and art.
Hanka Otte (University of Groningen) is the winner of the fourth Boekman Dissertation prize for art, culture and policy. Otte received her PhD in 2015 from her research Binding or bridging? About the relationship between art, cultural policy and social cohesion. Otte studied how art participation and social cohesion relate to each other and whether the government choose the right art participating instruments to promote this cohesion. She did this based on a study in seven municipalities in Drenthe.
The jury consisting of René Boomkens (University of Amsterdam), Quirijn van den Hoogen (University of Groningen), Philomeen Lelieveldt (Utrecht University), Vivian van Saaze (Maastricht University) and Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University and chairman of the jury) chose the dissertation van Otte from 74 dissertations on the field of work of the Boekman Foundation as winner.
The other two nominees were Dr J. van Beurden – Treasures in trusted hands: negotiating the future of colonial cultural objects (VU, 2016) and dr. Th. van Dorsten – Mirrors in the making: culture, education, and the development of metacognition in early and middle childhood (4-10) (RUG, 2015).
All participating dissertations are included in the library collection.
Johannes Vermeer Prize
The award was instituted in 2008 by the then Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ronald Plasterk (PvdA), in order to honour and encourage outstanding artistic talent. The award consists of a sum of 100,000 euros, mainly to be used for the realisation of a special project. The award is intended for artists working in the Netherlands and across all disciplines, ranging from dance to design, from fashion to music, from writing to painting.
The Johannes Vermeer Award, state prize for the arts, was awarded for the first time in 2009 to Pierre Audi, opera director, and subsequently in 2010 to Alex van Warmerdam, director, in 2011 to Erwin Olaf, photographer, in 2012 to visual artist Marlene Dumas, in 2013 to architect Rem Koolhaas, in 2014 to graphic designer Irma Boom, in 2015 to composer Michel van der Aa, and in 2016 to artist/filmmaker Steve McQueen. In 2017 Iris van Herpen, fashion designer, received the award.
The jury guidance and overall coordination of the Johannes Vermeer Award is in the hands of the Boekman Foundation. The organization and pr of the award ceremony is provided by LUSTR, organizer of cultural events and programs.
The Johannes Vermeer Award 2018, the Dutch state prize for the arts, was awarded to violinist Janine Jansen by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. The jury, under the chairmanship of Els van der Plas, has unanimously nominated her because she gives a phenomenal interpretation to her executive artistry. Her musical interpretations touch the genius and harvest unanimously admiration and respect from audiences and fellow musicians. The jury praises her entire worldwide career, which shows her sincere and total surrender to the music.
Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven presented the prize on Monday October 29th, 2018 in De Ridderzaal in The Hague.