The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – ARS FENNICA sr was established in 1990 to promote the arts by opening up new channels for Finnish visual art internationally.  Since 1991, the Foundation has in alternate years awarded the ARS FENNICA prize in recognition of individual artistic work of outstanding quality. The Award is accompanied by an exhibition tour and a catalogue by all the nominee artists. Previous ARS FENNICA award recipients have hailed from Finland, other Nordic countries, and the Baltic States. 


An exhibition of works by the nominees will be held at Hämeenlinna Art Museum from 15 October 2021 to 3 April 2022. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artist at the Ars Fennica 2021 exhibition.

The Ars Fennica Art Award winner, chosen by an international art expert appointed by the panel, will be announced on 10 February 2022. 

Award Panel

  • Leena Niemistö, chairman
  • Leevi Haapala, director, Kiasma
  • Kai Kartio, director, Amos Rex
  • Kari Vehosalo, artist

Press release Ars Fennica 2021