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 – 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 wants to draw attention to the expressive, aesthetic, communicative and constructive possibilities of aluminum, strengthen the relationship between business and contemporary art (1), create a vital and significant synergy between the public and artists, promote intercultural relations among European countries.

The ‘Vanna Migliorin’ COMEL Award – 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 2017 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’ www.spaziocomel.it end the two Awards linked to the event, the ‘Jury Award’ and the ‘Audience Award’.

Participation in the competition is free and open to all artists, 18 years of age and older, that operate in any of the European countries, and use aluminum as the main and significant medium for the realization of 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 catalogue will be compiled by the organization and a targeted advertising campaign on specialized media will be held. Moreover, the selected artists will be interviewed and their testimony will be inserted on the website portfolio of the COMEL Award.

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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 unique winning artist will be awarded the COMEL Jury Award 2017. The prize consists of a cash prize of € 3500.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 publication of a catalogue of the exhibition is also included. The date and conditions of the exhibition to be agreed in advance with the organization. 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.

B) Audience COMEL Award 2016
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 2017’ does not consist of a cash prize.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held on Saturday 28th October.
The presence of the winners is very welcome.