The Center for Campus Art (CCA) envisions De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to be the biggest design and art gallery in the country.
At the center of its operations is the exhibition and celebration of Benildean creativity, innovation and inclusion through the works of its students, faculty and associates.
The Center for Campus Art (CCA) is mandated to conceptualise, produce and manage exhibitions that respond to the direction of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde as an inclusive and innovative educational institution.
CCA and the Public Image of Benilde
As one of the units of the Office of the Vice President for Advancement, the CCA is mandated to promote a positive public image of the College. This is achieved through the thoughtful production of public shows and exhibits that feature Benildean creativity and innovation.
As the CCA produces content for the public, there is the need for the careful identification, planning and management of the public areas of the campuses that will be assigned for exhibits including but not limited to corridors, lobbies, facades, driveways, stairs, etc. as potential spaces for shows, exhibits and installations.
CCA as a Platform for Innovation and Inclusion
Through its public offerings, the CCA aims to be a platform for innovative ideas and outputs. In the spirit of inclusion the CCA partners with a wide array of academic and non-academic units of the College as well as entities outside of the school. These two directions of the College act as the scaffold that frame the projects undertaken by the CCA.
CCA and the Campus Galleries
Since the creation of the CCA in 2015, the Center has been successful in fulfilling its mandate through the production of exhibitions that feature a wide range of themes that respond to the academic and non-academic programs of the College. All of these projects involved members of the Benilde community as well as external entities and parties.
The CCA programs three to four major exhibitions per year. These exhibits respond to the academic and non-academic programs of the College and are installed at the 12th Floor Gallery of the SDA (School of Design and Arts), the main exhibit venue of the CCA.
The CCA Main Gallery, 12th Floor, School of Design and Arts
1. Forty Years of Spanish Fashion, in partnership with the Spanish Embassy Manila and the Architecture Program of Benilde, October 2015
2. The Oxymoron of Patterns, in partnership with the Brown Bauhaus School, the Architecture Program of Benilde and students from the University of the Philippines, Mapus University and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, January 2016.
3. Architecture=Durable featuring the Manila World Fair 2025, in partnership with Alliance Francais Manila, the French Embassy Manila, and the Architecture and Fashion Design Programs of Benilde, April 2016.
4. The Copenhagen Solution, in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy Manila, the WIDD (World Industrial Design Day) and the Industrial Design Program of Benilde; with the participation of the Industrial Design students of the University of Santo Tomas and Mapua University, July 2016.
5. Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage in partnership with the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and the Production Design Program of Benilde, September 2016.
6. The International Photography Awards Best of Show 2016 in partnership with the IPA (International Photography Awards) Los Angeles USA and the Photography Program of Benilde, January 2017.
7. Naichayu, An Architectural Exploration of the Kalinga Tattoo in partnership with the Museo Kordilyera of the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Architecture Program of Benilde, March 2017.
8. Design, Art, Autism in partnership with Unilab Foundation, the Autism Society of the Philippines, Benilde’s CIE (Center for Inclusive Education) and the Industrial Design, Fashion and Architecture Programs of Benilde.
9. Valera and the Modern, An Exhibit on the Life and Work of National Artist for Fashion Ramon Valera, in partnership with the Fashion Design Program of Benilde, Rustan’s Tantoco Foundation and the family of Ramon Valera.
10. To Differ, Digitally, in partnership with the SDA New Media Cluster, November 2017.
11. By Hand: Rediscovering the Art of Printmaking, in partnership with Cicada Press of the University of New South Wales - Sydney, Australia, (C.A.P.) Chiangmai Art of Print - Chiangmai, Thailand, the Association of Pinoy Printmakers Manila and the Design Foundation Program of Benilde, February 2018.
12. Tie a String Around the World, in partnership with the (PAVB) Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale, the NCCA (National Commision for Culture and the Arts), the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), the Office of Senator Loren Legarda and the Architecture Program of Benilde, May 2018.
13. Benilde@30, in partnership with LMSL (Lasallian Mission and Student Life), SMS (School of Multidisciplinary Studies) and the students of the Multimedia, Animation and Architecture Programs of Benilde, September 2018.
14. Brocka, Bernal and the City, in partnership with the NCCA (National Commision for Culture and the Arts), the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and the Digital Film Program of Benilde, January 2019.
In the production stages for 2019 are Alon, an exhibit on surfing and the problem of plastic waste and Taft and the Burnham Plan, which focuses on the history, present conditions and future visions of Taft Avenue and Manila.
The Other Galleries
Aside from the 12th Floor SDA Gallery, other areas have been converted as galleries by the CCA and are regularly updated with works by the students and faculty of the College as well as external parties. All of these spaces are open to the public and act as showcases of Benildean innovation, talent and creativity. These are:
School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus
1. The Brother Presidents Lounge - located at the 14th Floor above the Office of the President, the lounge serves as the holding area of the visitors of the Brother President and under the directive of Br Dennis Magbanua FSC became a showcase of works by Benilde students and faculty.
2. The SDA Cafeteria - located at the 12th Floor the caf hosts exhibits of Benildeans (the classes of RM de Leon), the works of the Student Publication Office through their publications Horizons (art) and Dekonstruct (photography) and external parties. In February 2018 it hosted Color in History in cooperation with the Filipinas Heritage Library of the Ayala Foundation.
3. The New Media Gallery - located at the 12th Floor the gallery showcases the works of students, faculty and external entities that are devoted to film, animation, photography and multimedia.
4. SDA Cafeteria Associate’s Lounge - located inside the Caf, the lounge hosts mostly the works of the SDA faculty.
5. The BeExtraordinary Corner - located next to the President’s Office, the space is devoted to Benildeans who have garnered awards outside the College and brought prestige and pride to the school.
6. The Pocket Gallery - located adjacent to the 12th Floor main gallery it is a space for students’ works and smaller exhibits. In February 2018 it was the venue for an exhibition of iconic chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.
7. The Photography Gallery - located at 11th Floor, devoted to the field of photography and featuring works of the students and faculty of the Photography program as well as external entities.
8. The 9th Floor Galleries - wall spaces created to host works of students as well as external entities. In June 2016 it was the venue for the exhibit Trashlation a project with Benilde, the Spanish Embassy Manila, Basurama and SM Supermalls.
9. The 6th Floor Gallery - exhibit space devoted to works of Benilde students and faculty, regular venue of the annual Production Design finals exhibit.
10. The Registrar’s Gallery - glass enclosed corner of the Registrar’s Office, this protected area is devoted to small installations with delicate materials.
11. The LRC Commons - serves as a gallery for furniture and sculpture
Taft Main Campus
12. The Leon Guinto Outdoor Gallery - located on the school’s walls, the ten lightboxes showcase outstanding works of Benilde students that are visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Leon Guinto, designed as a marketing tool for the school’s academic programs.
13. The Main Caf - devoted to showcase works of Benilde students.
14. The Faculty Lounge, Main Caf - devoted to showcase works of Benilde students and faculty.
15. The Admissions Office Gallery - devoted to showcase works of Benilde students to potential enrollees and their parents..
The Angelo King International Center (AKIC) Campus
16. The AKIC Gallery at the 10th floor is the venue for selected exhibits that travel from the SDA and Main Campuses.
Public Space as a Learning Space
The CCA adheres to the paradigm that all public spaces in the College are learning spaces. As such, all exhibits, shows and installations require careful curation, production, and installation, complete with correct information for the viewer to access. This requires close coordination with the students, faculty and associates involved with its production. As all CCA exhibits are open to the public and reflects the school, it is imperative that a certain level of quality is maintained for all productions.
The CCA will continue to curate, produce and install exhibits that celebrate Benildean creativity, innovation and inclusion. It will continue to develop new galleries in the three Benilde campuses as well as in the upcoming Benilde buildings (Campus 4, the Sports and Dorm Building and the HIFI/Peter Garrucho Building.) It plans to expand its services to the new Antipolo Campus by proposing the creation of a gallery in the said campus that will host regular exhibitions curated by the CCA.
