Call for Submissions: Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande

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Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond

September 28 – December 28, 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, April 22, 2019

Entry Fee: None

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516 ARTS is seeking submissions of existing artworks for Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond, an exhibition developed in partnership with the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. It features both commissioned and existing artworks highlighting diverse perspectives on varieties of plants and animals, including flowers, trees, fish, birds, and bees—iconic and overlooked—undergoing mass-die off’s and population declines within the Rio Grande watershed. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, the exhibition examines regional flora and fauna and raises ethical and cultural questions about human impact on the natural world. This project will provide education and spur dialogue around pressing ecological issues of our time. An accompanying series of public programs are being designed to engage residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds in educational talks, workshops, public forums and outdoor activities inspired by the work in the exhibition.

The exhibition is co-curated by Josie Lopez, PhD, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum, and Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico.


Monday, January 21: Call for artists opens to the public

Monday, April 22: Deadline for submissions from artists

Monday, May 20: Notifications to selected artists

September 2 – 20: Delivery of artwork

Saturday, September 28: Opening reception, 5-8pm

January 3-10: Pick-up of artwork


The exhibition is open to emerging and established contemporary artists 18 years of age and older who reside in, or have done extensive work in, the Rio Grande Valley region (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Northern Mexico). Artists of all backgrounds working in all visual art media are encouraged to apply with existing work relating to the subject of species and habitats in peril in the region of the Rio Grande watershed. Both traditional and non-traditional media are welcome, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, film, new media, digital technology and interdisciplinary projects. Artists are encouraged to submit new or recent work created within the last five years that has not been previously shown in Albuquerque.


There is no cost for participating in this call. Participants are required to create a free Submittable account in order to apply. Hard copy or mailed in submissions cannot be accepted. Artists may submit up to 8 images for consideration along with a brief bio and statement (100 words each), image captions, and external link to website.

Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 11:59pm via Submittable. 


Claude Smith, Exhibitions Manager, 516 ARTS,