New Mexico artists needed for project

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By The Staff

SANTA FE —New Mexico-based artists and artisans are invited to submit proposals for special commemorative pieces for the upcoming statehood Centennial.
A wide range of artistic media will be considered, including glassware, jewelry, basketry, pottery and fiber arts (both wearable and decorative). The New Mexico Centennial should inspire the work.  
New Mexico Creates, a program of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, is working in partnership with the NM Centennial Foundation to promote the “New Mexico Creates/Centennial Commemorative Art” line.  
The 16-month commemoration period begins fall 2011.  
“We are pleased to be able to showcase New Mexico’s artists and highlight their work both within and beyond state borders,” said Jodi Delaney, Director of New Mexico Centennial.
“The Centennial is an important opportunity to share the state’s many gifts, especially the rich diversity of artistic traditions that make New Mexico so unique.”
 Works chosen will convey some of the state’s centuries-old craftsmanship traditions as well as the ongoing international appeal the state holds for artists and artisans. Items will encompass a myriad of styles from traditional to contemporary and even cutting edge.
 “We anticipate that, through our statewide network of contacts in the artist community, we’ll be getting top-notch work,” said John Stafford, Director of Retail Operations at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.
“We are delighted to take part in New Mexico’s Centennial to celebrate and promote some of our finest artists and artisans.”
 The “New Mexico Creates/Centennial Commemorative Art” items will be sold at MNMF Shops museum retail outlets in Santa Fe and via the New Mexico Creates Web site, www.newmexicocreates.org.
Some artwork will be chosen for licensing and manufacture, with the approval and participation of the selected artists.
For more information and an application, visit www.newmexicocreates.org or call 877-567-7380.   “New Mexico Creates/Centennial Commemorative Art” products will be available for sale starting Jan. 6, 2011.
The application deadline for the first selection is Dec. 10. Applications will also be accepted after that date as merchandise will be selected through 2012.