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September 26, 2013

NISSAN ANNOUNCES THE NISSAN ART AWARD 2013 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

YOKOHAMA, Japan (September 26, 2013) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the Grand Prize awardee of the inaugural Nissan Art Awards, recognizing exceptional work by a Japanese artist.

The 2013 edition of the biennial Nissan Art Award focuses on contemporary art. In a preliminary round last May, eight finalists were chosen by an international jury, with their respective works placed on exhibition at the Nissan Art Award 2013 Exhibition in Yokohama, which started on September 18. After a final round of deliberations by the judges on September 25, Nissan awarded the first Grand Prize to Ms. Aiko Miyanaga. The artist received a trophy created by Kohei Nawa, one of Japan's leading contemporary artists, plus a cash award of five million yen.

In accepting the honor, Ms. Miyanaga said, “I devoted my full effort this summer to create this installation. I couldn't have done it without support from many people. Please enjoy the view from the window and the installation in the windbreak room and inside the gallery."

Jurors' special award was presented to Mr. Tatzu Nishi who also received high evaluation from the jurors.

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., said, “I am pleased to present the Nissan Art Award 2013's Grand prize to our inaugural winner, Ms. Miyanaga. And I am grateful to all of this year's finalists for helping us launch such an exciting and important new initiative. We hope to continue to hold this event every other year to help Japanese artists develop their talent and express their creativity in a way that benefits our entire society."

Nissan will exhibit the works of art by the eight finalists at Yokohama's BankART Studio NYK until November 4.

Nissan Art Award website: http://www.nissan-global.com/JP/CITIZENSHIP/NAA/

Nissan Art Award 2013 First Round Finalists
Ms. Noriko Ambe
Mr. Meiro Koizumi
Mr. Taro Shinoda
Mr. Hiraku Suzuki
Mr. Tatzu Nishi
Mr. Hiroyuki Masuyama
Ms. Aiko Miyanaga
Mr. Eiji Watanabe

About the Nissan Art Award 2013 Exhibition:
Dates: September 18 to November 4, 2013
Hours: 11:30 – 19:00
Venue: BankART Studio NYK (3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama)
Admission: Free

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