September 14, 2007 - CIRCA Puerto Rico - Call for Applications
September 14, 2007

Call for Applications

Carlos Betancourt, From the Rincón Flamboyant Series,
“FAMILY PORTRAIT (Mami, Papi, Alberto,
and Me -Rincón, PR)”, 2005,
Metallic Lambda Print (50x50cm)
Image Courtesy of Diana Lowenstein Fine Art, Miami/Galeria Walter Otero, Puerto Rico

April 11-14, 2008
Call for Applications

(Deadline for applications October 22nd 2007)
CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08
The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Third Edition)
April 11 – April 14, 2008

For application

The call for galleries for participation in CIRCA08 is now open until October 22nd.
CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08, the third edition of the first international art fair in the Caribbean and Central America, will be held from April 11 – April 14, 2008 at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, and will feature around 35 commercial galleries from Puerto Rico, Latin America, the United States, and Europe.
CIRCA PR’08 will once again bring the best of Contemporary art to a local and international audience of collectors. It is the only art fair of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America, where an important group of collectors, has emerged in the past few years.

In just two years, CIRCA PR has shown its potential to give new visibility to the Caribbean art world where an exciting mix of regional artists, gallerists, institutions, and collectors, together with a selection of international galleries, offered a very personal and dynamic art fair.
Pre-selected galleries
Some of the pre-selected galleries for CIRCA ’08 edition are Blow de la Barra (London), Spielhaus & Morrison (Berlin), Air de Paris (Paris), Marta Cervera (Madrid), Samson Projects (Boston), Museum 52 (London), Spinello Gallery (Miami), Casas Riegner (Bogota), Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), and Galería Walter Otero (Puerto Rico). The final list of selected galleries will be published on our website by November 10th.
Size does matter
Far from the madding crowds and the gigantism of most of the art fairs, at CIRCA PR we are convinced that an art fair should be small, intimate, and intellectually challenging. CIRCA will continue with its humane scale in a friendly and sunny setting allowing gallerists, collectors and other art professionals to interact on a more personal one-to-one basis.
What the press said about CIRCA ’07:
“the fair featured a great mix of dealers and independent thinkers that aren’t found at other art fairs” (Walter Robinson,
“Puerto Rico has something unique to offer to the world, which is increasingly about money and seeing the same thing everywhere you go” ( Joel Weinstein, Flash Art)
“CIRCA is shaping up to be an exciting initiative” (Amanda Coulson Tema Celeste)
“Puerto Rico possesses one of the highest densities of collectors that I know of in the art world” (Fernando Galán
Curated exbitions at CIRCA ’08 and around Puerto Rico
For the section In the Spot two guest curators will put together a revolutionary concept based exhibition from works exhibited at the fair; at the end of the day the curator will engage in a critical dialogue with the audience. Besides, CIRCA will host a challenging complementary programme of openings a.o. at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), and at Espacio 1414, the private exhibition space of the Berezdivin Collection.
Chambres des Collecteurs and Collector’s Programme
In response to the bourgeoning and dynamic artistic community, an important group of private collectors has emerged in Puerto Rico. In cooperation with these collectors and in hommage to Jan Hoet’s Chambres d’Amis (1986), the section “Chambres des Collecteurs” offers during CIRCA a unique possibility of visiting private collections.

In this sense, Fernando Galán, editor of, who attended last year’s edition observed that “Generally speaking, Puerto Rico’s collections are very international in character, which is evidence of a very open temperament that avoids falling into impoverishing localisms.”

An interesting and edgy collector’s programme will be designed with visits to private collector’s houses, artists’ studios, gallery walk, museum openings, and parties in order to make Puerto Rico the ultimate experience for the visiting collector and art lover while he enjoys the unique scene of the Old San Juan and the incredible reggeatón parties.
Application deadline CIRCA 08
The application deadline for CIRCA ’07 is October 22nd 2007. See for the application form

Should you be interested in receiving the CIRCA ’08 application folder, please contact
About Circa Puerto Rico ’08
CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08 is organized by Portfolio FIAC, Inc., a corporation founded by Roberto J. Nieves and Anabelle Lampón to serve as a leading cultural management company in the Puerto Rican and Caribbean communities.

CIRCA Puerto Rico ’08 is sponsored by Caribbean Merchandiser Services and Rums of Puerto Rico, and supported by El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, and the Museo de Arte de Ponce.

For more information please visit or call (1) 787 279 7675
Fair Contact: Media Contact: Collector’s programme and VIP manager:

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