By Terence Repelente
Art critic and former chairperson at the Art Studies department of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) Alice Guillermo passed away on Sunday morning after battling a lingering illness. She was 80.
Alice was a magna cum laude graduate from the College of the Holy Spirit with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree Education. She finished her Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature at UPD. On a scholarship from the French government, Alice also studied at the Universite d’Aix-Merseille.
Alice was one of the country’s leading art critics. Since 1972, she has prolifically written a library of books and critiques, such as Image to Meaning: Essays on Philippine Art and Protest/Revolutionary Art in the Philippines (1970-2990).
She regularly wrote for national and international publications like Asian Art News, Observer Magazine, and Philippine Graphic.
In 1976, she received the Art Criticism Award from the Art Association of the Philippines, and in 1999, she was named Centennial Honoree for the Arts (for Art Criticism) in 1999 by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She also won a Palanca award in 1979 for her essay Ang Kaisipang Filipino Batay sa Sining Biswal.
Tributes continue to pour down as the art industry and the academe mourn the death of Alice—a cultural worker, professor, mother, and activist.