Ateneo Art Awards 2019: Call for Nominations and Entries

Mar 14, 2019

In 2004, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) established the Ateneo Art Awards (AAA) in recognition of young contemporary artists and art writers in the Philippines. Call for nominations and entries are announced as early as the first quarter of the year for the two categories: The Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism. The two awards commemorate Fernando Zóbel, the founding benefactor of the Ateneo Art Gallery, and Purita Kalaw-Ledesma, art patron, critic, and founder of Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) who had significant contribution to the country’s art history through her writings.

Ateneo Art Awards - Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art

Celebrating the best of contemporary art in the Philippines, the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partners give recognition and opportunities to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 through the annual Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art.

From a shortlist of twelve (12), three (3) winners will be selected who will be eligible for international residency grants funded by Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions such as The Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University in United Kingdom; Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore; and La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia. The Ateneo Art Gallery also continues its partnership with the Embassy of Italy through the Ateneo Art Awards – Embassy of Italy Purchase Prize. This new award incentive is in line with the Embassy’s mission to compile a collection of Philippine contemporary art. The recipient will be selected among the 12 shortlisted artists.

Those eligible to nominate for the Ateneo Art Awards - Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art are former members of the Ateneo Art Awards jury, museum directors or curators, gallerists, 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. The artworks for nomination must have appeared in a solo or group show within the twelve months preceding 2 May 2019.

Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism

Founded in 2014, the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism was established by the Ateneo de Manila University through the Ateneo Art Gallery, in partnership with Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation Inc. and in association with The Philippine Star. In 2016, Ateneo Art Gallery announced ArtAsiaPacific Magazine as a new publication partner for the prizes.

Writers or contributors based in the Philippines may join the competition. With no more than 1000 words, all entries for the award should reflect the style of an art criticism article. The final list of exhibitions open for review is posted on the Ateneo Art Gallery page.

The two (2) winners for this category will be determined from a shortlist of six (6). The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize - The Philippine Star will be awarded a regular column to be published twice a month or 24 articles for a year, under the column, ‘Platforms’ in the Arts & Culture section of the paper. The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize - ArtAsiaPacific Magazine will be contributing to the bi-monthly publication, with a total of six articles for a year. Moreover, the two winners of the Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism will be contributing to Perro Berde, an annual publication for cultural dialogue by Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.

All shortlisted writers will also have the chance to submit their works to the new online site, Vital Points: Essays from the Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism, a new platform created in partnership with the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation Inc., as another venue for art criticism.


The Ateneo Art Gallery is now accepting nominations and entries for the 2019 Ateneo Art Awards – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism. Download the following forms to read the complete mechanics. Deadline of submission of nominations and entries is on 31 May 2019, 5pm.

For questions, kindly send your email to aag@ateneo.edu or contact us at 426-6488.

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Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art Nomination Form

Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Mechanics

Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Writer's Profile

Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism Conforme