Radoslav Putar Award 2021 – Open Call for a seat on the jury of the Award for Curators up to 40 Years Old – selected are Neva Lukić, HR and Chelsea Pierce, USA/UK


Radoslav Putar Award 2021

Open Call for a seat on the jury of the Award for Curators up to 40 Years Old

selected are two curators, Neva Lukić, HR and Chelsea Pierce, USA/UK




The Radoslav Putar Award, founded in 2002, is preparing its twentieth edition this year. Preparations are underway for the selection of four finalists for the Radoslav Putar Award, which will be presented in an exhibition at the Galić Salon in Split, on June 14, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

We are preparing this exhibition with our partner, the Croatian Association of Fine Artists, HULU-Split, with whom we started a new and exciting collaboration last year.



Radoslav Putar Award Winner has the opportunity to spend two months on a residency at Residency Unlimited in New York, set up a solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and since 2020, thanks to the Gallery S from Koprivnica, has been given the opportunity to produce new work, a multioriginal. Radoslav Putar Award winner also becomes a member of the Award’s jury in its next annual cycle.



Based on the Open Call for young curators up to 40 years of age, the Radoslav Putar Award selects one jury member. This year we have selected two candidates:


– Neva Lukić, an independent curator from Zagreb, and – Chelsea Pierce, a PhD candidate in art history at The Courtauld Institute in London, who comes from Dallas, Texas, USA, to join the work of the Radoslav Putar Award jury.


Neva Lukić (1982) holds a MA degree in Art History and Archeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and a Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She worked as a curator at MMSU in Rijeka and, more recently, as a freelance curator, she collaborates with various institutions, non-profit associations and collections, mostly in Croatia and the Netherlands. She is the author or co-author of several solo and more thematically conceived exhibitions such as Seventh Heaven – a selection from the collections of MMSU (MMSU, Rijeka, 2016), The Story Within and Beyond (SeeLab, DenHaag, 2018), Crossroads – Vladimir Nikolić (Kula Nebojša, Belgrade, 2019), Pre-contemporary action and postmodern reaction (in preparation, Modern Gallery, Zagreb, March – June 2021), etc. She regularly publishes her texts in printed and electronic media. 


Chelsea Pierce (1989.) holds a BA degree in Anthropology and Art History from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in Museum Studies from New York University. She worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art from 2014-2018. Previously she was active in various capacities at the Independent Curators International, The Drawing Center and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Beginning in autumn 2018, she commenced research towards a PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK, focusing on the Gorgona Group, the neo avant-garde art collective based in Zagreb from 1959-1966.