October 15, 2012

SOMA Art Program: call for applications


Founded by a group of contemporary artists working in Mexico and abroad, SOMA is an organization in Mexico City dedicated to intercultural exchange.

SOMA offers a two-year program for training contemporary artists based on continuous exchange between young artists and established professionals through courses, workshops, one-on-one critiques and studio visits. SOMA’s faculty comprises artists, theorists, and curators with extensive experience in their fields, both nationally and internationally.

SOMA believes in building a platform that facilitates investigation into what art can be and how it can operate in different contexts. The program seeks to provide a space for a diversity of discussion, collective interaction and critical thinking, taking into account the many creative communities in Mexico City.

This program is for studuents who have already completed a bachelors degree in visual arts or related studies.

All courses are in Spanish. Recent visiting artists include: Julieta Aranda, Artemio, Eduardo Abaroa, Magalí Arriola, José Luis Barrios, Amy Sarah Caroll, Helena Chávez, Minerva Cuevas, Ricardo Domínguez, Mario García Torres, Rubén Gutiérrez, Jonathan Harker, Jonathan Hernández, Enrique Jezik, Willy Kautz, Pablo Kobayashi, Catalina Lozano, Jorge Méndez Blake, María Minera, Daniel Montero, Rafael Ortega, Raúl Ortega Ayala, Yoshua Okón, Víctor Palacios, Daniela Pérez, Taiyana Pimentel, Manuel Rocha, María Inés Rodríguez, Daniela Rossel, Lucía Sanromán, Itala Schmelz, Sara Schulz, Pablo Sigg, Rogelio Sosa, Chris Sharp, Melanie Smith, Sofía Táboas, Eduardo Thomas, Laureana Toledo, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Yvonne Venegas, and Nick Zedd.

Open call for applications:
Applicants are selected by a faculty committee.
Applications are due November 23rd, 2012.
Applications are available here.

Program objectives:
- Foster an environment for dynamic discussion where students are challenged to produce their best work through exchange and communication with their peers.
– Constantly challenge what art can be and do.
– Investigate the possibilities and importance of various artistic disciplines allowing them the ability to build and transform their context.
– Create an educational platform in which peers assist one another in developing content and processes of research.
– Highlight the relevance and effect of the political and social environment on artistic practice
– Stimulate dialogue and collaboration, as well as confront the differences between artists and cultural producers of different generations.
– Open channels of communication between various disciplines and studies, beyond those typically associated with artistic production: muscicians, architects, curators, critics, filmmakers, scientists, and theorists.
– Promote and facilitate contact among young artists and established critics and curators.
– Encourage and complement students’ projects, whether they are works of art, diffusion spaces, and research projects.
– Help promote the work of young artists while understanding the art of the past in new and novel ways.

Financial support:
All students accepted into the program area are granted a scholarship of 70% of the total cost of attendance. These scholarships are generously funded by our sponsors.





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