In 2019 the CCA will publish a book ‘Brocka, Bernal and the City’ to be edited by Marian Roces as well as produce a documentary of the same name to be directed by Doy del Mundo, former Benilde BOT member. These two projects are in support of the exhibit ‘Brocka Bernal and the City,’ Benilde’s contribution to 2019 as the 100th Year of Philippine Cinema.
The documentary for the upcoming exhibit ‘Alon,’ directed by Gabby Fernandez with the Office of Advancement will be premiered as well this year.
Some notable exhibits produced by the CCA outside of the Main 12th Floor Gallery are:
1. Passion on a Plate - featuring the culinary creations and food photography of SHRIM graduate, Carlo Evaristo, was the inaugural exhibit for the AKIC Gallery
2. Path to Glory - developed for the CSD (Center for Sports Development) featuring portraits of Benildean athletes, photographed by Benilde photography graduate Miguel Sy.
3. The Benilde Stations of the Cross - developed for the (CLM) Center for Lasallian Ministry, digital art designed by Multimedia Arts students.
Aside from installing at the galleries, the CCA has embarked on projects that require multiple-spaces found in various locations on and off campus. These projects are partnered with Benilde’s academic programs, key offices and external academic/cultural institutions. Some of these are:
1. Stations of the Nation - in partnership with the Office of the President, the project is spearheaded by video artist Manny Montelibano, Director of the Institute of the Moving Image of the University of Saint La Salle Bacolod and participated in by the students of the Architecture, Photography, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Fashion, Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and Deaf Education and Applied Studies Programs, 2018-2019.
2. The 13 Artists Awards 2018 - in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) this is the first time that the awardees are installing in the College. The first installations will happen on the first quarter of 2019.
3. The CCA has been involved in projects with other La Salle schools like the installation of digital art in in La Salle Bagac, Bataan’s, the (DLSU) De La Salle University exhibit Kakapatay: After the Execution, An Exhibition of Photographs of EJK and the design and production of signages for the Brother’s Quarters, also in DLSU. It was also tapped to curate and install a photography exhibit by the La Salle Brothers at the (BRCC) Benilde Retreat and Conference Complex in Tagaytay for their Holy Week retreat.
The CCA has also been tapped to assist in the College’s institutional requirements. Some of these are:
1. The Benilde Christmas Trees project - in partnership with the Office of Administration and GAS (General Administrative Services) the CCA manages the design of the annual Christmas installation for 2017 and 2018 located at the three campuses of the College.
2. The design and installation of the Mission-Vision statements and the Donor’s Wall. in 2019 the CCA will install four statues of St La Salle, to be placed at Plaza Villarosa, the Antipolo Campus, the Antipolo Retreat House and the Benilde Retreat and Conference Center.
3. The design and installation of signages for CEMSS (Center for Emergency Management, Safety and Security) and for the Engineering Department of GAS.
4. The interior design and layout of institutional spaces like the new Main Campus and SDA cafeterias. The CCA is regularly tapped for design advice by the GAS Office.
Past and Present Exhibits
Brocka, Bernal and the City
25 January 2019 - 27 April 2019
21 September 2018 - 01 December 2018
Tie A String Around the World
18 May 2018 - 04 August 2018
By Hand: Printmaking
16 February 2018 - 14 April 2018
To Differ, Digitally
23 November 2017 - 20 January 2018
01 September 2017 - 14 October 2017
Design, Art, Autism
15 June 2017 - 29 July 2017
30 March 2017 - 29 April 2017
International Photography Awards: Best of Show 2016
17 January 2017 - 25 February 2017
Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage
30 September 2016 - 17 December 2016
Trendspotters: The Essential Names in Spanish Fashion
23 October 23 2016 - 04 December 2016
23 June 2016 - 27 August 2016
18 March 2016 - 14 May 2016
The Oxymoron of Patterns
21 January 2016 - 27 February 2016
Benilde celebrates its 30th anniversary through an exhibit that highlights the values of the school and its role in society.Explore Exhibit
Center for Campus Art
Office of the Vice President for Advancement
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
950 P. Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila 1004
✆ +63 230-5100 loc. 3890 or 3849