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
Rachelle B. Pablo, curator, 516 Arts, Albuquerque
Aaron Wilder, curator, Roswell Museum
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.