The Ateneo Art Awards consists of two categories: the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism. Since 2004, the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art have been given to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 for outstanding work in an exhibition held between 2 May of the previous year and 1 May of the current year. The recognition honors Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924 – 1984), the founding benefactor of the museum, who supported emerging Filipino visual artists and whose critical eye left an indelible mark in Philippine art history.
Established in 2014 by the Ateneo de Manila University through the Ateneo Art Gallery in partnership with the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. and in association with The Philippine Star, the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism honors the memory of Purita Kalaw Ledesma, art patron and founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). Ledesma was instrumental in the development of Philippine art of the post war period through the establishment of the AAP and her patronage of both established and emerging artists. This year, we also welcomed ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, as a new publication partner for the prizes.
That Ledesma and Zóbel have come together at the Ateneo Art Gallery through the Ateneo Art Awards is a testament to the abiding legacy of these two Philippine art vanguards in recognizing and setting the highest standards of artistic excellence.
The call for nominations for the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art will be announced in 2017. You may already download the Initial List of Exhibitions and Mechanics for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism. Please review carefully the Code of Conduct that the winners of the art criticism prizes are required to sign.