Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts

Kuvataideakatemian ystävät ry (Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts) is an organisation for all friends of fine arts.


It promotes and provides support for the Academy of Fine Arts and is a link between the academy and friends of fine arts. The Friends support young artists through scholarships. The Friends association was established in 2001 and is now chaired by artist Tiitus Petäjäniemi.


The members of the association are invited to all exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Arts and to other interesting events a few times a year. The members of the Friends association are entitled to a 20% discount on Academy of Fine Arts publications when purchased at the academy.


The Friends Society supports the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts Foundation, which is an associate of the Fine Arts Academy of Finland, and awards a student of the Academy of Fine Arts with a grant at the Kuvan Kevät graduation exhibition. The awardee is selected by the members of the association.




Seppo Fränti, artist and art collector

Rainer Hindsberg, deputy head of information at the Parliament of Finland

Markus Konttinen, Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts

Pia-Maria Montonen, journalist

Tiitus Petäjäniemi (chair), artist

Seppo Salminen, artist

Sami Sykkö, journalist

Marjaana Sallantaus (secretary), executive assistant


How to join


Joining the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts is easy: just send an e-mail to the secretary at . Include your name, address, e-mail address and the type of membership that you are interested in (see below).


We will send you an invoice for the membership fee. When you pay the invoice, you become a member.


Membership fees


Private persons €20.00

Students and artists €10.00

Couples living at the same address €30.00

Institutions and corporations €250.00

Supporting members €1,000.00


You can also buy a membership as a present. Order a gift certificate by e-mail from . You will pay one year’s membership fee and make your friend happy for an entire year.


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We are looking forward to having you as one of us!


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