Purpose of the Prize
Art and culture contribute greatly to the peace and prosperity of mankind. The Praemium Imperiale was established to honor individuals or groups from all over the world that make outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts.
The prize will be awarded to artists or organizations in the categories of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film.
Number of Recipients
In principle, one artist in each field per year.
A commemorative gold medal and an honorarium of 15 million yen.
Nomination of Candidates for the Praemium Imperiale
Nomination committees, each chaired by an international advisor, survey individual artists and groups without reference to nationality or regional representation. The committees submit a list of nominations to the Japan Art Association.
Selection of Recipients
The list of candidates from the nomination committees is reviewed by the selection committee organized within the Japan Art Association.
There are five subcommittees representing the five categories of the Praemium Imperiale. Trustees of the Japan Art Association chair the subcommittees.
The Selection Committee
The selection committee is composed of specialists in Japan in each field of the Praemium Imperiale. Although reappointment is permitted, members are selected annually.
The selection subcommittees make a selection from the recommended candidates in five categories and submit them to the Board of Trustees of the Japan Art Association.
The Board of Trustees then determines the recipients in each category.
Artists or groups that have made outstanding accomplishments in artistic fields, or who are currently conducting activities with potential for outstanding results.
Those who have made outstanding achievements in cultivating and encouraging new creative artists or groups.