2008 Ateneo Art Awards: Nominations Now Open

The Ateneo Art Gallery is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2008 ATENEO ART AWARDS. This art prize is presented annually by the Ateneo Art Gallery , the country's premier museum of modern Philippine art, in association with Metro Society, Shangri-La Plaza , UnionBank and YStyle of the Philippine Star, in keeping with their shared vision of bringing art into the national consciousness. It is also sponsored by Smart Gold.

The ATENEO ART AWARDS has been recognized locally as the arbiter of excellence in contemporary visual art practice and internationally as "the most important art prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines " (Gina Fairley, Art Monthy Australia).

What distinguishes the ATENEO ART AWARDS from other art competitions is that it does not have a call for entries of works produced for the contest. Artists must be nominated by people in the art community on the basis of works that they have produced and exhibited within the 12 months preceding the nomination period. A nominator must be a member of the current or past juries, a public gallery director (commercial and non-commercial) , an independent curator, a professional visual artist or art administrator (must have participated in or organized at least one solo or group exhibition in a public venue), a published art writer, or an art educator residing in the Philippines. The nominated visual artist must be a Filipino citizen, 35 years old or below on May 31.

All nomination forms must be accompanied by visual documentation in either of the following formats: JPEG, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, SWF and other PC-compatible formats in CD, 35-mm slide transparencies or 5R photographs.

Deadline for submission of nominations is at 5pm on May 31.

The Ateneo Art Awards recognize the idealism, verve and promise of Filipino youth, and celebrate the awe-inspiring brilliance of their creative imagination. They honor innovative, enlightened, and committed visionaries who, through their exemplary practice of the visual arts today, symbolize the hope and promise of a nation.

Ateneo Art Awardees over the past years have included Louie Cordero, Geraldine Javier and Jayson Olviera (2004); Annie Cabigting, Ronald Ventura and Eric Zamuco (2005) ; Poklong Anading, Mideo Cruz and Maya Munoz for (2006); and Lyle Buencamino, Wawi Navarroza and MM Yu (2007).

The 2008 Ateneo Art Awards Jury is composed of Ramon E.S. Lerma, Director and Chief Curator the Ateneo Art Gallery; Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, Director, Ateneo Fine Arts Program; Virgilio Aviado, Visual artist; Dr. Flaudette May Datuin, Associate Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines (Diliman); Gina Fairley, Independent curator and Regional Contributing Editor, Asian Art News, Hong Kong ; Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Multi-awarded writer and Filipiniana publisher; Dr. Patrick Flores, Curator, National Art Gallery, National Museum; Gustaff Harriman Iskandar, Director, Common Room Network Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia; and Rina Ortiz, Art collector.

The Ateneo Art Awards will be conferred at a ceremony Thursday, 7 August 2008. An exhibition of the short-listed and winning artworks will be held from 1-10 August 2008 at the Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza , EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City .

The three Ateneo Art Awards winners will also be considered for the 2008 Ateneo Art Gallery International Studio Grants, the only program of its kind organized by a Philippine cultural institution. The residencies provide the selected Ateneo Art Awardee with roundtrip airfare, accommodation and a work studio for three weeks, an allowance, as well as an invitation to exhibit at the Ateneo Art Gallery upon their return.

Nomination forms may be downloaded here or from the Ateneo Art Gallery section of the Ateneo de Manila University website. For more information regarding 2008 Ateneo Art Awards: Zones of Influence, contact Siddharta Perez, 2008 Ateneo Art Awards Project Coordinator, at sperez@ateneo. edu or tel. 426-6488.
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