Hab Vandenwijngaard was awarded “Most surprising and original Artist Year 2017 (1st place)” at the Art Nordic, the biggest Art exhibition in Northern Europe. Selected from hundreds of pre-qualified active artist and chosen by an expert jury. A panel of three appointed judges, Boi & Laynet Wynch, Inger de Stricker and Monica Ritterband.
The couple Laynet Lore Wynch and Boi Wynch founded Art-Nordic to enhance the big interest in Art and to improve the connection and understanding between artists and art collectors – including the possibility of expanding the interaction between art-clubs and the interest in Art among different nations.
Monica Ritterband (born 1955) is a Danish artist, who previously worked as a journalist and speaker.
Ritterband worked as a journalist for Ekstra Bladet and Weekendavisen and was a presenter at the DR’s TV news for several years. In 1990, she became CEO of Carlsberg Group. Since 1997, she has devoted herself to her art full-time.
Among Ritterband’s artistic works are several candlesticks for the Holmegaard, a porcelain series Musica for Royal Copenhagen, tablecloths from Georg Jensen Damask and blankets for Egetæpper, a Danish blanket company, but she has also designed larger works of art; there are a series of stainless steel sculptures in the former municipality of Farum.
Monica Ritterband edited the book Flammer for Frihed (Flames for Freedom), dedicated to Amnesty International which contained music from Frederik Magle and essays by 24 Danes and was published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ritterband has been named Artist of the Year in Denmark four times.
Inger the Stricker is Cand. Mag. from Aarhus University with the bays history and art history (1976). Since 1977, she worked in high school as a teacher and lecturer – since 1996 with appointment as lecturer in Nykøbing cathedral school in subjects, history, art and classical studies.
Announcement and handing over the First Prize “Most Surprising and Original Artist Year 2017”, by Inger de Stricker, Monica Ritterband and Laynet Wynch.
Monica Ritterband, named Artist of the Year in Denmark four times