Every year, a GRA Award (Gerrit Rietveld Academie Award) is given to remarkable graduates in three categories: Autonomous Arts, Applied Arts and Thesis. An independent jury will nominee three graduates in each category.

The aim of the GRA Awards is to support the artists financially and to offer them an opportunity to present and share their graduation works with a wider audience.

This year, the works of these selected artists and designers will be presented in SELECTED 2020. The series SELECTED 2020 – video portraits will premiere on Friday 20 November 2020 here on rietveldacademie.nl/selected2020. For ten days, the academy’s online channels will be devoted to video portraits made of all participating artists. Every video is created together with the artists to give insight in their way of thinking and working and gives the viewer the chance to dive deeper into the work. 

Autonomous Arts

The jury members for the Autonomous Arts GRA Award 2020, Femke Herregraven and Charl Landvreugd, nominated:


Mayis Rukel | VAV - moving image | WINNER

Alexis Stephenson | Ceramics

Nomin Zezegmaa | Fine Arts


Applied Arts

The jury members for the Applied Arts GRA Award 2020, Farida Sedoc and Duran Lantink, nominated:


Irene Ha | Fashion
Simon Marsiglia | designLAB
Eric van Zuilen | DOGtime Unstable Media
The jury has selected three exceptional nominees from almost 70 students in this category. For the jury, it does not feel right to select one winner from these three very different students from three different departments of equal quality. The jury has therefore decided not to announce a single winner, so the three nominees will share the GRA Award this year.



The jury members for the Thesis GRA Award 2020, Wineke van Muiswinkel and Roos van der Lint, chaired by Jeroen Boomgaard, nominated:


Clémence Hilaire | Fine Arts | WINNER
Matilda Kenttä | TXT (Textile)
Johannes Reisigl | VAV - moving image


Read the jury report 2020 with the announcement of the winners here (pdf).



All nominees will receive a sum of money to support the start of their professional career, and Luuk Heezen will make video portraits of all nominees. All nominees of the Autonomous Arts & Applied Arts categories will also get the opportunity to develop either a RietveldTV episode (aired on AT5) or an exhibition in Eight Cubic Meters (the academy’s public gallery in the city centre of Amsterdam) and thus bring their work to a new audience in a new context; either on public television or in gallery in public space.

These were the winners of 2019.