The first Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk prize was awarded in 2016 in honor of the memory of the noted artist/designer couple during the celebration of their centennial year. The award is given out every three years and this year marks the second time the prize is awarded. The ceremony will be held on the birthday of Rut Bryk, October 18, 2019. The award is given in recognition of professional excellence, bold new design thinking, and skilled knowledge of materials and traditional artisanry.
Bryk’s ceramic art is taken on an extensive touring exhibition to Japan, while Wirkkala’s glass art is on display at the Murano Glass Museum in Venice. The works of the married couple are being prepared at EMMA for the international solo exhibitions.