Baltic Assembly awards art scholar Laima Slava with annual prize

The Baltic Assembly, an organization consisting of parliamentarians from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, announced October 3 it had awarded its annual prize for a notable contribution in the artistic world to Laima Slava, a prominent Latvian art historian.

The citation for Slava said she had been "nominated for the excellent professional contribution to the theory development of the art science, as well as for the outstanding achievement in the book publishing sector, especially in publishing of art books, which significantly have enriched the current cultural landscape and furthermore foster the international recognition of Latvian culture."

Each year the BA gives out a prize each to literature, art and science.

The BA Prize for literature will go to Lithuanian poet, essayist and translator Vladas Braziūnas this year for his poetic contribution to the Baltic vision and the linguistic heritage of Latvian, Lithuanian and other languages ​​as well as translations and outstanding international projects in contemporary poetry.

Meanwhile the science award will be awarded to Andres Metspalu, a scientist, researcher and founder of the Estonian Genome Center, for innovative contributions to gene technology and molecular diagnostics.

Each prize is worth 5,000 euros. The prizes will be presented at the annual BA session, which will take place on November 9 and 10 in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.

There were nine literary, art and scientific experts from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on the jury.

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