Call for Artists

Call for Artists

Nemcatacoa Teatro perform outside the Space Cloud at PASEO 2018

The PASEO is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. This two-day outdoor event, set in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico, is in its sixth year, and scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 13rd and 14th, 2019.

Eligibility:
The PASEO is seeking installations, projection, and/or performance art that can be installed/shown/projected/performed outdoors for this two-day outdoor art festival located in the Taos Downtown Historic District. Art must be designed for outdoor and nighttime viewing. Artists must be on site sunset – 11pm daily, September 13rd and 14th. Artwork must be able to withstand the outdoor environment of the high desert of Northern New Mexico. Overnight security is provided.

The PASEO 2019 theme is “Connections.” The PASEO is seeking work that celebrates, contemplates, or questions our interactions with each other, nature, or the world. The PASEO seeks works that are immersive, site-responsive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District.

Submissions must be of fully executed projects. No concept proposals. All work must be original and created by or under direction of the artist(s). Collaborations are welcome. Artwork must match type & quality submitted for jurying.

The artists from Espacio la Nube work on the lighting system for the Space Cloud in preparation for PASEO 2018

The PASEO is able to provide stipends, but artist is responsible for providing equipment and installation of their work. The festival will provide staff and volunteers to assist artists.

Applications can be submitted through CaFE
Deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019

Submit your project HERE

What we are looking for:
The PASEO is an outdoor art festival. Installations must be able to be installed or performed outside. The PASEO encourages work that is immersive, participatory, and/or context responsive. ​The PASEO encourages work that engages with people, or with the unique architecture of this historic town. Sound, light, and other forms of art are encouraged. The PASEO welcomes work that can’t be ‘hung on a wall’. Please check out our website for examples of past work.

  • Proposals must be installed outdoors and viewable in a nighttime setting.
  • Artworks must fulfill the criteria for the PASEO festival: Installation, Projection, or Performance art that is participatory or context responsive.
  • Artists must be prepared for work to be accessed to 1,000’s of attendees per night.
  • Artist must be on site during the event.
  • Artists must have experience in executing works or projects of this type. Paseo is unable to commission new works.
  • Artist must be over 18
  • Past PASEO artists are welcome to submit new works. Repeated works will not be allowed.
Cristopher Cichocki at work on Circular Dimensions

PASEO Education Program
The PASEO engages the entire community through educational programs that happen before and during the annual event. Artists are invited to submit proposals for pre-teen, teen, and adult workshops. Proposals for lectures and educational forums are also welcome. Selected artists will be contact prior to the event to explore this year’s options.

STEMarts LAB @ The PASEO: As part of the application process artists are invited to submit proposals for STEMarts LAB @ The PASEO, an innovative educational program that allows schools, youth and their families to become part of the STEM-art making process at The PASEO. The artists are asked to share their process of art making with the students who then perform/install at the event.

STEMarts LAB seeks artists that are engaged in creative hybridization of cutting-edge technologies, art and science. If selected, artists are partnered with schools in Taos, encouraging art and science teachers to collaborate to enhance the STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, math + arts) component. Students work with their artist(s) up to one week prior (or in the summer) in an experimental LAB setting which includes sharing their work live at The PASEO event along with their host(s) This real-world collaboration exposes students to critical thinking, creativity and innovation, while building valuable 21st century skills.

This program engages middle and secondary educational institutions in the art-making process. Additional stipends are available for eligible artists.

Media Exposure
The PASEO is an award-winning festival and attracts audiences from all over the Western US and beyond. We heavily promote and market our artists by coordinating: radio interviews, artists videos, museum talks, online and social media promotion, newsletter, and regional and national ad campaigns. PASEO 2018 advertised in Hyperallergic and Colossal. Participating artists are featured in the Festival Guide and website.

