The Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, extends an open call for proposals that celebrate the Mexican tradition of Ofrenda altars. This program is designed to educate and encourage audiences to engage in dialogue about and in celebration of Mexican-American heritage and traditions. We are excited to reach out to local artists and community members for their ideas. The Artist demonstration will commence with the installation of panel-selected Ofrendas from October 19th – 21st, which will then be on display for the public from October 23rd – November 1st. On Sunday, November 1st from 3 pm to 4 pm, all Ofrenda artists will participate in an artist talk in order to provide insight into the inspiration behind the display.
The DIA invites proposals to create contemporary Ofrendas within the museum’s Rivera Galleries. Please include the following information in your proposals:
A short bio
A short description of the piece with estimated budget (1-3 sentences)
Dimensions of the work including height, width and depth (not to exceed 10’ x 4’ x 4’)
Materials which will be included in the work (paper, plastic, type of paint, etc.)
Please be advised, due to the sensitive nature of the nearby Detroit Industrial Murals, as well as other items in the museum Collection, artists are requested to only include sealed containers of any food/drink, flowers or other organic materials in their works).
Technical needs (access to electrical outlets, extensions cords, etc. Please make sure any electrical devices are UL rated)
A visual image (sketch of proposed piece, or visual inspiration of your piece).
Submission deadlines for all proposals are by the end of the day Monday, September 28th. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of members of Detroit’s Mexican community and artists will be notified by Friday, October 1st. Artist will receive a small stipend as well as a budget for materials.
Please email all proposals and any questions to Emily Bowyer, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org