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Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Mexico

Arquetopia is an award-winning, official Mexican nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a non-traditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Arquetopia offers artist residency programs of the highest quality, making its staff available and creating a community among staff and resident artists. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds are diverse in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, artists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are especially encouraged to apply.

Our residency programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career national and international contemporary artists age 25 and over. Our programs are oriented to promote social consciousness, and artists are strongly encouraged to address social themes as part of their artistic goals for their residency project. As Arquetopia’s mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. Since our approach is contemporary, we welcome artists from diverse disciplines (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance and time-based work, etc.) who are interested in creating work with elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

Day of the Dead Special Artist Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca
Matching Fund Art or Design Production Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca
Printmaking Special Artist Residency – Puebla
Natural Pigments Special Artist Residency – Oaxaca
Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Special Residency – Puebla
Art, Design, or Photography Production Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca
Mexican Textiles Special Artist Residency – Oaxaca
Beautiful Mutants: Alebrijes Special Artist Residency – Oaxaca
Ceramics Special Artist Residency – Puebla
Art History Research Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca


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