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“You Are Here/Estás Aquí: A Public Art Activation Project"

Call FOR Artists

In partnership with New Mexico Arts


Santa Fe, New Mexico—Santa Fe County artists are invited to apply for inclusion in “You Are Here/Estás Aquí,” a temporary public art installation. New Mexico Arts and The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department are seeking original designs for a temporary public art project entitled “You Are Here/Estás Aquí: A Public Art Activation Project.”

“You Are Here/Estás Aquí” will feature five original designs along the construction fences of the upcoming New Mexico Museum of Art – Vladem Contemporary. The site lies in a busy corridor of downtown Santa Fe which serves as an arts center, transportation hub, and home to many local residents, arts galleries, New Mexico School for the Arts, Jean Cocteau, and local businesses and restaurants. The project hopes to activate a busy construction zone, express the values, cultures and communities in Santa Fe, and engage community and visitors to the area. Final banner design selections will be printed on 5’ x 7’ vinyl and displayed as part of the exterior exhibition on the temporary fencing for a period of up to 12-months during the construction period of the New Mexico Museum of Art – Vladem Contemporary. Individual artists and artist/teams based in Santa Fe County are encouraged to apply.

The strongest design proposals will engage an active construction area that is part of a larger revitalization effort in a downtown district that anchors the arts among local neighborhoods, businesses, and arts and cultural organizations. The designs should create a sense of place and celebrate the multicultural heritage of Santa Fe. 

Criteria used by the selection committee will include but not limited to: Quality of original design, strength of concept and engagement with project intent, and proposed project’s attention to the culture and history of Santa Fe.

Project amount is $1,000 all-inclusive to include original design and digital image preparation for scaled reproduction on a 5-by-7-foot vinyl banner. All selected artists will be required to enter into a Public Artist Design Agreement with New Mexico Arts. New Mexico Arts will pay for all costs associated with printing and installing the final banners.

The banners will be sufficiently secured against high winds and outdoor conditions; however, they could be subject to damage, vandalism, or theft at any time due to the temporary nature and outdoor setting of the project. New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs are not responsible for such occurrences.

Interested parties must be 18 years or older and artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Applications will require an artist’s statement, project description and images of existing or proposed artwork. For more information, please contact Anna Blyth or Meredith Doborski, at: [bot protected email address] or [bot protected email address]. To apply, please visit the online application: HERE

The deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5 pm.




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