Ateneo Art Awards Lauds Provocative Pieces By Young Filipino Artists

Catch a glimpse of the works at Shangri-La Plaza and Ateneo Art Gallery.

(SPOT.ph) Since its inception in 2008, the Ateneo Art Awards has been crucial in reaffirming young game changers in the field of Philippine contemporary art. It recognizes both visual artists and art critics, identifying the significance of both in cultivating the art landscape in the country. On July 19 at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong, the Ateneo Art Gallery finally revealed this year's shortlisted artists and writers for the Ateneo Art Awards 2018. You can catch a glimpse of the exhibitions at the mall's Grand Atrium until July 30, and at Ateneo Art Gallery from August 10 to November 4. Winners will be announced on August 26 at the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Shortlisted artists for the Ateneo Art Awards 2018 - Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art
PHOTO BY Clefvan Pornela | Courtesy of Ateneo Art Gallery

The Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art—named in honor of the Ateneo Art Gallery's first benefactor—recognizes visual artists under the age of 36 for their outstanding works exhibited from May 2, 2017 to May 2, 2018. This year's shortlist of 12 exhibitions was determined from a total of 89 nominations sent by artists, curators, gallery owners, and art educators. A panel of jurors will select three winners from the lot, and they will be invited to an international residency grant at Ateneo Art Gallery's partner institutions, namely: Le Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo, Australia; Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore; and Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom.

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"Brgy. Subay," "Pukot Series 2-9," and "Daungan" by Ronson Culibrina
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Low Pressured Areas by KoloWn
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Viral Automata by Ian Carlo Jaucian
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The twelve shortlisted artists for the Ateneo Art Awards 2018 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art are:

  • Mars Bugaoan – Becoming, Art Informal
  • Bea Camacho – Memento Obliviscere, MO_Space
  • Ronson Culibrina – Talim, Blanc Gallery
  • Dina Gadia – Situation Amongst the Furnishings, Silverlens Manila
  • Johanna Helmuth – Makeshift, Blanc Gallery
  • Ian Carlo Jaucian – Viral Automata, 1335 Mabini
  • KoloWn – Low Pressured Areas, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Robert Langenegger – Only Dog Can Judge Me, MO_Space
  • Issay Rodriguez - …, Silverlens Manila
  • Ciron Señeres – Gray Horizon, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Jel Suarez – Traces by Which We Remember, West Gallery
  • Elias Miles Villanueva – What’s Left of It, Pinto Art Museum
Makeshift by Johanna Helmuth
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz
"Jungle" and "Nothing to Gain and Everything to Lose" by Dina Gadia
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz
"When Dogs Dream" by Robert Langenegger
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

The Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism—established in honor of art writer Purata-Kalaw-Ledesma—aims to put art criticism into the public sphere. The Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation will choose two winners who will each contribute regularly to The Philippine Star and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.

Shortlisted writers for the Ateneo Art Awards - Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism
PHOTO BY Clefvan Pornela | Courtesy of Ateneo Art Gallery

The six shortlisted artists for the Ateneo Art Awards 2018 – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism are:

  • Alec Madelene Abarro – “An Organized Chaos: Navigating the Looban” (On Urban Labyrinth, Ayala Museum)
  • Juan Paolo Colet – “Life in the Labyrinth” (On Urban Labyrinth, Ayala Museum)
  • Jayvee Del Rosario – “Ossifying the Abstract” (On Alfonso Ossorio: A Survey 1940-1898, Ayala Museum)
  • Mary Jessel Duque – “Pacita Abad: A Million Times a Woman, an Artist (On Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)
  • Sabrina Jeongco – “Pacita Abad Has a Million Things to Say” (On Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)
  • Jose Carlos Joaquin Singson – “Bread and Circuses in Time Roiling and Churning” (On Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema, Vargas Museum)

Special Citation:

  • Maria Lourdes Garcellano – “Sinehan ng Isang Museo: Karatula o Obra?” (On Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema, Vargas Museum)

Works by the shortlisted artists of the Ateneo Art Awards 2018 are on display until July 30 at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City; and from August 10 to November 4 at Ateneo Art Gallery, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Awarding ceremony is on August 26 at the Ateneo Art Gallery. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery's website.

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