May 07, 2015 Thursday

Nominations for 2015 Ateneo Art Awards: Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art is now open!

We are pleased to announce this year’s call for nominations for the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Arts. Work that has been exhibited between May 2, 2014 and May 1, 2015 can now be nominated for the 12th edition of this prestigious prize to be given at the 2015 Ateneo Art Awards. Nomination forms have begun circulation among art spaces and cultural institutions all over the Philippines, and are also available at the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Since 2004, the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partners have granted awards and opportunities to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 so that they may further their practice and enrich the Philippine cultural landscape. Outstanding exhibited works are duly recognized through this prize that honors and commemorates Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924 – 1984), the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery. In 2014, the Ateneo Art Awards began including a second category: The Purita Kalaw- Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism, thus honoring two pioneers who made their respective marks in Philippine art history.

For the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art, three winners will be selected from a shortlist of 12 exhibitions/artworks. The winners are then invited to apply 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.

If you are a current or former member of the Ateneo Art Awards jury, a public gallery director, an independent or institutional curator, a professional visual artist who has participated in at least one solo or group exhibition in a public venue, an administrator, journalist, critic, or educator who specializes in the fine arts and resides in the Philippines, then we look forward to receiving your nominations. Submissions may be posted to the Ateneo Art Gallery (Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University) or emailed to, no later than 5pm on June 30, 2015.

For more information, you may contact Alice Sarmiento, Exhibitions Coordinator at +632 426 6488 or email