CALL FOR ENTRIES: Ateneo Art Awards 2020 - Purita Kalaw Ledesma-Prizes in Art Criticism

Feb 07, 2020

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 Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. will choose two winners who will each contribute to The Philippine Star and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.

The initial list of exhibitions open for review by writers interested in submitting entries for the 2020 Ateneo Art Awards - Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism are:


Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Probability-Neither Yes Nor No

Kanade Yagi

May 16 – July 14, 2019

Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)


A grade 12 visual arts thesis exhibit of the Philippine High School for the Arts

May 23 – June 30, 2019

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

On Conflicts and Terrains

Mark Sanchez

June 6 – August 18, 2019

Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery)

HANDS ON: Touch, Engage, Create

Association of Pinoyprintmakers (A/P) Annual Exhibition

June 20 – August 11, 2019

Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery) & Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery)

Carilyo Cart Project

Marc Cosico

August 22 – October 27, 2019

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

Normal Scheduling Will Resume Shortly

Poklong Anading and Neil Fettling | Curated by Vince Alessi

August 29 – November 3, 2019

Bulwagang Fernando Amrosolo (Small Gallery), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery) and 4F Atrium

Poster/ity: 50 Years of Art and Culture at the CCP

October 8 – December 8, 2019

Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery), Buffeteria


Mervy Pueblo and Atsuko Yamagata

November 14, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

The Horizon of Expectations

Samantha Feleo

November 28, 2019 – March 22, 2020

Bulwagang Victorio Edades (Small Gallery) and 4th floor Atrium

Ang Alamat ng Malikhaing Konsyumer

Gerecho Iniel Cruz

December 2019 – January 19, 2020

Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery)

PORTRAITURE AND THE PHILIPPINE TERNO: Commissioned Paintings of Filipinas by Rafael del Casal

January 26 – March 15, 2020

Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery)

The Women of the CCP VAC*

February 19 – June 14, 2020

Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery)


Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect

February 22 – May 24, 2020

Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)

Flight Season

Don Bryan Bunag

March 12 – April 26, 2020

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

2 April to 7 June 2020

Clint Rey P. Policarpio*

April 2 – June 7, 2020

Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery)

*titles will be announced or subject to change

Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Locsin and Santos: A Legacy of FIlipino Popular Modernism

May 23 – September 10, 2019

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

The City Who Had Two Navels

July 2 – October 31, 2019

Tall Galleries

In Harmony with Nature

September 28 – October 19, 2019

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Chapter 2: The Empty Chair Project

November 12, 2019 – January 9, 2020

Tall Galleries

Korean Life Aesthetics

November 14, 2019 – January 31, 2020

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Korean Contemporary Art Today

November 28, 2019 – February 29, 2020

Upper Galleries

Cue from Life Itself: Filipino Artists Transform the Everyday

February 7 – May 7, 2020

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape

February 10 – April 30, 2020

Tall Galleries

Betsy Westendorp Retrospective Exhibition

May 14 – June 30, 2020

Upper Galleries

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Spectre of Comparisons

May 23 – July 20, 2019

What Lies Within: Centre of the Centre

September 5 – December 1, 2019

Constructions of Truth

February 6 – April 12, 2020

Center for Campus Art, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

The Toy Collection of Hans Bacher

November 21, 2019 – February 22, 2020

11/F Animation Hallway, School of Design and Arts Campus

Fish from China: A Study of a Perspective of a Hand

January – February 2020

SDA Cafeteria, School of Design and Arts Campus

Designing the Colors of the Signs of the Times: The Colors of Courage and Fear

January – April 2020

3/F, 4/F, 5/F and 6/F DLSU College of Law, Rufino (BGC) Campus

Life in SDA: A Glimpse Inside the Design and Arts Campus

January – April 2020

10/F Hallway, Angelo King International Center (AKIC) Campus

Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika: An Exhibit on the Life and Work of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab

January 17 – April 18, 2020

12/F SDA Gallery, School of Design and Arts Campus

The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus: An Exhibit on the Life and Work of National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista

May – August 2020

12/F SDA Gallery, School of Design and Arts Campus

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

The Nature of the Collection

March 21 – June 22, 2019

1/F Galleries

Revisiting the Conservative

April 16 – June 22, 2019

3/F Galleries

poems from the wind

Costantino Zicarelli

June 29 – August 2, 2019

1/F Galleries

Studio Studies

Jason Dy, SJ

June 29 – August 2, 2019

3/F Galleries

1,976 Objects

Noel Ed De Leon

August 9 – September 7, 2019

1/F and 3/F Galleries

Aligning Histories: Purita Kalaw-Ledesma and Jorge B. Vargas

UP Vargas Museum, Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc.

September 14 – October 15, 2019

2/F Landing and 3/F Galleries

Tumba-Tumba: Words and Numbers


September 14 – October 15, 2019

1/F Galleries

Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded!

