The Gaudenz B. Ruf Award was created in 2007 by a Swiss national who, living in Bulgaria from 1995 till 2000, got acquainted with its rich cultural life and who is convinced of the artistic potential of this country.
The Award is financed by a fund established in Switzerland.
The Award aims at promoting and propagating artistic expression in Bulgaria in the field of visual arts and focuses in particular on the younger generation.
The Award is granted every year both for young as well as for advanced artists in the framework of a competition.
In 2007, the members of the jury for the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award are: Kamen Balkanski, Sofia, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Sofia, Lucia Coray, Zurich, Elena Panayotova, Sofia, Hedwig Saxenhuber, Vienna, Gaudenz B. Ruf, Berne.
The secretariate received 184 applications. At their meeting end of May 2007, the jury selected the following candidates to be included in the shortlist 2007:
Young Artists: Svetozara Alexandrova, Stara Zagora, Georgi Georgiev - Jorras, Sofia, Nadezhda Karapencheva, Sofia, Ivan Moudov, Sofia, Bora Petkova, Sofia, Samuil Stoyanov, Dobrich, Violeta Tanova, Sofia, Stela Vasileva, Sofia, Borjana Ventsislavova, Sofia.
Advanced Artists: Alla Georgieva, Sofia, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Sofia, Nikolay Koliazov, Stara Zagora, Emil Mirazchiev, Plovdiv, Kiril Prashkov, Sofia, Kalin Serapionov, Sofia
Vasko Slavkov, Sofia, Simeon Stoilov, Sofia, Dan Tenev, Dimitrovgrad, Krassimir Terziev, Sofia, Alexander Valchev, Sofia.
The selected artists participate in an exhibition at the Sofia Art Gallery. At the opening the two winners of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award were announced:
Svetozara Alexandrova – for young artist
Krassimir Terziev – for advanced artist