We congratulate Tal simon, Bezalel Academy graduate, who exhibited his first solo show with Shell Hakim- “A Blue Marble”. Simon was awarded the prestigious Sharett grant. Sharett grantees comprise a substantial and meaningful segment of the cultural infrastructure in Israel today, and are active as creative artists, teachers, directors of art institutions and artistic directors. These Foundation graduates contribute to the enrichment of the cultural life in Israel, influence arts education and act as cultural ambassadors who garner for Israel prestige and respect worldwide. The Foundation’s financial support is vital for the demanding studies undertaken by the young audition takers. In addition, over the years the grants’ significance has been known to extend beyond their monetary value and to act as a seal of approval and recognition of the young artists’ abilities and their future prospects.