The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) seek an artist or artist team to create an exterior, site-specific commission project to be situated at the Paseo Acequia on the eastside of campus. The LSC is interested in commissioning artwork that will engage visitors of all ages to NHCC and explore the following ideas: acequias, water, movement, journeys, voyages, passageways, connections, the river, the history of acequias, water as life, and respond to the movement and shape of the acequia itself. Artists should also consider the location of the acequia on campus, and the programming that occurs at the NHCC. The LSC’s goal is to interject color and liven this area of campus, to attract visitors and make the walk between buildings more enjoyable. The Paseo Acequia is currently being used as a planter, but artists are encouraged to use all areas of the acequia in their artwork as they see fit. Proposals can incorporate artwork in, on, and/or around the concrete acequia and adjoining graveled area. The LSC would like artists to consider the following:
- Artwork should engage visitors of all ages to the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
- Artwork can utilize the space inside, on, and around the concrete acequia.
- Artwork should reflect the programming/history of the NHCC and respond to the following themes: acequias, water, movement, journeys, voyages, passageways, connections, the river, the history of acequias, water as life, and respond to the movement and shape of the concrete acequia itself.
- Artwork should interject color and liven this area of the campus to attract visitors and make the walk between buildings more enjoyable.
- Artworks can incorporate a variety of materials including but not limited to: integrative lighting, mixed media, tile, paint, etc.
- There is currently no access to electricity at the site. Therefore, lighting proposals need to provide their own power source (solar, battery, etc.).
- No artworks incorporating water features or elements will be considered.
- No artworks incorporating wood or other materials not conducive to the New Mexico outdoors/climate/weather/wind will be considered.
- No bronze sculptures/artworks will be considered.
The project must be durable, low maintenance, permanent, safe for both children and adults and must meet all applicable code requirements, including ADA compliant. At the selected artist’s expense, the artwork may require certification by an electrical, civil and/or structural engineer licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, and review by a professional fine art conservator.
This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams working in the Southwest region (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico). Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget. In order to further the mission of the NHCC, preference will be given to artists/artist teams who self-identify as Hispanic/Chicano/Latinx.
$80,274 is available for this project after finalist presentation fees. This amount includes all fees and expenses associated with the project, e.g., materials, equipment, labor, permits, engineering documents, insurance, taxes, travel, installation, shipping, identification plaque, and written and professional photographic documentation of the completed project. There is no additional funding.