Call for Entry: The Land Mark Show

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Date: May 15, 2015 — July 15, 2015
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The Land Mark Show is a juried exhibition that examines the intersection of mark-making and contemporary landscape, addressing the images, issues, and environments of our time. A large group exhibition in CCA’s Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery presents works by selected artists, while a smaller solo show in the spector ripps project space is awarded to one outstanding New Mexico-based artist.

How it works:

Eligible artists can enter up to 5 images ($35 application fee), along with a statement, CV and web link. All works must be made within the last 2 years. The juror will review the submissions online and make selections. A large group exhibition will feature these selections, of which three participants will receive cash prizes (totaling $3,000). A New Mexico-based artist will be selected to work with CCA staff to develop a site-specific exhibition in the organization’s 1000 sq ft project space; a $1000 stipend will be awarded to this artist to support their exhibition. All artists will be responsible for shipping. A small catalog that includes a juror statement will be produced in conjunction with the exhibition.

About The Project Space Exhibition Award:

Only New Mexico-based artists will be considered for the project space exhibition award. If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please check the appropriate box on your application. We understand that you may not have images to illustrate a future project nor is there room allotted for a proposal. Please follow the submission guidelines as described. The juror will consider your application materials and make an assessment on your ability to rise to the occasion of a solo show. If you make it into the finalist pool. the juror will contact you directly to request additional information/images. The award winner will work closely with the juror and CCA staff to develop a proposal specifically for our space. Solo show proposals submitted without the juror’s request will not be given special consideration.


Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM;

Applications Available: May 15, 2015
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015
Winners Announced: August 15, 2015
Exhibition Dates: October 9 – December 27, 2015


Artists from AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY may submit works for consideration in the group exhibition. Only artists from NM are eligible for the project space exhibition prize. Works in all media will be considered.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants can submit up to 5 images
  • Current CV
  • A brief statement on how your work addresses the themes of the exhibition
  • Payment of a $35 dollar submission fee
  • All submissions must be made through the online submission platform:


Grace Kook-Anderson is a curator of contemporary art. Currently based in Portland, Oregon, she is working as an independent curator and writer. Kook-Anderson’s most recent project while serving as Curator of Contemporary Art at Laguna Art Museum  included a site-specific commission with Lita Albuquerque for the Museum’s 2nd Art & Nature Festival. During her tenure at Laguna Art Museum (2008-2015), Kook-Anderson curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 in conjunction with Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Beginning in summer 2012, she started a contemporary art program ex.pose, focusing on solo exhibitions of emerging and overlooked artists. Kook-Anderson received a dual B.A. degree in art history and art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Juror’s Statement:

In much of Western history, a hierarchy and distinction is made between humans and nature, civilization and wilderness, the primitive and modern. Though these distinctions are ever-present today, it can be argued that the urgency of climate change loosens these differences and threatens to dismantle their hierarchy.

The subjects of Environment and Land have a long and shifting presence throughout art history.  What does art about Environment and Land look like right now, in the midst of arguably, our greatest universal crisis—climate change? In our contemporary moment, the world has become smaller as our aspirations loom larger. Yet, the predicament of climate change is too big and tangled to truly grasp. How can an artist address this challenge for the viewer to see—to make vivid? How can artists address these issues and viscerally affect their viewers? Art, at its most successful, functions to move its viewer; inform and confront our consciousness; create a social change—it is never static.

The Land Mark Show aims to take the temperature of contemporary art in the West, connecting its materials, subjects, and makers to the issues and places that affect us.