Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipients Announced! Five Outstanding International Artists

Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipients, clockwise from top left: Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), and Ellen Bepp (USA).

Recipients of the Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015, clockwise from top left: Artists-in-Residence Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), and Ellen Bepp (USA).

In conjunction with its fifth anniversary, Arquetopia Foundation announces artists Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Ellen Bepp (USA), and Brent Erickson (USA) as the five recipients of the Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015.  The award consists of an artist residency on full scholarship during 2015 and exhibition of the awardees’ work at a major Mexican cultural center or museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico.

An international jury was invited to review more than 200 projects of past international artists-in-residence over the Foundation’s history, assessing each residency project’s contribution to a more nuanced perspective and understanding of Mexican complex history and culture.  Considering the scope reflected in the theme and technique, the jury unanimously selected the awardees and their projects as follows:

Mr. Erickson developed a series of lithography prints reviewing the influence of Mexican Modernism and Art Deco in the design of lamps and chairs.  Ms. Treacy developed a social practice and educational art project exploring the impact of student movements in the history and development of social change in Mexico.   Ms. Bepp explored the spiritual and ritual intersections between Mexican and Japanese traditions of commemorating the deceased through an installation of natural dyed paper and embroidery. Ms. Yerali’s project researched the communication structure of Mesoamerican codexes and their influence in colonial printmaking and book binding techniques, resulting in an artist book. Ms. Goorah developed a series of nature inspired watercolors patterns using natural dyes, expanding the comprehension of Mexico and South Asian traditions and exchanges in this area.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia was established to promote Development and social transformation through contemporary art practices.  Since its inception, the Foundation seeks to open new horizons though international exchanges while confronting art and social transformation.  The core of the Foundation is Sustainable Development through four principles embodied in all of Arquetopia’s programs and activities: social awareness, shared responsibility, innovation, and local networks development. The Arquetopia Synergy Award recognizes outstanding art practices including the following features: social scope; quality; synergy; collaboration; innovation; viability; reciprocity; and respect for local knowledge.

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THE UNVEILING OF OUR NEW PUEBLA RESIDENCY SPACE!

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View of Arquetopia from the garden

New for 2015: A large, spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial castle-style compound conveniently located in Puebla’s central historic district and close to the Zócalo (city square) accommodates the offices, residency space for up to ten artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently and artfully renovated, the residency offers large, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a darkroom; a music studio; ten furnished bedrooms; an indoor/outdoor dining facility for 20 persons; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces; a botanical garden; a research library; and a residents’ rooftop lounge.

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from the second floor

View of Arquetopia’s artist dining hall from the second floor

View of Arquetopia's second-floor terrace

View of Arquetopia’s second-floor terrace

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

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View of Arquetopia’s main art studio

View of Arquetopia's main art studio, with instructional course in session

View of Arquetopia’s main art studio, with instructional course in session

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

View of Arquetopia from the garden

View of Arquetopia's main art studio from the second-floor terrace

View of Arquetopia’s main art studio from the second-floor terrace

View of the second floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

View of the second-floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

View of the second-floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

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Artist bedroom 1

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Artist bedroom 1

Artist bedroom 2

Artist bedroom 2

Artist bedroom 2

Artist bedroom 2

Artist bedroom 3

Artist bedroom 3

Artist bedroom 3

Artist bedroom 3

Artist restroom

Artist restroom

Artist shower

Artist shower

Artist restroom

Artist restroom

View of the interior of Arquetopia's music studio

Interior view of Arquetopia’s music studio

Exterior view of Arquetopia's music studio

Exterior view of Arquetopia’s music studio

The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Winter Holidays 2014 at Arquetopia Castle – Puebla, Mexico

Our first Christmas in the castle. Arquetopia’s new home as of July 1, 2014: a 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style castle in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS!

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Arquetopia Castle 2014

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Arquetopia Castle 2014

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Arquetopia Castle 2014

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Arquetopia Castle 2014

 

HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

fifth2Arquetopia is turning five years old! We are pleased to announce that our Staff and Board of Directors are reviewing all of our Artists-in-Residence from over the past five years. We are selecting five outstanding past residents who have best embodied Arquetopia’s mission and are celebrating our fifth anniversary by recognizing them with a special honor and exclusive opportunity for 2015. More news to come!

Arquetopia’s Spectacular New Castle in Puebla’s Central Historic District!

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

NEW SLIDE SHOW!  A preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new, permanent home for 2015: a 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style castle in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Currently under an artful revamp, the incredible artist residency will include ten artist bedrooms; spacious, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a printmaking studio; a photography darkroom; a natural pigments lab; an indoor/outdoor dining facility; furnished outdoor terraces; gardens; a library; and a small retail store.

Arquetopia is now accepting applications for all of our Puebla and Oaxaca artist residencies in 2015.  View our main website at www.arquetopia.org for more information, and e-mail us at info@arquetopia.org to apply.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's beautiful new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's beautiful new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

    Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

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The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

It’s Chiles en Nogada Season!

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Above: the superb Chile en Nogada at Restaurante El Balcón, at 7 Sur #1301 in Puebla’s central historic district.

Summers in southern Mexico bring not only the lush, green monsoon season.  Each year from late July to mid-September, the long-awaited signature dish of Puebla –the famous Chile en Nogada– makes its triumphant return.  This brilliant combination of sweet and savory is comprised of a large Poblano chile that is battered and stuffed with a unique “picadillo” combination of meats, fruits, and nuts.  Deep-fried and sometimes roasted, it is then generously dressed with a rich sauce of pureed walnuts, cream, and sherry.  The whole presentation is not complete without a big handful of pomegranate seeds and a sprig of parsley, giving it the three colors (white walnut sauce, green chile, and red seeds) of the Mexican flag.

The Chile en Nogada has been associated with the independence of Mexico since it was prepared for the first time to entertain the emperor Agustín de Iturbide when he came to the city after his naming as Agustín I.  It is believed to have been invented by Monjas Clarisas, although some think they were the Madres Contemplativas Agustinas of the convent of Santa Monica, Puebla.

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New Slideshow: Arquetopia (Puebla) on Bēhance

BWe have been revamping our residency spaces, reflecting on our experiences, and we have a short slideshow to share:

Click here for Arquetopia (Puebla) Slideshow on Bēhance

We will be adding new photos frequently; stay tuned!