A Spell for Community
Edgar Fabián Frías, A Spell for Community, 2023, .gif file

Open Call: Calling All LGBTQ+ Artists of New Mexico!

CCA invites you to submit small-scale artworks for an unjuried, group exhibition as part of our upcoming Queer Magic: Practices in Spirituality, Power and Transformation, open June 23 – September 10, 2023. All artworks that meet the dimension requirements, hanging criteria and the deadline for delivery will be included. Submit your work to be part of our powerful community exhibition!

The requirements for submission are as follows:

  • Submissions are open to all LGBTQ+ artists who live/work in New Mexico.
  • Artwork must be 8.5” x 11” or smaller, and flat/2D.
  • Artwork must be shipped “hang-ready”, or artists must be okay with CCA installing with two pushpins in the top corners.
  • One artwork/submission per artist
  • There is no fee for submission! Please review our Terms & Conditions at the bottom of this page.

To submit, fill out the Google form as well as print it and include in your shipment. Artists are responsible for shipping to CCA, and CCA will pay for return shipping. Artwork must be shipped to:

The Center for Contemporary Art
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM

Alternatively, if you live locally to CCA, you may drop off your artwork. Please also fill out the Google form, print it and deliver it with your artwork on one the following days:

  • Friday, March 31: 11am-5pm
  • Sunday, April 2nd: 9am-noon
  • Tuesday, April 11: 10am-5pm
  • Friday, April 21: 10am-5pm
  • Monday, May 1: 10am-5pm

Artwork must be postmarked or delivered by Monday, May 1, 2023 (Beltane) at 5pm MST.

Artwork will be returned shipped or available for pick up during the de-installation of Queer Magic in
late September 2023.

Terms & Conditions

  • CCA maintains the right to exclude submissions that perpetuate hateful or harmful ideologies.
  • CCA does not provide an honorarium for submissions to this open call or pay for the shipment of the artwork to CCA. However, CCA will return and ship the item back at no cost to the artist.
  • If an artist does not provide artwork that is ready to be hung on the wall, the artist consents to their work being hung with push-pin punctions at the corners of the artwork.

Email gallery@ccasantafe.org with questions.

Edgar Fabián Frías is a multi-disciplinary artist who weaves together traditional and contemporary art forms to create powerful and impactful works of art. With a background in installation, photography, video art, sound, sculpture, printed textiles, GIFs, performance, social practice, and community organizing, Frías has mastered the art of storytelling through various mediums.

As a Wixárika artist whose family hails from Mexico, Frías brings a unique perspective to their work, which addresses historical legacies, acts of resistance, resiliency, and radical imagination within the context of Indigenous Futurism, spirituality, play, pedagogy, animism, and queer aesthetics. Through their art, Frías seeks to bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary, creating a rich tapestry that speaks to the complexities of our modern world.

You can read more about Edgar on their website here.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK: This intentional spell .gif was created as a special commission for CCA by Edgar Fabian Frias after a site visit to Santa Fe for the launch of this Open Call on March 20, 2023 (Spring Equinox). Utilizing the imagery of the southwest, color magic and affirmations, A Spell for Community, hopes to unite and celebrate the strength and engagement of LGBTQ+ artists in New Mexico, culminating in the physical exhibition for in-person community.