ArtSpeak: When the Art World Turns, New Spaces Appear
The Bellas Artes Projects
18 Oct 2017 / Wed / 5PM
Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts and the Ateneo Art Gallery, When the Art World Turns, New Spaces Appear features the Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Founder and director Jam Acuzar and artistic director Diana Campbell Betancourt shall talk about the outreach initiative of the non-profit foundation, particularly within the realm of artist residency, public education, and providing spaces for contemporary work characterized by experimentation, interdisciplinarity, and conceptual daring. This talk also serves as the second plenary session of FA 103: Apprenticeship and Outreach, a course at the Fine Arts Department that explores the notion of outreach by interrogating art’s presence in different levels of community engagement.This ArtSpeak event will be held in Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm18 October 2017Wednesday.RSVP through:
Jam Acuzar
Jam Acuzar, art collector and heritage conservator, is the founder and director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Taking inspiration from its home base, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, BAP embraces experimental and contemporary works while promoting Filipino heritage, craftsmanship, and material culture. Among BAP’s many projects, she has seen the completion of the monumental site-specific art project in Bataan by the world-renowned Swiss artist, Not Vital. Jam studied Art History at the American University in Paris and took certificate courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. Recently, she participated in a panel discussion at the viennacontemporary that discussed the “Shifting Role of the Collector.”To learn more about Bellas Artes Projects, visit:

Diana Campbell Betancourt
An American curator, Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). As chief curator, Diana has developed the Dhaka Art Summit to be the world’s leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and has collaborated with sculpture parks including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, de Cordova, and Wanas Konst on commissions of Indian sculpture. She has consulted the New Museum and MCA Chicago and many other leading institutions on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs. A graduate of Princeton University, Diana was a nominee for the 2016 Independent Curators International Independent Vision Curatorial Award and a part of MoMA’s 2016 International Curatorial Institute.