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Prospectus #231 TIME: Taos 2.0

Entry Deadline: 7/31/14
Application Closed


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TIME - Temporary Installations Made for the Environment – Taos 2.0

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts seeks to commission up to four (4) temporary “wind” themed artworks to be exhibited in the gardens of the Taos Art Museum in Taos, NM.

Project Intent

Artwork should be environmentally sensitive and respond to the theme of “wind.” We encourage the use of innovative materials. New Mexico Arts challenges artists to create artworks that will inspire, engage, question, puzzle, amuse, and otherwise influence the visitors to the Taos Museum of Art. The installations will be up for a little over a month and will coincide with both the Taos Fall Arts Festival and the Taos Institute of Glass Artists Bi-annual Exhibition.

No artwork requiring concrete pads or other environmentally damaging approaches will be considered. At the agreed upon time of removal, the artist will return the installation site to its original condition, subject to the approval of the site representative. Media must be low maintenance, safe for both children and adults, ADA compliant, and not leave a permanent mark on the environment when removed.

Site Information

Artwork will be located in and around the gardens of the Taos Museum of Art in Taos, NM. There are four sites with the following dimensions of usable space:

1)   30’ x 28’

2)   10’ x 12’

3)   14’ x 16’

4)   10’ x 27’

Please see the images in the Floor/Site Plan section above or click here. Note that these images were taken in winter, and as spring/summer has arrived, the areas are a little more filled in with greenery.

To prevent irreparable environmental damage, no large holes may be dug or foreign organic materials released into the environment. Artwork must also be sufficiently secured against high winds and intense weather conditions that often arise in New Mexico. The artist understands that their artwork may be subject to damage, vandalism or theft at any time. Neither New Mexico Arts nor the Taos Museum of Art will be responsible for such occurrences.

Project Amount

Project Amounts available are between $1,000 and $5,000 and a detailed budget will be required with application submission. The artist will be responsible for all applicable expenses that they may incur creating the artwork, such as materials, labor, insurance, taxes, travel, installation, photographic documentation of the artwork, and retrieval of the artwork. There is no medical or workers’ compensation insurance provided by either the State of New Mexico or the sites. Artists will be responsible for providing coverage.


This project is open to New Mexico artists/artist teams only. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. 

Employees of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs or the Taos Art Museum and any individuals directly or indirectly involved in the state contracting process for the NM Arts Art in Public Places Program (including their project consultants and sub-consultants) are not eligible to apply. Applicants may be required to provide verifiable proof of residency and employment at the discretion of AIPP Program staff.



June 2014 Project Announced

July 31, 2014 Submission Deadline

August 2014 Notification of Selected Artists

September 21, 2014 Installation begins

September 26, 2014 Installation Complete

September 28, 2014 Opening Reception

November 9, 2014 Installation Closes

This calendar is subject to change. The selection criteria used by the LSC shall include, but is not limited to:

•         Suitability of project as determined by written submission materials

•         Incorporation of the “wind” theme

•         Budget within limit and reasonable for proposed project

•         Demonstrated artistic ability

Submission Requirements

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Supplemental information beyond what is requested will not be reviewed by the LSC. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.

•         A letter of interest.

•         A brief project proposal.

•         A detailed project budget.

•         Resume listing relevant experience, including temporary environmental art installations if applicable.

•         Ten images of proposed installation or previously completed work. Please review and follow the image preparation guide on CaFÉ.

•         Notes in the image description field regarding project description, budget, and commissioning agency if applicable.

The selected artist or artist teams will enter into a Professional Services Contract with the Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico Arts, and the Taos Art Museum. The contract requires authorization from the Administrative Services Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the State of New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration prior to execution.

Questions/Follow-up questions regarding the project should be directed to Michelle Laflamme-Childs at 505-827-6490, or email: