UPV Museum of Art & Cultural Heritage receives donations from alumna and Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation

Negrense artist and UPV College of Management alumna Moreen Austria donated her sculpture “The Teller of Tales” to the UPV Museum of Art and Cultural Heritage (UPV MACH).

The metal chair along with a brass mask were part of an installation that was exhibited in the old UPV Art Gallery in 2016 during the Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibit Conference (VIVA ExCon).

Austria finished BS Management but decided to pursue a career in the visual arts. She won the Grand Prize in the Sculpture category of the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) award in 2017.

The Deed of Donation was signed by Austria on 14 April ceding the work that has been with the University for seven years. The artwork is now displayed at the Taliambong UPV Art Gallery as part of L├║biok Hiligaynon Art exhibition which traces the development of art in Western Visayas.

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) also donated a curio cabinet which is now used as a small museum souvenir shop called 'Aparador'.

The donation was formalized through the signing of the Deed of Donation on 14 April 2023 at the UPV MACH Conference room. IDFI President Mr. Ramon Cua-Locsin and UPV Chancellor Clement C. Camposano signed the donation papers with IDFI Treasurer Ma. Luisa Segovia and UPV Office of Initiative in Culture and the Arts (OICA) Director Martin Genodepa serving as witnesses.

The IDFI is a private organization that is committed to promoting Ilonggo culture and heritage. It has been involved in initiatives like dance workshops, production, and screening of films made by local  filmmakers, among others.

The curio cabinet was made by Ilonggo award-winning artist Jeanroll Ejar. Handmade and embroidered local textiles, local handicrafts, and products of the IP communities of Western Visayas are available in UPV MACH’s Aparador supplied by IDFI. (OICA)

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