Southwest Contemporary’s 5th Annual 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now
Each year, Southwest Contemporary issues an open call to artists across New Mexico to share their work for consideration of being named a “New Mexico Artist to Know Now.”
Through this open call juried by arts leaders across the state, we share the most compelling, vibrant contemporary art being made in our home state with our readers and connect New Mexico artists to a growing regional and national audience. This year, we are thrilled that the accompanying group exhibition will be hosted by 516 Arts in Albuquerque.
Artists living and working in New Mexico are invited to submit work in any media, genre, and discipline for our 5th annual “12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now” print feature and group exhibition.
Selected Artists Receive:
- A two-page spread featuring their work in the 2023 New Mexico Field Guide, an annual publication encompassing arts and culture organizations from across the state.
- A profile article written by an SWC contributor.
- Invitation to participate in a group exhibition, this year hosted by 516 Arts in Albuquerque (June 3–September 2, 2023).
- A feature on SWC’s newsletter and social media channels.
Danyelle Means, executive director + head curator, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe
Danyelle Means is the executive director and head curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has had experience at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Means is a member of the board of directors at the Joan Mitchell Foundation and at ArtTable. Means was raised on the Rosebud Reservation and is a proud member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota.
Rachelle B. Pablo, curator, 516 Arts, Albuquerque
Born in Gallup, New Mexico, Rachelle B. Pablo is curator at 516 Arts in Albuquerque and is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Delaware, a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Studio Arts with a minor in Museum Studies, and an Associate of Arts in Anthropology and Liberal Arts from Central New Mexico Community College. She has completed a curatorial fellowship program at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and has done a variety of internships and projects at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. She also serves on the board of IndigenousWays.
Aaron Wilder, curator, Roswell Museum
Aaron Wilder is curator of collections and exhibitions at the Roswell Museum. His curatorial philosophy seeks to engage with others about not only art, but also about the world and how we perceive it individually and socially. In addition to his curatorial practice, Wilder is an interdisciplinary artist. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he has been creating art since 2002 and has exhibited his art since 2005. Wilder is an artist member (as well as treasurer and board member) of Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn.
Who Should Apply:
SWC invites artists and artist collectives at any stage of their career to submit work in any discipline. All media are accepted: painting, sculpture, new media, performance, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, music, video, installation, and more.
- Artists (18+) primarily residing and working in New Mexico (50% of each year or more).
- For artist collectives, 50% or more of the members of the collective must be based in New Mexico.
- Artists previously featured in the “12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now” are not eligible for inclusion.
- Submissions are only accepted through the form linked below.
- Submit 5 images/videos/audio files per submission (each file no larger than 10 MB).
- Artists must ensure high quality of images in JPG format. (Print-quality images will be requested at a later date.)
- If video files are larger than 10 mb, please submit a PDF with a web link to the full video (Youtube, Vimeo).
- Collectives should make a single submission.
- Artist Bio must be no more than 300 words, and no more than 2500 characters.
- Artist Statement must be no more than 300 words, and no more than 2500 characters.
- Artwork does not need to be for sale.
- Artwork should be recent within the last five years.
- Artwork should be exemplary of works available for exhibition.