Program Session Dates: 6 Weeks, June 4 to July 16, 2018
Application for this program is now closed for 2018.

Arquetopia’s flagship residency program: ArquetopiaSUMMER 2018 will focus on the complex subject of color. Color is a characteristic of the human visual perception as a result of the reflection of light on a body; but it is much more than hue, saturation and brightness. From the deep blue of indigo from India, to the scarlet and reds of cochineal derived from the Aztec word nochezli (“blood of the prickly pear”) and the seduction of the inorganic, color is a highly charged fetish substance that interacts with the inner life of objects, and simultaneous capacity to attract and repel. But how is color a problematic subject? How can color facilitate the merging of the observer with the observed? How can color convey authenticity?
     Special Guest Scholars, Artists-in-Residence, and Arquetopia Staff
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ArquetopiaSUMMER 2018 Special International Summer Academic Program (with Organic Painting technique instruction, and self-directed Art Production) is Arquetopias premier 6-week critical program that offers competitive professional opportunities for local and international emerging and mid-career artists, curators, art historians, and students age 22 and over.
This unique program offers critical methodologies to diverse art practices, exploring how the subject of color is fundamentally involved in the making of culture, and the consolidation of modern and contemporary art.  The goal is to provide a critical perspective to understand how this apparent polymorphous “magical” substance occupies bodies to perform meaning.
Through the program, participants will conceptualize their art by engaging their practice in critical discussions. One of the central goals is to contextualize historical and contemporary articulations of meaning through color. How can color persuade?  Why is it highly valued fetish? In what context it operates and functions to convey authenticity?
The seminars and tours included in the program, in collaboration with local museums and archives, will explore the role of color in art history, the production of Mexico’s material culture, and its relevance to the context of global visual culture in general. The program will also put into context the historical role of color, its cultural function and changing value, and its performativity of meaning through objects, social relations, and art consumption. Through hands-on workshops participants will have the opportunity to expand their art practice by exploring the material possibilities color by exploring traditional organic paint and local inorganic pigments in the context of the baroque painting heritage of Puebla.
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This program includes 27 seminar hours; 9 hours of individual and collective critiques; guided tours and visits to prominent museums in Puebla, independent studios and galleries, and relevant sites. The program also includes a 27-hour hands-on art workshop instructed by a professional conservator, exploring the artistic dimensions of the local organic painting tradition and inorganic pigments in the context of the material culture of Puebla. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue; therefore, artists are expected to allocate self-directed studio hours working in their own chosen medium as part of their weekly schedule.
Renowned international art historians, artists, and master restorers facilitate the dialogues, individual and collective critiques, seminars, and workshops. Seminars are conducted in English. Workshop instruction is in Spanish or English. Participants will have access to local archives and museums.
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Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D. specializes in American art, focusing her research on African-American art, the impact of race and gender on the history of art, representations of the American landscape, and the history of women as patrons and collectors of the arts. Dr. Buick has advanced scholarship of the work of numerous African-American artists through publications including the first book-length examination of the life and career of 19th-century sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis. Dr. Buick is a tenured, full professor at the University of New Mexico, where she has taught for more than 15 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in art history and Italian literature in 1985 from the University of Chicago. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Michigan. Buick has published extensively on African-American art. Her book Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History's Black and Indian Subject was published by Duke University Press, and her second book, In Authenticity: 'Kara Walker' and the Eidetics of Racism, is currently in progress. Her published articles include studies on the work of artists including Daniel Coburn, Patrick Nagatani, Joseph Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Horace Pippin, and Kehinde Wiley. Buick has earned numerous academic, professional, and scholarly awards and grants including the Driskell Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum's Predoctoral Fellowship, the Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship at Williams College, CAA Professional Development Fellowship in Art History, Rhoades Foundation Visiting Lectureship, and the UNM University Libraries Faculty Acknowledgement Award.
Annette Rodríguez, Ph.D. received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Rodríguez was awarded the Gloria Anzaldúa Prize from the American Studies Association for her important research on the lynching of Mexicans. In 2015, Dr. Rodríguez was presented the 18th annual Catherine Prelinger Award by the Coordinating Council for Women in History for her scholarly and professional contributions to women in history, and for educating young women to pursue careers in the historical profession. In July of 2016, Dr. Rodríguez was selected as a winner of the Dixon First Amendment Award for her efforts on behalf of students, faculty and staff in New Mexico higher education. She has previously been selected as a National Graduate Fellow by the Law and Society Association, a Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute, the George I. Sanchez Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research, and a Graduate Fellow at the Office of the New Mexico State Historian. Rodríguez has acted as an instructor at Brown University, the University of New Mexico, Northern New Mexico College, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She concentrates her work on perennial racist violences in the United States as communicating events that construct and reinforce ideologies and hierarchies of race, gender, citizenship, and national belonging.
Emmanuel Ortega, Ph.D. is a curator who received his doctorate in Ibero-American colonial art history at the University of New Mexico. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Since 2007, he has investigated images of violence in the Novohispanic context. For his master thesis, he investigated images involving public performances organized by the Novohispanic Inquisition. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Ortega researched visual representations of the New Mexico Pueblo peoples in Novohispanic Franciscan martyr paintings. He has contributed several entries for the Khan Academy website and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies online bulletin. He has presented his work in the XXXVI Annual Colloquium of Art History organized by the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2012, the College of Art Association and American Studies Association in 2015. In 2015, Dr. Ortega partnered with the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla, México to curate two art exhibitions based on recently restored paintings from the museum’s permanent collection.
Francisco Guevara is a visual artist and curator specializing in creating projects using contemporary art to promote Development by designing alternative models of social entrepreneurship for human development. He graduated with the degree of University Expert in Management and Planning of Development Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture from the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain, in coordination with the Organization of Latin American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). He also received his postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the Race, Gender and the Historiographies of Art Seminar at the University of New Mexico in 2009 to incorporate into his curatorial projects a broader understanding of identity in the local and international context. His work and projects emphasize the role of contemporary art practices as a tool for social change. His experience covers international projects including: intangible heritage, public art, exhibits and visual arts education. As an artist he has researched, studied and worked exploring the connection between food, rituals of eating and collective identity. He is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Arquetopia Foundation for Development.

Special Guest Scholars, Artists-in-Residence, Arquetopia staff, and Arquetopia studio spaces
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Arquetopia Puebla Our spectacular 1939 compound in Pueblas majestic central historic district
Term of 6 weeks. Session dates for this program are fixed, from Monday, June 4 to Monday, July 16, 2018.
Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopias residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • On-site darkroom provided for photographers
  • On-site print studio provided for printmakers
  • On-site ceramics firing facility provided for ceramists
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
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