CCP Visual Arts has maintained its thrust of promoting contemporary visual expressions and has earned a reputation for accommodating non-commercial, innovative, and even controversial projects. It administers the Thirteen Artists Awards periodically conferred by CCP to progressive young artists. It also handles the Summer Visual Arts Workshop held every summer, and organizes lectures, fora and other activities in conjunction with the exhibitions/ The Visual Arts Unit also handles the CCP Visual Arts Collection consisting of significant Philippine contemporary artworks with emphasis on the seventies and eighties/ The artworks were acquired through bequests made by artists and patrons and by acquisition made by the CCP and the former Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA, 1977-85). The Collection includes paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs/ It has been used for research publications, thematic exhibits and loans by other institutions/ Among the significant pieces in the Collection are works by Filipino masters and National Artists who were in the forefront of Philippine modernism. Finally, the CCP-VAU offers grants in the form of free use of exhibit space, curatorial assistance and consultancy services, to encourage, initiate, support and sustain creativity and artistic excellence in the visual arts. It also offers venues where current visual art expressions may be mounted, featured, studied and analyzed, synthesized and celebrated.