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To further promote contemporary art practice and enrich the Philippine cultural landscape, the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partners give recognition and opportunities to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 through the Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art. Since 2004, outstanding works and exhibitions by young visual artists are duly recognized through this prize that honors and commemorates Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924-1984), the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Celebrating the best of contemporary art in the Philippines, the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art are given to three (3) artists from a shortlist of twelve (12).  They will be eligible for international residency grants funded by Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions: La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia; The Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, United Kingdom; and Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore. The selection of residency grant recipients is made by the host institutions.

This year the Ateneo Art Gallery welcomes the Embassy of Italy as a new partner for the Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts. In line with the Embassy’s program to compile a collection of Philippine contemporary art, the Ambassador will select one artist among the 12 shortlisted artists as recipient of the AAA – Embassy of Italy Purchase Prize.  This program provides the AAA a new award incentive to promote Philippine contemporary artists.

Nominators should attest that they have personally seen the exhibition and as well as the artworks that will be indicated in this nomination form and guidelines. The visual artist-nominee should be a citizen of the Philippines below 36 years old on 31 May 2018.

**Those eligible to nominate are the following: former members of the Ateneo Art Awards Jury, museum and gallery directors or curators (commercial and non-commercial), independent curators, professional visual artists (must have participated in at least one solo or group exhibition in a public venue), art administrators, art journalists or art educators residing in the Philippines.


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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.

Initial List of Exhibitions
The Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) and the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. (KLFI) are pleased to announce the exhibitions to be reviewed by writers interested in submitting entries for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism.  These exhibitions are:
The Ordinary Man: A One Man Exhibition by Josemaria Paolo Icasas
29 November 2017 –  4 February 2018
Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway)
Waterways: Caroline Ongpin Exhibition
24 January –  04 February 2018
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (LT Lobby)
Walking Still: Rene Aquitania Exhibition
25 January –  04 March 2018
Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)
Garapata for Pasinaya
3 February – 04 March 2018
Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway)
Saturday Group 50th Anniversary
03 March – 0 6 May 2018
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)
PAEA 50th Anniversary
20 March –  29 April 2018
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (LT Lobby), Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway), and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway)
Marion Contreras Solo Exhibition
22 March –  13 May 2018
Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)
Peek-A-Book – with Intertextual 
24 March –  06 May 2018
Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway)
Association of Pinoyprintmakers 50th Anniversary
24 May –  15 July 2018
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery),
Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway),
and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway)
Place of Region in the Contemporary: The initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN)
08 December 2017 –  27 January 2018
All Galleries
Living Architecture at the Vargas Museum: With special projects by Junyee and Indy Paredes
03 February –  31 March 2018
1F  Galleries
Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants’ Investments in Philippine Futures: 
15 February –  24 March 2018
3F Galleries
Christmas Eve, Emilio G. Santiago, 1942
2018 Vargas Museum Art History Series Exhibition
10 April – 09 May
3F Galleries
Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema
14 April – 09 June
1F Galleries
Viay nu Ivatan (Ivatan Life): Olan Gonzales and Francisco Datar
15 May – 09 June
3F Galleries
Curated by Federico de Vera
7 November 2017 –  28 January 2018
Urban Labyrinth: Rodel Tapaya New Works
19 February –  1 April 2018
Alfonso Ossorio Exhibition
26 February – 17 Jun e 2018
7 December 2017 –  04 March 2018
Pacita Abad Exhibition
12 April –  01 July 2018
Elmer Borlongan: An Extraordinary Eye for the Ordinary
22 January – 28 March 2018

Participants must write in the style of an art critique with no more than 1000 words and submit a Writer’s Profile. Please review the Initial List of Exhibitions and the Code of Conduct carefully.

The Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in 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.

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