September 11, 2018

Shell Art Competition that Produced BENCAB, ANG KIUKOK, JOYA, Calls for Entries

For more than 50 years now, Shell has built its legacy as a champion of the arts through the National Students Art Competition (NSAC). Now on its 51st year, Shell NSAC is one of the most enduring and highly anticipated student competitions in our country’s art scene.


The NSAC has established itself as a legacy platform in discovering and honouring the talents of Filipino student artists, most of whom have become seasoned art masters in their own right: Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, Jose Joya, Juvenal Sanso, Ang Kiukok, Leeroy New, Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya, and Jun Yee, to name a few.

For this year, Shell NSAC presents the theme “PERSPECTIVE,” and calls for young artists to show their magnificent visions of the future and to share their unique take on how to make the future bright. Today’s new breed of artist-visionaries are encouraged to create masterpieces that showcase the future of the arts or to illustrate magnificent future sustainable cities. The theme also provides an opportunity for student artists to inspire families to shoot for quality of life amidst rapid development, to urge inventors to rise up to the energy challenge, or to open the eyes of a nation to help amidst environmental change.

“Through this year’s NSAC, we continue to discover young artistic talents whose art pieces not only promote our nation’s art and culture but also inspire a bright perspective of the future. We are excited to see how our young student artists paint and create their picture of tomorrow,” says Sankie Simbulan, Pilipinas Shell Social Performance and Social Investment Manager.

In celebration of the new generation of Filipino talent who will ultimately contribute to our country’s artistic legacy, the National Students Art Competition is now opening its doors for submissions in painting and sculpture for this year’s competition.

The Shell NSAC is open to all college students enrolled with at least 12 units in a recognized Philippine school in the school year 2018-2019. Participants can submit a maximum of two (2) entries only in the following themed categories: oil/acrylic, watercolour, sculpture, and digital fine arts (print).

Across all categories, grand prize winners will each be awarded a cash prize amounting to P60,000, while second and third prize winners will receive P40,000 and P30,000, respectively. Major winners will also receive medals and plaques. All finalists, except MAJOR winners, will each receive a cash prize of P2,000 and a Certificate of Merit.

Submission of provincial entries will be on September 18, 19, and 20, 2018 at any Shell depot and installation outside Metro Manila. Participants may also submit entries in any of the following centres: Gallery Orange, 9-A – 10-A, 2/F Art District, Main Bldg., Lopue’s, Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Museo Iloilo, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. Metro Manila-based contestants must submit their entries on October 4, 5, and 6, 2018 at the Shell House, 156 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

51 Years of Powering Students’ Artistry

The National Students Art Competition is a testament to Shell’s commitment not just in powering progress through energy, but also through supporting arts, communities, and the youth towards nation-building.

For more information and complete details on how to join the 51st NSAC, visit Interested students may also inquire with the Fine Arts department or the student affairs office of their respective colleges and universities.

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