For All Sessions in 2018
Application Deadline EXTENDED!
Through This Friday, February 16, 2018
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for instructions to receive a possible fee reduction.
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications for selection as they are received.

This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
From centuries ago to the present day, artists continue to engage in quests to find sources for the perfect colors. The region including modern day Mexico is abundant in plants, mineral, and animal colorants, and historically produced the knowledge and technology for a wide spectrum of colors, including red and purple hues, cochineal, the famous blue range of indigo, etc. Red and blue occupy a privileged place in the color hierarchy, and Mexican cochineal and indigo, being at the top of the scale, are highly valued around the world.

The inhabitants of Mesoamerica had long perfected ways to derive brilliant red colorant from the cochineal insect, selectively bred on its prickly pear cactus host, and to obtain blue coloring extract by farming the local indigofera tinctoria plants. Both colors have majorly impacted the development of the world through several centuries, with a singular and enduring importance in the history of commerce, science, politics, art and ideas.  Before the European invasion of the Americas and through the Spanish colonial period, artists appear to continue deliberately choosing natural colors from among all available. El Greco, Tintoretto, Velázquez, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh used them. Today, contemporary artists and designers continue to embrace natural colorants for their beauty and meaning. Globally, outside of the regions where cochineal and indigo, as well as other natural colorants, have a continuous history of cultural meaning and use, pockets of contemporary fashion designers have followed in the footsteps of early twentieth-century designers and their use of organic natural colors.

The Natural Ink Silkscreen Instructional Artist Residency acknowledges the rich history of color in Mexico by incorporating the knowledge of natural colorants with the silkscreen printing technique on fabric.  The program includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) to understand the principles of natural colorants and their use in printing mediums through the technique of silkscreen applied on fabric. The program includes hands-on instruction with cochineal (carmine), añil (blue), and pericon (yellow) from Mexico. Instruction is in Spanish and English focusing in learning and experimentation with traditional organic primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) stuccos, organic based temperas and frescoes, and related art techniques. This residency is a comprehensive program to learn the natural colorant of Oaxaca, including resources for a better understanding of the complex culture of Mexico and the history of its colors.

Terms of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
Technique Instruction:
  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation, Meals, and Local Transportation:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van
Studio Workspace and Materials:
  • 24-hour access to shared studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fee and application deadlines for this program.

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Arquetopia is a self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican nonprofit foundation that is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war industrial / weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our unique arts programs and contribute to positive social change.


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