Purita Kalaw - Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism

The Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism was established in honor of art writer and Art Association of the Philippines founder, Purita Kalaw – Ledesma. With an aim to put art criticism into the public sphere, the Ateneo Art Gallery in partnership with the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation will choose two winners who will each contribute to The Philippine Star and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.

View now the initial list of exhibitions to be reviewed for the 2019 Ateneo Art Awards - Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism.

  • 2018

    Ateneo Art Awards 2018 - Purita Kalaw - Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Winners:

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize-Art Asia Pacific

    • Alec Madelene Abarro - An Organized Chaos: Navigating the Looban (On Urban Labyrinth at the Ayala Museum)

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize- The Philippine Star

    • Mary Jessel Duque - Pacita Abad: A Million Times a Woman, an Artist (On Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)


    Other writers shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2018 – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism include:

    • Juan Paolo Colet - Life in the Labyrinth (On Urban Labyrinth at the Ayala Museum)
    • Jayvee Del Rosario - Ossifying the Abstract (On Alfonso Ossorio: A Survey 1940 – 1989 at the Ayala Museum)
    • Sabrina Jeongco - Pacita Abad Has a Million Things to Say (On Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design)
    • Jose Carlos Joaquin Singson - Bread and Circuses in Time Roiling and Churning (On Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema at the Vargas Museum)


    Special Citation:

    • Maria Lourdes Garcellano - Sinehan sa isang museo: Karatula O Obra? (On Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema at the Vargas Museum)
  • 2017

    Ateneo Art Awards 2017 - Purita Kalaw - Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Winners:

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize-Art Asia Pacific

    • Josephine V. Roque, Transits of Meaning

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize- The Philippine Star

    • Arianna Mercado, Dalena’s Curtain Call


    Other writers shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2017 – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism include:

    • Christian Benitez, History is Form: On Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “The Serenity of Madness”
    • Carlo Pacolor Garcia, Beaded Gestures
    • John Kenneth Paranada, Tie A String but Cut it Right in the Middle
    • Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Equivocal Beliefs: Natee Utarit at Ayala Museum
  • 2016

    Ateneo Art Awards 2016 - Purita Kalaw - Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Winners:

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize-Art Asia Pacific

    • Dominic Zinampan, Chambers of Reflection: A Critique on Mark Justiniani’s Reverb

    Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize- The Philippine Star

    • Pristine de Leon, Owning the Image: Exploring Lopez Museum’s political cartoons and the pleasures of resistance


    Other writers shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2016 – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism include:

    • Mariel Aglipay, The River Runs Red
    • Jasmine Cruz, The I, the art and a millenial’s visual vocabulary
    • Par Patacsil, Allegories of Ambivalence, Ascendancy and Dissent in Drawing the Lines
    • Carlos Quijon, Jr., Faced with the Abyss