In 1988, NEF “13 Centuries Bulgaria” set up and endowment account for an award named after Anastas Stajkov in accord with the will of the heirs of painter Anastas Stajkov.
Painter Anastas Stajkov (1905-1988) graduated from the National Art Academy in Sofia and specialized at the Gulian Academy in Paris. He lived and worked in Plovdiv. His art is connected, in the style typical of the artist, to the psychology of the Bulgarian.
The prize is awarded annually to distinguished graduates majoring in “Painting”, “Icon Painting” and “Sculpture” at the National Art High School “Tsanko Lavrenov” in Plovdiv. The endowment account of the Fund is still kept by the painter’s daughter, Dr. Maria Stajkova – an expert in the area of autoimmune illnesses at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at Australian National University in Canberra.
On the occasion of 30 years since the establishment of the prize in the name of Anastas Staykov, a team of pupils and teachers from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School of Arts in Plovdiv prepared a video dedicated to the artist and to the school’s alumni awarded the prize.
The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund thanks the management of the secondary school and the film-makers who provided it to us.
The graduates, awarded with the “Anastas Staykov” award for 2019 from the Pedagogical Council of the National School of Art “Tsanko Lavrenov”, are:
The winners were awarded on 21 June in the gallery of the municipal council in Plovdiv.
On June 26, 2018, National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” for the twenty-ninth time handed the award “Anastas Staykov” to five graduates from the class of 2017/2018 of the National School of Art “Tsanko Lavrenov”, Plovdiv.
The winners of the prize are: Nadezhda Ivova Kantardjieva, painting; Daniela Petkova, graphic; Lora Alexandrova, sculpture; Georgi Georgiev, advertising graphic. The Diploma of the winning school leavers was handed over by the Executive Director of the Fund, Mitko Todorov.
In 2018, the 30th anniversary of the creation of the donation batch in the Fund is celebrated; and the awarded creators to date are over 100.
On 23 June 2017, National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” awarded the prize “Anastas Staykov” to five graduates of the National Art School “Tsanko Lavrenov”, Plovdiv. The event took place at the House of Culture “Boris Hristov” where an exhibition of their works was arranged.
The prize winners are: Pamela Ivanova Raykova, painting, Maria-Luisa Georgieva Todorova, graphics, Iva Kirilova Kuzeva, iconography, Iva Milkova Staneva, advertising graphics, Victoria Stefanova Videvska, advertising graphics.
The diploma was awarded by the Executive Director of the fund, Mitko Todorov, and Dr. Maria Staykova, daughter of the artist and sponsor. She gave those awarded brushes and pencils from those with which the artist, Anastas Staykov, worked; and to the High School she gave two of his own paintings.
The National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” for the twenty-seventh time handed the award “Anastas Staykov” to four graduates from the class of 2016 of the National Art School “Tsanko Lavrenov”, Plovdiv. The event took place on 23 June 2016 at the House of Culture “Boris Hristov”. Award winners were: Neda Georgieva Petrova, painting; Gergana Nikolaeva Mandulova, iconography; Dimiter Krasimirov Titov, mural; Alexander Nikolaev Skerlev, advertising graphics.
On the occasion of the awarding ceremony, an exhibition with works of graduates was arranged.