The Crystal Laurel of Expertise for AFA Katowice
The members of the awards committee decided to award the Crystal Laurel to Prof. dr hab. Antoni Cygan, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Art Schools in Poland.
The Laurels of Expertise are meant to draw attention to role models, very much needed in today’s world. They are also supposed to be a reminder of universal values, through the people in whose activities these values are visible.
So far, the Laurel awardees have included such personalities as the Holy Father John Paul II, President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso, Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana, Emissary of the Home Army and the Polish Government in London Jan Nowak Jeziorański, European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs, Marshal of the Polish Senate Bogdan Borusewicz and the great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.