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Call for Entries: Ateneo Art Awards: Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism

The Ateneo Art Awards: Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism is a new prize category under the Ateneo Art Awards banner, launched by the Ateneo Art Gallery in partnership with Kalaw Ledesma Foundation. This award aims to encourage local art writers to foster critical public discussion about exhibitions and artworks, keeping with the mission and vision of the Ateneo Art Gallery to recognize artistic talent and push boundaries in contemporary art practice.

Any Filipino citizen can participate provided that they do not have a regular column in any broadsheet or magazine. Bloggers, defined as “writers of online journals, websites, or whose written work is published in electronic social media” may also join. Employees of the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Kalaw Ledesma Foundation, Inc., whether full-time or part-time, are disqualified. Employees of The Philippine Star, with the exception of columnists, may participate including contributors defined as “any person whose written work is published with a byline but not identified as a columnist.”

Participants must review one of the following exhibitions, and submit an unpublished art critique of no more than 1000 words:

  • The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible, at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, February 2013 to March 2016.
  • Trajectories, ongoing until 21 December 2013 at the Lopez Memorial Museum
  • It’s Complicated, opening in February 2014 at the Lopez Memorial Museum

Visual documentation must be submitted together with the art critiques. Deadline for submission of entries will be on March 31, 2014. The announcement of the recipient of the inaugural Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism will be held during the Ateneo Art Awards ceremony in August 2014 as part of the celebration of Ledesma’s 100th birth anniversary. Please note that copyright of the works of the 3 shortlisted writers (including the winner) shall be held jointly by the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc.

The prize is a regular bi-monthly column in The Philippine Star, with an honorarium of    Php 10,000 for each column written by the winner, thus totaling Php 20,000 per month for twelve months. The column will be held for a one-year term only from the time that the prize is bestowed. The prize also includes mentorship with an established writer.

For more information about the Ateneo Art Awards ⎢ Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism, visit Inquiries +63 2 4266488 or email Thea Garing, Ateneo Art Awards Coordinator, at


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