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)
Leonidas V. BenesaPhilippines
1972 | Arts, General | United States
to survey research facilities and to observe contemporary art developments in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
1986 | Music | United States
to continue to study enthnomusicology in a program leading to the Ph.D. degree at University of Michigan during the 1986-87 academic year.
2003 | Arts Administration | United States
to observe arts administration practices and the management of community-based cultural organizations in the United States
Big Sky MindPhilippines
2004 | Visual Art | Thailand
to support the Filipino-Thai Artists Exchange Project in 2004
2016 | Theater | Southeast Asia
to undertake research across Southeast Asia on the narratives of marginalized communities
Sarah Delphine Centenera BuencaminoPhilippines
2013 | Theater | United States
ACC provided support to Ms. Buencamino to allow her to participate in theater and dance workshops, observe contemporary theater activities, and explore the process of ensemble-driven, collaborative theater making in the United States.
2003 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States
to continue to study documentary photography at the International Center for Photography in New York
Edralin Domanillo CabreraPhilippines
2010 | Theater | United States
to observe contemporary American theater companies and to attend theater workshops, seminars, and lectures in the United States
Mariah Camille Torres CalannoPhilippines
2016 | Conservation | Philippines
to undertake an internship in the conservation department of the Peabody Museum at Yale University
2005 | Museum Studies | Japan
to survey exhibition and museum activities in Japan1983 | Art History | United States
to continue to study art history in a program leading to the Ph.D. degree at Columbia Uiniversity, beginning September 1983.
Irma Lacorte CapucionPhilippines
2016 | Visual Art | United States
for a three-month fellowship to research mural-making and public art practices in the United States
Erma Lacorte CapucionPhilippines
2003 | Visual Art | United States
to participate in the residency program at the Vermont Studio Center in summer 2003 and to observe contemporary art activities in New York
2003 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States
to observe documentary filmmaking activities, attend film festivals, participate in workshops and master classes, and meet with filmmakers in the United States
Kevin Julius CasteloPhilippines
2017 | Music | United States
for the first year in a Master of Music program at Indiana University, majoring in percussion performance
Virgilio San Juan CatoyPhilippines
1977 | Theater | United States
to survey theater lighting and design tequniques in the United States and to participate in productions held at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York.
2005 | Archaeology | United States
to study a collection of glass beads excavated in the Philippines and housed in the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Robert R. ChabetPhilippines
1968 | Museum Studies | United States
to survey museum procedures and collections and to observe contemporary art developments in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.
2018 | Curation | United States
a 6-month NY Fellowship to explore contemporary art and alternative arts spaces
1992 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States
to complete a program in film and video production leading to the M.F.A. degree at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
2012 | Theater | United States
ACC supported Mr. Cortez in his three-month intensive research period in New York, where he explored contemporary theater activities and brought back his knowledge of U.S. theatre culture to his students and colleagues in the Philippines.