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. 

Public Art Calls for artists

PRE-QUALIFIED ARTIST LIST

The City of El Paso Public Art Program Pre-Qualified artist list is open to receive applications from established as well as emerging artists who are interested in being considered for public art projects. Over the last 10 years, the Public Art Program has completed $7.3 million in public art projects. The list is used to streamline the selection process and opens up every two years for artists to submit their information. Once submitted, an artists will be able to remain on the eligibility list for three years before re-applying. As public art projects arise, artists will be selected from the list and placed for review and consideration for projects. To apply or for more information, please visit www.callforentry.org and look for "City of El Paso 2018-2020 Pre-Qualified Artist List". 

ARVIS E. JONES, SR. TRANSIT CENTER AT NORTHGATE ART EXHIBITION

Sun Metro in collaboration with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to establish a pool of artists or artist teams from the Greater El Paso area for consideration in upcoming exhibits for the new Northgate Transit Terminal. The exhibition will introduce artists to our communiyt and provide them with valuable exposure and gallery space for temporary exhibitions. The exhibit space has an opportunity to display 10-15 pieces, depending on work selected, for a 12-month period. The designated space seeks to highlight El Paso as a diverse and cultural destination through high quality art and visual experiences. Entry deadline is May 6, 2018. For more information, please visit Northgate Transit Terminal

EXPOSICIÓN DE ARTE DE LA TERMINAL DE TRÁNSITO DE NORTHGATE

Sun Metro, en colaboración con el departamento de Museos y Asuntos Culturales (Museums and Cultural Affairs department, en inglés), busca establecer un grupo de artistas o equipos de artistas del área metropolitana de El Paso para su consideración en las próximas exhibiciones de la nueva Terminal de Tránsito de Northgate. La exposición presentará artistas a nuestra comunidad y les proporcionará una exposición valiosa y un espacio de galería para sus exposiciones temporales. El espacio de exhibición tiene la oportunidad de mostrar 10-15 piezas de trabajo (este número puede variar según el trabajo seleccionado) durante un período de 12 meses. El espacio designado busca resaltar a El Paso como un destino diverso y cultural a través de experiencias artísticas y visuales de alta calidad. Las solicitudes deben enviarse mediante el sistema de solicitud en línea Call for Entry (CAFÉ) administrado por Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). Los artistas deberán crear un nombre de usuario y una contraseña para configurar una cuenta personal, sin cargo, en www.callforentry.org.

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.

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 FY2019 Cultural Funding Program opens April 2, 2018. Please visit the Arts Funding tab for the mandatory orientation schedule and to review the program guidelines.  

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: 

Center for Recreational Excellence - Hobbs, NM 

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for the Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) in Hobbs, New Mexico seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project to be situated outside the main entrance of the recreational facility. Kinetic and light responsive projects are encouraged, especially those responding to the use of the recreational center, as well as its larger function in the City of Hobbs, and Lea County as a whole. The LSC is interested in commissioning a work that speaks to ideas of energy, movement, transformation, and community. The LSC would like the artist/artist team to consider the abundant energy sources that sustain the Lea County area. The artist/artist team should consider the viewer experiencing the artwork from inside the CORE facility as well as outside and draw people in from multiple vantage points. Artists are encouraged to explore designs inspired by interactive works and to use the work as a way to promote recreational excellence.  Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm, CST, April 16. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Hobbs, NM

Homewise Orpheum Community HUB Mural, Albuquerque, NM 

The Albuquerque Arts Board and Homewise have initiated a Request for Qualifications to commission a mural artwork on the north façade of The Orpheum building. The City of Albuquerque Arts Board and Homewise seek mural proposals for the north facing wall, parallel to Coal Avenue. The design should activate the entire indicated wall area, and represent an awareness of current mural production in both application and material handling. The selection committee for this commission encourages themes exploring/ or inspired by the human element of a neighborhood, culture, place, landmark or idea of ‘home’ in this location. However, the committee is interested in seeking a range of artistic perspectives as it relates to the site, and considering the multiple-use history of its past, present and future. The mural will be an anchor and focal point, as a main entry/ exit gateway to the Barelas Neighborhood. Successful entries will be judged on aesthetic vision, excellence of past projects and suitability for the site. Full colored imagery that is uplifting, celebratory and inspires a desire to embrace this old economic hub into a new point of growth for the community will be favorable. All styles and technical approached will be considered for successful expression of the theme. Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. CST April 29. For more information, please visit PublicArtist.org - Albuquerque, NM

Public Art for Scissortail Upper Park - Oklahoma City, OK 

The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for public art that will serve as a dynamic anchoring and threshold feature to Scissortail Park. The public art sought through this announcement will be innovative, monumental, culturally appropriate as well as timeless and memorable.  Scissortail Park, currently under construction, will become Oklahoma City’s central park. The 70-acre park will function as the long-anticipated link between downtown and the Oklahoma River. Deadline to apply is 4:00 pm, CST, May 9. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Oklahoma City, OK

Luminaria 2018, Contemporary Arts Festival - San Antonio, TX 

Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit arts organization that produces San Antonio’s annual after-dark contemporary arts festival. Luminaria’s FREE 2018 arts festival is scheduled on Saturday, November 10th 2018 from 7PM to Midnight, with additional community programming and ticketed events throughout the holiday weekend. Luminaria invites you (your gallery, your band, your collective, or other creative organization) to submit a proposal for this competitive showcase. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, May 15, 2018. For more information, please visit PublicArtist.org - San Antonio, TX

Fort Worth Public Art Pre-qualified Artist List - Texas 

As recommended by the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update, a new pre-qualified list of artists will be established for upcoming projects. Fort Worth Public Art has two separate categories (North Texas Based Emerging Public Artist and Texas and National Established Public Artists) within the 2018 Pre-Qualified List of Artists based upon artists’ residency and experience in Public Art. Deadline to apply is 5:00 pm, CST, May 21, 2018. For more information, please visit PublicArtist.org - Fort Worth, TX

Public Art on STEAM at University of West Florida - Pensacola, FL 

The University of West Florida announces an international call for permanent public sculptures that celebrate some aspect of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). The university is increasingly foregrounding interaction between colleges/disciplines, and the commissioned sculptures will be a visual component of these initiatives. General objectives of the project are: to highlight the potential for collaboration across disciplines; to visually (or otherwise) link the science and art buildings on campus (across the road from one another); and to stimulate thinking on transdisciplinary work. Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm, CST, June 30. For more information please visit PublicArtist.org - Pensacola, FL

Santa Fe Art Institue HARPO Emerging Artist Fellowship - Santa Fe, NM 

This prestigious, singular award was established in 2013 to provide an emerging visual artist with strong artistic ability and an evolving practice, the space and time to explore ideas and start new projects in a residency context at a pivotal moment in their professional development. The annual Artist Fellow receives a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a private room and bath, a semi-private studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. The semi-structured programming and unique environment at SFAI allows the Artist Fellow to be as interactive or private as they wish with other residents. This award is open to self-defined under-recognized visual artists over the age of 25 and not enrolled in a degree program at the time of the application deadline. Applications are due by November 1.  For more information please visit Santa Fe Art Institute - Fellowships


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.