The rules and procedures applicable to the National Exhibition of Visual Arts (SNAV by its acronym in Spanish) underwent major changes in 2018 and were updated in 2020. In 2018, the Grand Prix of Honor, which was awarded as the highest prize in each of the eight disciplines (ceramics, drawing, photography, alternative installations and media, engraving, painting and textile arts), was replaced by the National Award for Artistic Achievement. These awards are now assigned in parallel to the SNAV by a jury and awarded to eight artists with a sound track record who have generated relevant contributions to the arts in Argentina.
The jury is composed by seven members: two represent the National Museum of Fine Arts, one is an Argentine art specialist proposed by the Secretariat of Cultural Heritage and appointed by the Ministry of Culture, and four representatives of artistic or cultural associations.
In 2018, a web platform was established for online registration. This was an improvement, as the previous system consisted of folders with work records and constituted a constraint. The new system enables remote registration and serves as a resource for jurors to evaluate the works and draw up their first selection.
In the new system, artists must state their names and surnames, thus putting an end to anonymity and the use of pseudonyms, which were used until 2017.
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