Ólöf Nordal, Docent at the Fine Art department, was on New Year's Day awarded The Order of The Falcon by Iceland's president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. She was awarded the prestigious medal for her contribution to Icelandic Fine Art. 12 others recieved the award for their respective subjects at Bessastaðir.

Ólöf Nordal lived and worked in the US where she also studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI and Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT.

In her work Nordal deals with Icelandic history and the collective memory of a nation in a critical and analytical way. Her artistic research has been focused on the self-identity of a nation in postcolonial times, the origin and the reflection of national motifs in the present and the fragment as a mirror into the past. Nordal has made several permanent works in public spaces, sculptures, 3D animation, photography and installations, beside cross disciplinary work with architects, composers and in theater productions.

Employees and students at the IAA extend their warmest congratulations to Ólöf Nordal on being awarded the distinguished and well deserved medal of The Order of The Falcon.

Frá vinstri: Forseti Íslands, forsetafrú, Halldóra Björnsdóttir, Sigfús Kristinsson, Haukur Ágústsson, Vilborg Oddsdóttir, Sigþrúður Guðmundsdóttir, Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir, Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir, Gunnar V. Andrésson, Ólafur Dýrmundsson, Lárus Blöndal, Ólöf Nordal og Albert Albertsson.