For more than half a century, the NSAC has produced renowned artists including national artists Jose Joya, Federico Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, and Ben Cabrera. As a testament to the continued thriving of art in the Philippines, close to 1,000 entries from all over the country were submitted to the competition. Of these, three winners were chosen for each of four categories.
This year’s theme for the competition was “Perspective,” which challenged the student artists to showcase their vision of their future and the future of the country in oil and acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, and digital fine arts.
Third place winners, second place winners, and first place winners received Php30,000, Php40,000, and Php60,000 respectively. In addition to this, the 1st place winners were given a Php20,000 grant in support of faculty development and a plaque of citation in excellence in curriculum program in studies in fine arts.
The winners’ works were displayed together with the top 100 submissions at the Ayala Museum from November 13 to 18. The competition winners are currently on display at the Shell House Lobby in Valero, Makati City, and will be there until November 23.
Celebrating the last 50 years of this social investment project, the Shell NSAC continues to visualize a future filled with art and life as part of its thrust towards a bright future for energy, innovation, and artistic living.
“Shell is not only about road safety, efficient fuel sources, and environmental awareness. One of our long-standing goals is to continually foster Filipino art by discovering young artists,” said Shell Companies in the Philippines country chairman Cesar Romero. “NSAC has always been the venue for recognizing potential and giving these artists a chance to make their own mark in the industry,” he added.
During the awards rites, Pilipinas Shell also launched the coffee table book titled “The Golden Voyage,” which celebrates the artworks of students over the last 50 years of the NSAC. The book is written by renowned art critic and artist Cid Reyes.
Renowned judges joined forces to select 12 winners
Much like in previous years, Pilipinas Shell gathered the country’s top artists from different specializations to serve as judges for this season’s competition.
Painters and master artists Lito Carating and Raul Lebajo, art critic and scholar Cid Reyes, multimedia artist Jose Tence Ruiz, and former Dean of UP Fine Arts Nestor Olarte Vinluan handpicked the top three winners for the oil and acrylic category.
Master painters Antipas Delotavo, Pablo Baen Santos, and Edgar Doctor were in charge of the watercolor category. Master sculptors Michael Cacnio, Ral Arrogante, and Reggie Yuson served as the judges for the sculpture category.
Renowned visual artists Pablo Biglang-awa Jr., Ross Capili, Dopy Doplon, Lex Kabigting, and Norberto “Peewee” Roldan picked the winners for the Digital Fine Arts category.
The following are the winners with their respective works and universities: