Winter Holidays 2015 at Arquetopia in Puebla, Southern Mexico

Especially for everyone who was not able to come visit us in person this season. Winter holidays 2015 at Arquetopia in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Happy New Year to you and yours!xmas1P1130191P1130158 - Version 2P1130304P1130293

Day of the Dead at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico – Highlights

Our El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015 ofrenda (altar) at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico, honoring deceased Caribbean-American civil rights activist Audre Lorde and Mexican educator Ricardo Guevara.

Artists, Writers: Apply Now through Sunday, November 15. All Self-Directed and Instructional Artist and Writers Residencies 2016. Space is limited. Early applications receive priority status and immediate processing. Click here for Open Calls + Deadlines.

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ARQUETOPIA SUMMER 2016 Special International Program Now Welcoming Applications. Space Is Limited. Apply Now through Sunday, November 15

ARQUETOPIA SUMMER 2016 will focus on the relationship between the individual art practice and transnational mobility. How do global patterns affect local realities? How is the process of art making affected and influenced by encounters with foreign contexts? How is the artist-in-residence experience critical to understand intention and representation?
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ARQUETOPIA SUMMER is a 6-week critical program that offers competitive professional opportunities for local and international students, emerging artists, curators, and art historians age 23 and over.

E-mail for fee and application deadlines for this program.
This unique program offers critical methodologies to diverse art practices, exploring how artists construct meaning through objects, relations, and actions. The goal is to provide tools to understand methodologies, visualities, and gestures in art while identifying institutional trivialization of intention, and representation in visual expression. Through the program, participants will conceptualize their art by engaging and their art practice in critical discussions with a complex perspective on visual language. The program will also put into context the relevance of Latin America in global art practices as a region that historically has influenced art production and its circulation worldwide. Participants will also have a chance to place their art practice in a historical context, having the opportunity to consult with a conservation museum expert on the technical improvement of their artistic practice and potential relevant conservation challenges.
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This program includes 27 seminar hours; 9 hours of individual and collective critiques; guided tours and visits to prominent museums in Puebla, independent galleries, and relevant sites. The program also includes a professional consultation and conservation assessment of the participants work, and a 3-hour conservation workshop related to the assessment. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue; therefore, artists are expected to allocate self-directed studio hours as part of their weekly schedule.

Renowned international art historians, artists, and master restorers facilitate the dialogues, individual and collective critiques, seminars, and workshops. Seminars are conducted in English. Workshop instruction is in Spanish or English. Participants produce work in our partnered studio at one of Mexico’s most important art museums, in Puebla’s majestic central historic district.


Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D. specializes in American art, focusing her research on African-American art, the impact of race and gender on the history of art, representations of the American landscape, and the history of women as patrons and collectors of the arts. She has advanced scholarship of the work of numerous African-American artists through publications including the first book-length examination of the life and career of 19th-century sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis. Buick is a tenured associate professor at the University of New Mexico, where she has taught for more than 14 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian literature in 1985 from the University of Chicago. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Michigan. Buick has published extensively on African-American art. Her book Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject was published by Duke University Press, and her second book, In Authenticity: ‘Kara Walker’ and the Eidetics of Racism, is currently in progress. Her published articles include studies on the work of artists including Daniel Coburn, Patrick Nagatani, Joseph Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Horace Pippin, and Kehinde Wiley. Buick has earned numerous academic, professional, and scholarly awards and grants including the Driskell Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Predoctoral Fellowship, the Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship at Williams College, CAA Professional Development Fellowship in Art History, Rhoades Foundation Visiting Lectureship, and the UNM University Libraries Faculty Acknowledgement Award.

