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Day of the Dead Artist Residencies 2015 – Puebla or Oaxaca, Mexico

dotdELIGIBILITY: emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 25 and over.
DEADLINE: Apply Now Through Monday, August 24, 2015.

Visit our website at to view both of our spectacular new residency spaces in Puebla and Oaxaca.

E-mail us at for more info or to apply.

Create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations in the extraordinary multicultural kaleidoscopes of Puebla or Oaxaca. This residency is offered at a term of 5 or 6 weeks, starting on September 28 or October 5, 2015. Self-directed and instructional residencies eligible.

As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favorite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. –Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).

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Artist-in-Residence Ingrid Mesquita (Canada)

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Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipient Ellen Bepp (USA)

Announcing the NEW Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency! Photo Slide Show!


Arquetopia Oaxaca’s new alpine-style villa in the peaceful countryside village of San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca. Photo by R. Camargo

New as of April 2015: In contributing to more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we are excited to announce the new Arquetopia Oaxaca. This new space honors Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.

Our alpine-style villa hosts up to five artists at a time, with sweeping mountain and city views from the artist rooms.

In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as fieldtrips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic orchard.

Visit our Open Calls + Deadlines to apply now through Monday, April 27.

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Along with the individual live/work space for each resident, Arquetopia Oaxaca has a larger shared art studio. Photo by R. Camargo

Our residents will enjoy a safe and peaceful environment surrounded by the mountains of San Pablo, a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity. The residency center is located in the countryside village of San Pablo Etla, only 20 minutes away from the center of the city of Oaxaca on the south side; and to the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into a spectacular arts center.


Photo by J.L. Jiménez


Photo by J.L. Jiménez


Arquetopia Oaxaca’s dining room and common space.


Arquetopia Oaxaca’s common space. Photo by J.L. Jiménez


The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca.


One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.


One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.


One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.


The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca. Photo by J.L. Jiménez