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Maria Saleh Mahameed, Rappaport Prize for a Promising Israeli Artist, 2023
Monitor, 2021

Collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Installation view, Artport, Tel Aviv
Photo: Lena Goman

The Museum confers a variety of awards in the field of art, usually in conjunction with foundations or donors. Some are designed to stimulate artistic endeavor, and others were created to help expand and enrich the Museum’s collection.

Each of the awards has its own policy that sets out how the winner or winners are decided, the formal and substantive conditions for conferring it, and the frequency and manner in which it is awarded.

The lists of award winners present a rich and diverse mosaic of several generations of Israeli art.

2024 Rappaport prizes for Art


Monetary reward

Following the events of October 7th and the war that we are in the midst of,
The Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foundation, in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, decided to dedicate the 2024 Rappaport Prize in Art to support a new video creation that evidences or echoes the questions and concerns that arise at this time.
The proposed works may refer to any aspect of the events of Oct 7th and its aftermath, directly or indirectly.

The call for applications is intended to allow a wide range of artistic responses and the use of any narrative or abstract artistic means may be acceptable: documentary, scripted and staged, animation, etc.

Laureates will be awarded a Prize of NIS 25,000 & Budgetary coverage to produce the work up to a total of NIS 75,000.

The artistic proposals may be for a new work or for a work in progress that has not yet been completed nor presented.

To the Award Foundation site >

Rappaport Prize for a Young Promising & Established Israeli Artist


Solo exhibitions and annual monetary reward

In 2006, the Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foundation founded a prize that is awarded annually to two Israeli artists – established and young, respectively. The aim of the award is to highlight current trends in artistic practice in Israel, and to make the general public aware of fresh creative forces. Exhibitions of the two winners’ works are held at the same time, approximately a year after the award ceremony (Winners' exhibitions for the year 2024 will be presented during 2026).

The winner must commit to donating one work to the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Collection of Israeli Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The monetary reward for an established artist is $35,000, and for a young artist (up to the age of forty) $15,000.

To the Award Foundation site >

List of Winners of the Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Artist

2023 Hannan Abu-Hussein
2022 Eti Jacobi
2020 Drora Dominey
2019 David Ginton
2017 Yitzhak Golombek
2016 Zvi Goldstein
2015 Yair Garbuz
2014 Ido Bar-El
2013 David Reeb
2012 Deganit Berest
2011 Asaf Ben Zvi
2010 Sharon Poliakine
2009 Tal Matzliach
2008 Avner Ben-Gal
2007 Jan Rauchwerger
2006 Nurit David

List of Winners of the Rappaport Prize for a Young Promising Israeli Artist

2023 Maria Saleh Mahameed
2022 Avi Sabah
2020 Hilla Toony Navok
2019 Eran Naveh
2017 Gil Yefman
2016 Yifat Bezalel
2015 Shai Yehezkelli
2014 Alma Itzhaky
2013 Iva Kafri
2012 Elad Kopler
2011 Michael Halak
2010 Oren Eliav
2009 Melanie Daniel
2008 Jossef Krispel
2007 Netally Schlosser
2006 Eli Petel

Hannan Abu-Hussein, Rappaport Prize for Established Israeli Artist, 2023
In Between Destruction of the father, 2019

Photo: Lora Lachman 

Maria Saleh Mahameed, Rappaport Prize for a Promising Israeli Artist, 2023
The Last Pill, 2022

Installation view, Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv

The Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art


Solo exhibition, catalogue, and annual monetary reward

The Haim Shiff Prize is awarded each year to an Israeli painter for a figurative-realistic body of work, with the aim of cultivating this genre.

Awarded since 2008, the prize was founded by Mr. Dubi Shiff in memory of his father—the late Haim Shiff, an Israeli businessman and art collector.

The prize comprises a $10,000 grant, a solo exhibition at the Museum, and a catalogue.

The winner commits to donating one artwork to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s collection.

List of winners

2023 Netta Lieber Sheffer
2022 Roni Taharlev
2021 Shira Zelwer
2020 Yisrael Hemed
2019 Tigist Yosef Ron
2018 Samah Shihadi
2017 Matan Ben Cnaan
2016 Fatma Shanan
2015 Ofer Rotem
2014 Leonid Balaklav
2013 David Nipo
2012 Eldar Farber and Sigal Tsabari
2011 Orit Akta Hildesheim
2010 Eran Reshef
2009 Maïa Zer
2008 Amnon David Ar

Netta Lieber Sheffer, The Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, 2023

Photo: Avi Amsalem

Roni Taharlev, The Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, 2022
Bird's Milk, 2020

Photo: Yoram Buzaglo

Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize


Monetary reward

The Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize is awarded to an Israeli artist for the purposes of research and production of an exhibition catalogue.

