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

City of El Paso Art Windows - 2019-2020

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) in collaboration with El Paso International Airport (EPIA) seek to establish a pool of artists or artist teams from the Greater El Paso area for consideration in upcoming exhibits for Art Windows. The Art Windows program will introduce artists to our community and provide them with valuable exposure and gallery space for temporary exhibitions. Art Windows provides an exhibit space for local artists to display their work for a three month period. The designated space is intended to showcase El Paso as an international cultural destination through high quality art and visual experiences. Application deadline is January 18, 2019. 

To download the complete call and apply, please visit Art Windows.

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. Interested artists should download the complete call at the link below. Artists should submit a single PDF with the documents specified in the call to mcadinfo@elpasotexas.gov.

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 is now closed. The application period for FY2020 will open in the spring of 2019. Please visit the Arts Funding tab for more information.  

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS

The application period for MCAD's summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is now closed. 

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: 

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.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - SCHUSTER AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks for the Schuster Avenue Reconstruction Project.  Materials selected must be appropriate for a high-use environment, weather resistant and low maintenance. The Schuster Avenue Reconstruction Project will extend from Prospect Street to Campbell Street, consisting of a full street reconstruction of Schuster Avenue. Application deadline is September 26, 2018

For more information or to apply, please visit Schuster Avenue Reconstruction.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - EASTSIDE REGIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATER PARK

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park. Materials selected must be appropriate for a high-use environment, weather resistant and low maintenance. The Neighborhood Water Park will be located inside the Eastside Regional Park, a 92-acre complex at 13501 Jason Crandall Dr. in Far East El PasoApplication deadline is September 26, 2018

For more information or to apply, please visit Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park

CALL FOR ARTISTS - EASTSIDE REGIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATER PARK

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park. Materials selected must be appropriate for a high-use environment, weather resistant and low maintenance. The Neighborhood Water Park will be located inside the Eastside Regional Park, a 92-acre complex at 13501 Jason Crandall Dr. in Far East El PasoApplication deadline is September 26, 2018

For more information or to apply, please visit Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park