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T.I.M.E.-- Cibola County -- Flow


T.I.M.E. - Temporary Installations Made for the Environment – Cibola County - 2016


The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, Axle Contemporary, and Grants Mainstreet seek to commission up to seven temporary environmentally based artworks to be exhibited in various locations in Grants and Milan, NM.  Artwork should be environmentally based and respond to this year’s theme: FLOW. This project is open to New Mexico residents only. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. $2,000 per project for up to 7 artist/artist teams.

Project Intent
The strongest proposals will be for works which engage the temporary nature of this series of installations and relate strongly to the cultural and environmental histories of the area.  Site-specific and ephemeral works are encouraged. Artwork should appeal to both local residents and visitors to the area. No artwork requiring concrete pads or other environmentally damaging approaches will be considered. At the agreed upon time of removal, the artist will return the installation site to its original condition, subject to the approval of the site representative. Media must be low maintenance, safe for both children and adults, ADA compliant, and not leave a permanent mark on the environment when removed. 


Site Information

Artworks will be located in exterior locations in and around Grants/Milan. Specific sites for the artwork will be determined by the requirements of the selected artwork in conjunction with the TIME Project Selection Committee. Potential artwork sites include The Riverwalk Park, The Mining Museum, City Hall Park, Fire and Ice Park, Double Six Gallery, Friendship Park, The Gas Station Museum, and The Aviation Heritage Museum.  Additional (unconfirmed) sites are The El Malpais Visitor Center and The Kiva Café/Chaco Canyon Trading Co. We will do our best to accommodate site-specific works. Access to electricity may be available at some of the sites. To prevent irreparable environmental damage, no large holes may be dug or foreign organic materials released into the environment. Artwork must also be sufficiently secured against high winds and intense weather conditions that often arise in New Mexico. The artist understands that their artwork may be subject to damage, vandalism or theft at anytime. Neither Axle Contemporary, New Mexico Arts, nor the site host, will be responsible for such occurrences. Photos of the sites and the surrounding area are here. Map of possible sites is here.


Project Amount

$2,000 per project for up to 7 artist/artist teams. This amount includes all applicable expenses that the artist may incur creating the artwork, such as materials, labor, insurance, taxes, installation, and retrieval of the artwork. Artists will be paid in 2 phase payments. The first phase payment of $1,000 will be made after the contract is approved. The second phase payment of $1,000 will be made after the artwork is installed, removed, if applicable, and all required documentation materials are received. There is no medical or workers’ compensation insurance provided by either Axle Contemporary, the State of New Mexico or the host sites. Artists will be responsible for providing coverage. The selected artists will be required to enter into a professional services contract with Axle Contemporary.



This project is open to New Mexico residents aged 18 years and older only. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply.



June 3, 2016,                           Project Announced

June 20                                Submission Deadline

September-early October    Artwork Installed

October 8                             Opening Reception

Late November                    Removal of artwork


This calendar is subject to change. The selection criteria used by the Selection Committee shall include, but is not limited to: Quality of project concept, thoroughness of proposal, quality of past work, and how the artwork relates to the theme of Flow, the culture and history of Cibola County, and the environment.


Submission Requirements for Projects

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Supplemental information beyond what is requested will not be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.


• A detailed description, including dimensions, materials, installation, lifespan, interactivity, content and physical impact. Please tell us what your proposed artwork means to you and what you're trying to communicate.


• Proposed artwork image(s) 1 to 3 images. Please review and follow the image preparation guide on the CaFÉ website.


• A CV or resume listing relevant experience, including temporary environmental art installations if applicable.


• Six images of previously completed work. Please review and follow the image preparation guide on the CaFÉ website.


• An annotated image list containing the title, media, dimensions, year of completion and if applicable, project description, budget, and commissioning agency.


• A well thought out clean-up plan. You may not leave anything behind.


Questions/Follow Up

Questions regarding the project should be directed to Matthew Chase-Daniel or Jerry Wellman at 505-670-5854, or 505-670-7612 , email: Finalists selected for this project and the artist ultimately selected for the commission will be required to enter into a professional services contract with Axle Contemporary. Sample copies of the contracts are available upon request. It is unlawful for artists to solicit opinions or viewings from individual members of the Selection Committee prior to set committee reviews and will result in disqualification from the competition. We reserve the right to refuse submissions, to refuse any finalist, to waive formal procedures, or to withhold the award of a purchase or commission should it be determined that submissions are not acceptable. Application to this project constitutes agreement to abide by all applicable program guidelines.


