Tuesday, August 9, 2011

8th Ateneo Art Awards announces shortlisted artists

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The Ateneo Art Gallery, widely recognized as the country's first modern art museum, is pleased to announce the 12 artists short-listed for the Ateneo Art Awards 2011: Anatomy of Autonomy. They are:

Renato Barja Jr.                                
The Jungle and the Rain   
Solo Exhibition, Blanc Compound   
15 January - 5 February 2011

Frank Callaghan                               
River of Our Dreams   
Solo Exhibition, Manila Contemporary   
2 - 24 October 2010   

Olivia d'Aboville                                   
New Frontiers: Olivia d'Aboville Chasm of Fantasies   
Solo Exhibition, Ayala Museum   
15 July - 12 September 2010   

Kawayan de Guia                                   
Solo Exhibition, Jorge Vargas Museum   
15 June - 18 December 2010

Bembol dela Cruz                                   
House Blends   
Solo Exhibition, Blanc Compound   
9 - 30 April 2011

Nona Garcia 
Solo Exhibition, West Gallery   
27 July to 14 August 2010

Sam Kiyoumarsi                                   
Inalienable Dreamless   
Solo Exhibition, Lost Projects   
16 March - 20 April 2011

Tatong Recheta Torres                   
Make My Day!   
Solo Exhibition, Yarn Factory Art Projects, Tochigi Japan (Second Life SIM)
21 June 2010 onwards

Maria Taniguchi                                   
Echo Studies   
Solo Exhibition, Jorge Vargas Museum   
30 March to 28 May 2011

Rodel Tapaya   
Simple Depictions   
Group Exhibition, Alliance Francaise de Manille Total Gallery   
25 November - 16 December 2010
MM Yu                               
Waste Not Want Not   
Solo Exhibition, Finale Video Room, Finale Art File   
7 - 30 May 2010   

Maria Jeona Zoleta                               
Sure Sure, Happy Happy, Picture Picture   
Solo Exhibition, 20 Square (SLab)   
7 - 31 July 2010   

The works of the short-listed artists will be exhibited at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Edsa corner Shaw Boulevard from 5-15 August 2011 and at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Level 2 Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City from 20 August – 10 September 2011.  

Established in 2004 to honor the memory of its founding benefactor Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924-1984), whose support of young Filipino visual artists left an indelible mark in Philippine art history, the Ateneo Art Awards are given to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 for outstanding works in an exhibition between 2 May 2010 and 1 May 2011.

On its eighth year, the Ateneo Art Awards takes the theme "Anatomy of Autonomy," dissecting and surveying artistic thought in the contemporary Philippine art scene. Unbound by any cultural, social, academic or even aesthetic dogma, the creative spirit of young Filipino visual artists is duly recognized. 

From the 12 shortlisted exhibitions/artworks, 3 are chosen as winners.  The winning artists are then invited to apply for international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions:  Common Room Networks Foundation in Bandung, Indonesia, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo, Australia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, Art Omi in New York, USA and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The Ateneo Art Awards are presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, Shangri-la Plaza, SMART, Metro Society, Y-style of the Philippine Star, and the New York Art Project, funded by Marcel Crespo.

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