The workshop is geared toward visual artists who maintain an active studio practice. The session holds a maximum of six participants, and artists are selected on a rolling basis based on experience, images, and stated interests. As there is light hiking at high altitude (7-8K'), a basic level of physical fitness is necessary. There is no application fee.
On-site lodging includes both private and shared bedrooms at the rustic Sueños Encantados y Casa Vieja lodge. Suenos is a large modular home overlooking the property, and Casa Vieja is a restored 100+year old adobe fort, on the same property. Please see the Lodging page for more details, prices, and images of rooms. Shared rooms hold a maximum of two people, and all rooms have an attached bathroom with updated shower. Please be aware that Casa Vieja is a well-maintained but very old adobe building with its share of quirks. Our location is remote, secluded and peaceful.
Participants will receive a generous material kit that includes a range of mediums, papers, and tools, enough to produce a diverse body of artwork during the session. We will be crafting a number of our materials on-site using natural sources. A list of optional supplemental materials will be provided prior to arrival.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop site in Cuba, NM. Renting a vehicle at the Albuquerque Sunport is an excellent option; the workshop site is approximately 90 minutes north of the airport. An Uber ride to Cuba, NM is approximately $125 from the airport. During the workshop, transportation is provided to the field sites, or you may use your own vehicle. There are also many excellent destinations a short drive from Cuba, including the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Ojo Caliente Hotsprings, Abiquiu, and Santa Fe. Please see the Policies page for more information.
The field sites are chosen for being both remote and accessible by normal vehicle. Walking over natural terrain will be required to access specific areas where we will set up. There is one field site that requires a longer walk of approximately a mile in one direction to access. Once at the site, it's up to you as to how you would like to wander. Participants will need to carry their own daypack with water, art supplies, and personal items. Please keep in mind that we are at an altitude of 7,000-8,000'.
In mid-May, expect dry days in the 70s, and nights in the 30s, with the possibility of wind. The sun at this altitude can be intense, and hats and sunscreen are recommended. If you are coming from a lower altitude, you may want to arrive to the nearby town of Jemez Springs a day in advance to start acclimating, as we are 7,000-8,000 feet above sea level.
Participating partners are welcome. The application process is required for all participants. At this time, we cannot accommodate non-participating partners or spouses. We also cannot accommodate participants under the age of 18.
In short, the viral situation is dynamic, and our Covid policy evolves as conditions change. Keeping our collective health and well-being in mind, as well as the workshop's physical distance from medical care, we are committed to science-based measures that can help test for and, if necessary, limit the spread of the virus during the workshop.
General mitigation measures include pre-arrival vaccination and testing, daily self-testing (antigen tests are provided), working and eating outside, masking in the indoor communal spaces and if sharing a vehicle with someone who isn’t your roommate, and noticing if you’re feeling any symptoms and communicating any concerns. A confirmed positive test immediately before or during the workshop will require withdrawing, and a partial refund will be issued (lodging, food, and deposit are not refundable once we’ve started), with a 15% discount for a future workshop. I'm happy to answer any questions or concerns about our measures.