Kency Cornejo, Ph.D. is a scholar of modern and contemporary Latin American art history with a specialization in Central America and its diaspora. She obtained her Ph.D. from Duke University and holds an MA from UT Austin and a BA from UCLA. Her research and teaching interests center on the intersection between race, gender and coloniality and the resulting decolonial methodologies, visualities and gestures in art. Topics she explores include creative responses to femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights and epistemologies. She especially theorizes decolonial methodologies as manifested in performance art, conceptual art, installation, and new media in the Americas. Currently, she is working on her first book manuscript based on her dissertation Visual Disobedience: The Geopolitics of Experimental Art in Central America, 1990-Present. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA and the Ford Dissertation Fellowship, among others, and has presented her work throughout the U.S., Central America, Mexico and Brazil.
Francisco Guevara is a visual artist and curator specializing in creating projects using contemporary art to promote Development by designing alternative models of social entrepreneurship for human development. He graduated with the degree of University Expert in Management and Planning of Development Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture from the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain, in coordination with the Organization of Latin American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). He also received his postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the Race, Gender and the Historiographies of Art Seminar at the University of New Mexico in 2009 to incorporate into his curatorial projects a broader understanding of identity in the local and international context. His work and projects emphasize the role of contemporary art practices as a tool for social change. His experience covers international projects including: intangible heritage, public art, exhibits and visual arts education. As an artist he has researched, studied and worked exploring the connection between food, rituals of eating and collective identity. He is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Arquetopia Foundation for Development.
Emmanuel Ortega is a curator and a doctoral candidate in Ibero-American colonial art history at the University of New Mexico. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Since 2007, he has investigated images of violence in the Novohispanic context. For his master thesis, Ortega investigated images involving public performances organized by the Novohispanic Inquisition. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Ortega researches visual representations of the New Mexico Pueblo peoples in Novohispanic Franciscan martyr paintings. He has contributed several entries for the Khan Academy website and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies online bulletin. He has presented his work in the XXXVI Annual Colloquium of Art History organized by the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2012, the College of Art Association and American Studies Association in 2015. Also, in 2015, Ortega partnered with the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla, México to curate two art exhibitions based on recently restored paintings from the museum’s permanent collection.
Museo de Arte Ex Convento de Santa Mónica is one of Mexico’s most prominent religious and colonial art museums. Its collections were formed in the 1930s with artwork from the 16th through 17th centuries including some of the greatest artists of the New Spain such as Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Miguel Jerónimo de Zendejas, and Lorenzo Zendejas, among others. The museum also records monastic life in different periods of history, from everyday life to religious rituals.
Term of 6 weeks. Dates for this program are fixed, from Monday, June 6 to Monday, July 18, 2016.
The residency fee covers accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff, studio space, and some tools. For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.
Staff Support:
All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, project guidance, and critiques.
Accommodation, Meals, and Transportation:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terraces, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.
Studio Workspace:
Large and bright, shared art studio is provided with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools. Equipped darkroom provided for photographers. Artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.
E-mail for fee and application deadlines for this program.

Introducing the *NEW* Arquetopia Mexican Culinary Arts Instructional Residency 2015/2016!

ArtDesignProduction2015-1With master instruction, learn the rich culinary tradition of Mexico’s cuisine in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Extendable 4-week terms during Autumn 2015 and throughout 2016.

Apply Now Through Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Early applications receive priority consideration and immediate processing.

This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international chefs, cooks, food stylists, food historians, and culinary professionals in general as well as culinary students age 25 and over.

With a history that spans 30 centuries, Mexican cuisine is at the core of Mexico’s diverse cultures and identities. Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model that comprises complex relationships with the environment, ritual practices, culinary techniques, collective memory and knowledge, including ancestral community customs and manners. Regarded by UNESCO as a world treasure, it was inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Mexican Culinary Arts Instructional Residency explores the rich culinary tradition of Mexico’s baroque cuisine, from its roots, ritual functions, fusion and contemporary expressions through its ancestral techniques, culinary history within Catholic convents, and its role in magnificent celebrations such as the Day of the Dead ofrendas (altars).

This gastronomic residency includes 4 weeks of instruction (48 hours total; 12 hours per week) by a prominent local chef in several diverse traditional and contemporary Mexican techniques using local ingredients and resources. Instruction is in Spanish or English. For this residency, participants will learn, practice, and collaborate with our culinary partner restaurant Moyuelo – Contemporary Poblano Cuisine located on Avenida Juárez in the heart of Puebla’s upscale dining district. Moyuelo offers a professional kitchen and dining room as a platform that facilitates the process of learning and exchanging food experiences. Residency participants are invited to experience the complexity of Mexican cuisine and the richness of local ingredients while understanding the context, history and tradition of pre-Columbian, Novohispanic, traditional, and contemporary Mexican recipes and techniques. They learn the basis of Mexican cuisine, founded on corn, beans, chiles, and squashes, including techniques such as nixtamalization (lime-hulling maize, which increases its nutritional value), and the essential tamales and moles as well as the diversity in use of utensils and materials including stones, wood, and ceramics.

Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to cooking, learning, and research. Our staff and board of directors have designed a curriculum for the residency programs that facilitates a critical dialogue between the culinary resident’s practice and the context encountered. In order to challenge stereotypes and preconceived notions of Latin America, all programs include an introduction to the complexity of Mexican identities, and this particular program focuses on the history of gastronomy and ingredients.


The residency fee covers instruction, ingredients, accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff, studio space, some tools, and basic materials and supplies for the instructional course.

Staff Support:

All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, residency guidance and discussions.

Accommodation and Meals:

Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terraces, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.

Studio Workspace and Materials:

Large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, some tools, and materials and supplies for the instructional course. Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally. Access to special facilities (such as our culinary partner restaurant) is also provided.


Term Length: 4 weeks. Dates are not preset but are nominated by the applicant.

Fee: USD $795 per week.

Payment Deadlines: Option 1: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date. Option 2: Deposit of 10% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 90 days prior to residency start date.


Visit the Arquetopia website at
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.

Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.

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


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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

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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