Goethe Institut, IFA, UP Vargas Museum

October 23 – November 23, 2019

1/F Galleries

Familiar Places

Marc Aran Reyes

October 23 – November 23, 2019

3/F Galleries

Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions

UP Vargas Museum, PCAN, JFMO

December 7, 2019 – March 7, 2020

1/F Galleries, 2/F Main Gallery Video Rooms, 3/F Galleries

Form | Kata | Prototype: Ang Katagalugan

Roberto M.A. Robles

March 14 – May 9, 2020


Goldsmiths UK

March 14 – May 9, 2020

3/F Galleries

Seeking Balance


May 23 – July 4, 2020

1/F and 3/F Galleries

Museo De La Salle, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas

ANLUWAGE: Creating Forms, Mastering Function

September 24 – December 14, 2019

Fe Sarmiento-Panlilio Gallery

Kupkóp: Pagbúhay at Pagtaguyod sa mga Pawalânang Salitâ

November 27, 2019 – February 29, 2020

Kalaw-Katigbak Gallery

Manto de Gloria: Weaving Silang History Through the Virgen de Candelaria’s Festive Vestments

February 20 – May 30, 2020

Fe Sarmiento-Panlilio Gallery

BenCab Museum

Permanent Collection

Sepia Gallery, BenCab Gallery, Cordillera Gallery, Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries I & II, Maestro Gallery, Erotica Gallery

Museo Kordilyera, University of the Philippines Baguio

Handwoven Tales: The Warp and Weft of Cordillera Textiles

November 15, 2019 – May 2021


Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA)

The Connected Worlds of Contemporary Art

October 1, 2019 – March 2020

Adoracion V. Valencia Gallery

Color, Surplus, Skill

October 24, 2019 – March 2020

Gallery 1 & 2


Museum of Three Cultures, Capitol University

Permanent Collection

Kasaysayan Gallery, Posaka M’ranao, Founder’s Memorabilia

To encourage the practice of art criticism and to broaden its reach to a wider public, the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes present potential writers with the opportunity to contribute articles on art to a national newspaper and an international art magazine. The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for The Philippine Star will be awarded a regular column under ‘Platforms’ in the Arts and Culture section of the paper, to be published twice a month with a total of 24 articles for a year. The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for ArtAsiaPacific Magazine will be contributing to this bi-monthly publication, with a total of six (6) articles for a year. In addition, the two winners of the Ateneo Art Awards–PKL Prizes in Art Criticism shall contribute writings to Perro Berde, an annual art and culture publication of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and Instituto Cervantes.

A panel of jurors will shortlist a maximum of six (6) writers from the submitted entries. From this list, two (2) winners will be chosen by the editors of the partner publications – The Philippine Star and ArtAsiaPacific. Winners will be announced during the Ateneo Art Awards ceremony tentatively scheduled for 30 August 2020 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.


  1. Entries should reflect the style of an art criticism article. Entry should be no more than 1000 words.
  2. Visual documentation that complements the article should be submitted with the art critique.
  3. The entry must be written on A4 sized paper. The font should be Arial, Times New Roman, or Book Antiqua, font size 12.
  4. The entries are to be submitted digitally to with a cover letter stating that the attached Word and PDF file are being submitted to AAG and KLFI for consideration for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism.
  5. The body of the email must include the following information: name, email address, mailing address, mobile number, landline and date of visit to the exhibit being reviewed.
  6. Exhibit reviews must be submitted digitally as Word and PDF file attachments with no indication of the identity of the writer on the pages where the article is written.
  7. Only one entry, an unpublished art critique, per participant is allowed.
  8. Download and submit the Writer’s Profile and Conforme as PDF attachment.
  9. Deadline for submission of entries is extended until 14 June 2020 (Sunday), 11:59 PM.

Copyright of the works of the 6 shortlisted writers (including the winners) shall be held jointly with AAG and KLFI.


  1. Employees, whether full time or contractual, of AAG and KLFI are not allowed to participate.
  2. Must be based in the Philippines.
  3. Bloggers defined as writers of online journals, websites, or whose written work is published in electronic social media may join.
  4. To avoid conflict of interest, the participants must not have a regular column and must not hold an editorial post in any broadsheet or local/international magazine. Regular columnists are not allowed to join but contributors, defined as any person whose written work is published with a byline but not identified as a columnist, may join.

The Ateneo Art Awards-Purita Kalaw-Ledesma (PKL) Prizes for Art Criticism was launched in 2014 by Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. (KLFI). It was named in honor of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma, art patron and founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). Purita believed in art criticism’s “vital role in the development of culture,” citing its capacity to “guide both artists towards new directions and public taste towards the best in past and current artistic output.”

Please contact the following for any inquiries:

Ms. Estela Bagos, Museum Education Officer / 8426-6488 or 8426-6001 loc. 4163