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2024 New Mexico Arts Artist Residency - Lincoln Historic Site
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Entry Deadline: 12/1/23
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 16
Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: National
State: New Mexico
Budget: $14,000


Each residency will take place over a six-week period in which the artist resides and works in Lincoln, New Mexico. Artists will have access to and are encouraged to interact with the land, culture, and the extensive local historic archival materials at the sites, visitor center and surrounding area.

The culmination of the residency centers the artist’s research and development of new work that showcases ideas and work created during their six-week stay in Lincoln.

Public engagement opportunities include, but are not limited to: an artist talk or exhibition, workshop, temporary site-specific installations, performances, etc. Artwork and community engagement should be safe and appropriate for both children and adults, ADA compliant, and should not permanently alter the environment when removed.


Lincoln is located on the traditional lands of Piro and Apache peoples. Surrounding are landscapes of Pueblo, Apache and Navajo communities, whose people continue to maintain vital connections to the greater area.

When Spanish-speaking settlers arrived from the upper Rio Grande in the 1850s, they named the area La Placita del Rio Bonito (the place by the pretty river). In 1869, four years after the end of the Civil War, the county and town were renamed for the late President Abraham Lincoln. Today, it is commonly known for its connection to the infamous Billy the Kid and the events of the Lincoln County War.

The community sits in the Bonito Valley between the Sacramento Mountains and the Capitan Mountains at an elevation of 5,696 feet. The village is located approximately 57 miles (92 km) west of Roswell (by road) and just north of the Lincoln National Forest. Lincoln is the primary community in zip code 88338, which had a population of 189 residents in the 2010 census. The village is centered around a 1-mile stretch of U.S. Route 380, which is the village's only street. Numerous historic structures dating as far back as the late 1800s remain, many of which have been preserved and now operate as public museums.

Lincoln has been Federally designated as the Lincoln Historic District, and also as a New Mexico State Monument called the Lincoln Historic Site. These designations, along with the efforts of generations of local residents, have made Lincoln one of the best preserved old west towns left in existence and the most visited monument in the State of New Mexico.

For about a year during World War II, the Old Raton Ranch, an abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camp on the outskirts of Lincoln, was used to confine Japanese American railroad workers and their families. All 32 internees came from Clovis, New Mexico; the town's entire Japanese American population was placed under house arrest shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into the war, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service "evacuated" them to Lincoln on January 23, 1942. Unlike the "assembly centers" where most Japanese Americans spent the first months of their wartime incarceration, access to school, employment and recreational activities was not permitted in Lincoln. On December 18, 1942, the internees were transferred to several of the more public concentration camps run by the War Relocation Authority.



Lincoln Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln, NM. This widely visited New Mexico state monument includes 17 structures and outbuildings, 7 of which are open year-round and 2 on a seasonal basis as museums. Most of the buildings in the community are representative of the Territorial Style of adobe architecture in the American Southwest from the 1870-80s.

Lincoln is made famous by one of the most violent periods in New Mexico history. The exhibits at the Lincoln County Courthouse Museum recount the details of the Lincoln County War and the historic use of the "House" as store, residence, Masonic Lodge, courthouse, and jail.

The significance of the Bonito Valley in the prehistory and history of New Mexico are interpreted within some of the structures that comprise Lincoln Historic Site. The historic adobe and stone buildings are preserved as they were in the late 1800s and represent the factions involved in the Lincoln County War, 1878-1881.


Lodging for the artists will be provided by the Lincoln Historic Site at the Fresquez House, a single bedroom adobe dwelling whose construction dates to 1887 (restored in 1982). The house comes fully furnished and has a modern kitchen equipped with a gas stove, dishwasher, bathroom with standing shower, laundry room/small workspace with washer/dryer.

The selected artists will be responsible for arranging their own transportation expenses to and from Lincoln, in addition to their own food expenses. The nearest grocery store is in Ruidoso, 40 minutes away; the nearest major airports are located in Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX. Internet access is provided in the residence and at the main building. There is not reliable cell service, though calls and texts can be made with the Wi-Fi calling feature enabled.

Artists will be granted access to the Lincoln Historic Site and archival materials during regular operating hours. Regular operating hours are:

Open: Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 4 pm 
Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday

Shipping and deliveries will be accepted in the main building.


