Now Welcoming Applications for
Fall and Winter Sessions 2017: Puebla, Mexico
Spring Sessions 2018: Cusco, Peru
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Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications when they are received vs. after the deadline.
This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
Biombo (folding screen) by Alejandro Linares Garcia depicting the conquest of Mexico from the 17th century. Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City
The Viceroyalty of the New Spain was the result of the amalgamation of Mesoamerican and European civilizations creating a complex system of cultural overlapping. New visual languages incorporated vast artistic traditions with unique iconography and art techniques producing new objects, and images, that completely transformed the course of Western Art.

The city of Puebla is situated at an important intermediate point and a core part of the Atlantic axle, and has a history that spans almost five centuries becoming the capital of baroque art in the Americas. Its strategic location on a major transportation corridor permitted the exportation of Puebla’s regional style of Baroque art and architecture, influencing the development of other cities in the New World. Gold gilding and estofado are two of the expressions of the fusion of European and American styles present in many of the world heritage monuments of Puebla.

Associated with power and divinity, gold leafing has an important place in the history of art and art making. For its glowing characteristics, permanence, flexibility, and light reflection qualities it has been a resource for artists with diverse artistic practices. Estofado has been used extensively to create different qualities of subtle textures, and intricate iconographic patterns; it serves a complimentary decorative technique in which one layer of paint is scratched through to reveal brilliant burnished gold underneath.
Artist-in-Residence Andrea Campbell (Canada)

The Gold Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) by a prominent master art restorer in several diverse techniques using mediums and supports traditionally used in pre-Columbian and baroque art. Instruction is in Spanish or English. For this residency, artists produce work in our partnered studio at one of Mexico's most important art museums, in Puebla's majestic central historic district. Artists can apply the technique of gold and silver leafing; learn the use of diverse stuccos and traditional primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) and their use on different supports (paper, wood, clay); and experiment with different finishes with natural pigment patinas and egg tempera paint.

Artist-in-Residence Jocelyn Salaz (USA)
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Rotunda ceiling detail of the Capilla del Rosario, Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico
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 (Puebla):
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopia's residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace (Puebla):
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course are 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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