Call Detail
Prospectus #264 BIPOC Artists Purchase Initiative
Entry Deadline: 8/30/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: New Mexico

The Art in Public Places Program enriches New Mexico's public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection. Since 1986, the program has placed more than 3,000 works of art in all of New Mexico's 33 counties. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico. 

Through a fair and open public process, New Mexico Arts facilitates the sale of artwork for public spaces with purchase initiatives, site-specific commission projects, artwork loans, and temporary installations that offer in-depth community engagement and artist development. 



The goal of the BIPOC Purchase Initiative is to increase the participation of BIPOC artists in the Art in Public Places Program and to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork by diverse artists in all stages of their careers. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss how their cultural background and/or experiences influence their artmaking practice. New Mexico Arts seeks to promote and build a public art collection that is reflective of the diversity among contemporary Southwest artists. The opportunity is open to all Southwest artists at all stages of their career, special consideration shall be given for artists that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). 

All media in all genres, suitable for interior and exterior display will be considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance, and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation.

This project is open to artists who reside in and galleries that are located in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, special consideration shall be given for BIPOC artists.
Galleries may submit qualifications on behalf of any artists represented by the gallery, regardless of the artist's residency. Finalists may be required to supply verifiable proof of residency prior to being awarded a purchase agreement.

Artwork will be purchased for publically accessible buildings throughout the State of New Mexico. The facilities encompass a broad range of uses including, but not limited: amphitheaters, animal shelters, community centers, courthouses, educational institutions, fire stations, healthcare facilities, recreation complexes, rest areas, senior centers, etc. Participating sites will have a total budget equal to 1% of recent eligible capital outlay for new construction or major renovation projects.

Artwork price range must be $1,000-$50,000 all inclusive. Purchase agreements will be limited to a minimum of $1,000 per piece. Upon submission, the price of the artwork is considered all-inclusive of the following: materials, labor, insurance, taxes, commissions, fees, delivery, installation, travel, museum quality framing under Plexiglas, security hangers, pedestal for small and large three-dimensional works, Plexiglas bonnet for small three-dimensional works, project plaque, and written and photographic documentation of the artwork. Please account for any travel costs to install the artwork.

The price of large three-dimensional works should include the cost of site preparation and foundation. Participating sites have a predetermined 1% budget that does not allow for price fluctuations after the submission. Please price your work to account for costs listed above.

Museum quality framing, installation, and project plaques must adhere to AIPP Framing and Installation Guidelines.

A Submission Review Committee of artists and arts professionals will score applications based on the selection criteria listed. All New Mexico Arts public art projects are fair and open competitions; not all applicants will be included in the final pool of artwork shown to statewide Local Selection Committees. Eligible sites host committees made up of representatives from owner and/or user agencies that select artwork for purchase and permanent display in their facilities. Artwork included in the final pool is not a guarantee of sale.

The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:
  • The professional qualifications of the artist demonstrated by the supporting materials.
  • Demonstrated artistic quality (use of media, unique vision, quality of craftsmanship)
  • Artist has a developed and consistent style.
Multiple artwork selection meetings are held statewide during the course of the purchase initiative (two years). Artwork submitted for consideration does not need to be removed from other sale opportunities. However, if a submitted artwork is sold through another venue, the artist or artist representative is required to notify New Mexico Arts immediately to ensure the work is removed from the final selection pool.

Artwork installed at the site must be the same piece selected for purchase by the Local Selection Committee. Substitutions and/or price fluctuations will not be allowed after the submission deadline.

Artists/galleries whose work is selected for purchase will be required to enter into a purchase agreement with the State of New Mexico. Please see a sample purchase contract provided on the New Mexico Arts website.

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Any supplemental material beyond what is requested will not be considered by the review committee. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the call. All materials must be submitted according to the specifications outlined on CaFE. Please note that only one application per artist will be considered.

Artist Statement -
 Please provide an introduction to your work, medium, and explanation of your techniques. Please discuss how your cultural background and/or experiences influence your artmaking practice. You may also discuss your conceptual approach and inspiration; the statement should be used as a marketing tool relevant to the artwork being considered. There is a 5,000 character limit, including spaces.

Up to Three Images- submit images of completed work that is currently available for purchase. Complete image citations to include title, media, dimensions, price (works MUST BE priced from $1,000-$50,000), year completed, description, and, if applicable, edition size and print/casting number.
(Please see to the Image Preparation Page on CaFE for information on formatting your images and links to other useful resources.)

Galleries may submit work for multiple artists, please include artist statement, current resume, and up to three images per artist to ensure a complete submission for each artist you are applying for.

June 30, 2021  Project Announced
August 30, 2021  Submission Deadline
September 2021  Notification of finalists
October 2021  June 2023  Notification of purchases
October 2021  December 2023  Artwork Installed.

The submission deadline is MIDNIGHT (Mountain Standard Time MST) MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021. New Mexico Arts will provide technical assistance through 4:00 PM on August 30, 2021.

If you would like your submission materials reviewed by AIPP staff, please make an appointment no less than two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Technical assistance needs increase during the final two weeks of the call; therefore we cannot guarantee a review of materials during the last days of the call. Assistance is offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Meredith Doborski
AIPP Project Coordinator, New Mexico Arts
Telephone: 505-827-6490, Toll-Free 800-879-4278

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria