ACC Opens 20th Year w/ Leon Gallery Benefit Auction

The event is expected to feature over 150 exceptional pieces, including works by modern and contemporary art masters, finest antiques, exquisite furniture, and rare objets d’ art. A 1930 painting in oil “Dos Hermanas” (Two Sisters),” a gift of fabled artist Fabian de la Rosa to Rafael Palma, journalist, patriot by Philippine art’s “master of genre” Fabian Dela Rosa and Ang Kiukok’s 2001 oil piece “Still Life (Window Series)” headline this year’s benefit event.

Other works by modern and contemporary masters such as Hidalgo, Manansala, Malang, Bencab, Sanso, Lao Lianben and National Artist and first ACC Grantee for visual arts Jose Joya, are also featured as part of the more than 150 pieces that are up for bidding. In the same auction two years ago, it was Joya’s iconic “Space Transfiguration” (1959) that fetched a record-sale.

Also included are items of historical significance, finest antiques, distinct furniture pieces and other objets‘d art that are impeccably rare and sought after.

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An important endeavor that solidly bonds ACCP and Jaime De Leon of the premiere auction house Leon Gallery, The ACC Art Auction 2020 is their sixth collaboration.

As Chairman Ernest L. Escaler and President Maribel Ongpin affirm, “it is a partnership that has grown formidable with the shared aim of promoting Filipino artists.” Immensely grateful of the invaluable and generous contributions by Leon Gallery and private benefactors through the years, the ACCP is ever more ardent in its mission, shared across the ACC offices in New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tokyo.

ACC Fellowship Program

A fulfilling journey of engaging and supporting creative stalwarts and young brilliant talents under its grants fold, the role of ACC has never been more crucial and vital.  It paves opportunities for creative explorations, personal empowerment, and essential cultural connections. ACC remains relevant in providing a distinct grants program that advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through meaningful cultural exchange anywhere in the United States and Asia.

At the most opportune time, the Philippine Fellowship Program continues to make a marked difference in the lives of a growing list of Filipino artists, scholars, art professionals and institutions.  To date, over 300 individuals– experts, leading contemporary and young emerging artists in theater, music, dance, literature, architecture, and other allied arts, including institutions and organizations, make up the prolific grantees list. It is bannered by National Artists Lucresia Kasilag for Music; Jose Joya for Visual Arts, Kidlat Tahimik for Film; and institutions such as the Asian Composers League, Ballet Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Museo Pambata, National Museum, and UP Ethnomusicology, to name a few.

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Recipients of the ACC Phil. Fellowship Program for 2019 are the following: lighting design master class for BALLET PHILIPPINES, master’s degree program majoring in percussion performance at the Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana for KEVIN CASTELO, contemporary theater workshops and multicultural theater collaboration in New York City for ABNER DELINA, JR., Project Grant for KING KONG ART PROJECTS representatives to observe conservation and collections management practices in the United States; support for ELENA LANIOG to participate in the 2020 International Choreographers Residency Program at the American Dance Festival and engage with contemporary movement practice in New York City; and Scholarship support for a master’s degree program in art writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York for ZENY MAY RECIDORO .

Online application period for the annual ACC Fellowship starts September 1 until November 1 via www.asianculturalcouncil.org.

The ACC Art Auction starts 2:00PM on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino Corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City with a special preview week exhibit opening on February 15, 2020. For more details, go to www.leon-gallery.comwww.asianculturalcouncil.org.