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Lava flows, flow of time and space, flow of traffic, flow of creativity, flow of history, narrative flow.

Here is a map of some of the "flows" in the area: Railroad, Cars, Water, and Lava.


Definition of flow from

  • 1a (1) :  to issue or move in a stream (2) :  circulateb :  to move with a continual change of place among the constituent particles <molassesflows slowly>

  • 2:  rise <the tide ebbs and flows>

  • 3:  abound <a land flowing with natural resources>

  • 4a :  to proceed smoothly and readily <conversation flowed easily>b :  to have a smooth continuity

  • 5:  to hang loose and billowing <her gown flowed around her>

  • 6:  to derive from a source :  come <the wealth that flows from trade>

  • 7:  to deform under stress without cracking or rupturing —used especially of minerals and rocks

  • 8:  menstruate


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's definition of state of flow— a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation.



About Grants, Milan, and Cibola County

Cibola County includes the ancient Pueblo of Acoma and also parts of the Diné (Navajo Nation) territory. Spanish explorers came through the area in 1540, and had established communities there by 1620. In 1680 Acoma and other Pueblos drove the Spaniards out of the area. In 1692 the Spanish settlers returned. In 1699 the Pueblo of Laguna was founded in what is now the eastern area of the county. In 1836, the area became part of Mexico. In 1848 the area became a territory of the United States of America. In the 1880's the railroad came through the area, bringing material goods and culture from the east. In 1912, the area was incorporated into the new State of New Mexico.


Grants, the largest city and now the county seat, was originally a Spanish settlement, Los Alamitos, so named for the Cottonwood trees along the drainage of the Rio San José. In the 1880s, 3 brothers established a camp there to work building the railroad. Their settlement was named Grants Camp, later Grants Station, and now Grants.  Logging from the Zuni mountains drove the local economy until the 1930s when agriculture flourished and the area became the "carrot capital of the world". At this same time, Route 66 came through and brought tourism to the area.  In 1950 uranium was discovered in the area (Haystack Mesa).  Mining companies came to town and bought up the rights to the abundant water.  Agriculture fell into decline and now Grants became the "uranium capital of the world".  This boom lasted until the 1980's. Between 1980 and 1990 the population of Grants declined by 25%, but has since slowly risen. The city is becoming a destination for recreation and tourism.  It  is only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Albuquerque and much of the surrounding area is pristine and protected wilderness including El Malpais National Monument, Mt. Taylor (Tsoodzil) and the Zuni Mountains in the Cibola National Forest, Zuni Ice Cave, Bandera Volcano, Ventana Arch, and Bluewater State Park.  The area also has one of the longest unbroken stretches of historic Route 66 in the country which has become a popular destination for travellers from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The "ghost towns" of Cubero and Budville have extensive ruins of stone buildings. Nearby is the Villa de Cubero Trading Post where Ernest Hemmingway reportedly holed up to write his novel The Old Man in the Sea. Nearby, The Pueblo of Acoma runs a casino and the Haak'u Museum, and also offer tours of the traditional mesa-top pueblo.



Useful Links

Photos of Sites and Surrounding area


Grants Mainstreet


Grants-Cibola Chamber of Commerce


Grants on Wikipedia 


The Cibola Beacon 


The Cibola Arts Council 


National Trust for Historic Preservation: Mount Taylor 


Sacred and Secular Landscape Symbolism at Mount Taylor, New Mexico by Kevin Blake: Journal of the Southwest  


Mt. Taylor Traditional Cultural Property Determination of Eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, by Cynthia Buttery Benedict and Eric Hudson, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division 


Aviation History Museum  


Cibola County Historical Society


National Park Service: El Malpais National Monument  


La Ventana Arch  


Acoma Pueblo/Haaku Museum   


Bluewater Lake State Park   


Duke City Fix: Bluewater Lake: Tiger Muskie Fishing


Museums & Galleries 


Historical Sites  


Wikipedia- Acoma Pueblo 


Wikipedia- Cibola County  


Ghost Towns  


Past T.I.M.E. projects




Call or write:
505-670-5854: Matthew Chase-Daniel, Axle Contemporary
505-670-7612: Jerry Wellman, Axle Contemporary

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