The Cultural Center of the Philippines has selected the winners for the 2012
Thirteen Artists Award (TAA). The list includes artists engaged in a variety of
contemporary visual arts forms such as painting, printmaking, photography,
sculpture, and video installation works. The 2012 Thirteen Artists awardees
include: Joey Cobcobo, Marina Cruz, Kiri Dalena, Riel Hilario, Robert Langenegger,
Michael Muñoz, Wawi Navarroza, Jan Leeroy New, Kaloy Olavides, Renan Ortiz,
Mark Salvatus, Rodel Tapaya, and Costantino Zicarelli.
The program was first conceived in 1970 initially as a curatorial guide for an
exhibition organized by then CCP Museum director Roberto Chabet. His intent was
to identify artists who took the “chance and risk to restructure, restrengthen, and
renew art making and art thinking….” It was later adopted as a biennial award by
Chabet’s successor, the late Raymundo Albano. This makes the TAA the oldest
award program conferred by the CCP, two years ahead of the National Artist Award
which started in 1972.
Since 2009, the TAA has been a triennial award. It is administered by the CCP Visual
Arts and Museum Division (VAMD) under the Production and Exhibition
Department. During the two and half month nomination period (between February
to mid‐April), 56 nominations were received from museum directors, gallerists,
independent curators, heads of art and cultural organizations, and former TAA
awardees. From these, 79 artists qualified for the selection process. This year’s
panel of jurors included past TAA winners namely Pandy Aviado (1970), Agnes
Arellano (1988), Elmer Borlongan (1994) and Ringo Bunoan (2003), with Boots
Herrera, VAMD Director, representing the CCP.
This year’s trophy was designed by Gary Ross Pastrana, former TAA awardees.