Call for Artists

Call for Artists: PASEO 2021

The PASEO 2021 regular call for entries is now closed.

Cristopher Cichocki at work on Circular Dimensions

We will announce a new call for PASEO 2022 in late 2021. See below for last years call process and requirements.

Please take some time to review the below information regarding what we are looking for and what we pay for.  Our Artist in Residence program is currently seeking applications. Learn more about that here

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 eighth year, and scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th, 2021.

Entries are accepted through CaFE with a fee of $15 per entry. Entries for Taos County artists is free. Enter FREETAOS at checkout. 



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 17th and 18th. Artwork must be able to withstand the outdoor environment of the high desert of Northern New Mexico. Overnight security is provided. Please check out our website for examples of past work.

The PASEO seeks works that are immersive, site-responsive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District. Applicants are encouraged to respond to our 2020 theme, “Transformations.” These works will help us consider growth, metamorphosis, and evolution. They remind us of the ever-changing nature of the world, and inspire us to explore what transformations may be occurring within ourselves and our community.

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

The PASEO is seeking 20-25 installations for 2021. We provide stipends ranging from $250 – $2,500 (with 2-3 projects funded at $5,000-$10,000). Stipend is contingent on size, complexity, and anticipated festival impact. PASEO provides funds for the shipping of artwork, but artist is responsible for the installation of their work. The festival will provide staff and volunteers to assist. Please see below for what we do and do not pay for.

NOTE: The PASEO does not hire live bands or musical performances. The PASEO hosts Performance Art (not performing arts). SPECIFICALLY: “Performance Art may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned …. The performance can be live or via media. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience.”


The PASEO started in 2014 as an outdoor arts festival connecting the 40th annual Taos Fall Arts Festival in the Downtown Historic District of Taos, New Mexico. In its seventh year, The PASEO has become the anticipated art event of the year, bringing out thousands of locals and visitors alike to fill the streets. Taos is a centuries-old Art Colony and home to Taos Pueblo, UNESCO protected and the oldest continually inhabited community in North America. Home to artists for centuries, The PASEO holds to the tradition of bringing artists from around the world to both inspire and be inspired.  

 PASEO Education Program

The PASEO engages the entire community through educational programs that happen before and during the annual event. The PASEO regularly partners with local arts organizations, local artists, Museums, and galleries in hosting these events. Events include lectures and talks, workshops, demos, local collaborations, and trainings. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for pre-teen, teen, and adults.

STEMarts LAB @ The PASEO: As part of the application process artists are invited to submit proposals for STEMarts LAB @ The PASEO: Artists who are engaged in creative hybridization of cutting-edge technologies, art and science are encouraged to apply. 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. This program engages middle and secondary educational institutions in the art-making process. Additional stipends are available for eligible artists.

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


Is there an artist fee granted for the selected proposal?
We provide stipends ranging from $250 – $2,500 (with 2-3 projects funded at $5,000-$10,000). Stipend is contingent on size, complexity, and anticipated festival impact.

What should be in the budget?
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. See below for what we do and don’t pay for.

What we pay for:
Travel and lodging, shipping and installation of your work in Taos, New Mexico for the PASEO 2020 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.

When will the artists be selected?
Selected artist will be announced by May 2020.

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.