Sompo Japan Art Award Exhibiton

Frontier Artists Contest Exhibiton- 2013

The Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation established the “Shorei-Sho Award” (or the “Outstanding Rising Artists Award”) for emerging artists and the “Seiji Togo Memorial Museum Grand Prix Award” for established artists in 1977. Since then, the foundation has been organizing exhibitions of award winners.

Our foundation became a public interest incorporated foundation on April 1, 2010. At that time, we decided to start a public entry competition called the Frontier Artists Contest Exhibition (“FACE”). The aims of this competition are to carry forward our 35-year mission of raising and supporting emerging artists and to increase the competition entry chances for them.

The FACE exhibition covers the first public entry competition of our museum, which saw the entry of many attractive works from 1,275 emerging artists throughout Japan. The jury members selected 69 powerful works of international appeal through a process of painstaking consideration. The Grand Prix Award work will become a part of our museum’s collection and shown at the next FACE exhibition as well. Also, one Grand Prix Award winner and three Excellent Work Award winners each year will exhibit their works at a group show of 12 artists to be held every three years.

We have been given precious advice by many art specialists for the new public entry competition. All of them emphasized the importance of enlarging public entry chances and supporting rising artists over a long time. We hope that this new competition will become an event that all emerging artists aspire to win and that this exhibition will continue to support artists for many years to come.

Finally, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the jury, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., and art director Yasuko Aoki. We also wish the artists who presented their works to our competition great success in the near future.

Exhibition Details

From February 23rd (Sat.) to March 31st (Sun.), 2014
(closed Mondays)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Adults: 500yen (400yen)
University & High School Students: 300 yen (200yen)
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.