The Art in Public Places Program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection. Since 1986, the program has placed more than 3,000 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.
The goal of the BIPOC Purchase Initiative is to increase the participation of BIPOC artists in the Art in Public Places Program and to diversify the state’s public art collection by purchasing artwork by diverse artists in all stages of their careers. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss how their cultural background and/or experiences influence their artmaking practice. New Mexico Arts seeks to promote and build a public art collection that is reflective of the diversity among contemporary Southwest artists. The opportunity is open to all Southwest artists at all stages of their career, special consideration shall be given for artists that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
All media in all genres, suitable for interior and exterior display will be considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance, and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation.
This project is open to artists who reside in and galleries that are located in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, special consideration shall be given for BIPOC artists. Galleries may submit qualifications on behalf of any artists represented by the gallery, regardless of the artist’s residency. Finalists may be required to supply verifiable proof of residency prior to being awarded a purchase agreement.