Winners of the Ateneo Art Awards 2014 named

A solid 10 years later, the Ateneo Art Awards is still a wonderful celebration of the talent of local visual artists. The shortlist for the artists under the age of 36, who had outstanding exhibits held between May 2013 and May 2014, were released on June, and recognition was bestowed on three exceptionally brilliant creative minds during the awards ceremony on August 14.


Two categories were opened this year: the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art CriticismCharles Buenconsejo, Jeona Zoleta, and Leslie de Chavez received the prize for the visual arts category, while Carlo Daoana was commended for his piece "Loss as Impetus of Discovery: A Review of Complicated"


Here is a complete list of the nominees:


Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art Shortlist:

  • Pio Abad - Every Tool is a Weapon if You Hold it Right (Silverlens Manila)
  • Charles Buenconsejo - Destination Unknown
  • Zean Cabangis - Condestruct (Art Informal)
  • Buen Calubayan - Spoliarium (NOW Gallery)
  • Vermont Coronel Jr. - Dreamworld (The Drawing Room Singapore)
  • Olivia d'Aboville - Sacred Geometry (Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea)
  • Cian Dayrit - The Bla-Bla Archaeological Complex
  • Leslie de Chavez - Complicated (Lopez Memorial Museum and Library)
  • Lui Medina - Metamorphic Histories (UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center)
  • Luis Santos - Nocturne (West Gallery)
  • Jay Yao - Homecoming (Celestina)
  • Jeona Zoleta - The Unicorn Club (1335 Mabini)


Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism Shortlis:

  • Ren Aguila - Re-Reading History: A Review of Complicated, Lopez Museum
  • Gian Cruz - Fragments of the Philippine Contemporary: A Triumph of Kitsch, Anguish, and Ambiguity
  • Carlo Daoana - Loss as Impetus of Discovery: A Review of Complicated
  • Lisa Ito - Re-presenting the Present: Mapping History Through the Philippine Contemporary
  • Cocoy Lumbao - Loose Continuity: On Manila Metropolitan Museum’s Philippine Contemporary
  • Alice Sarmiento - How Did We Get Here? Scaling the Past and the Possible at the MET
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