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Exhibition to launch first directory of Fil-Am artists

/ 12:20 AM April 19, 2017


“Fil/Am Artist Directory” features 22 Filipino-American artists. CONTRIBUTED


WASHINGTON, DC — A directory of Filipino-American visual artists will be launched on May 13 at Was Gallery with a month-long exhibition.


The Fil/Am Artist Directory features 22 artists from across the United States and Canada and includes artwork, artist biographical information and interviews.

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Artist Janna Añonuevo Langholz conceived the project in 2015. “I started the directory because I was surprised by the absence of Filipino artists in the art history canon and in contemporary art news,” she says.


Isabel Manalo (left) and Eileen Tabios. CONTRIBUTED

She’d been taking a master’s degree in photography at Southern Methodist University in Texas that year. “In graduate school, I had difficulty finding information about other Filipino and Fil-Am artists.”

Langholz, whose mother hails from Laguna, also wanted to provide a way for Fil-Am artists to connect with each other. “As well as a resource for students, educators, and curators to find information about the diaspora of Filipino artists in the United States.”

Promote and support

The directory is available in print and ebook editions and was completely funded from an online crowdfunding campaign that Langholz opened last year.

Proceeds from this edition will fund future issues and related exhibitions and activities.


Janna Añonuevo Langholz. CONTRIBUTED

Langholz intends to “promote and support Fil/Am visual artists across the United States, especially those in underrepresented regions including the Midwest and South.”

Born, raised and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Langholz received her bachelor in fine arts from Truman State University. Her recent exhibits include “Resistance” in San Francisco, “Into the Wilderness” in Portland, and “Burnt Rice” in Hilo, Hawaii.

In addition to Langholz herself, featured artists include Adrian Alarilla, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Katrina Bella, Joella Cabalu, Isabel Cuenca, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Ulysses Duterte, Jana Ercilla, Alvin Pagdanganan Gregorio, Isabel Manalo, Matt Manalo, Cyril Maza, Lorna Maza, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Ged Merino, Kim Miranda, Kimo Nelson, Carlo Ricafort, Yumi Janairo Roth, Jean Vengua, and Pamela Ybanez.

Meaningful exhibition


Langholz also set up FilAmArtistDirectory.com to “serve as a living archive for the directory as it grows and changes on a day-to-day basis.”

5 Ulysses Duterte - They Will Seek Peace

“They Will Seek Peace,” acrylic on canvas board by Ulysses Duterte. Featured in “De(Centered)” exhibition. CONTRIBUTED

To craft the directory’s content, she worked with artist/arts writer Isabel Manalo and poet/writer Eileen Tabios. “They’re both fantastic, respected artists and writers, and have provided a lot of support for the project.”

Both are still involved with the directory’s related activities. Tabios is the editor of the website’s written-works section while Manalo proposed the launch exhibition and is co-curating it with Langholz.

Titled “De(Centered),” the exhibition features works by most of the artists included in the directory. Three artists featured in the exhibition will be included in the next issue of the directory: Daniel Ballesteros, Maia Cruz Palileo and Melanie Gritzka del Villar.

4 Maia Cruz Palileo - Still Life with Banana Catsup

“Still Life with Banana Catsup,” oil on canvas over panel by Maia Cruz Palileo. Featured in “De(Centered)” exhibition. CONTRIBUTED

“The title comes from the idea of redefining ‘center’ when many of us immigrated from or still have strong ties to the Philippines. The artists included in the exhibition are located throughout the United States, on both coasts and in the Midwest. I think these artists all show a connection to both the Philippines and the US in their work and the attempt to remain centered in both places.”

6 Yumi Roth - Meta Mapa (Chicken Coop)

“Meta Mapa (Chicken Coop),” lightjet print by Yumi Roth. Featured in “De(Centered)” exhibition. CONTRIBUTED

The location of the exhibition is also part of its context. “As the US capital, Washington, DC is undoubtedly a meaningful and charged place to host an event.

“Our history as Filipino Americans is often forgotten, and bringing our work to the center of US government will be a reminder of our presence and relationship with this country,” says Langholz.


“Fil/Am Artist Directory” book launch is 6pm, May 13. “De(Centered)” exhibition runs May 13-June 16. Both at Was Gallery, 5110 Ridgefield Rd., Bethesda, Maryland. Visit FilAmArtistDirectory.com.

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TAGS: art exhibit, Eileen Tabios, Filipino American artists, Ged Merino, Janna Añonuevo Langholz, Matt Manalo, Rodrigo Duterte
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