Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) announced the winners of this year’s Purita Kalaw-Ledesma (PKL) Prizes in Art Criticism. The awarding ceremony was held last November 19, 2022, Saturday, at the Ben Chan ArtSuite, Ateneo Art Gallery, Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté.
This year’s call for entries was on the theme “Fresh Winds and New Light: Forecasting Change”. Submissions included 29 entries in the English category and 8 entries in the Filipino category. These were then shortlisted to 6 entries in English and 4 entries in Filipino before the selection of winners.
Two winners were selected from the English category. The winning writer for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize in Art Criticism for ArtAsiaPacific Magazine is Dondie Casanova for his essay, “The Forest Fire at the Brutal Beauty: Jinggoy Buensuceso’s KAINGIN.” Casanova will have the opportunity to contribute six articles to the bimonthly Hong Kong-based publication for a year.
The winner of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for The Philippine Star is Nicole Soriano with her essay entitled “The Insistence of Hope.” Soriano will be awarded a monthly column for a year under ‘Platforms’ in the Arts and Culture section of the Philippine Star. She is also the recipient of a month-long writer’s residency by Ateneo Art Awards residency partner, Orange Project, a creative hub in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
The winner from the Filipino category who was awarded with the the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Katipunan Journal is Gian Carlo Delgado for “Mga palagay sa panahon, espasyo, at gunita: Pagturing sa eksibisyong ‘Gintong Liwayway: Sining ng Progresibong Pagbabago’.” Delgado will receive the opportunity to contribute a total of two articles to the bi-annual research publication for a year.
Trophies were presented to the ten (10) shortlisted writers and to the three (3) winners by Ateneo de Manila University officials – Fr. Roberto C. Yap, President and Dr. Maria Luz Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools; Anna Marie Ozaeta, President of the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc.; Millet Mananquil, Lifestyle Editor and Scott Garceau, Desk Editor of The Philippine Star; Dr. Alvin Yapan, Editor of the Katipunan Journal; and Jovino de Guzman Miroy, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University. Newly-appointed Ateneo de Manila University Trustee, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng also attended the event.
The awarding event held last 19 November also coincided with the opening of the Ateneo Art Awards 2022 Return Exhibition of past winners. The return exhibition has been an integral part of the Ateneo Art Awards program since 2008, offering past winners who have been invited to an overseas art residency a venue to present their recent endeavors. With the newly adopted biennial program for the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Arts, this exhibition alternates with the visual arts prizes. The Ateneo Art Awards 2022 return exhibition focuses on winners in 2016 and 2017 who were invited to residencies in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Australia. Martha Atienza, Nathalie Dagmang, Gale Encarnacion, Cian Dayrit, and Cos Zicarelli completed month-long residencies between 2017 and 2018.
The exhibition is on view at the Fredesvinda Almeda Consunji Gallery, Ambeth R Ocampo Gallery, Elizabeth Gokongwei Gallery, and Alicia P Lorenzo Gallery and will run until 4 March 2023.
Words and images courtesy of Ateneo Art Gallery.