Cold Spring Artist Awarded International Drawing Prize

Jaanika Peerna “clearly the winner,” says jury

Jaanika Peerna of Cold Spring has been awarded the Grand Prix FID 2016 by the Foire Internationale du Dessin (International Drawing Fair), an organization based in Paris.

FID ( was founded in Paris in 2007 and is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary drawing. The pool of applicants for its 2016 award was narrowed to 49 nominees and 10 finalists before Peerna was selected as the grand-prize winner.

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Jaanika Peerna (file photo by A. Rooney)

Brett Littman, executive director of the Drawing Center in New York and chairman of the jury, announced that “Jaanika Peerna is clearly the winner.” Other members of the jury include Rebecca Kerlin of Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, Maurits van de Laar from The Hague, Serghei Litvin, founder of FID, and Philippe de Montebello, director emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Peerna, an Estonian-born artist living and working primarily in New York since 1998, “especially because I see all my work, whether installation, video, or performance, as fundamentally based in drawing. I am honored to be in the company of fellow artists who are pushing the medium of drawing into new territories as an independent art form.”

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