From October 1st 2023, when registrations for the competition are closed, the professional jury will start its work. These are all people who in their daily work deal with different facets of (contemporary) painting. First the professional jury will assess all entries (digitally) with a grade from 0 to 10. From the 50 nominees with the highest grades it will choose the 20 finalists, the top 10 and the winner of Painting of the Year 2023. The winner will be announced on December 1st or short thereafter via a personal message, the website, press release(s), newsletters and Facebook.
Ralph Keuning, art historian and former director of Museum de Fundatie, which he built up in 15 years into a museum with international appeal and more than 250,000 visitors a year.
Edwin Becker (1963) has been working at the Van Gogh Museum since 1992, specialising in visual and applied art from the fin-de-siècle, resulting in presentations of surprising and undiscovered themes and artists.
Zoë Schoonbrood (Tongeren, 1985) grew up in Bilzen. She has Belgian and Greek genes. In 2007 she graduated as a Master in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp – discipline In Situ³, a direction on the interface between visual arts and architecture, also known as 'site specific' work.