Painter, translator receive top arts prize as legislation on Prešeren Prize changed
Ljubljana, 5 December - Painter Metka Krašovec and translator Aleš Berger received this year's Prešeren Prize, Slovenia's top lifetime achievement honours in arts. Krašovec (1941) received the prize for her "exceptional and recognisable painting oeuvre" and Berger (1946) for outstanding lifetime achievements in translation. The Prešeren Fund also gave out six Prešeren Fund Prizes for artistic achievements in the last two years. Following changes to the legislation governing the prizes, Prešeren Fund Prizes will from now on be given out for achievements in the last three years. A major change is also a provision providing for gender equality of nominees and the commissions selecting them, and for grater variety of artistic disciplines considered for the awards. The governing board of the Prešeren Fund remains responsible for selecting the winners, but only based on the nominations by the commissions comprising judges from individual art forms.