The Ducat Prize, founded in 1858, is the oldest art award in Finland. It is presented by the Art Society annually to a young Finnish artist under 35 in recognition of special merit.

DUCAT PRIZE 2019 (€16.000)
was given to the painter Essi Kuokkanen (b. 1991, Pieksämäki), Helsinki

Essi Kuokkanen. Photo: Patrik Rastenberger

 

Essi Kuokkanen: I Like the Way It Stings, 2018

 

Essi Kuokkanen: Tyhmeliini, 2018

 


Among the first artists who received the Ducat Prize have been Victoria Åberg (1861), Fredrik Ahlstedt (1969) and Albert Edelfelt (1872). Fanny Churberg and Helene Schjerfbeck were both awarded in 1879.

DUCAT PRIZES IN THE 2000s

2018: Elina Autio (b. 1985)
2017: Jaakko Pallasvuo (b. 1987)
2016: Nestori Syrjälä (b. 1983)
2015: Tuomo Rainio (b. 1983)
2014: Alma Heikkilä (b. 1984)
2013: Riikka Kuoppala (b. 1980)
2012: Maija Luutonen (b. 1978)
2011: Hans Rosenström (b. 1982)
2010: Leena Nio (b. 1982)
2009: Petri Eskelinen (b. 1975)
2008: Terike Haapoja (b. 1974)
2007: Mari Sunna (b. 1972)
2006: Pauliina Turakka Purhonen (b. 1971)
2005: Tea Mäkipää (b. 1973)
2004: Minna Jatkola (b. 1974)
2003: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko (b. 1968)
2002: Viggo Wallensköld (b. 1969)
2001: Paavo Paunu (b. 1965)