Arquetopia Synergy Award 2017 Recipient Announced!

Arquetopia Foundation has announced the 2017 recipient of the Arquetopia Synergy Award. Visual artist John Ildefonso (USA) was chosen for this award established by Arquetopia Foundation in 2015 which recognizes the work of international artists making an impact in the field of art and social transformation. Along with international recognition, the award includes a full fellowship to participate in ArquetopiaSUMMER 2017, a prestigious six-week critical international residency program in collaboration with the Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla, and special guest scholars from the United States, Mexico, and Iran.

For this award, an international jury was invited to review more than 100 visual art projects from an international pool of past Arquetopia artists, curators, educators, and historians, assessing each project’s contribution to social change and a more complex understanding of encounters and differences. During his previous residency at Arquetopia Oaxaca, Ildefonso worked on a series of paintings altering scale and composition of Oaxacan traditional public signage to challenge the perception of familiarity of public spaces as stable regions limited by borders. Considering the scope reflected in the theme and technique addressed in his residency project, the jury unanimously selected Ildefonso for his contribution to a more complex understanding of local identities in a transnational context.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia was established to promote Development and social transformation through contemporary art practices. Since it 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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For press inquiries, contact: info@arquetopia.org

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Arquetopia Oaxaca

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

 

 

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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
New as of 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 four 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 field trips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic garden.
 
Our residents 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 30 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. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van.
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Arquetopia Oaxaca’s dining room and common space.
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Arquetopia Oaxaca’s common space. Photo by J.L. Jiménez
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The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
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The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca. Photo by J.L. Jiménez

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.

For the latest information, follow Arquetopia on Twitter and “Like” Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca on Facebook.  For press enquiries, contact: info@arquetopia.org

Arquetopia Puebla

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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
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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
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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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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.

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!

Spotlight: Gabrielle Gottfried – Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year 2013

The Staff and Board of Directors of Arquetopia are grateful to Gabrielle1549503_10152120240564704_1446858280_n Gottfried for her generosity, kindness, active and creative support of our Foundation. During this past summer, Gabby organized “Music for Murals,” a live music event with cultural activities, at the Glenbrook South School in Glenview, IL and donated all proceeds to Arquetopia. This was an unexpected and beautiful example of altruism, creating awareness and engaging young students in an international dialogue through the arts. For these reasons, Arquetopia recognizes Gabby as Fundraiser and Supporter of the Year for 2013. As a token of our extensive gratitude, Arquetopia is thrilled to award Gabby a Short-Term Research Residency in both of our spaces in Puebla and Oaxaca, southern Mexico for 2014.

Teotitlán Workshop Visit

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Yesterday we visited the workshop of one of our natural pigment instructors in Teotitlán, Oaxaca. Teotitlán is a sleepy little village about 20 minutes out of Oaxaca central. It is well-known for its textiles, in particular, rugs which are woven on hand-operated looms, from wool that is mainly dyed with natural pigments like cochinilla and añil (above left).

Natural Pigments Special Artist Residency

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Joining us this week is artist Xochi Solis from Austin, Texas. Solis has just finished up a run of three different exhibitions in Texas and is here to take a break and learn the techniques of Mexican Natural Pigments in Oaxaca. She’ll be experimenting with dyeing paper using a variety of different colors created from cochinilla, añil, pericon, granada and other natural plants and foods. For more information on our Natural Pigment Special Artist Residency, check our website.

Photo Workshops at Imagina!

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A new artist-in-residence joined us last week at Arquetopia Puebla. Lindsay Sparagana is a photographer and artist from the USA. For the next few weeks, Lindsay will be working with a group of children at the Imagina Interactive Museum, Puebla in a workshop titled “Near and Far.” The workshop will introduce the kids to digital photography and allow them to make their own photographic albums.

Ensamble Arquetopia in Puebla

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We are thoroughly enjoying the company of present artist-in-residence Lisa Maresch, concert pianist of Japan/USA, who gave a successful concert this week as part of Ensamble Arquetopia  (with clarinetists Christopher Davis and Citlalli Rosas) at the Capilla del Arte UDLAP in Puebla. Next concert: the former Convent of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca on August 11, 12:00 PM.

Guelaguetza Festival de Oaxaca

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This month Arquetopia is looking forward to The Guelaguetza Festival, without doubt the most important holiday and festival in Oaxaca. During July the seven regions of indigneous peoples come together, making a colorful dance party held in Cerro del Fortín, a giant amphitheatre which sits above Oaxaca on the hill west of the city. The performances happen on two Monday’s in July, and are called Lunes del Cerro. There are also street parades and other events all over the city and in areas around Oaxaca during the last few weeks of July… it’s an exciting time to be in the area.

Rethinking the Logic of Museums

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This Monday, 20th of May, Arquetopia is hosting a lecture by independent curator and Professor of Art Theory at the University of Barcelona, Martí Peran. Peran has collaborated with many contemporary art books and catalogues. He has imparted workshops on art criticism and curatorial practices in several international institutions and has lectured in  museums and universities in Barcelona, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Cairo, New York and many other countries.

This Monday he will talking on the topic of “Rethinking the Logic of Museums: Research and curatorial practices” at the Hall Auditorium of the Autonomous University of Puebla. Carolino Building, 4 Sur No. 104, Centro Historico. Puebla, Pue. 72000.

Monday May 20 2013, 18:00 hrs. Admission is Free.

Arquetopia Music Programs Showcase in Oaxaca

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Last night, Arquetopia introduced its music programs to an audience of potential clarinet students in Oaxaca. The performance was a chance for Chris Davis, Arquetopia’s Director of Music Programs, to showcase his own skills as well as the skills of his most promising student in Mexico, 13-year-old clarinetist Ángel Atilano Montellano Urbieta. The two of them played to a packed room in the main university’s Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts) which is housed in a beautiful former Catholic convent from the 1500’s.  Afterward, Chris held an open discussion about the launching of Arquetopia’s music education and performance programs and the scholarship program that is now available for all participants.

A big thank-you to the Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juarez” de Oaxaca, Lic. Eduardo Martínez Helmes and Lic. En Música Fidel Torres González for allowing us to showcase this new and innovative program.

For more information on Arquetopia’s music programs visit arquetopia.org or to donate directly to our latest Global Giving Scholarship Fundraiser please visit globalgiving.com.