Ramon E.S. Lerma rlerma at ateneo.edu
Thu Aug 10 17:38:16 PHT 2006

                      The Ateneo Art Gallery
     proudly announces the winners of the 2006 Ateneo Art Awards

                         POKLONG ANADING
                        18-30 August 2005
                        Finale Art Gallery

                           MIDEO CRUZ
                    2 February - 5 March 2006
                   Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo,
                Cultural Center of the Philippines
                          13 April 2006
                       Substation, Singapore

                           MAYA MUÑOZ
                         8-30 April 2006
                          Hiraya Gallery

The Awards were conferred to the three young Filipino visual artists for
their outstanding contribution to the definition and development of
modern and contemporary Philippine art at a formal ceremony at the
Rockwell Tent on 8 August 2006.

Anading was also bestowed with the 2006 Ateneo Art Gallery Sydney Studio
Residency Grant, the only program of its kind organized by a Philippine
cultural institution. It provides him with roundtrip airfare, allowance,
accommodation and a work studio for three weeks, as well as an invitation
to exhibit at The Cross Art Projects, a leading alternative art space in
the Australia.

The other artists short-listed for the Awards were Yason Banal, Lena
Cobangbang, Marina Cruz, Anton del Castillo, Bembol dela Cruz, Wawi
Navarroza, Rodel Tapaya, Jay Ticar and Jevijoe Vitug.

Navarroza took home the first ever Art Smart Texter's Choice Award for the
2006 Ateneo Art Awards for her exhibition "Polysaccharide: The Dollhouse
Drama." Muñoz and del Castillo received the second and third highest
number of SMS votes respectively.

The Art Smart program, an innovative service provided by the country's
leading wireless telecommunications company, Smart Communications, in
partnership with the premier museum of modern Philippine art, the Ateneo
Art Gallery, to bring modern and contemporary Philippine art to a wider
audience, allowed Smart subscribers to vote for their favorite
participating artist during the the "Ateneo Art Awards 2006: Outbound"
exhibition at the North Court, Power Plant Mall from 1 - 7 August 2006.
The same exhibition runs at the Ateneo Art Gallery from 16 August - 21
September 2006.

"Outbound," the theme of this year's Awards exhibition, is inspired by the
winning and short-listed artists' tendency to eschew conservative
acceptance as they work beyond society's comfort zones - challenging the
status quo, reflecting, responding and, indeed, underscoring the
Filipino's experiences and reactions to the vicissitudes of the everyday.

"Ateneo Art Awards 2006: Outbound" is presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery
together with Metro Society, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Land, Smart
Infinity and Y Style with the support of the Australian Embassy -
Manila, Bega, Dairy Farmers, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1 and NU 107.

For further information on the Ateneo Art Awards, please contact Clarissa
Chikiamco, 2006 Ateneo Art Awards Project Coordinator, at 426-6488 or at
cchikiamco at ateneo.edu.

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