Shcherbenko Art Center announces finalists of the eighth competition of young Ukrainian artists MUHi 2021

The International expert commission evaluated the submitted applications from Ukrainian artists. According to the results of the evaluation, 10 finalists of the competition were selected, and their works will be presented at the exhibition at M17 Contemporary Art Center.

The shortlist of the competition includes:

  • Nastia Didenko (Kyiv)
  • Yuliia Zakharova (Kyiv)
  • Alexandra Kadzevich (Odesa)
  • Olena Kovach (Lutsk / Krakow)
  • Olha Kuziura (Mostyska / Lviv)
  • Zoia Laktionova (Mariupol / Kyiv)
  • Anna Manankina (Kharkiv)
  • Pavla Nikitina (Kyiv / Brno)
  • Oleksandr Sirous (Kharkov / Kiev)
  • Mariia Stoianova (Kyiv)

MUHi 2021 competition has received 357 applications from artists and art groups from different cities of Ukraine (Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Sevastopol, Poltava, Chernihiv, Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kropyvnytskyi, Kryvyi Rih, Kamianets-Podilskyi and cities and towns of Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Cherkasy, Ternopil, Rivne, Zhytomyr regions), as well as from abroad (Krakow and Wroclaw, Prague and Brno, Vancouver, Vienna, Zurich, The Hague, Vilnius, Dahab, Bar, Vantaa).

The exhibition of the finalists will open at M17 Contemporary Art Center in early November. This year’s parallel program will take place in the format of a forum. The forum will feature a research publication on the history of the competition, which will complement the overall picture of Ukrainian art history of the XXI century, and show the achievements and growth of a number of talented, active and future famous Ukrainian artists who made their debut at MUHi.

The total prize fund of the MUHi 2021 competition is UAH 70,000. The winner will receive a prize of UAH 40,000 and the opportunity to implement their own project in the gallery space (or under the auspices) of Shcherbenko Art Center in 2022. The international expert commission will also select two winners, who will receive prizes in the amount of UAH 15,000 and institutional support in the implementation of their own exhibition project.

You can ask your questions on the Facebook pages of MUHi and Shcherbenko Art Center, as well as write to e-mail.

MUHi 2021 project is for the second time implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. The permanent legal partner of the competition is the law firm AEQUO.

Contest information:

MUHi is a multifunctional project aimed at consistent and long-term work to support Ukrainian artists at the stage of their emerging. 

The name MUHi is an abbreviation of “Young Ukrainian Artists”. MUHi’s first exhibition was presented in 2009 at Bottega Gallery. In 2021, the project will be implemented for the eighth time.

Taras Shevchenko National Museum (2019 and 2017) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (2015 and 2011) were partners in which MUHi competition had taken place before. In 2019 and 2021, the competition received a grant for funding from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation under the program “Education. Exchanges. Residences. Debuts, namely the lot “Debuts”.

 The project is based on a competition held according to the following rules:

– young Ukrainian artists aged 21 and older can take part;

– only citizens of Ukraine can be participants;

– finalists and winners of the competition are selected by (since 2015 – an international) commission of experts, which includes curators, directors of museums, art centers, galleries, art critics and artists;

– the artist can be included in the finalists of MUHi only once.


The founder of the MUHi project is a curator and gallery owner Maryna Shcherbenko.


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