Digital collage by Ric Kasini Kadour using images from the Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives

Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico


4-week, virtual/online lab March 29 - April 26, 2021

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 28, 2021


Visual artists with an established practice are invited to apply for Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico a four-week educational program designed to foster the integration of history into contemporary art practices. Presented as a collaboration between 516 ARTS, Kolaj Institute, and Albuquerque Museum’s Photography Archives, the program includes 12-15 sessions online. Specific dates and times of lab sessions are scheduled with the accepted participants. Artists with a professional art practice from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

The Lab looks at how our divergent histories of race, conflict, and colonialism inform how we imagine our futures. Participating artists are asked to work from their own people’s history, to confront that history, and to imagine a future that offers justice, fairness, and support for all people. A goal of the lab is a proposal for a body of artwork to be considered for a group exhibition at 516 ARTS in 2022. 516 ARTS has dedicated a fund to commission artworks for the exhibition.

Learn more about Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico here.


The fee for the Lab is $750 per artist; however, no artist will be turned away for lack of funds, and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package. 516 ARTS is providing a limited number of scholarships to artists from New Mexico, artists from Mexico whose work focuses on the US/Mexico border, and artists who are Native American, Alaskan Native, or First Nations.


The Artist Lab is intended for self-motivated artists, regardless of the stage in their careers, who are interested in developing a practice of working with historic content in a contemporary context. They can be from anywhere in the world. Artists from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities are encouraged to apply.



The submission process asks applicants for:

• Contact information
• Artist Bio (50-250 words)
• Artist Statement (50-300 words)
• 5-7 images of artwork
• Statement of expectations
• Information about your work and needs


Open call to artists launch: January 16, 2021

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2021

Notification to artists: March 13, 2021

Artist Lab dates: March 29 – April 26, 2021


If you have questions, send an email HERE.


Ric Kasini Kadour, a recent recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is a writer, artist, publisher, and cultural worker. He is the editor and publisher of Kolaj Magazine and Vermont Art Guide and has written for a number of galleries. Since 2018, he has produced Kolaj Fest New Orleans, a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society. His writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, Vermont Magazine, Seven Days, Seattle Weekly, Art New England, and many others. Kadour maintains an active art practice and his photography, collage, and sculpture have been exhibited in and are part of private collections in North America, Australia and Europe. He holds a BA in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of Vermont. Kadour splits his time between Montreal and New Orleans.

Wylie Garcia investigates themes of identity and place through process and material-oriented projects. Using cross disciplinary mediums such as textiles, painting, drawing, sound, and performance, Garcia explores issues related to gender, devotion, and emotional spaces. She has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the 2019 winner of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, among other awards. Garcia’s studio is in Burlington, Vermont and she is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Stephen Schaub is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and his work has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets internationally. With his spouse and creative partner, Eve O. Schaub, Schaub creates history-inspired artworks that combine handwritten stories and texts with in-camera collage on film. He holds a BFA in Imaging Arts and Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Schaub lives and works in Pawlet, Vermont.

Alicia Inez Guzmán holds a BAFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an MA and PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, where she attended as a Provost Fellow. She has taught undergraduate lectures and seminars in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, the University of Buffalo, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She works with museums as a consultant about exhibitions and collections and has written catalog essays and curated shows featuring queer artists and artists of color. The nine-part Santa Fe Art Institute podcast, “Unsettled”, features Dr. Guzmán and SFAI Story Maps Fellows Diego Medina and Christian Gehring. Dr. Guzmán lives and works in New Mexico.

L. Kasimu Harris holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship from Middle Tennessee State University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. His artwork has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and internationally. He is among 60 artists selected nationwide for “State of the Art 2020” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. He was a 2020 Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence and a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Harris’ professional clients include The New York Times, NPR, Vox, and HuffPost. His work is in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Wedge Collection in Toronto, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, the NOVO Foundation in New York, the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both in New Orleans. Harris lives and works in New Orleans.

Jillian Hartke is the Digital Archivist at the Albuquerque Museum. She studied History at the University of Missouri and completed a Master’s of Library Science at the University of Missouri. She has worked as a librarian in academic, public, and non-profit institutions for ten years, and has worked for the Museum since 2018, managing the Photo Archives, a collection of 150,000 images. She has worked on several large-scale digitization projects, including the Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Project, the Missouri State Archives’ Missouri Digital Heritage project, and the Albuquerque Museum’s e-Museum project.