The award bears the name of the Israeli painter Nata (Netanya) Dushnitsky-Kaplan (1918—2005). Instigated by her son, Lior Dushnitsky, it has been awarded since 2006 by the Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The award consists of a $10,000 grant.

List of winners

2023 Shalom Sebba
2019 Maayan Elyakim
2018 Yonatan Vinitsky
2017 Avraham Ofek
2014 Ori Gersht
2011 Yair Garbuz
2010 Gabriel Klasmer
2009 Robert Baser
2008 Alima
2007 Avigdor Stematsky
2006 Yudith Levin

Shalom Sebba (1897-1975), Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize, 2023
Sheep Shearing, 1947

Collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Art


Monetary reward

The Kolb Foundation was established by the Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Organization (headed then by Ms. Hani Bergman) in memory of Eugene Kolb, the Museum’s director from 1952 to 1959. Given Kolb’s great fondness for line and paper art, it was decided to dedicate the award to Israeli graphic arts, in a bid to cultivate local artists in the fields of drawing and printing.

The prize is a monetary reward in the amount of NIS 5,000.

List of winners

2021 Ron Chen
2017 Dfus Golem Publishing
2014 Hilla Ben Ari
2011 Hadas Hassid
2009 Shai Zurim
2006 Yaacov Dorchin
2003 Khen Shish
1999 Shosh Kormosh
1998 Moshe Kupferman
1997 Asaf Ben Zvi
1996 David Reeb
1995 Ra'anan Levy
1992 Sharon Poliakine, Meira Shemesh
1991 Pinchas Cohen Gan
1989 Moshe Gershuni
1987 Alima
1984 Jerusalem Print Workshop
1983 Uri Lifschitz
1981 Menashe Kadishman
1975 Uri Stettner

Ron Chen, Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Art, 2021
A Searcher ,2020

Gift of the artist on the occasion of winning the Eugen Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Art, 2021
Photo: Avi Amsalem

Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art

Monetary reward

The Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art was established in 1980 for the purpose of purchasing works by Israeli artists for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s collection. The award, which is a monetary reward in the amount of NIS 10,000, seeks to pay tribute to the work of a prominent Israeli artist.

List of winners

2022 Nevet Yitzhak
2020 Angela Klein
2018 Etti Abergel
2016 Boaz Arad
2015 Tal Matzliah
2012 Miki Kratsman
2011 Ido Bar-El
2010 Tamar Getter
2009 Miri Segal
2008 Michal Na'aman
2007 Larry Abramson
2006 Deganit Berest
2005 David Reeb
2004 Tsibi Geva
2003 Yitzhak Livneh
2002 Gabi Klasmer
2001 Moshe Kupferman
2000 Yechiel Shemi
1999 Pinchas Cohen Gan
1998 Yudith Levin
1997 Philip Rantzer
1996 Raffi Lavie
1995 Moshe Gershuni
1992 Yair Garbuz
1991 Nahum Tevet
1989 Asaf Ben Zvi
1987 Buky Schwartz
1985 Micha Ullman, Menashe Kadishman
1981 Avigdor Stematsky

Angela Klein, Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art, 2020
Untitled, 2013

Gift of the artist on the occasion of winning the Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art, 2020

Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist


Exhibition and monetary reward

The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist was founded in 2015 by Lauren and Mitchell Presser, with the goal of promoting Israeli artists in the field of photography.

The award consists of a $5,000 grant and a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The award is offered to candidates aged between 25 and 45, who hold a degree in art or photography.

Open Call: Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist, 2024 (in Hebrew) >

List of winners

2023 Ronen Zien
2022 Netta Laufer
2021 Vera Vladimirsky
2020 Efrat Hakimi
2019 Eli Singalovski
2018 Daniel Tzal
2017 Ronit Porat
2016 Mark Yashaev
2015 Rami Maymon

Ronen Zien, The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for a Young Israeli Artist, 2023
Khan al-Akhdar #1, 2019

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Collection, purchased through the generosity of Voting for Art Group for Acquisition of Israeli Art, 2023

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