During Her lifetime, Princess Grace of Monaco sought to recognize and celebrate artistic innovation. Likewise, the Princess Grace
Foundation-USA honors art at the vanguard of excellence.

Prince Rainier III Award created by Alex Soldier

In that spirit of innovation, in 2009, the PGF-USA commissioned Alex Soldier to create Princess Grace Awards, which are bestowed onto the Awards recipients at the annual Awards Gala. A singular, dramatic statue is presented to the Prince Rainier III Award recipient each year: a celebrity in the arts who has made it his/her personal mission to give back.

Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines that were close to Princess Grace’s heart and lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film. It is composed of connected symbols denoting these three art forms.

The statue features precious metals, primarily platinum-plated silver with black obsidian and Swarovski crystal accents. The metalwork displays a special texturing technique that is signature to Soldier’s style. From this, he created smaller, wearable versions, which are presented to each Princess Grace Awards winner to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.

Soldier’s designs for the PGF-USA were realized in his gallery in NYC, where he worked by hand under a microscope to complete the intricate detailing. Solider notes that, “it would be impossible to achieve the level of layered detail and character unless I did the work myself.”

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2011 Prince Rainier III Honoree Julie Andrews and Alex Soldier

H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover and 2010 Prince Rainier III Honorees Denzel and Pauletta Washington



Maria Soldier with 2013 Awards winner Sergio M. Rapu