Sales Manager Leif Wikgren gets Finnish Colour Association’s Iiris Prize

Sales Manager Leif Wikgren gets Finnish Colour Association’s Iiris Prize

The Finnish Colour Association’s Iiris 2018 was awarded to Leif Wikgren, Sales Manager at Oy Mitaten Finland Ab, for his long career in the measurement of colour and light. Colour and light have meant much more than just an employment for Leif Wikgren. During his long career he has transferred knowledge about colorimetry, photometry and measurement of surface quality to countless clients, students and professionals in Finland and the Nordic countries. Leif Wikgren worked first for some ten years under various companies in the photography business until in 1994 he founded together with Peter Korhonen Oy Mitaten Finland Ab. Leif Wikgren’s expertise has been called upon in many ways. He is a founding member of Suomen väriyhdistys, The Finnish Colour Association, and was instrumental in creating a modern colorimetric definition for the colours of the Finnish national flag. In recent years Leif Wikgren has devoted himself to disseminating information about the interaction of colour and illumination.

FCA's Vice Chairman Harald Arnkil and Leif Wikgren

FCA’s Vice President Harald Arnkil and Leif Wikgren

The Iiris Prize

AIC international Colour Association has proposed that the Spring Equinox (21st March) should be celebrated as International Colour Day. The idea is to celebrate colour, to draw attention to it as a phenomenon uniting mankind and to highlight events and achievements associated with colour.

The Finnish Colour Association’s Iiris Prize is awarded annually on 21st March to a person or persons whose work or deed has created an outstanding colour experience or has noticeably improved the aesthetic appreciation, functionality or safety of people’s daily lives or environment. The work can involve fine art, design, architecture or environmental design or for example colour technologies such as photography, colorimetry or the printing process.

Leif Wikgren

Leif Wikgren


AIC Lisboa 2018 Abstracts Deadline Extension to 31 January 2018

AIC Lisboa 2018 Abstracts

Deadline Extension – January 31, 2018

Dear Researcher,

In response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in AIC Lisboa 2018, we decided to extend our abstract submission deadline until January 31, 2018.

Nevertheless, we going to start the blind peer review process of all abstracts submited until the present date.

If you still have not participated, we invite you to submit an abstract in English with a minimum length of 400 words and maximum length of 500 words with 5 keywords.

Submission online:

Information concerning the AIC Student Paper Award:

Looking forward to receiving your contribution and to meeting you in Lisbon!

Yours sincerely,

Organizing Committee

Chair Prof. Dr. Margarida Gamito

Chair Prof. Dr. Maria João Durão |

Munsell 2018 Centennial Symposium – Call for Posters

Munsell 2018 Centennial Symposium – Call for Posters


In June of next year, the ISCC and AIC are hosting a special, one-time only event to honor the legacy of Albert H. Munsell.

The Munsell Centennial Symposium

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Munsell Color Company as well as 100 years since the passing of Munsell. 2018 is also the 75th anniversary of the Munsell Renotations. In June of 2018, ISCC and AIC are hosting a special event in Boston to celebrate these milestones in the world of color.

The Munsell Centennial Symposium will take place from June 11-15, 2018 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. MassArt was known as the Massachusetts Normal Art School when Munsell graduated and taught there for over 30 years.

Call for Poster Papers

The Munsell 2018 Organizing Committee invites submissions of poster papers that feature the history, evolution, state-of-the-art, and future directions for Munsell’s system and systems inspired by Munsell as well as other approaches to solving similar problems in science, art, industry and education.

Poster submissions on topics that will enhance the themes of the invited presentations are especially encouraged. See the attached Program at a Glance.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 15, 2017. 
Notification will be February 9. 2018.

See the PDF flyer below and go to the event website Munsell2018 for more detailed information.

Please share the Call for Poster Papers with all your contacts who might be interested in joining us in Boston next summer to celebrate the pioneering contributions of Albert H. Munsell to the science, art and industry of color.

If you would like to receive email updates about this special event be sure to sign up on the mailing list on the website.

We hope to see you in Boston in June!

Paula Alessi

Maggie Maggio

Co-Chairs, Munsell 2108 Organizing Committee

ISCC/AIC  Munsell Centennial Symposium.



Call for papers: AIC LISBOA 2018 colour and human comfort

AIC LISBOA 2018 colour & human comfort, September 25-29 2018

On behalf of the International Colour Association (AIC), the AIC 2018 Organizing and Scientific Committees, would like to invite you to participate and submit an abstract on colour, related to the theme of Human Comfort, a key issue in our society. The aim of this Interim Meeting is to bring together a multidisci-plinary group of specialists who use colour and light in practice or/and theory within a broad range of scientific, technological and artistic domains with a focus on human comfort.


