They are today’s established masters in their fields and tomorrow’s rising stars. They are archeologists, architects, artisans, arts administrators, art critics, choreographers, composers, conceptual artists, conservators, craftspeople, dancers, film makers, installation artists, musicians, new media artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, video conservators, and also artists and scholars whose work defies categorization. They are the carefully selected grantees of the Asian Cultural Council.
With the curatorial care and assistance of the ACC team, these artists work intensively, rise to new challenges, and discover the possibilities and implications of their work as experienced in entirely new and different settings. Each is defined by a singularly inspiring talent and vision, and each redefines the cultural landscape through meticulously crafted explorations and projects.
Since 1964, the ACC has nurtured almost 300 artists from the Philippines. Here is a rich archive of their extraordinary work, which beautifully reflects our mission to provide meaningful cultural exchange and to create limitless, lifelong opportunities for artistic collaboration among our network of alumni grantees.
Grantees: Philippines (grantee origin)
Rodolfo Carlos VeraPhilippines
1999 | Theater | United States
For participation in a project undertaken by Ma-Yi Theatre Company
2001 | Museum Studies | United States
to observe contemporary museum practice and to undertake an internship at the San Diego Museum of Art
2013 | Architecture | India
ACC supported the travel to India to consult on a living cultural heritage museum on Majuli Island in Assam State, India. Dr. Villalon was invited by longtime ACC advisor S.K. Misra, Chairman of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD), to assist in the planning of a rural museum on Majuli Island in India.
1999 | Museum Studies | United States
to undertake technical training in May 1999 at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and at the IBM Watson Research Laboratories in Yorktown, New York, in connection with the Smithsonian's new database of Southeast Asian culture
Basilio Esteban VillaruzPhilippines
2002 | Dance | United States
to participate in the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in New York in March 20032000 | Dance | United States
to participate in the World Dance Alliance executive committee meeting and to observe theater and dance activities in New York1991 | Dance | United States
to present a paper at the Society of Dance History Scholars' conference in Miami and to observe dance activities in new York in February 19911974 | Dance | United States
to survey contemporary dance activities in the United States.
2015 | Visual Arts | United States
for a six-month grant to undertake observe contemporary art practices and to study the creative practices of Native American communities in the U.S.
2017 | Visual Art | United States
for a six-month fellowship to explore contemporary art practices and participate in a studio residency program in the U.S.
Michiko Sy YamamotoPhilippines
2007 | Film, Video, & Photography | Japan
to research future film projects examining Filipino-Japanese relationships in Japan
1971 | Music | United States
to study clarinet in a program leading to the Master of Musical Arts degree at the School of Music, Yale University.
2012 | Museum Studies | Philippines
ACC supported Ms. Yraola to travel and research in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Amid her travels, Ms. Yraola met with artists and visited studios to identify artists to participate in a multi-locale exhibition in Manila. In addition to the exhibition, the participating artists from around Southeast Asia partook in a forum discussing issues facing them in the region.