Javier Lumbreras and Lorena Pérez-Jácome, awarded the A prize by the ARCO Foundation

• The promoters of Collegium will receive the award for Dissemination and Research of Contemporary Art from the Collector's point of view.
• This year, Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson de Vergez will also be awarded for Latin American Collection; Alejandro Lázaro and Alejandra González for National Young Private Collection.

Arévalo, January 25, 2023 - The ARCO Foundation has decided to award the 2023 A Prize for the Dissemination and Research of Contemporary Art from the Collection to Lorena Pérez-Jácome and Javier Lumbreras. The couple receives this award for the work they have been doing together since 2004 through the Adrastus Collection, currently deposited as Collegium's permanent collection.

At the award ceremony, which will take place during the ARCO collectors' dinner on February 23, Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson de Vergez (Latin American Collection) and the couple formed by Alejandro Lázaro and Alejandra González (National Young Private Collection) will also receive their awards.

Since 1997, the ARCO Foundation has been awarding the A Prize with the aim of rewarding and stimulating collecting and recognizing the artistic value of the collections of collectors and institutions, as well as the work in support of the dissemination of contemporary art by national and international collectors. Some of the winners in previous editions have been Ella Fontanals Cisneros, Banco de España Collection, Helga de Alvear, Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch Collection and Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection.

About Lorena Pérez-Jácome and Javier Lumbreras:

Javier Lumbreras is a collector, philanthropist and developed professionally in real estate, finance and investment funds. Born in Avila, he studied up to high school in Madrid and London. He went to the United States to pursue his university studies and remained there for thirty years until he returned to Spain in 2019.

During his time in the United States, he held various positions on boards and committees of art institutions, including: honorary member and chair of the executive committee of MOCA (Los Angeles); chair of the curatorial committee and acquisitions committee of El Museo del Barrio (New York); founding member of the international advisory board of the Hispanic Society of America (New York); and member of the acquisitions committee of the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City). He is currently a member of Europa Nostra, the American Alliance of Museums. He is the author of the book The Art of Collecting Art (2010).

Lorena Pérez-Jácome studied Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana and obtained a master's degree in Literature at Casa Lamm in Mexico City. She has worked for 15 years as a television presenter for TV Azteca, Telemundo in the United States and Fox Latin America, always in the field of culture, fashion and entertainment. She has also been director of public and institutional relations for the Integrus Cultural Foundation, from where she organized cultural activities, conferences and visits of outstanding personalities of the intellectual world in Mexico.  

In her facet as a writer, she has approached children's literature with the publication of the short story Marisol, which won the National Prize for Children's and Young People's Stories (Mexico, 2017).

Lumbreras and Pérez-Jácome have built together the Adrastus Collection, which integrates nearly a thousand works by international artists, mainly from the 21st century.  For several years they have been immersed in the development of Collegium, a contemporary art museum that will occupy the former Jesuit school in the city of Arévalo, Ávila.

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