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"Homage to ..." INTERNATIONAL MEDALLIC PROJECT 2021 - bulgaria

This year the medal studio dedicates its traditional project to 7 celebrities who have worked in different eras and in different fields of culture and arts: Homer, Leonardo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Picasso, Chaplin, and Marquez. The stature of all these personalities turns the event into an "Infinite Feast" of inspiration.


The Medal Sculpture Studio at the Metal Department of the National Academy of Arts in Sofia continues to organize the annual virtual medal project, now in its 16th edition. Shows are held in February, March, April, May, October, November and December. This project is intended for students of the Medal Sculpture Studio, but it is also open to students and teachers from other art schools, as well as freelance artists. The creative communication between the participants provides a unique opportunity to acquaint students with different world trends, concepts and styles and contributes to the promotion of medal art.

Homer Leonardo

For the past 15 years, 105 virtual exhibitions have been organized, at which about 3,800 medals have been presented.In addition to the regular participation of artists from Bulgaria, Portugal, USA, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, Latvia, The Netherlands, UK, Poland and Spain, we have been joined by artists from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and others.

To participate you need to send a photo of your work (not previously submitted to this project) with a resolution of 300 dpi. no later than the 15th day of each exhibition month.

Medal Sculpture Studio
Prof. Bogomil Nikolov

Assist. Prof. Ventsislav Shishkov



2019 borders

is the subject of 2021 year’s project. The main question is: how do you see the transformation?


The 12th edition of international medal project is a continuation of previous international projects entitled: Future for Nature in 2020, Borders in 2019, Faith in 2018, Identity in 2017, Civilization in 2016, Heritage in 2015, Bonds in 2014, Freedom in 2013, Signs of the time in 2012, Home in 2011, Time in 2010 and Dialogue in 2009. They were addressed to fine arts universities and colleges all over the world, where the contemporary medal art is being taught and which were interested in taking part in the project. The whole project shows the vast diversity in perceiving tendencies and development of contemporary medal art, from formal perspective and widely understood creation in usage of different materials.

We would like to invite your studio and students to join our medal project, which aim is to propagate medal art and exchange our ideas about the contemporary medal art. If you are interested in participating in this year’s project, enclosed you will find the rules for the year 2021.

The aim of this project is to propagate medal art, to familiarize students with it and to get known other medal centres in the world. Furthermore, to exchange own experience in this matter, opinions about contemporary medal art and developing further cooperation between foreign universities.

The project is directed to all artistic universities in the world, which teach the medal art and are interested in taking part in medallic projects . The task lasts one academic term and its results are presented at common exhibition.

This year's project is like last year's two-stage project.

1. First stage presentation on the website, as every year.
2. Stage two an exhibition in Japan.

The project coordinators of this year’s edition are Assistant Professor Sebastian Mikołajczak from Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland and Assistant Professor Shinji Miyasaka from Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Tsukuba, Japan.


Project starts on the 20th of November 2020

Deadline to send photos is the 15th of May 2021

Presentation (on-line) of the project starts on the 10 th of June 2021

Exhibition in Japan: in the second half of 2021

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"The Medal - This is me" INTERNATIONAL MEDALLIC PROJECT 2020 - bulgaria


THE MEDAL - THIS IS ME because medals reflect different aspects of our lives, our joys and sorrows, dreams and disappointments. The seven medal sessions were:

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