ATENEO ART AWARDS
Greetings from the Ateneo Art Gallery.
Now on its 12th year, the 2015 Ateneo Art Awards continues its role in nurturing emerging Filipino artists as well as art writers through the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism, respectively. These two programs were formally instituted last year with the permission of the heirs of Fernando Zobel and with the generous assistance from the trustees of the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. through its President, Ada Ledesma-Mabilangan. We also extend our gratitude to Millet Mananquil, Lifestyle Editor of The Philippine Star, not only for its continued support for the Awards since its inception, but also for providing the winning writer of the Art Criticism Prize a regular art column for one year. This is and opportunity and responsibility valuable to any art writer.
Moreover, the success of these programs would not have been possible without the participation of the nominators and host galleries and museums of nominated exhibitions. Most importantly, we thank the writers who submitted their entries and the shortlisted artists who had participated in the deliberation. The latter is especially an arduous task for young artists but an experience most have certainly appreciated.
The Ateneo Art Awards has always had a strong outreach and public component made possible through a partnership shared with the Shangri-la Plaza Mall for a two-week exhibition venue and the Metro Society for publicity and promotions. Its exhibition component, which continues in our homebase at the Ateneo Art Gallery, is viable also with the generous assistance from the various lenders.
We acknowledge the support of our residency partners namely the Visual Arts Centre at La Trobe University (Australia), the Artesan Gallery + Studio (Singapore), and The Creative Campus at Lvierpool Hope University, Liverpool (United Kingdom). The residency component of the Ateneo Art Awards has certainly made its impact multiply in various avenues, both for the artists and for the AAG.
Lastly, we thank the Trustees and President of the Ateneo de Manila University for the continued support for our programs and for embarking on a major cultural facility, the Arete, that aims to further strengthen Ateneo’s role in Philippine art and culture. It is with this promising future that I begin my first year as a part of the Ateneo family.
Ma. Victoria T. Herrera
Director and Chief Curator
Ateneo Art Gallery