The 2018 Ateneo Art Awards welcomes new beginnings
This year, Ateneo Art Awards introduces exciting new changes and elements to its esteemed prizes in visual arts and art criticism.
The Ateneo Art Gallery recently released its lists of shortlisted writers for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes for Art Criticism and the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts, introducing young and bright new names to their roster.
Since 2014, the winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes for Art Criticism has been awarded with a column in The Philippine STAR for a year. Two years ago, the Ateneo Art Awards introduced a second prize, given to another writer to publish bi-monthly articles to an acclaimed Hong Kong-based magazine, ArtAsiaPacific. This year, the Ateneo Art Gallery introduces new facets to the prizes, introducing a new collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes through Perro Berde, an annual publication on arts and culture promoting interaction and cultural dialogue between the Philippines and Spain. The awardees of the prize will get the chance to publish their writings in the 8th forthcoming issue of Perro Berde. The Ateneo Art Gallery also plans to launch a new website during the awarding in August called Vital Points: Essays from the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism, as an independent platform for past and present awardees to publish their critiques beyond the printed form.
The six shortlisted writers for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Award for Art Criticism are: Alec Madelene Abarro, Juan Paolo Colet, Jayvee Del Rosario, Mary Jessel Duque, Sabrina Jeongco, and Jose Carlos Joaquin Singson. Special Citation: Maria Lourdes Garcellano.
The Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts is awarded to three exceptional visual artists under the age of 36. Each winner is invited to an international artist residency with the Ateneo Art Gallery’s partners: La Trobe Art Institute (Bendigo, Australia), Artesan Gallery + Studio (Singapore), and Liverpool Hope University (Liverpool, UK). This year, the Ateneo Art Gallery welcomes a new partner, Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino, who will award one among the 12 shortlisted artists the Embassy of Italy Purchase Prize.
The 12 shortlisted artists for the Fernando Zobel Awards for Visual Arts are: Mars Bugaoan, Bea Camacho, Ronson Culibrina, Dina Gadia, Johanna Helmuth, Ian Carlo Jaucian, KoloWn, Robert Langenegger, Issay Rodriguez, Ciron Señeres, Jel Suarez, and Elias Miles Villanueva.
The Ateneo Art Awards 2018 exhibit is currently on view at The Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza until July 30. The show will be transported to the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University from Aug. 10 to Nov. 4, where the awarding will take place on Aug. 26, Sunday, 4 p.m.
Elias Miles Villanueva
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The Ateneo Art Awards is co-presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, Shangri-La Plaza and Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation; in partnership with Areté, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, Artesan Gallery + Studio, La Trobe Art Institute, Liverpool Hope University, Metro Society, YStyle, the Embassy of Italy, and the Embassy of Spain. The Philippine STAR is a publications partner of the Ateneo Art Awards.