"ART & SOCIETY" BRINGS TOGETHER FOUNDING PATRONS OF THE ATENEO ART GALLERY SOCIETY AND PAST ATENEO ART AWARDS ARTISTS

Art & Society, a project presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, Metro
Society, Fiamma Enotica Smart Gold, Power Plant Mall, and Shu Uemura, is
a one-night exhibition of artworks of past short-listed and winning
artists of the Ateneo Art Awards. Several of the pieces, selected by the
Founding Patrons of the Ateneo Art Gallery Society, a collective of
civic-minded individuals whose activities support modern and contemporary
Philippine visual art through the Ateneo Art Gallery, are available for
purchase with a portion of the proceeds of sold works going to the
upcoming 2007 Ateneo Art Awards. The fundraising initiative will be
hosted by Fiamma Enotica on Jupiter Street, Makati City on 25 May 2007.

For the project, the Founding Patrons of the Ateneo Art Gallery Society
were paired with selected past short-listed and winning artists of the
Ateneo Art Awards with patrons visiting the artists' studios and engaging
them in discussions on their work before choosing the final artworks for
exhibition. Comprising the pairings of artists and patrons are Poklong
Anading (Short-listed 2004, Winner 2006) with Patrick Reyno; Marina Cruz
(Short-listed 2006) with Astrud Crisologo; Mideo Cruz (Winner 2006) with
Norman Crisologo; Norman Dreo (Short-listed 2005) with Kim and Felicia
Atienza; Geraldine Javier (Winner 2004) with Miguel Rosales; Isa Lorenzo
(Short-listed 2005) with Juan Miguel Ongsiako; Wawi Navarroza
(Short-listed 2006) with Malu Gamboa; Rodel Tapaya (Short-listed 2005
and 2006) with Mark Villar; Jay Ticar (Short-listed 2006) with Rina Ortiz
and Ronald Ventura (Short-listed 2004, Winner 2006) with Marcel Crespo.
The exhibition also features accompanying written works by the patrons
elucidating their chosen artworks.

In bringing together these partnerships, Art & Society becomes a critical
examination point of the relationships and connections between the ties
of artists and patrons. It also encourages the fostering of a deeper
appreciation of the arts and artists within a personal and wider social
sphere, affirming the significance of the arts in society and humanity.

Art & Society also calls attention to the Ateneo Art Awards, the country's
premier annual contemporary art prize for young Filipino artists. The
Awards are bestowed upon three Filipino visual artists, below the age of
36, who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to the
definition and development of modern and contemporary art based upon a
solo or group exhibition in any public venue held in the past year.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2007 Ateneo Art Awards
up to 31 May 2007, 5 pm. Forms and information may be downloaded at
http://gallery.ateneo.edu.

For inquiries on Art & Society and the 2007 Ateneo Art Awards, contact
Clarissa Chikiamco, Ateneo Art Gallery Project Coordinator, at 426-6488
or at cchikiamco@ateneo.edu.


Clarissa Chikiamco
Project Coordinator
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel (+632) 426-6001 ext. 4160
DL (+632) 426-6488
Fax (+632) 426-6488