First circular including call for papers  September 11. 2017

Second circular including call for papers. November 10. 2017

Third circular including call for papers. December 11. 2017

Submission deadline of Short Abstracts. December 31. 2017

Notification of Oral/Poster Presentation. March 31. 2018

Author’s registration deadline. May 31. 2018

Submission Deadline of Final Papers. May 31. 2018

Early registration deadline. July 31. 2018

Normal registration deadline. September 7. 2018

Late registration deadline. September 15. 2018

The choice of this theme acknowledges the importance of colour in the processes that deal with human comfort.
Wellbeing is the fundamental condition to be achieved in all lives, and colour plays a relevant role towards that fulfillment, from the clothes we wear, the house we live in, our workspace, the environment that surrounds us, to the objects we love, and so on.
Authors are invited to address the theme through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or intradisciplinary knowledge of colour, and are also encouraged to consider their own colour expertise to enhance awareness to Colour and Human Comfort.

Read full Call for Papers:

CALL for Papers AIC2018

Further information will be available at


Iiris Prize 2016 awarded to Carolus Enckell

Iiris Prize 2016 awarded to Carolus Enckell

SVY:n hallituksen varajäsen Ilona Huolman, SVY:n puheenjohtaja Sini Vihman ja Iiris-palkinnon saaja taidemalari Carolus Enckell

Deputy member of FCA board Ilona Huolman, President of FCA Sini Vihma and Carolus Enckell at the award ceremony which was held in the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland.


After the award ceremony Carolus Enckell spoke about his art and guided the audience through his retrospective exhibition.

Painter Carolus Enckell was recognised for his life-long work with colour

The Finnish Colour Association celebrated AIC’s International Colour Day by awarding ithe Iiris Prize to the painter Carolus Enckell for his profound and lifelong investigative, creative and pedagogic work with colour. Enckell received the award amidst his retrospective exhibition, ongoing until 15th May 2016 in the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland.

In Caolus Enckell’s art a personal and experience-based relationship to colour has continued throughout his decades-long career. He has investigated and used colour in his work from diverse viewpoints: as a perceptual and sensory experience as well as a mythical and symbolic phenomenon. Through his teaching work Enckell has disseminated knowledge and awareness of colour to students of art ever since the 1970s. The Free Art School (Vapaa taidekoulu) published a Finnish translation of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color in 1978 and Carolus Enckell was a member of the edition’s editorial board. During Enckell’s terms as rector and professor in the Free Art School Albers’s pedagogical method was applied to the school’s colour teaching, and Albers’s method is still used widely in colour teaching in art and design schools throughout Finland.

Carolus Enckell: Hon, 2010, gouache on paper, 30 x 19 cm, Photo: Patrik Rastenberg © Galerie Forsblom


Carolus Enckell (born 1945) is an internationally recognised Finnish painter. Enckell studied in the Free Art School (Vapaa taidekoulu) in Helsinki, Finland during 1966–69. He has held one-man shows in Finland and abroad since 1973, among other places at Galerie Artek, Galerie Forsblom, the Helsinki Kunsthalle and the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York.

He has also participated in several group shows in Nordic Museums and he is represented in the collections of numerous foundations and museums in the Nordic countries. Enckell has also created several public artworks in Finland and Sweden, among them murals for the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm and for Jyväskylä University in Finland as well as altarpieces and stained glass windows for Finnish churches. He has received several prizes and awards, including the Pro Finlandia medal in 2009 and the Carnegie Art Award in 2001. Enckell has forged an important career as an art pedagogue in the Free Art School in Helsinki during 1970–84, acting as its rector during 1988–95. He has taught also at the Art Academy in Oslo during 1983–85, The Gothenburg Art University during 1986–91 and the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm during 1996–97. Enckell was editor-in-chief of the Finnish Taide art magazine during 1984–1990.

Carolus Enckell kuva: © Jussi Tiainen

Carolus Enckell kuva: © Jussi Tiainen












The Finnish Colour Association’s Iiris Prize can be given to a work or deed involving colour that has noticeably improved aesthetic appreciation, functionality or safety in people’s environment and daily life. The work can involve fine art, design, architecture or environmental design or for example colour technologies such as the printing industry.









AIC2016 Interim Meeting, Santiago de Chile

AIC2016 Interim Meeting
Color in Urban Life: Images, Objects and Spaces
18th – 21st of October 2016, Santiago de Chile

This is a remider that the Call for Papers of the AIC2016 Interim Meeting, Color in Urban Life, closes on January 18th!

To submit your abstract please visit:

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 18th, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: May 1st, 2016
Final Paper Submission Deadline: June 18th, 2016
Early Registration Ends: June 18th, 2016

Conference Theme:
Color in Urban Life: Images, Objects and Spaces.

The aim of AIC2016 is to share experiences regarding the use of color in images, objects and space, from different perspectives and disciplines, thus contributing to a better user experience, improving usability, and also to improve life quality in our cities.

Color & Environment
Architectural Color Design
Color in Product Design
Color in Communication Design
Color in Urban Cultures
Color Aesthetics
Color Psychology
Color Education
Color & Health
Color & Light
Color Science & Technology
Color Physiology