The annual Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant aims to promote artistic excellence. Reflecting the complexity of local society and culture, it encourages polyphonic artistic expression and supports museological endeavor in Israel. It is awarded every year to help realize a solo exhibition by a local artist, selected by the donors from the museum’s annual exhibition program.
Marik Lechner is the recipient of the Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant
Marik Lechner was born in 1967 in Ukraine, immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, and lives and works in Be’er Ya’akov. Lechner graduated with highest honours from HaMidrasha School of Arts in 2001. He has had solo shows at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; and Feinkunst Krüger Gallery, Hamburg among others, and has participated in group exhibitions in Germany, Latvia and Israel.
Lechner is known for his expressive oil paintings and drawings. His new exhibition, “Book of Changes”, to be presented at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, will feature huge tapestries, woven in a technique that combines the use of an electric tufting gun, acrylic paints, glued objects, and varying degrees of unraveling. The soft woolen tapestries, spectacular in their vivid colors and dense richness of images, recount an epic apocalyptic tale of dynamic visions of life cycles under existential threat: terror, seduction, passion, growth, annihilation, and loss.
Michal Mamit Worke
Recipient of the 2020 Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant
Born in 1982, Ethiopia, immigrated to Israel in 1984, lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Mamit-Worke is a graduate of the Department of Art at Shenkar College, Ramat Gan (2013), and also studied painting with Israel Hirschberg, Aram Gershuni, and in the Art program at the Naggar School of Photography in Musrara, Jerusalem. Her work has featured at solo and group exhibitions, including the Eretz-Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; the Artists’ House, Tel Aviv; and the Artists’ House, Jerusalem. She is the recipient of the 2019 Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts.
Recipient of the 2019 Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant
Born in 1980, in Bnei Yehuda, lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Aharonovitch is a graduate of the BA program at the Department of Art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2004), and of the Masters of Arts program at the University of Haifa (2009). Her work has been exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. She has won the Ministry of Culture Young Artist Award, and grants from Mifal Hapayis and the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts. She is one of the founding members of the cooperative Hanina Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz
Recipient of the 2018 Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant
Born 1974, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Immigrated to Israel in 1980. Lives in Neve Ilan, works in Tel Aviv.
Ickowicz graduated with honors in Photography at the Naggar School of Photography in Musrara, Jerusalem in 2000, and in 2009 graduated from the Advanced Studies Program of the Bezalel School of Arts and Design. His photographs have been exhibited at numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and the Haifa Museum of Art. He has won many awards, including the Israel Museum’s Gérard Lévy Prize for a Young Photographer (2008), and the Israel Ministry of Culture Young Artist Award (2010). His works focus on landscapes, human portraits, and the interactions between them, in social and political contexts.