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Our International Community Is a Safe and Healthy Space

Arquetopia Foundation adheres to the World Travel & Tourism recovery protocols to ensure that people are and feel safe, taking into account the current guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We stand behind the Global Protocols and “Safe Travels” Stamp for the New Normal that allows travelers to recognize governments, companies, and organizations around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized measures. The Safe Travels protocols for each key industry within the Travel & Tourism sector will help to provide alignment and consistency to ensure the safety of travelers and workforces as the sector recovers from COVID-19.

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CNC Etching Printmaking Residency Program


Location: PUEBLA, MEXICO
Now Welcoming Applications for All Dates in 2022 & 2023
Apply Now through Sunday, December 12, 2021
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This comprehensive, customized residency program offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 20 and over.

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The first machine used to replace handcrafted techniques and increase precision was invented in 1751. Since then, the industrial revolution has transformed the technology of image production, becoming more precise and complex. In the 20th century, and specifically in the decade of the 1940s, computer numerical control, or CNC, emerged. CNC involves entering 3D files into a computer and running a program to control the motion of tools within a machining center. A fully automated process using speed rotation from an axis and diverse cutting tools achieves a range of dimensions. CNC machines combine multiple tools with numerical control techniques as means for a precise and accurate visual production. The 21st century has made us believe that everything is computable and can be resolved by applying new technologies; however, technologies have also inherited the legacy of history embodying our biases.

The CNC Etching Printmaking Residency is one of Arquetopia’s new initiatives to expand the possibilities of printmaking, specifically relief techniques through the use of numerical control techniques in the process of creating images. This process expands the possibilities of image production, including depth and resolution in a variety of materials including linoleum, plexiglass, and wood. The effect produces a uniform porous structure on the surface that is more precise and allows more variables in terms of intensity and depth of image.

Printmaking is one of the oldest traditions used by the modern world. From the reproduction of books to the making of money, it became a technology that allowed the massive reproduction of information and facilitated transactions, becoming an integral part of our everyday life. As Benedict Anderson wrote, print technology created the possibility of a new form of imagined community which created the language of power and set the stage for the modern nation. In that sense, modernity and the language allowed irrational exploitation and pollution of the environment, and most art techniques are not excluded.

The CNC Etching Printmaking Residency is a mentored production residency that offers the unique opportunity to produce work on-site at Arquetopia.The techniques offered are intaglio, linoleum, woodcut, polyester plate, silkscreen and the unique opportunity of working with a specific lithography stone from Mexico. Maximum dimensions of the etching press are 24 X 45 inches.

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RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Flexible sessions of 4 to 8 weeks. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applying artist.

WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE MENTORED, NON-INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Staff Support:
  • Each resident artist meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized mentoring, research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critique
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopias residency common spaces including outdoor terraces
  • Shared, serviced bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • Bright and spacious on-site printmaking facility with 24-hour access
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared main art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some materials and supplies provided
  • Some printmaking materials are not included (paper, plates, certain inks, screens); artists bring these or purchase them locally

RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION INFO & APPLICATION DEADLINES
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for program tuition info and application deadlines for this program.

TO APPLY
Click here to apply for this mentored, non-instructional residency program.

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Electroetching Instructional Residency Program


Location: PUEBLA, MEXICO
Now Welcoming Applications for All Dates in 2022 & 2023
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This comprehensive, customized residency program offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 20 and over.

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Claudio de Domenico Celentano di Valle Nove, Allegory of Distillation, ca. 1606. Image courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.

The obsession with gold in medieval times led to the science of the physical transformation of metals. Alchemy would eventually become chemistry, as the knowledge from Islamic cultures was translated into Latin, then coopted by the Catholic Church and banned for the general public, and eventually monopolized by regional powers in Europe. The 17th century will be known as the period in which European empires would consolidate modern science leading to the codification of electrochemistry in the 1800s. Soon, the British Empire would monopolize the art of electroplating, and the dream of King Midas of turning everything into gold came true. The first patent for engraving metals by voltaic electricity was granted in 1840, and electro-deposition became a technique widely used to reproduce printing plates, plating metal objects, decorating silverware and marking cutlery.

Printmaking is one of the oldest traditions used by the modern world. From the reproduction of books to the making of money, it became a technology that allowed the massive reproduction of information and facilitated transactions, becoming an integral part of our everyday life. As Benedict Anderson wrote, print technology created the possibility of a new form of imagined community which created the language of power and set the stage for the modern nation. In that sense, modernity and the language allowed irrational exploitation and pollution of the environment, and most art techniques are not excluded.

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This unique program is Arquetopia’s new initiative with a non-toxic approach to expand the possibilities of printmaking and specifically intaglio techniques while also rethink our responsibility in the process of creating images. This process avoids the use of acids, highly toxic substances and aggressive chemicals, replacing them with the electroetching technique that uses electric current in an electrolyte solution and an anode and cathode to etch a metal plate. This solution does not generate fumes or toxic gases during the etching process. The effect produces a uniform porous structure on a bare metal surface that is more precise and allows more variables in terms of intensity and speed than the process of acid etching.

