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Filipino and Fil-Am artists to get 1st MacArthur Foundation grant

The Field Museum, Chicago

The Field Museum, Chicago

  • Grant period starts January 2015
  • Application deadline is October 2014
  • Artists to be selected by jury

CHICAGO—The prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the first arts and culture grant to be received by the Field Museum of Natural History and the first given to Filipinos.

The funding for “Art and Anthropology: Portrait of an Object as Filipino,” a project will be administered through the Field Museum (FMNH).


This grant from MacArthur Foundation (funder of many PBS programs) will feature an exchange between five Filipino artists from the US and five from the Philippines, producing 12 new works of art.

Each artist will create a painting portraying a Filipino artifact from the Field Museum collection (and artists in the Philippines will do likewise from local collections). In addition, all 10 artists will be creating an interactive collage in both places, which will be donated to the respective sponsoring institutions in each country. In the US, the collage will be exhibited at the FMNH.


The description submitted to the Foundation requires a juried selection process for artists, which will be undertaken by the Filipino American co-curation team at the Field Museum, 10,000 Kwentos.

The grant period starts January 2015, and recruitment of artists is under way. Deadline for applicants is November 10, a day after the last kwentuhan of the 10,000 Kwentos Project.

Final selection will take place three weeks later. Potential artists are strongly encouraged to attend “Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later,” on October 19th, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago International House, 1414 E. 59th Place, Chicago where they can meet the project director and several members of the selection panel.

For information on the October 19th University of Chicago event, the November 9th Kwentuhan session at the Field Museum (2 to 5 p.m.) or the MacArthur Foundation grant, contact Almira Astudillo Gilles, who is director of all projects, at

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