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Now in its twelfth year, the Ateneo Art Awards was established to honor the memory of the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery, Fernando Zobel (1924-1984). Originally conceived to shine the spotlight on young and emerging artists, the Ateneo Art Awards is now a venue to recognize outstanding achievements in art writing as well, with the 2014 inauguration of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Art Criticism Prize.

Shortlists of 12 artists and 4 writers have been drawn up by their respective juries. The Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art are awarded to three Filipino visual artists, below the age of 36, for outstanding works exhibited between 2 May 2014 and 1 May 2015 . The Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize is awarded to the author of a review of an exhibition selected by the representatives from the Ateneo Art Gallery, the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, and The Philippine Star.

In alphabetical order, the 12 shortlisted visual artists are:

  • Pio Abad, for The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders, a solo exhibition at Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center;
  • Catalina Africa, for her solo show Reverse Boomerangs and Other Exercises for Pleasure, shown at 1335 Mabini;
  • Charles Buenconsejo for Unending Void, a solo exhibition at ArtInformal;
  • Frank Callaghan for Dead Ends, a solo show at Silverlens Galleries, Manila;
  • Buen Calubayan, for “Eternal Landscape”, shown at the Ayala Museum as part of the exhibition, The Triumph of Philippine Art;
  • Ian Carlo Jaucian for his work in In the Year 2000, a joint exhibition mounted at Silverlens Galleries, Manila;
  • Lui Medina for her solo, Lui Medina, shown at ArtInformal;
  • Veronica Pee for the solo, Pocket Universe, shown at ArtInformal;
  • Luis Santos for Measuring Distances, shown at Silverlens Galleries, Manila;
  • Maria Taniguchi for her “Untitled” works, shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, as part of the group show Don’t You Know Who I Am?;
  • Derek Tumala, for Sacred Geometry, a solo show by The Drawing Room for Art Fair Philippines 2015;
  • And Ryan Villamael for the solo exhibition Isles, shown at Silverlens Galleries, Manila.

Gallery

The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders

1335 Mabini

ArtInformal

Silverlens Galleries, Manila

Ayala Museum

Silverlens Galleries, Manila

ArtInformal

ArtInformal

Silverlens Galleries, Manila

Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

The Drawing Room for Art Fair Philippines 2015

Silverlens Galleries, Manila