UP Cebu affirms artistic relevance through exhibit

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UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro and College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque cut the ribbon to the "Sentenaryo" art exhibit, with guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro and College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque cut the ribbon to the “Sentenaryo” art exhibit, with guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

UP Cebu, which has found a niche in the arts and creative design, showcases the visual art talent it has nurtured through the years and its contribution to the development of Visayan art and culture through an exhibit called “Sentenaryo: 100 Artworks by 100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years of Academic Excellence and Public Service”.

 

Participating artists in the "Sentenaryo" art exhibit from the pioneer batch of the UP Cebu Fine Arts Program with UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque, and guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Participating artists in the “Sentenaryo” art exhibit from the pioneer batch of the UP Cebu Fine Arts Program with UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque, and guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Participating artists in the "Sentenaryo" art exhibit from a younger batch of the UP Cebu Fine Arts Program with UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque, and guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Participating artists in the “Sentenaryo” art exhibit from a younger batch of the UP Cebu Fine Arts Program with UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, College of Communication, Art, and Design Dean Juanito Karl Roque, and guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Curated by Prof. Jay Nathan Jore with the Fine Arts Program of the UP Cebu College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) and the Jose T. Joya Gallery, the exhibit was launched on May 2, 2018, the eve of UP Cebu’s centennial day.

The gallery was jampacked with the featured Fine Arts Program graduates, including the pioneering 1975 batch, and faculty members, joined by guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano, both Bacolod-based visual artists making great contributions to the arts outside Metro Manila.

 

The participating artists in UP Cebu's "Sentenaryo" art exhibit. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
The participating artists in UP Cebu’s “Sentenaryo” art exhibit. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Bacolod-based artist Charlie Co delivers an inspirational message during the launch of UP Cebu's "Sentenaryo" art exhibit. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Bacolod-based artist Charlie Co delivers an inspirational message during the launch of UP Cebu’s “Sentenaryo” art exhibit. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

“The displayed works illustrate the breadth and depth of the Bisaya creative spirit: of Bisaya Realism that captures the luminance of the everyday, of portraitures that express the story of familiar and strange faces, of modernism that articulates hope and freedom, and of postmodernism that examines the present by looking at lessons of the past and looking forward to the possibilities of tomorrow,” the curatorial note stated.

 

Guests view the artworks featured in UP Cebu's "Sentenaryo" art exhibit at the Jose T. Joya Gallery. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Guests view the artworks featured in UP Cebu’s “Sentenaryo” art exhibit at the Jose T. Joya Gallery. (Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
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“As UP Cebu’s story continues, UP Cebu Fine Arts reaffirms its role to be a keeper of dreams and a custodian of artistic imagination,” it adds.

With the guests of honor, UP Cebu Chancellor Corro and CCAD Dean Juanito Karl Roque cut the ribbon to the exhibit. A fellowship dinner of the artists and their friends followed. (Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO)