Spring Sessions 2018: Puebla, Mexico
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Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline.

These unique instructional residencies offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
Artist-in-Residence Tiana Mincey (USA)
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Artist-in-Residence Anika Cartterfield (USA) with Master Instructor
Thirty centuries of intricate history, a product of the encounters and amalgamation of diverse cultures, is what makes Mexican art unique. Rooted in the exceptional and prolific pre-Columbian artistic tradition expressed with rich and diverse styles in art and architecture through all of Mesoamerica, Mexico had many more complex and prolific centuries to come, which would challenge every definition in art.
From the first encounters between the peoples of the Americas and European conquerors, objects were exchanged and treasures were looted. As Alessandra Russo writes: the fascination for the new “other” was only anticipation for the collision of the European Renaissance with the great traditions of Pre-Hispanic America. A massive event in history that not only produced new objects, and images, but also completely transformed the course of Western Art. Mexico’s rich artistic heritage is derived from a multiplicity of artistic traditions, not only from the encounters of Mesoamerican cultures with Europeans. It has also been deeply influenced by the exchanges with other regions of the world. Art and cultural objects were part of the trade carried on from the East Indies [Asia] to Spain, from Peru and Cartagena [Colombia] into the Caribbean and as far as the North Sea islands, making the New Spain [Mexico] the center of the first global network.
Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Seastone (USA)
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Artist-in-Residence Lucy May (United Kingdom)
The Novohispanic Arts Instructional Residencies acknowledge this rich heritage expressed in a wide variety of art techniques and splendid iconography, by offering four different programs each one with a specific focus in: painting, sculpture, architecture, or graphic arts. Originally designed as the “Natural Pigments: Inks and Paints” instructional residencies, these four new programs offer a more nuanced perspective and comprehensive content, connecting a wide variety of contemporary art practices with Mexico’s, and especially Puebla’s, vast artistic heritage.
Each program is offered at a term of 3 weeks and includes a 27-hour course of the chosen focus. Courses are taught by a master artist/art restorer. Instruction is in Spanish or English.
Each program focuses in a specific area of expertise, providing different content from the techniques to the reading materials that accompany the residency, as follows:
  • The Novohispanic Painting Instructional Residency includes traditional organic primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) stuccos, egg temperas and frescoes with mineral and natural pigments, as well as principles of Viceregal painting techniques.
  • The Novohispanic Sculpture Instructional Residency includes the famous Pasta de Caña de Maiz (corn stalk paste) Pre-Columbian sculpting technique, use of traditional organic bonding agents, and the principles of baroque polychrome sculpture.
  • The Novohispanic Architecture Instructional Residency includes principles of pre-Columbian mural painting and baroque frescoes, as well as stuccos and other baroque architectural decorative detailing such as tiling.
  • The Novohispanic Graphic Arts Instructional Residency includes pintaderas (clay stamps), antique embossing in fabric or paper, printmaking clichés, as well as basic principles of bookmaking and codex structure.
Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipient, Marina Yerali (Cyprus)
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 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
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally
  • Access to special facilities (such as our partnered museums and studios) provided

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, Mexican official 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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