Ateneo Art Awards Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism 2017 winner Arianna Mercado was recently awarded the Cultural Journalism Campus (CJC) Fellowship to be held in Hong Kong this March 2018. Mercado is one out of 10 fellows selected to cover Art Basel Hong Kong and other cultural events in March, as part of their intensive training in cultural journalism and art criticism. As a fellow, Mercado will also receive media training in producing CJC newspaper Culture Express, to be distributed at Art Basel and through the digital platform.


Arianna Mercado. Courtesy of Clefvan Pornela.

Arianna Mercado. Courtesy of Clefvan Pornela.

Please be advised that the AAG Curatorial Office will be closed from 21 December 2017 until 2 January 2018.

However, The Settlement by Mark Justiniani is open until 2 January 2018.

Ateneo Art Awards 2016 Winners Announced

15 September 2016 – Grand Atrium, Shangri-la, Mandaluyong


For the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art, three (3) winners were chosen by the jury from a shortlist of twelve (12). The winners are Martha Atienza for Study in Reality No. 3; Rocky Cajigan for Museumified; and Nathalie Dagmang for Dito sa may Ilog ng Tumana: A Sensory Investigation on the Contradictory Relationship of Barangay Tumana with the Marikina River.


Winning with her thesis show at the College of Fine Arts in UP Diliman, Dagmang takes both the Liverpool Hope University – Creative Campus and the Artesan Gallery + Studio residency grants, while Martha Atienza is awarded the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre residency grant.


For the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes for Art Criticism, two (2) winners were selected from a shortlist of six (6). Presented the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize – The Philippine Star, Pristine de Leon is given a regular column to be published twice a month or 24 articles for a year in the publication’s Arts & Culture section. Her winning entry is entitled, Owning the Image: Exploring Lopez Museum’s political cartoons and the pleasures of resistance.


Together with KLFI and The Philippine Star, the Ateneo Art Gallery welcomes ArtAsiaPacific, a bi-monthly magazine on contemporary art, as a new publication partner. The recipient of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize-ArtAsiaPacific Magazine  is Dominic Zinampan for his entry Chambers of Reflection: A Critique on Mark Justiniani’s “Reverb”. He will be contributing a total of six articles to ArtAsiaPacific for one year.


The Ateneo Art Awards 2016 is presented with Shangri-La Plaza, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Liverpool Hope University – Creative Campus, Artesan Gallery + Studio, Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc., The Philippine Star, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, Metro Society and YStyle.


Works of the winners and the shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Mall until Monday, 19 September and at the Ateneo Art Gallery from 10 October to 3 December.


For more information, please contact Tricia Raya, AAG Exhibitions Coordinator, at 426-6488 or email You may also visit our website, at


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17 SEPT 2015, THURS
5.30pm Cocktails
6pm Announcement of Winners

at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-a Plaza Mall,
EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

Pio Abad
Catalina Africa
Charles Buenconsejo
Frank Callaghan
Buen Calubayan
Ian Carlo Jaucian
Lui Medina
Veronica Peraeljo
Luis Santos
Maria Taniguchi
Derek Tumala
Ryan Villamael

Paula S. Acuin
Renato Paolo V. Aguila
Mia Angela A. Dagsaan
Paolo Miguel G. Tiausas


Shangri-la Plaza
East Wing Mid Level 01/03
EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard
Mandaluyong City
11 SEPT – 21 SEPT 2015

Ateneo Art Gallery
Level 2, Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building
Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
05 OCT – 05 DEC 2015

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 Endsa 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 Medinashown at ArtInformal;
  • Veronica Pee for the solo, Pocket Universeshown at ArtInformal;
  • Luis Santos for Measuring Distancesshown 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 Geometrya solo show by The Drawing Room for Art Fair Philippines 2015;
  • And Ryan Villamael for the solo exhibition Islesshown at Silverlens Galleries, Manila.

For the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma prizes, the writers and their shortlisted works are:

  • Paula S. Acuin for “Lakas ng Loob: Reintroducing Cesar Legaspi,” on Cesar Legaspi: The Brave Modern at the Ayala Museum;
  • Renato Paolo V. Aguila for “Rallying to Standstill: A review of Ethos, Bathos, Pathos,” at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center;
  • Mia Angela A. Dagsaan for “Fictions of Word and Image,” a review of Propaganda, exhibited at the Lopez Memorial Museum and Library;
  • Paolo Miguel G. Tiausas, “On Curating Futures,” also a review of Propaganda, exhibited at the Lopez Memorial Museum and Library.

The works of all the shortlisted artists and writers will be exhibited at the East Wing of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, from September 11-21, 2015, and at the Ateneo Art Gallery from September 28 to December 5, 2015. Three artists and one writer will be awarded at the ceremony to be held in the mall’s Grand Atrium on September 17. The winning artists are contenders for international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo, Australia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma prize for art criticism is granted a bi-monthly column in The Philippine Star, with an honorarium of Php 10,000.00 per published piece.

The Ateneo Art Awards are presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, Shangri-la Plaza, The Philippine Star, Metro Society and Y-style of The Philippine Star.

The Ateneo Art Gallery is located at Level 2 Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, please contact Alice Sarmiento, AAG Exhibitions Coordinator, at 426-6488 or email You may also visit our website, at

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Buenconsejo_A-Z Compressed (2015) Buenconsejo_The Idea of the Idea is Nothingness (2015)

(Top to bottom, Raffy Napay’s “Nest/Home” and Charles Buenconsejo’s “A-Z” and “The Idea of Nothing is Nothingness (images courtesy of the artists))

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
6pm, Opening Reception

Exhibitions run from 22 July to 12 September 2015

Ateneo Art Awards winners, Raffy T. Napay (2013) and Charles Buenconsejo (2014) will be mounting back-to-back homecoming shows at the Ateneo Art Gallery this July. The two exhibitions, Napay’s Sanctuary and Buenconsejo’s Relative Nothing, will showcase a broad range of media, from soft sculpture to video, corresponding with the diversity of contemporary art practice that the Ateneo Art Gallery, along with its partner institutions, continues to uphold.
2013 Art Awards winner Raffy T. Napay spent one spring in the England as that year’s recipient of the Liverpool Hope University residency Grant. Known for stitching, tufting, and weaving thread and scrap fabric onto canvas, the Caloocan-based artist drew inspiration from the temperate climes and fairy tale-like wooded surroundings of Liverpool Hope to create Sanctuary: a series of sculptures and wall-bound works that recall his short break from the chaos of Metro Manila, into the forests of the Western World, where the central image of a bird’s nest illustrates the freedom of finding a home while being in transit. Every object in the gallery is made by hand, shrouding the space in softness, while threatening to engulf the viewer; creating sanctuary in every sense of the word.

Like Napay, Charles Buenconsejo also takes a cue from silence, this time using the noise of everyday life to produce Relative Nothing. This time working exclusively with video, the Cebuano photographer spent six weeks at the Visual Arts Center of La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia as a recipient of the Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art at the 2014 Ateneo Art Awards. In Bendigo, he filmed his every move—such as walking to and from his studio, entering the gallery— capturing footage of the self while eliminating any potential meaning it may have held, deconstructing the culture of the #selfie and in turn showing how the act of documentation can turn something into nothing.

These exhibitions would not have been possible without the continued support of La Trobe University in Australia, and Liverpool Hope University in England. The opening reception is at 6 pm on July 22 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Level 2, Special Collections Building, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights Quezon City.

The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 6pm. We are closed on Sundays and Holidays. For more information, please contact Alice Sarmiento at 4266488 or via email at