Presentation

CO.ME.L, acronym for Commercio Metalli Latina (Metal Trading Latina), has been a leader company in the field of trading and processing semi-finished aluminum metal products since 1968.
The “COMEL Award for Contemporary Art” is dedicated to the loving memory of Vanna Migliorin, who was the heart of the company. This award celebrates her great passion for art and her enthusiasm in supporting new projects – even the innovative ones. She considered the CO.ME.L company to be more than just a commercial enterprise and broadened its activity to include social and cultural contexts.

The Award aims at drawing attention to the creative potential of aluminum through an investigation of its expressive, aesthetic and communicative qualities, at consolidating the relationship between enterprise and contemporary art1 and creating a meaningful and vital synergy between audience and artists.
The Vanna Migliorin COMEL Award for Contemporary Art (hereinafter COMEL Award), was established in 2012 and was turned into a European competition in 2013. It has selected 13 artists every year, enthusiastically involving media, spectators and workers in the sector, so as to be designated, since the second edition, as one of the most interesting prizes in the review of contemporary art.
COMEL Award 2014 maintains and consolidates the former methods and objectives, confirming the availability of a well-equipped art gallery as the venue of the event, the ‘Spazio COMEL’ (COMEL Space). During the rest of the year other non-related exhibitions are held. The two awards linked to the event – the ‘Jury Award’ and the ‘Audience Award’ – help to focus and refine more attention on the aluminum as an art medium, asking the artists to work through its potential aesthetic, communicative and constructive changes.

Participation is free and open to all artists over 18, who live and/or work within the European Community and who have used, or intend to use aluminum,  as the privileged and meaningful medium in the work to be submitted.

Also for this edition, in view of a planned and effective promotion of the participants and of the Prize itself, a catalog will be compiled by the organization and a targeted advertising campaign on specialized media will be held.

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Logo inspiration

«And then I feel as if I’m witnessing a miracle, as ever so slowly she raises her face toward the moon.I watch her drink in the sight, sensing the flood of memories she’s unleashed and wanting nothing more than to let her know I’m here.
But instead I stay where I am and stare up at the moon as well.
And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we’re together again.»

 [Nicholas Sparks, Dear John, 2007, Grand Central Publishing]

Awards

A) COMEL Jury Award 2016

The winning artist will be awarded the COMEL Jury Award 2016 and will be given a cash prize of euro 3500 1.
The Award Ceremony will be held on 29th October 2016, during the exhibition.
The work will become part of the permanent collection CO.ME.L.
By accepting the Prize, the winner relinquishes ownership of his/her work and gives CO.ME.L. all rights inherent in it, including the publication right of the image, while retaining the right to be recognized as the author of the artwork.
The winning artist will also be awarded a solo exhibition to be held at the Spazio COMEL Arte Contemporanea, located in via Neghelli, 68 – Latina.
The exhibition will be curated by the COMEL organization, and it will be displayed no later than the calendar year in which the prize has been held. The date and conditions to be agreed in advance with the organization.
1 Witholding tax on money prize

B) Audience COMEL Award 2016

The Award Ceremony will be also held on 29th October 2016, during the exhibition.
The winner work will remain the artist’s property.
The winning artist will also be awarded a solo exhibition to be held at the ‘Spazio COMEL Arte Contemporanea, located in via Neghelli, 68 – Latina.
The exhibition will be curated by the COMEL organization, and it will be displayed no later than the calendar year in which the prize has been held. The date and conditions to be agreed in advance with the organization.
The ‘Audience Award 2016’ does not consist of a cash prize.
The prize-giving ceremony will be held on Saturday 29th October.
The presence of the winners is very welcome.