What we ask for in the Application

  1. 1000 word statement: Please tell us a little bit about your work and the installation you’d like to bring to The PASEO 2019. You will be asked to type or cut in paste in your response.
  2. Please include in a .doc or .pdf file the following:
    a.       Name of artist or collective, city/state/country
    b.       Website and links to works, videos, etc.
    c.       Title of Installation proposal for PASEO 2019.  (approx. size, date created)
    d.       Brief installation statement (include participatory elements) and images and Artist statement if applicable.
    e.       BUDGET and technical requirements (Tech rider and/or site layout)
    f.       Optional: Educational Program proposal or interest
  3. Please upload your bio/resume or CV in PDF or Word doc format
  4. THREE Images minimum (or videos) representing installation. This is completed through the CaFE website. Please contact them for issues regarding this process.

Timeline
December 13, 2018: Application opens
February 28, 2019: Application closes
May 2019: Artist selections announced
September 2019: PASEO 2019 festival

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?
The open call is intended for all artists of all medias. Special consideration is given to local or New Mexican artists. Please see the specific parameters of eligibility below:

  • Proposals must be installed outdoors and viewable in a nighttime setting.
  • Artworks must fulfill the criteria for the PASEO festival: Installation, Projection, or Performance art that is participatory or context responsive.
  • Artists must be prepared for work to be accessed to 1,000’s of attendees per night.
  • Artist must be on site during the event.
  • Artists must have experience in executing works or projects of this type. Paseo is unable to commission new works.
  • Artist must be over 18
  • Past PASEO artists are welcome to submit new works. Repeated works will not be allowed.

How do I apply?
Beginning December 10, 2018, applications will be accepted electronically. Applications can be submitted using the CaFE online website. The submission fee is $15 per entry (maximum of 3 entries per artists). Free submission for all Taos County based artists, please provide your zip code as your coupon code at the point of check out.  This open call closes on February 28, 2019.

Is there an artist fee granted for the selected proposal?
Yes, the selected applicant will receive an artist fee based on the scale of their project and current W.A.G.E. standards.

What is the budget?  What is allowed and not allowed?
Your budget will vary depending on the proposed concept. The budget is what you need to comfortably carry out the installation and your participation at the PASEO 2019.

What we pay for:
Travel and lodging, shipping and installation of your work in Taos, New Mexico for the PASEO 2019 festival, and misc. equipment or parts needed to present the work. A modest artist fee based on the scope of your proposal and current W.A.G.E standards is also provided.

What we don’t pay for
:
The PASEO is unable to pay for new commissions or undeveloped works.

How will the artist be selected?
All complete applications received by February 28 will be reviewed internally by The Paseo Project. In May, shortlisted artist will be contacted to review a more detailed proposal that includes an in-depth concept outline, site parameters, production timeline, additional sketches or renderings, and budget. A curatorial committee comprised of curators, artists, Paseo Project staff, and community members will advise on the proposals. Selected artist will be announced by May 2019.

When will the selected artist be announced?
Selected artist will be announced by May 2019.

Are there any important dates I should know?

  • December 13, 2018: Application opens
  • February 28, 2019: Application closes
  • May 2019: Artist selections announced
  • September 2019: PASEO 2019 festival

 

 

Legal Agreement and Participation Liability Waiver

By submitting this Café online application for The PASEO, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions of this participation liability waiver:

1. I the Artist as participant am at least 18 years old. If Artist is younger than 18, Artist must have guardian or parent consent and in lieu of participating in event, said guardian or parent agrees to waive all rights to sue hereunder after Artist reaches the age of 18.

2. Artist understands that this is a call for submissions. While all submissions will be considered, there is no guarantee the work will be accepted or shown. The Paseo Project has the right to cancel the event. If work is accepted, Artist agrees to complete a full contract.

3. RULES OF CONDUCT: All artists are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Any unruly conduct, refusal to follow rules or damage to property will be considered grounds for expulsion from the artist and risk loss of final payment. Artist is fully responsible for any damage to Town or Private property.

4. All participants are responsible for their own replacement, comprehensive and liability insurance. Applicants must obey all pertinent safety codes, laws, including but not limited to, fire, safety and parking regulations.

By submitting an application for The PASEO I warrant that I am of legal age and that I have read and fully understand the foregoing terms of participation outlined in this The PASEO application.