The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is seeking Pueblo artis to exhibit in our Artists Circle Gallery for the year 2019. Three artists will be selected to have a solo exhibition of 10-30 pieces for a 12-week period to both show and sell their artwork. If desired, artists may apply together for a collaborative show featuring collaborative works.

This Artists Circle Gallery is the first space visited by guests entering through our south entrance, and is often their first impression of the Cultural Center and Pueblo people. We feature living artists’ work to emphasize the growing and evolving history of Pueblo people. The gallery showcases living Pueblo artists’ current work, including both traditional and contemporary mediums and styles, ideally drawing connections between our cultures’ history and our continuous evolution into the future.

The space is a 680 square foot circle with a tall ceiling and an adjacent 58 square foot square room. This space features excellent natural light from flood windows above.

This gallery is designed not only to create opportunities for Pueblo artists to showcase their unique work, but to provide a market in support of the exhibiting artist. The IPCC will hold a 40% commission of all pieces sold during the show. This commission will be used by the IPCC to fund and perpetuate the program for future artists. The remaining 60% will be distributed to the artist as items are sold. If desired, the artist may also work with Shumakolowa Native Arts (our museum store) to produce print-on-demand merchandise to sell online in conjunction with their show. Merchandising agreements will be made between Shumakolowa and the Artist case by case.


  • There is no fee to apply.
  • Work of all mediums may be submitted.
  • Artist must be a member of a state- or federally recognized tribe — selection is Pueblo preference (see evaluation criteria).
  • Artist must meet requirements of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.

Submission Requirements

  • Artist must submit completed application by Sunday, September 9, 2018.
  • Artist must submit CIB or Tribal Membership from a state- or federally recognized tribe.
  • Artist must submit a résumé/CV, biography, and artist statement.
  • Artist must upload or submit 4–5 photos, or provide a CD with 4–5 images, which are examples of work to be exhibited. All photos and CDs must be labeled with a permanent marker, and will not be returned. High-resolution photos may be used for marketing, if selected.

Timeline for 2019 Submissions

  • Open Submissions: June 2018
  • Close Submissions: September 30, 2018*
  • Committee Review: October 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 2018

*Mail-in submission must be post-marked by September 30

Evaluation Criteria:

A committee of 3–5 members versed in Indian Arts, Marketing, and Exhibitions will meet to review and select artists.  The following are guidelines used by committee members in the selection process.  The judging criteria fall into two sections that will generate the overall score.

  • 50% of the overall score will refer to Cultural Relevance as broken down the in the following sections:
    • Artist’s Statement — well-written statement linking your work directly to cultural experience and relevance
    • Support of IPCC’s Mission: To preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico
    • Pueblo Relevance — use of traditional techniques, mediums, themes, and/or subject matter
  • 50% of the score will refer to art quality as broken down in the following sections:
    • Creativity/Quality — skilled use of design elements and principles
    • Initial Visual Appeal — striking imagery to draw in viewers and interest
    • Market Appeal – work aligns with current market trends and demands

Accepted Artists:

If selected to exhibit in the Artists Circle Gallery, the following is a list of what can be expected between the IPCC and the selected artist. An adapted Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the IPCC and artist upon acceptance to exhibit.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will provide:

  • Collaboration on curation and installation
  • Marketing and promotions for exhibit
  • Collaboration with Shumakolowa Native Arts to produce and sell merchandise
  • Opening reception for collectors, local museums/galleries, family, and friends
  • Monitor and care for artwork through duration of the show
  • Facilitation of sales through Guest Experience staff members

The Artist will provide:

  • Artist biography, statement, and other promotional material for exhibit
  • Hardware for hanging and mounting over-sized works
  • If desired, insurance on showcased artwork
  • Communication with IPCC staff on installation
  • Travel of artist and artwork to and from the IPCC
  • Attendance at Opening Reception
  • An artist demonstration or lecture during the show

If you're unable to complete the online form and prefer to print and mail your submission, download a printable PDF here. Please send completed application to:

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Attn: Rachel Moore, Curator
2401 12th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Otherwise, please fill out the form below and submit your application online. For questions about submissions, please contact:

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Submission Checklist

In addition to completing the form below, you will need to upload several attachments:

  • Artist Résumé/CV
  • CIB or Proof of Tribal Membership
  • 4-5 Photographs (or CD with images of examples of work to be exhibited must be delivered to address below)

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Attn: Rachel Moore, Curator

2401 12th St. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

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