Calls to Artists

From gallupARTS:

2nd Look on 2nd street - Monthly Artist demos

Apply to do a demo at a 2020 2nd Look on 2nd Street event. 

Deadline: Ongoing. 

McKinley County DWI Program Quarterly Posters

Request for Proposals: Submit a proposal including a your contact information, a short bio and and a 11 x 17″ sketch reflecting alcohol/DWI prevention, treatment, or education. Selected artists will receive $250 each to create a Quarterly Theme Poster for the McKinley County DWI program. Posters will be displayed throughout the County and at ART123 Gallery. 


Deadline: Friday, February 14

McKinley County DWI Program 2021 Calendar

Request for Proposals: Submit a proposal including a your contact information, a short bio and and a 8.5 x 11″ sketch reflecting alcohol/DWI prevention, treatment or education. Selected artists will receive $300 each and have their work featured in the McKinley County DWI program 2021 calendar. out the County and at ART123 Gallery. 


Deadline: April 6, 2020

From other organizations:

Santa Fe Arts Commission

Deadline: Friday, January 17 by 5pm

New Mexico artists are invited to apply for inclusion in the Community Gallery’s SUMMER 2020 exhibit: “NEON & CHROME: The Visual Vocabulary of Historic Route 66.” All New Mexico artists interested in considering the myths, iconography, celebrity, history and eventual decay of America’s Main Street, Route 66, are encouraged to apply. “NEON & CHROME” will run from June through September 2020.

Artists working in all media (2D & 3D) are encouraged to submit an online portfolio here: . The deadline is 5 pm MST, Friday, January 17, 2020. For more information, please call 505-955-6707 or email

The intent of this exhibit is to inspire artists to explore the myriad visual methods that sites and businesses along the Mother Road implemented to attract visitors and differentiate themselves from everyone else. Artists will be asked to consider the myths, iconography, celebrity, history and eventual decay of America’s Main Street.

Artists will be asked to consider:

  • How did the automobile change tourism and exploration of the West?
  • What are examples of iconic Route 66 visual cues? Signage? Architecture? Graphic design?
  • What are some of the Route 66 sites in New Mexico?

Native artist only purchase initiative

Deadline: January 24

Calling all Native artists! The Art in Public Places Program at New Mexico Arts announces the 2019 Native American and Alaska Native Artists Only Purchase Initiative. The project is open to Native American or Alaska Native artists who reside in the United States as well as galleries in the U.S. who sell the work of Native Artists. Galleries may submit qualifications on behalf of any artist represented by the gallery, regardless of the artist’s residency, so long as the artist identifies as a member of a Native American or Alaska Native tribe or community. All media in all genres, suitable for interior or exterior display, will be considered for purchase and display at publicly accessible buildings throughout the State of New Mexico. Project amounts are $1,000 – $50,000 all-inclusive. Please check out the Call for Artists on Café. The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2020.

Senator John Pinto Filmmakers Fund

The New Mexico State Film Office (NMFO) is now accepting grant applications for projects for the newly established Senator John Pinto Filmmakers Fund. 

Background: The Native American filmmakers grant fund was spearheaded by the late Sen. John Pinto during his work at the 2019 Legislature. Sen. Pinto worked with the Indian Affairs Committee and other lawmakers for several months to establish the grants. The $100,000 in funding is made available through Senate Bill 649, which became law two months after Sen. Pinto’s death.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a registered member of one of the tribes or pueblos of New Mexico which include – Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Filipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, Zuni, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, and the Navajo Nation. 

Grants: The grants can go to individual Native filmmakers, who can use funds toward any aspect of production. This can include, film, TV, video games, or audio visual projects. All grants will initially be awarded in $5,000 increments.

Films created through the program will be screened or highlighted through the New Mexico Filmmakers Conference or Showcase.

To Apply: Applicants should include a project description and budget explaining how the money would be used as well as any supporting material, such as a film outline, a list of support/grants received to date, and letters of support. All projects must be completed within two years of funding. A board of scholars and film professionals will make the grant decisions. Board members include Ramona Emerson, Beverly Morris, Chris Eyre, Nanobah Becker, and Beverly Singer.

To learn how to apply for the Senator John Pinto Memorial Filmmakers Fund, go to click on “education,” and choose “Senator John Pinto Memorial Filmmakers Fund,” or click here. If you need assistance, call NMFO 505-476-5600.
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