Visual artists with an established practice are invited to apply for Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico, a four-week professional training program designed to foster the integration of history into contemporary art practices. Presented as a collaboration between 516 Arts, Kolaj Institute, and Albuquerque Museum’s photo archives, the program includes 12-15 sessions online. Specific dates and times of lab sessions are scheduled with the accepted participants. Artists with a professional art practice from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
The Lab looks at how our divergent histories of race, conflict, and colonialism inform how we imagine our futures. Participating artists are asked to work from their own people’s history, to confront that history, and to imagine a future that offers justice, fairness, and support for all people. A goal of the lab is a proposal for a body of artwork to be considered for a group exhibition at 516 Arts in 2022. 516 Arts has dedicated a fund to commission artworks for the exhibition.
Artist Lab dates: March 29 – April 26, 2021
The submission process will ask you for: Contact information; Artist Bio (50-250 words); Statement of Artist Practice (50-300 words); 5-7 images of artwork; a statement of expectations; and ask you some questions about your work and financial needs.
Applications are reviewed by the faculty. Space is limited, however the applications of qualified artists are kept on file and those artists will be invited to future labs, if they wish.