Showcase Art Exhibition Residency. All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018. Arquetopia. Puebla, Mexico

Self-directed sessions of 5 weeks during Summer or Fall 2018, culminating in a public gallery exhibition in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.

APPLY NOW: Fee reduction options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Contextualizing the artistic heritage of Puebla and understanding the development of its material culture is fundamental to comprehend modern and contemporary art in Mexico. The role of Puebla in the history of art is undeniable, especially considering the tradition of patronage and collecting, having such importance that several private art collections from Puebla became the foundation for the National Museum of Art and many other national cultural institutions. More than 18 museums, six important universities for visual arts, and a growing population of artists and art students call Puebla home. Through Arquetopia’s international Artist-in-Residence Programs, Puebla is becoming a hub for visual arts education and discussion.

The Arquetopia Showcase Program is committed to engaging contemporary art practices with local visual culture and critical perspectives through the exhibitions and public programs of DECENTERED Gallery Arquetopia. The Showcase Art Exhibition Residency aims to connect with the cultural artistic production of Puebla by engaging a greater community in the discussion of international contemporary art.

DECENTERED Gallery Arquetopia is designed as an exhibition space for open processes, critical dialogues, experimentation, and learning at the intersection of Arquetopia’s mission. It is a space to facilitate encounters through the visual arts and in different levels, with the goal of decentering contemporary artistic practices, and establishing connections between Arquetopia’s international community and the local production of art. Its mission is to generate open relationships between emerging and established, as well as local and international artists, and diverse audiences to open channels for the dissemination of critical ideas. The gallery’s annual program is comprised of four curated exhibitions, and a selection of open studios, lectures, round tables, and guided tours connected to Arquetopia’s international programs, generating critical dialogues and learning opportunities in connection with the diverse local communities.

Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 22 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting 
social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico or Peru’s context and cultural complexity is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico or Peru.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized residency programs with academic content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.


  • All residency projects should be research-based, engaging the critical texts provided by Arquetopia advisors. It is mandatory for the exhibition to establish a dialogue with the material culture of Puebla, including local public art collections, archives, narratives, and especially considering historical consciousness.
  • Considering the focus of Decentered Gallery Arquetopia, all exhibitions will be presented as an open research process, and not as a product-based exhibition with a commercial focus.
  • Knowing that each exhibition project is unique is not a requirement for the process/work to be for sale.
  • Artists will engage with the local community by participating in the gallery’s public programs, including giving lectures, facilitating workshops, etc.
  • All proposals should consider 1) the dimensions of the gallery; and 2) to preserve integrity of the space.
  • DECENTERED Gallery Arquetopia will cover the exhibition mounting costs, digital publicity, and local press, as well as the opening reception. All art production costs, including materials, will be covered by the artist.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.

A spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial California-style compound conveniently located in Puebla’s central historic district and close to the Zócalo (city square) accommodates the offices, residency space for up to 12 artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently renovated and expanded, the residency offers a large, natural-light studio/gallery; an equipped darkroom; a ceramics studio with a gas kiln; a natural pigments laboratory; a multi-room public gallery space; ten furnished bedrooms; a large dining room; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces and viewing decks; a research library; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.

Accessible via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136 km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. With a population of 2.7 million, Puebla is famous for a deep cultural identity, delicious cuisine, Talavera ceramics, and traditions rooted in the 16th-century baroque and enriched by a blend of five pre-Hispanic/indigenous cultures, Arab, Jewish, French, and Spanish influences. Puebla lies 45 km (28 mi) east of the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, giving the residents a magnificent view of their snow-topped peaks. At an elevation of 2,200 m (7,200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days per year seeing temperatures above 29°C (84°F).


Staff Support:

  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance and coordination, and critiques

Accommodation and Meals:

  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopia's residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping

Studio Workspace:

  • 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
  • Equipped darkroom provided for photographers
  • For self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally
  • Exhibition mounting costs, digital publicity, and local press, and opening reception included
  • Access to special facilities (such as our gallery) provided

Session Length:
 5 weeks during Summer or Fall 2018.
Fee: USD $759 per week (USD $3795 for the 5 weeks) per person. Deposit of 25% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction options; e-mail us.

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Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page. Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

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Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Chris Davis, Co-Executive Director
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
+52 222 594 7728
Contact Address: 
Avenida 15 Poniente 715
Centro Histórico
72000  Puebla  Puebla