The Border Art Residency was established in 1997 as a place to support contemporary visual artists. BAR, a non-profit organization affiliated with the El Paso Community Foundation, offers a selected artist a period of retreat for creative work. The Residency sits on an orchard and sculpture garden in La Union, New Mexico, located 15 miles from El Paso, Texas, in the scenic Mesilla Valley. A former cotton gin re-worked to provide a spacious living and studio space, resident artists are provided with a fully furnished living/working space, all utilities (except phone), and a monthly stipend of $600.
BAR enables artists to pursue their craft without the worry of immediate sales or an outside job to pay for housing expenses. Artists selected for the program are able to achieve a greater degree of personal growth by concentrating on individual goals. They also share progress with local students, educators and the public.
The BAR differs from many artist residency programs since it is designed for a single artist (or couple) in a remote and unique locale near the US/Mexico border. It is best suited to a self-sufficient individual who seeks a period of quiet and solitude for serious artistic inquiry and production.
Selection is made by a panel of nationally recognized artists and arts professionals. Application package and fee must be submitted by January 15, 2016. For more information about the residency or to apply please visit our website http://borderartresidency.com/index.php?id=apply&nav=apply