The Paseo Project Artist in Residence Program
The Paseo Project Artist in Residence Program is a rare opportunity for working artists to activate their projects within our diverse community in the high desert of Northern New Mexico. Applicants are to submit a project they would like to work on while based in Taos, in addition to their current CV and images/video of past work. While artists are provided housing and a work space to work on their projects, artists must have a social engagement component to their project. All artists are required to engage with the community in some form during their stay in Taos. The Paseo Project will work with each artist to find the best way to do this and help in introducing artist to key community members.
Current Paseo Project Artist in Residence:
Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez
Mr. Hernandez will be in Taos for two weeks in July 2021 to install a series of murals. In collaboration with Taos youth, including DreamTree Project and students from Vista Grande High School, these murals will be inspired and colored by our community.
Born in 1969, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez was raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles where he was exposed to art at an early age, in the form of graffiti art and aerosol based mural paintings. After being commissioned for his first public mural, his career progressed with further commissions and he was eventually selected, through a rigorous interview process, by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham to join the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Torso Project” in 1992.
Muñoz Hernandez continues to work at the esteemed Robert Graham Studio today, and has worked on several internationally acclaimed public works including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C., Duke Ellington in New York, Charlie Parker in Kansas City, and Our Lady of Angels Cathedral doors in Los Angeles, California.
Muñoz Hernandez’s works range in materials from acrylic, ink, pigment on paper, wood, and canvas, to multi-dimensional cast and fabricated bronze, with patina and powder-coat. His work has been included in numerous museum and gallery shows over the past twenty years such as The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA, OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH).
Juan Carlos will give an artist talk at the Harwood Museum of Art, Sunday July 25th at 2pm, and will have a pop-up show displayed at Revolt Gallery from July 19th – July 25th.
2021 Paseo Project Artist in Residence:
The Paseo Project is excited to welcome Jessica Blinkhorn back to Taos as 2021’s first Artist in Residence. Blinkhorn is a visual artist and performance artist based out of Atlanta, GA. She is dedicated to the evocation of social empathy and advocacy for individuals with disability issues by way of visual works, performance, and writing. An instructor in the Fine Arts for Georgia State University and Perimeter Colleges and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, her work has been hailed “abrasively insightful,” “an educational exploration,” and “satirical sadism.”
Blinkhorn was a featured artist at the 2019 PASEO Festival, where she fell in love with Taos and northern New Mexico. However, she took note of the many, many access challenges in the area, and sent us a proposal to come back and address our community’s needs more specifically.
“Reverence: We Three” will be a series of performances held in areas with a lack of
accessibility. As a wheelchair user, Blinkhorn will use her own form as an object of reverence, placing herself in front of areas where accessibility is a challenge. While in position, she will be wearing all white and joined by two empty wheelchairs. Looking straight ahead, no one else will exist, symbolic of the way individuals with disabilities feel on a daily basis.
“My works are an awareness of humanity and what it means to be human,” says Jessica. “As an individual living with a disability, I serve as a reminder of what is, what could be, and what we tend to forget. I am not broken but the world around me and infrastructures where we all exist are and I aim to bring awareness through the use of ceremonial-like performances.”
During Blinkhorn’s residency, June 1 – June 28, she presented “Reverence: We Three” every Friday night, locations were announced weekly on Instagram and Facebook. She also offered a free artist talk at the Harwood Museum’s Arthur Bell Auditorium on June 8th at 5:30pm. Finally, The Paseo Project in partnership with the Taos Center for the Arts will presented a free screening of Crip Camp on Sunday, June 13th at 2pm, with a 4pm Q&A with Blinkhorn and the film’s co-directors.
This project was supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Revolt Gallery.
2019 Paseo Project Artist in Residence
La Pocha Nostra (Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez/La Saula, and Balitronica Gómez), San Francisco, CA is the featured PASEO 2019 Artist in Residence.
La Pocha Nostra is a transdisciplinary arts organization that provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. They are devoted to erasing the borders between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator. For over 25 years, La Pocha Nostra has intensely focused on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generation as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create ephemeral communities of rebel artists.
La Pocha Nostra was in Taos for two weeks in September of 2019. In the first week they offered one of their legendary international performance summer school workshops in Taos, New Mexico. These workshops are considered to be La Pocha Nostra’s most important pedagogical and political adventures of the year. Taos County residents were invited to apply for this FREE workshop.
The residency ended with a two night performance piece during PASEO 2019. The Living Museum of Fetishized Identities was the next step in their performance research to develop large-scale interactive performance/installations that functioned as “intelligent raves and art expos of Western apocalypse.” This “living museum” was site-specific and was realized from a pre-festival workshop featuring different groups of local and international performers. Original music, video projections, cinematic lighting, taxidermied animals and twisted ethnographic motifs helped enhance the high-tech “robo-baroque aesthetic.”
2018 Paseo Project Artist in Residence
The Paseo Project hosted its first artist-in-residence, Laurelin Kruse, founder of the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts (MMoAA) in April 2018. Throughout the month, Kruse took the Mobile Museum to 16 stops throughout Taos County, engaging the community through stories and oral histories embedded in everyday objects. Five University of New Mexico art department students were selected for internships with MMOAA. Each received college credits. The interns were Tracy Bell, Heather Bergerson, Audrey Tipping, Savannah Summers and Jana Greiner. Learn more about MMoAA at www.theMMOAA.org
Mobile Museum of American Artifacts April 2018 locations:
Friday, April 6 TCA – Opening Reception Water is Community Installation
Sunday, April 8 TCA – Pecha Kucha Night Taos
Tuesday, April 10 Questa Library
Wednesday, April 11 Ancianos Senior Center
Saturday, April 14 Taos Mesa Brewing / KNCE live remote
Sunday, April 15 Penasco Theater
Wednesday, April 18 Ancianos Senior Center & The Men’s Homeless Shelter
Thursday, April 19 Questa Library
Sunday, April 22 Millicent Rogers Museum
Wednesday, April 25 Enos Garcia Elementary School, classroom event
Thursday, April 26 TISA, classroom event
Saturday, April 28 Invent Event @ Enos Garcia Elementary Gymnasium
Sunday, April 29 Harwood Museum of Art – closing artist talk 3pm