The Electroetching Instructional Residency is a mentored production residency in printmaking that includes 3 weeks of instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) specifically in electroetching, by a prominent master printer. Artists learn the technique of electroetching and its diverse qualities and possibilities for printmaking. As part of the process, artists learn the electro chemistry applied on metal plates, the use of electrolyte solutions, anodes and cathodes, and the variations in direct electric currents. The residency includes the solutions, and two metal (copper and iron) plates are included as part of the residency. Instruction is in Spanish, though resident artists need not speak Spanish in order to successfully complete the course. Individual mentoring is provided by our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critique. This residency also provides some printmaking materials and access to our printmaking studio, to produce work on site at Arquetopia. The techniques offered are intaglio, linoleum, woodcut, polyester plate, silkscreen and the unique opportunity of working with a specific lithography stone from Mexico. Maximum of the etching press are 24 X 45 inches.

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RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD 
Sessions of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 5 more weeks of continued production as a Printmaking Residency.
Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applying artist.

WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Technique Instruction:
  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • Each resident artist meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized mentoring, research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critique
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopias residency common spaces including outdoor terraces
  • Shared, serviced bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • Bright and spacious on-site printmaking facility with 24-hour access
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally
  • Some printmaking materials are not included (paper, plates, certain inks, screens); artists bring these or purchase them locally

RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION INFO & APPLICATION DEADLINES
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for program tuition info and application deadlines for this program.

TO APPLY
Click here to apply for this instructional residency program.

Arquetopia Electroetching Residency 2022 2023

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Arquetopia Alumni News
Updated November 2021


Check back here for announcements, current exhibitions and other projects by our current and past resident artists and writers. This page is updated throughout the year. 

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Mexican Jewelry & Silversmithing Instructional Residency Program


Location: OAXACA, MEXICO
Now Welcoming Applications for All Dates in 2022 & 2023
Apply Now through Sunday, December 12, 2021
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This comprehensive, customized residency program offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 20 and over.

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Since the 16th century, the silver from the Americas has been associated with wealth and global exchange. Munitions, equipment for shipping and other metal ware, as well as Chinese silks, Indian cottons, porcelain, spices, and wax, all were traded for silver extracted from the mines of the New Spain (Mexico) and Peru. From the Manila Galleon to the vessels of the Atlantic trade route, all were loaded will silver in their returning voyages, so much so that silver became the monetary standard in most of Asia. The mining industry contributed to the expansion of commerce but also the slave trade and the exploitation of people.

Mexican silver has a complex and fascinating history that spans several centuries and is still a unique symbol of taste. From the centuries of baroque intricated designs from Oaxaca to the glamour of the 1920’s and 1930’s art deco silver from Taxco, silver’s versatility, beauty, and malleability has adapted to a multiplicity of techniques from textiles to jewelry and everything in between. Filigree, as such, is a technique used in jewelry with an intricated metalwork that resembles lace, and that migrated from the Islamic world into Europe and then the Americas. Introduced into Mexico in the 1600 to local silversmiths, it developed its own style through the centuries and established the Oaxacan jewelry and silversmithing tradition.

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The Mexican Jewelry & Silversmithing Instructional Residency is a mentored production residency that includes 3 weeks of instruction (21 hours total; 7 hours per week) by a prominent master silversmith. Artists will learn the technique of utilizing wire as frame and create their design by curling, twisting and plating silver wire to create intricate metal threads. As part of the process, artists will learn how to melt a silver troy ounce, included as part of the materials for the residency, to create their own silver wire. Instruction is in Spanish, though resident artists need not speak Spanish in order to successfully complete the course. Individual mentoring is provided by our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critique; participants of this program also work independently in our spaces.

RESIDENCY DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Sessions of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 5 more weeks of continued production as an Art, Design or Photography Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applying artist.

WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Technique Instruction:
  • 21 hours master instruction (7 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • Each resident artist meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized mentoring, research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critique
Accommodation, Meals, and Local Transportation:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopia’s residency common spaces
  • Shared, serviced bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Downtown arrival pickup and departure dropoff transportation provided
  • Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia also provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van
Studio Workspace and Materials:
  • 24-hour access to shared studio
  • Personal workspace with large table
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally

RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION INFO & APPLICATION DEADLINES
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for program tuition info and application deadlines for this program.

TO APPLY
Click here to apply for this instructional residency program.

Arquetopia Mexican Jewelry Residency 2022 2023

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Established in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is a self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican and Peruvian nonprofit organization of artist-run professional spaces that receive zero external funding. Arquetopia is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, war industrial or weapon-building entities. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help us continue to develop our outstanding, unique arts programs that contribute to positive social change.

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