Now Welcoming Applications for Spring 2020
(and last spaces for 2019)
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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.

José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913):
“Detalle del Espantoso y ejemplar suceso
de un joven que por desobediente, se lo llevó el Demonio á los infiernos.” Flyer made in lead plate. José Guadalupe Posada Museum
The Mexican printmaking tradition has a complicated relation with the development of modern and contemporary art in Mexico. The work of José Guadalupe Posada and Taller de Gráfica Popular set the foundation of such a complex tradition, by rendering contentious realities mixed with current events, and political messages. This strong political legacy has not only influenced other forms of art but also set the tone to the tense and contradictory relationship between art and social activism in Mexico. Nevertheless, printmaking, as a creative space, remains as the base of artistic political activity. Given the accessibility and collaborative nature of the techniques, the print shop in Mexico is a dynamic grass-root space where the discussion of social issues is very relevant. From relief printing, to intaglio, screen-printing, and lithography, the abundant artistic output is ideal for cultural and artistic exchanges.

The Printmaking Residency is a self-directed production residency that offers the unique opportunity to produce work on-site at Arquetopia and at the Museo Taller Erasto Cortés (Erasto Cortés Printmaking Museum). 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 lithography printing press are 27 X 19 inches and of the etching press are 24 X 45 inches. This residency is for experienced printmakers only. No instruction is provided.

Arquetopia’s on-site Printmaking facility
BE12X Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipient, Brent Erickson (USA)
Flexible sessions of 4 to 12 weeks. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.

Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopias residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • Bright and spacious on-site printmaking facility
  • 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.

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.