Open call:
two-year academic program

Open call:
two-year academic program


Madeline Jiménez at Paul Ramírez Jonas workshop.
February 8, 2016
Open call: two-year academic program

Application deadline: April 24, 2016

Calle 13 #25
Col. San Pedro de los Pinos
CP 03800 Ciudad de México

T +(0052) 55 52774947

Founded by a group of contemporary artists working in Mexico and abroad, SOMA is an organization in Mexico City dedicated to intercultural exchange.

SOMA offers a two-year program for training contemporary artists based on continuous exchange between young artists and established professionals through courses, workshops, one-on-one critiques and studio visits. SOMA’s faculty comprises artists, theorists, and curators with extensive experience in their fields, both nationally and internationally.

SOMA believes in building a platform that facilitates investigation into what art can be and how it can operate in different contexts. The program seeks to provide a space for a diversity of discussion, collective interaction and critical thinking, taking into account the many creative communities in Mexico City.

This program is for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in visual arts or related studies. All courses are in spanish.

Recent visiting artists are: Eduardo Abaroa, Vivian Abenshushan, Carlos Amorales, Gina Arizpe, Iñaki Bonillas, Mariana Botey, Sergio Bromberg, Tania Candiani, Aníbal Catalán, Virginia Colwell, Minerva Cuevas, Gabriel de la Mora, Antonio Fernández Ros, Jota Izquierdo, Carla Herrera-Prats, Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Galia Eibenshutz, Harrell Fletcher, Enrique Jezik, Helena Keeffe, Magali Lara, Luis Felipe Ortega, Raúl Ortega Ayala, Yoshua Okón, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Sebastián Romo, Beatriz Santiago, José Luis Sánchez Rull, Joaquín Segura, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith, Marc Swanson & Joe Mama Nitzberg, Sofía Táboas, Tercerunquinto, Laureana Toledo, Benjamín Torres, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Odalis Valdivieso.

Some of the visiting curators and critics are: Mónica Amieva, Claudia Arozqueta, Michel Blancsubé, Juli Carson, Anthony Carfello, Helena Chávez, Tatiana Cuevas, Tyler Coburn, Irving Domínguez, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Willy Kautz, Esteban King, Alejandra Labastida, Jorge Luis Marzo, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Ana María Millán, María Minera, Daniel Montero, Víctor Palacios, Daniela Pérez, Bárbara Perea, Tania Ragasol, Iván Ruiz, Guillermo Santamarina, Paola Santoscoy, María Virginia Jaua and Chris Sharp.

Open call for applications
Applicants are selected by a faculty committee. Applications open February 8 to April 24, 2016. Applications are available here.
Selected artists will be announced June 1 on the website.

Program objectives
–Foster an environment for dynamic discussion where students are challenged to produce their best work through exchange and communication with their peers.
–Constantly challenge what art can be and do.
–Investigate the possibilities and importance of various artistic disciplines allowing them the ability to build and transform their context.
–Create an educational platform in which peers assist one another in developing content and processes of research.
–Highlight the relevance and effect of the political and social environment on artistic practice.
–Stimulate dialogue and collaboration, as well as confront the differences between artists and cultural producers of different generations.
–Open channels of communication between various disciplines and studies, beyond those typically associated with artistic production: musicians, architects, curators, critics, filmmakers, scientists, and theorists.
–Promote and facilitate contact among young artists and established critics and curators.
–Encourage and complement students’ projects, whether they are works of art, diffusion spaces, or research projects.
–Help promote the work of young artists while understanding the art of the past in new and novel ways.

Financial support
All students accepted into the program area are granted a scholarship of 90% of the total cost of attendance. These scholarships are generously funded by our sponsors.



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