For 55 years, the Asian Cultural Council has supported over 400 Filipino artists, educators, and scholars from various arts disciplines through its ACC grants program.

Among the alumni of this ACC fellowship are National Artists Jose Joya, Ramon P. Santos, Alice Reyes, and Kidlat Tahimik, as well as multi-awarded and trailblazing creatives such as Myra Beltran (dance), Dr. Patrick Flores (museum studies) and Leeroy New (visual arts). Joining them this year are the 2018 ACC Grant recipients Joseph Keith Anicoche (theater actor/director and performance curator), Marika Constantino (visual artist, curator, and program director), Maria Joselina Anna G. Cruz (museum curator), Zeny May Recidoro (art writer and curator), Anna Margarita Reyes (dance artist and filmmaker), Elena Comendador and Elizabeth Roxas (interdisciplinary artists, choreographers, and educators), and Grace Nono (music performing artist and ethnomusicologist/scholar).

“In the Blossom” (self-portrait) by Andres Barroquinto

In celebration for its more than half a century of supporting the arts, ACC collaborates with artist Andres Barrioquinto in staging a special benefit exhibition. “Portraits by Andres Barrioquinto,” which opens on November 8 at the National Museum of Fine Arts, will feature a collection of 18 portraits of industry leaders, patrons, creatives, and connoisseurs: Cecile Ang, Grace Ang, Grace Barbers–Baja, Abigail Binay-Campos, Ben Chan, AngelitaAlmeda-Cruz, Baby Araneta-Forés, Juliana Gomez, Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Small Laude, Jessica Kienle-Maxwell, Josie Cruz Natori, Sheila Romero, Robbie Santos, Audrey Tan-Zubiri, Bea Zobel, and Kevin Zonnenberg. Barrioquinto’s take on contemporary portraiture has his subjects’ grayscale images layered with detailed Japanese-style renditions of flora and fauna, marking ”Portraits” as a highlight of the artist’s creative progression.

Barroquinto at work in his studio. Image by Jinggo Montenejo.

In partnership with the National Museum, “Portraits by Andres Barrioquinto” goes for a special week-long run until November 15, 2018 at the Pres. Sergio Osmeña Hall, National Museum of Fine Arts, Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila.