Friends of the Orphans Signs is seeking four artists or artist collectives from the Albuquerque area to participate in an Artist in Residence program.
Symbiosis is a public art residency that will foster a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and the surrounding community in the International District.
The Symbiosis residency will connect artists and communities to create public art in one of the most diverse and underserved neighborhoods in Albuquerque. We are seeking four artists or artist collectives dedicated to these ideals who are committed to investing creative energy into, learning from, and growing with the community.
Unlike traditional residencies that designate a studio space for artists, the site of this residency is the International District. Through community interaction, artists will learn about the needs, desires, and passions of the community in the International District and through this research will create two artworks, one for each side of a sign located at 6720 Central Ave SE. Artworks will be on view for three months.
Friends of the Orphan Signs will support residency artists through consultation, recommendations, and by sharing our network of community connections, and will pay for the printing and installation of the final artworks.
This program is open to individual artists or collectives based in or near Albuquerque. Artists interested in public art and/or maintaining a socially engaged practice are encouraged to apply, as well as artists from communities and/or backgrounds underrepresented in Albuquerque Public Art.
Selected Artists or Collectives will:
– Interact with a chosen community in the International District
– Create two print-ready artworks by the end of the first month of residency
– Continue to interact with community for the final three months of residency (if the artist chooses to)
– Have their work installed on a road sign at 6720 Central Ave SE for 3 months
– Have their work promoted by Friends of the Orphan Signs
– Receive a $1500 stipend. Please note artist collectives will share one $1500 stipend.
– Manage their time to make this stipend align with an appropriate hourly rate.
What we expect:
– As with all Orphan Signs projects, final designs will approach these concerns through poetic intervention rather than direct or political messaging.
– As the artists are representatives of FOS, final designs must be agreed upon by both parties.
– Artists will sign a contract with FOS which outlines the expectations and duties of both parties.
Applications open: January 17–March 15, 2024, 11:59 pm
Selected Artists Notified: April 15, 2024
Residency #1: May–August, 2024
May: Research & Artwork development
June–August: Sign images are installed early June, further community engagement/events may occur
Residency #2: August–November, 2024
August: Research & Artwork development
September–November: Sign images are installed early September, further community engagement/events may occur
Residency #3: November 2024–February 2025
Nov: Research & Artwork development
December–February: Sign images are installed early December, further community engagement/events may occur
Residency #4: Feb–May 2025
February: Research & Artwork development
March–May: Sign images are installed early March, further community engagement/events may occur
A team of three jurors will select artists. Selected AiR artists will be notified by April 15, 2024. Jurors for this project include: Pico del Hierro-Villa, Helen Atkins, & Beca Alderete Baca.