ATENEO ART AWARDS
Welcome to the 2014 Ateneo Art Awards!
As we enter the second decade of what we have nurtured to become the country’s most important prize for an emerging Filipino artist, it gives us great joy to inaugurate a new phase of these Awards, in response to the myriad of exciting developments in the local art scene.
From one accolade devoted to the very best in visual art, which we have named The Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art to honor the memory of our founding benefactor, we are also this year starting The Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism. This new prize category comes at an especially important juncture where the Awards have taken on the role of the arbiter – our choices making a profound impact on the careers and prospects of young artists. We though it a logical step to add another layer of critical engagement to process and provide much-needed feedback to creative output and, at the same time, develop new audiences.
We extend our profound appreciation to the heirs of Fernando Zobel, in particular, Georgina Zobel Padilla, for lending their uncle’s illustrious name to our visual arts prizes. We equally express the gratitude to the trustees of the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. Through its President, Ada Ledesma-Mabilangan for sharing our vision for Philippine art in establishing the prize for art criticism in memory of their beloved mother – a true pillar of Philippine modernism. A special note of thanks to Millet Mananquil, Lifestyle editor of The Philippine Star, who continues to support the work of the Ateneo Art Gallery and has been a partner of the Awards since its inception. Her invitation to the winner of the criticism prize to write an art column provides an immense boost to our programmes.
Lastly, we acknowledge the support of our partners Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Metro Society, and the abiding faith of the trustees and President of the Ateneo de Manila University in all of our endeavours.
Ramon E.S. Lerma
Director and Chief Curator
Ateneo Art Gallery