Winners of the 2012 Thirteen Artists Award (TAA) were honored in the awarding ceremonies held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on October 18, 2012 at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.  The exhibition of their new works was opened after the awarding rites. 

This year’s TAA winners include 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 are: 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.

National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, TAA jurors Pandy Aviado, Ringgo Bunoan, Agnes Arellano, Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña, TAA curator Lena Cobangbang, TAA trophy designer Gary-Ross Pastrana, CCP Board of Trustee Arch. Tina Turalba, and CCP officers were among those who attended the event.

The TAA project was made possible with the support of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.

The TAA 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), and Boots Herrera, VAMD Director, representing the CCP.

The TAA exhibit at the CCP Main Gallery will run until February 24, 2013.