Texas Open Call

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN July 1 – August 31, 2017 November 1, 2017.

Texas Open Call is our primary resource for identifying artists who are interested and eligible for participation in Artpace’s various artist programs. All Texas resident artists who apply will be automatically included in the Texas Open Call database, where their materials and applicant information will reside. The Texas open Call is the only way to be considered for Artpace programs and exhibitions including: International Artist-in-Residence program, Hudson Showroom, Main Space, special projects, Chalk It Up, workshops, and more.

Applicants for the 2019 Artpace International Artist-in-Residence program will be reviewed on a rolling basis by Artpace staff and guest curators. Studio visits will take place in 2018.

About Artpace

Since opening in 1995, Artpace has served as an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. Our residencies, exhibitions, and public programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Artpace is housed in an 18,000-square-foot facility renovated by the eminent San Antonio firm Lake/Flato Architects. The 1920s building, once a Hudson automobile dealership, is located in the vibrant downtown cultural district, one block from the city’s famous River Walk.

About Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program

Artpace annually hosts three residencies (spring, summer, and fall). Each residency includes one Texas artist, one national artist, and one international artist, selected by a guest curator. The eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition onsite. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources and support that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. More than 200 artists at various stages in their careers have been selected to participate in the program.

An Artpace residency includes travel expenses, a living stipend, a materials budget, an apartment, and studio/exhibition space. Resident artists have access to fully equipped wood and metal workshops and a video-editing workstation, in addition to technical and administrative support. The residency is followed by a two-month exhibition of the project created, which is documented for Artpace’s archive.

About Our Exhibitions

Artpace has two galleries in addition to the International Artist-in-Residence studio/exhibition spaces. Our Hudson Showroom space features a variety of exhibitions, performances, and programs. Main Space is a public-facing gallery space, visible to visitors and passersby on Main Avenue.

About Our Programs & Special Events

Our residencies, exhibitions, and public programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Each fall we host Artpace Chalk It Up in downtown San Antonio, a festival with 25,000 participants in 2016. Throughout the year, we invite artists to lead workshops during our Family Day events.

Questions about the application process? Contact Artpace at info@artpace.org or 210.212.4900.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Texas Open Call opportunity is available only to artists currently living and working in Texas. Texas must be the artist’s primary residence for at least one year. Applicants from other states or countries will not be considered. Current students, Artpace staff, and members of the Board of Directors—as well as their spouses or domestic partners and immediate family—are not eligible to apply. While past Artpace artist residents are not eligible for future Artpace residencies, they may apply to Texas Open Call for Artpace’s other artist programs: exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.

Payment

  • $15 per application
  • Application fees support the administrative costs associated with Texas Open Call
  • No refunds
  • Free for Artpace members

About the Application Process

While guest curators select resident artists, Artpace assists by creating the Texas Open Call list of contemporary artists living and working in Texas. Each year, three guest curators review the list and may conduct studio visits with selected artists on the list during their respective Texas resident selection process. All submissions will be reviewed by each guest curator.

What happens after you submit your application:

  • Artpace staff reviews your application.
  • If your application is ineligible, you will be notified by December 4, 2017.
  • If your application is eligible, you will receive confirmation by December 4, 2017, that you have been entered into the Texas Open Call database.
  • Artpace selects three guest curators each year, and each curator is given access to the Texas Open Call database.
  • Throughout the year, Artpace staff and guest curators will carefully review all applicants in the Texas Open Call database.
  • Each guest curators will select 20-25 Texas artists for studio visits. Artpace will contact artists via email or phone to schedule studio visits. Studio visits for spring 2019 residencies will be made in spring 2018. Studio visits for summer 2019 residencies will be made in summer 2018. Studio visits for fall 2019 will be made in fall 2018.

Please note: An artist can be selected for multiple studio visits within one given year, but once selected for a residency, an artist is not eligible for future studio visits with guest curators for the residency programs. So, if a guest curator visits an artist’s studio in spring 2017 and selects them for a residency, the artist will no longer be eligible for summer or fall guest curator visits.

Also, once an artist has participated in a residency, they will still be a part of the Texas Open Call, but they will only be considered for exhibitions, education programs, and special events. No artist can do more than one residency.

  • Guest curators will select Texas resident artists for the Artpace residency. Artpace will notify selected artists by phone or email.
  • Artpace will notify all applicants about the status of their application, whether selected for the residency or not.
  • If you are selected for other Texas Open Call opportunities – exhibitions, education programs, special events – Artpace will contact you via email or phone.

Questions about the application process? Contact Artpace at info@artpace.org or 210.212.4900.

Important dates

November 1, 2017 midnight Central Time Zone
Application deadline.

Spring 2018
Guest curator reviews Texas Open Call list, conducts a selection of studio visits, and makes the selection for the Spring 2019 residency.

Summer 2018
Guest curator reviews Texas Open Call list, conducts a selection of studio visits, and makes the selection for the Summer 2019 residency.

Fall 2017
Guest curator reviews Texas Open Call list, conducts a selection of studio visits, and makes the selection for the Fall 2019 residency.

January 2019
Spring 2019 residency begins.

May 2019
Summer 2019 residency begins.

September 2019
Fall 2019 residency begins.

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