The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards (TAA), conferred to artists who have departed from conventional modes of art as a response to concerns of the past, present and future, have, this year, been awarded to the following: Allan Balisi, Nice Buenaventura, Gino Bueza, Mars Bugaoan, Rocky Cajigan, Geloy Concepcion, Patrick Cruz, Ian Carlo Jaucian, KoloWn, Czar Kristoff, Lou Lim, Ryan Villamael, Catherine Sarah Young.
Each is entitled to a grant to create new work intended for a group exhibition at CCP. The exhibition will be curated by Shireen Seno, who was herself part of the 13 Artists last 2018.
This year’s selection committee is composed of artists Imelda Cajipe Endaya (TAA 1990), Nona Garcia (2003), Nap Jamir II (1974), Gerry Tan (1988) and Rica Estrada (1974).
To be eligible for nomination, the artist must show in their previous works “artistic integrity, innovativeness and forcefulness of ideas” and “responsiveness to contemporary realities.” They must also show use of “contemporary visual art forms including but not limited to painting, sculpture, new media, installation, performance art, photography, printmaking and digital imaging.”
They must also have had at least one individual exhibition and been in group shows for the past three years.
The TAA was first launched in 1970 and has become a triennial event as recent as in 2013. It has honored 198 artists, among them one National Artist and four Gawad CCP awardees.
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