Tamarind Print Workshop and Exhibit with Luis Fitch


Tamarind Print Workshop and Exhibit with Luis Fitch:

A Limited-Edition Lithography Project in Partnership with the Tamarind Institute

Request for Interest (RFI)

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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LOCATION/CONTEXT:  The Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque Arts Board and the City’s Percent for Art Program are announcing a limited-edition lithography project at the Tamarind Institute open to artists living and working in the Greater Albuquerque metropolitan area.

PROJECT INTENT:  The project encourages the appreciation and promotion of fine art lithography throughout Greater Albuquerque. Three (3) artists will be given the opportunity to participate in a Spring 2023 workshop May 15-19 that includes instruction in fine art lithography printmaking and additional professional development and art making opportunities, including creating Fitch's popular street prints.

Luis Fitch is an internationally known artist, designer, mentor and creative entrepreneur.  He is the founding partner of UNO, one of the top multicultural branding agencies in the country.  Fitch was raised in Tijuana, Mexico and attended the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  His artwork is in more than 100 collections in Latin America and the US.   

The project includes printmaking with Fitch and Tamarind Institute student printers; an exhibition at the South Broadway Cultural Center (SBCC) Gallery with Fitch; a possible mural at the South Broadway Cultural Center; a public workshop on wheat paste printing and stencil making at SBCC; and an arts business development review with UNM art students.

DEADLINE:  Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time.

PROJECT FUNDS: Each selected artist will receive $4,000 as payment for a limited edition of prints that will be produced in the lithography workshop. A printing budget that limits size, number of colors, and/or edition size will be established by the City and paid to Tamarind. Artists may contribute additional funds of their own to increase aspects of the printed edition, in negotiation with Tamarind. Once the prints are completed, the artists will provide the City’s Public Art Program two (2) prints from each Numbered Edition, that will become part of the City’s public art collection. One record impression from each edition will be retained by Tamarind Institute.

ELIGIBILITY: This is a Request for Interest for all artists living in Greater Albuquerque, which includes Torrance, Sandoval, Valencia and Bernalillo Counties.  Please Note: If an Artist is selected for a City of Albuquerque Public Art project, whether as an individual or a team member, and a contract was executed for that project, the Artist is NOT eligible to apply for any Albuquerque Public Art projects for a period of one year from the date the project was completed.

SELECTION PROCESS: Albuquerque Arts Board members and designated staff from the Tamarind Institute will serve as the Artists Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will select the three (3) artists based ONLY on the required submission materials. There will not be a finalists' round.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program is conducting this artist application and selection process digitally.

Submission Materials - Artists must submit the following items for the project:

  • Up to five (5) individual images of past work clearly numbered and labeled with your full name, the title of the work, the media, dimensions and year of completion. The images submitted should indicate to the Art Selection Committee the medium and style of your work.  We urge artists to carefully choose examples of their past work that show their ability to work in their preferred mediums, as well as printmaking. Submitted materials will only be reviewed in a PDF format with the Art Selection Committee for the purpose of choosing an artist, but artists may choose to include copyright protection notices for digital submissions if they feel it is necessary.
  • A one-page, single spaced statement regarding your artwork style, any special techniques, and the reasons for your interest in the Tamarind workshop with Luis Fitch.
  • Resume, Biography and/or relevant exhibition history – Please limit to three single spaced pages or less.

Please use a standard jpg format, with an image resolution of 300 dpi, minimum.

All artists must apply through the application site here: https://coacommunityevents.wufoo.com/forms/luis-fitch-and-tamarind-print-workshop

If an applicant experiences any difficulties with the on-line form, please send an email submission to: [email protected]

Non-Online Submissions: For those artists in our region who do not have advanced internet or smartphone service available, you may send hard copy materials by US Postal Office mail. The materials must be received in the Public Art Offices by the deadline of February 28th, 2023, 5:00pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

  Send non-electronic submissions to:

Public Art Program

Attn: Robyne Robinson

Department of Arts and Culture

P.O. Box 1293

Albuquerque, NM 87103


QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP:  Questions about the project may be directed to Robyne Robinson at the Albuquerque Public Art Program (505) 768-3837 or email: [email protected].