Opportunities

There are many opportunities available for artists of all disciplines within our department from funding for events and artists to performance opportunities for musicians and dancers. MCAD will periodically have opportunities for people to work with the department as volunteers, docents or teaching artists. Please check back often as many of these opportunities will have deadline applications. 

Fifth Transborder Biennial 2018 - Call for Artists - Deadline for entries extended to December 19

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) announce the call for entries to the singular Transborder Biennial 2018. This contemporary art exhibition, unlike any other in the world, brings together artists from the entire US-Mexico border in a dual exhibition featured at both museums. The application period is open from November 1 through December 19.  The Transborder Biennial 2018 will be on view from June 1 to September 16, 2018, at EPMA and MACJ. For more information or to download the complete call for artists, please visit Transborder Biennial 2018.

Public Art Calls for artists

Chelsea Aquatics Facility

The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Chelsea Aquatic Facility at 900 Radford St in El Paso, TX. The proposed Chelsea Aquatic Facility will be sited on a 1.2 acre parcel located at 900 Radford St adjacent to Liz Morayma Gonzalez Park, near the intersection of Montana and Radford.  It is scheduled to be reconstructed in a modern water park format, making it a unique facility that will likely serve not only the surrounding neighborhoods but also people from throughout the city. The selected artist will work with the design team, once selected, so that the artist and the designers can jointly investigate the best approach for public art at the site. Application deadline is January 5, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit CAFE - Chelsea Aquatics Facility

Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility

The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility. The proposed Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility will be located at 1225 Giles Road adjacent to Hacienda Park, near Gateway Boulevard East. It is scheduled to be reconstructed in a modern water park format, making it a unique facility that will likely serve not only the surrounding neighborhoods but also people from throughout the city. The selected artist will work with the design team, once selected, so that the artist and the designers can jointly investigate the best approach for public art at the site. Deadline to apply is January 5, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit CAFE - Lionel Forti Aquatics Facility 


Allied Artist Program - Pre-Qualified Artist Pool- continuous

The City of El Paso Allied Artist Program is to provide local artists the opportunity to assist experienced artists commissioned for major projects of $125,000 or more by the Public Art Program, in order to gain the technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art. Allied Artists are matched up with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Pre-qualified artists who are chosen for a specific project will be compensated for their service as an Allied Artist. Artists must re-apply every two years.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art regularly recruits to be part of its docent program. Docents are volunteer gallery educators who lead gallery tours for various audiences, including students and adults. Potential docents should be comfortable around people of all ages, enjoy teaching, and be able to commit to leading tours for one year following training. Docents play a critical role in making the museum  welcoming and enjoyable.

EPMA provides all docents with introductory and ongoing training in art, art history, and teaching. Previous experience or knowledge of art is not necessary. For more information, please contact EPMAEducation@elpasotexas.gov.

Museum of History
The El Paso Museum of History is currently recruiting volunteer tour guides. Volunteers will help lead tours of the Museum of History. You don't need a background in history, but an interest and desire to learn more about the history of the area is desired. For more information, please contact Jaime Knoedler, Community Engagement Coordinator, at knoedlerjm@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3163.

DOWNTOWN ARTIST & FARMERS MARKET

Are you interested in becoming a vendor at the Downtown Art and Farmers Market? Visit the Art & Farmers Market tab for more information.

Cultural Funding Program

The application period for the FY2018 Cultural Funding Program is now closed. 

Chalk the Block 11 - October 12-14
The application period for Chalk the Block 11 will open in late summer 2018. Please watch our social media for an announcement.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The application period for MCAD's summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is now closed. Thank you to all the bands who applied. Selected bands will be notified early next year.

For more information about this concert series, please visit our events section. Visit the program Facebook Pages for a complete schedule and updates: Music Under the Stars

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other artist opportunities

Do you have other artist opportunities that you would like for us to share? Please email them to: 

Erin Ritter, ritteree@elpasotexas.gov

El Paso Art Association con.FIGURE.ation.four.2018 Figure and Portrait Award Show

For the past three years, the con.FIGURE.ation exhibit has gleaned a supportive following of visual artists and photographers from El Paso and surrounding areas. The shows origin stems from the EPAA's Life Drawing Sessions held weekly in as many years at the Art Junction. Deadline for entries is January 9. For more information and to apply, please visit Art Association con.FIGURE.ation.four

Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, NM

The Art Selection Committee will consider a variety of media and styles that incorporate but not limited to: glass, stone, metal, wood or other media that integrates well with the existing architecture and the natural southwest environment of the High Desert Rose Garden. The artwork must be suitable for long-term outdoor display. Durability and minimal routine maintenance will be desirable aspects of a successful proposal. The project will support an artwork that will utilize and/or incorporate durable natural materials that will enhance the High Desert Rose Garden. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CST, December 30, 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit CAFE - Albuquerque, NM.

Austin Art In Public Places Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool (2017-19) - Austin, TX

The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks exceptional established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2017-2019 Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool. Selected artists or artist teams from the Pool may be contracted to design and fabricate artwork for eligible Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) of various scopes, timelines, and budgets throughout the City of Austin. Certain projects may offer opportunities for an artist to work as part of the sponsor project design team. Deadline to apply is 5:00p.m. CST, December 31, 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.Org - Austin, TX.

Downtown Conference Center - Odessa, TX

Odessa Arts invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece to enhance the entrance to the new downtown hotel and convention center on Fifth Street. Situated in downtown Odessa, the new $47 million, 217 room, 150,326 sq. ft. Marriott hotel and $30 million, 78,271 state of the art conference center is the anchor for the City of Odessa’s downtown revitalization project. The historic Ector Theater will be incorporated into the center, merging Odessa’s past with it’s future. The artwork will be situated at the entrance for the hotel, and should serve to welcome visitors, and to honor the Energy Industry, which is the primary economic driver for the community. Special consideration will be given to artists/projects that utilize kinetic elements. Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm CST, January 1, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.Org - Odessa, TX.

Museum of Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX

The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the Museum of Texas Tech University, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX. The public art will serve to enhance and highlight the museum’s main entrance and new landscaping to the building. Ideal submissions should incorporate light into the piece as many visitors will be here during both the day and night. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community, as well as integrated into the environment. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project. Deadline to apply is 3:00 pm, CST, January 16, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Lubbock, TX.

Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project - Washington 

The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, January 31, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Shoreline, WA.

Zarzamora St./Military Dr. Art Contest: Shelter Windscreen Graphics, San Antonio, TX 

The VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) Art in Transit Program seeks to engage community residents, artists and other interested persons to create site-specific art in two-dimensional graphics, to be incorporated as part of the new Prímo transit project bus shelters, along Zarzamora Street and Military Drive. VIA staff will manage a process that will translate the selected graphics from this art contest into laser-cut metal panels, and integrate the panels as artwork in the shelter windscreen component, to promote local culture and influence transit use, enhancing both VIA and the local community. Deadline to apply is 5 pm, CST, February 1, 2018. For more information, please visit PublicArtist.org - San Antonio, TX.


Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project - Washington 

The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, January 31, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Shoreline, WA.

Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project - Washington 

The City of Shoreline, Washington, seeks an experienced U.S.-based artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99). Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line. Proposals that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, January 31, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArtist.org - Shoreline, WA.