Sunday, October 7, 2012

Shell National Students Art Competition marks 45th year

 MANILA, Philippines - College student artists who stood out through their creative explorations in the visual arts will be honored at the awards ceremony of the 45th Shell National Students Art Competition on Oct. 10 at The Ayala Museum in Makati. The milestone anniversary testifies to the inexhaustible reserve of upcoming talents from across the country, and confirms the program’s commitment to the development of Filipino youth artists.

To be feted are the finalists and major winners in the competition’s five categories: Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, and Digital Fine Arts, which are all open-themed, and the Calendar category with the theme Buhay Makulay, depicting our people’s customs and traditions, as well as the many natural/man-made wonders of the Philippines. The best calendar entries will be featured in the 2013 corporate calendar of Pilipinas Shell.

The National Students Art Competition is now the country’s longest-running art contest for students. It started as a search for a suitable calendar subject in 1952, and over the years, in a small but memorable way, it has helped jumpstart the careers of many acclaimed figures in the field. Some members of this year’s jury are products of the competition. Judges in the Oil/Acrylic category are Soler Santos, Nestor Vinluan, Lito Carating, Rodel Tapaya, and Rock Drilon. Jury members in Watercolor are Angel Cacnio, Renato Habulan, Elmer Borlongan, Nemi Miranda, and Antipas Delotavo. Sculpture category judges are Ral Arrogante, Michael Cacnio, Ramon Orlina, Reggie Yuson, and Salvador Alonday. Digital Fine Arts judges are Jose Tence Ruiz, Mario Parial, Pablo Biglang-Awa, Dopy Doplon, and Norberto Roldan. Jurors in the Calendar category are Danny Dalena, Raul Isidro, Angelito Antonio, Raul Lebajo, and Edgar Doctor.

Artists of the top-scoring entries will receive cash prizes up to P50,000 each, award plaques, and gifts. Schools of the grand prize winners will be presented a special grant in support of the Faculty Development Program.

The public exhibition showcasing the best 100 works will be unveiled at the ground floor gallery of the Ayala Museum after the awards ceremony. It will run until Oct. 21.

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