An all-inclusive stipend of $14,000, including but not limited to: gross receipts tax and all applicable state and federal taxes for the services performed, insurance, materials, shipping/mailing charges, airfare/travel, car rental, gas, contract labor and services, etc. will be awarded in the form of two payments per residency period: the first ($7,000) upon receipt of signed contract (and approved PO), the second upon completion of public engagement activity ($7,000) at the conclusion of the residency.

There is no medical or workers’ compensation insurance provided by the State of New Mexico or the host site. Artists will be responsible for providing personal coverage. All selected artists will be required to enter into a professional services agreement with New Mexico Arts.


Call for Proposals launched………………………………….......….October 2023 
Submission Deadline…………………………………………..…… Friday, December 1, 2023 
Artists Notified…………………………………………………..…… December 2023


February 23, 2024 – April 5, 2024 (Residency I Period) Artwork and Community Engagement Activity

April 26, 2024 – June 7, 2024 (Residency II Period) Artwork and Community Engagement Activity

Proposed timeline is subject to change. Selection criteria used by the Review Committee shall include, but is not limited to: Quality of concept, strength of proposal, quality of previous artwork, and proposed project’s attention to the culture and history of the historic site.

Application 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 Review Committee. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.


Artist Statement (200 – 300 words/1,500 characters):

Please provide an introduction to your work, medium, and explanation of your techniques. You may discuss your conceptual approach and inspiration.

Project Description (350 – 500 words/2,500 characters):

 What ideas will you communicate and how does it relate to the community/site? Tell us about your approach to materials, installation, interactivity (if any), content and physical impact of the project, and clean-up plan.  

All project activities must take place during the residency period. Please provide a timeline for proposed project activities.

Remember, that once a physical project is complete, the artwork must be removed, and the site must be returned to its original state.

Community Engagement Component (200 – 300 words/1,500 characters):

A community engagement component is required of artists by the end of their fellowship. Describe proposed community engagement activities during your residency (i.e., community help with creating the artwork, artist talk/workshop, exhibition, special reception or performance, etc.) We encourage artists to consider the community in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Please provide a list of required materials, space considerations, assistance requirements, etc.

Project Budget

The project amount must include all applicable expenses that the artist may incur during the residency, this includes: materials, labor, insurance, taxes, installation expenses, travel to and from the site, etc.

CV or Resume Listing

Please include relevant experience, including other public presentations and residencies, if applicable. Please copy and paste into the text box provided.

Artwork Images

One (1) to ten (10) images with descriptions (title, media, dimensions, year of completion, and if applicable, project description, budget, and commissioning agency). Up to 3 sound/video files (3 each total 6 linked from Youtube or Vimeo for optimal playback and viewing). Provide examples of previously completed artwork and/or proposed artwork. Please review and follow the image preparation guide on CaFÉ.


The Agency recognizes the need for arts programming targeting rural New Mexico communities in visual, performing, media, and multidisciplinary arts.

The Agency seeks a Contractor to conduct a six-week residency at Lincoln Historic Site for the Agency before June 30, 2024, which includes private lodging and an all-inclusive artist fee of $14,000. The project amount must include all applicable expenses that the artist may incur during the residency, i.e. materials, labor, living expenses, insurance, taxes, travel, installation, community engagement components/activities, etc.

The contractor shall:

I. Provide their own transportation.

II. Conduct research at the historic site and have access to all archival materials during regular operating hours.

III. Create a presentable deliverable with a public component, i.e. an exhibition, workshop, performance for the community, or similar at the completion of the residency by sharing their art with the public while considering the cultural and local histories of the historic site and surrounding area.

IV. Consider a strong community engagement component that provides genuine enrichment in collaboration with the site. Site-specific works are strongly encouraged. Artwork should appeal to residents and visitors to the area.

V. Media must be ADA compliant, not pose a physical safety hazard, and not leave a permanent mark on the environment when removed.

VI. All project activities (except removal) must take place during the residency period. The contractor must complete contract activities by June 30, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

The project is open to United States residents aged 18 years and older. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. The residency is open to all creative genres: Photographers, Visual Artists, Composers, Choreographers, Actors, Literary Artists, Musicians, etc.