Last September 17, 2015, the awarding ceremony of the Ateneo Art Awards 2015 was held at the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. Held every year since 2004, the Ateneo Art Awards recognizes young Filipino visual artists aged 36 and below for their outstanding works showcased from May 2 of the previous year until May 1 of the current year.

The Awards are divided into two categories: the Fernando Zobel Prize for the Visual Arts, and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism. Named after the Ateneo Art Gallery’s founding benefactor, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, the Fernando Zobel Prize is awarded to the most outstanding artworks exhibited in the last year. On the other hand, honoring Purita Kalaw Ledesma, art patron and founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize is an award established in 2014 and given to the author of the best critique from the previous year.




The Fernando Zobel Prize was given to Pio Abad, for his work The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders; Frank Callaghan, for his work Dead Ends; and Ryan Villamael, for his work Isles. Shortlisted for the prize were Catalina Africa, Charles Buenconsejo, Buen Calubayan, Ian Carlo Jaucian, Lui Medina, Veronica Pee, Luis Santos, Maria Taniguchi, and Derek Tumala.

The Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism was given to Paula Acuin for her work “Lakas ng Loob: Re-introducing Cesar Legaspi,” a review of Legaspi’s The Brave Modern. Shortlisted for the prize were Renato Aguila, Mia Dagsaan, and Paolo Tiausas.




Villamael was also awarded three international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions: La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Bendigo, Australia; Artesan Gallery in Singapore; and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.

The works of the shortlisted artists and writers were exhibited from September 11 to 21, 2015 at the East Wing of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and from September 28 to December 28, 2015 at the Ateneo Art Gallery.

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