#ArtsPH - Thirteen Artists Awards 2018

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has selected the final list of awardees for the 2018 Thirteen Artists Awards (TAA). Now on its 17th year of conferment, 185 artists have been given recognition in the field of contemporary visual art since the program was first started in 1970. The 2018 Thirteen Artists awardees are Zeus Bascon, Bea Camacho, Cian Dayrit, Janos DelaCruz, Carlo Gabuco, Dina Gadia, Guerrero Habulan, Eisa Jocson, Doktor Karayom, Raffy Napay, Archie Oclos, Lynyrd Paras and Shireen Seno.

Left to right: Zeus Bascon, Cian Dayrit, Janos DelaCruz, Carlo Gabuco, Dina Gadia, Guerrero Habulan, Doktor Karayom, Raffy Napay, Archie Oclos, Shireen Seno, Lynyrd Paras.
Not in photo: Bea Camacho and Eisa Jocson.

The TAA has been said to usher in new forms of art, and was started by the first CCP Museum Director, Roberto Chabet, in order to showcase the works of artists who grasped to “restructure, restrengthen and renew artmaking and art thinking…that lend viability to Philippine art”. It was Raymundo Albano, the next CCP Museum Director, who transformed the 13 Artists into the awards program that it is today. The Thirteen Artists exhibition was mounted every two years from 1970 to 1980, and only again in 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994. It was revived in 2000, and changed to a triennial format and given an age limit of 40, which is continued to this day.


The 
TAA
 is
 administered
 by
 the 
CCP
 Visual 
Arts
 and Museum
Division (VAMD) under the Production 
and
 Exhibition 
Department.
 During 
the nomination 
period for the 2018 TAA, which started in December 15, 2017 until the deadline on January 31, 2018, nominations 
were received from 
museum
 directors,
 gallerists,
 independent
curators, heads 
of
 art and cultural organizations, and 
former 
TAA 
awardees. 
From
 the
 59 artists who were nominated, 58 qualified and 5 artists did not submit their portfolios. 
This
 year’s panel
 of 
jurors 
included past
 TAA
 winners 
namely 
Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi (1972), Leonilo Doloricon, (1990), Noel Cuizon (1994), Yasmin Sison-Ching (2006), with 
Rica Estrada, Officer-in-Charge of the VAMD, representing 
the
 CCP.


Winners will receive a cash grant
 to defray cost of materials for producing new work for a group exhibition 
at 
the
 Bulwagang 
Juan 
Luna (Main
Gallery). The exhibit opening on 18 October 2018 will be highlighted with the formal recognition of
 winners.
 This
 year’s exhibition will 
be curated by Ronald Achacoso 
and 
the 
trophy
 will 
be designed
 by 
Eric Zamuco, both TAA awardees (2000 and 2003, respectively).



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