When and where is the SOMA Summer program?
SOMA Summer will take place from July 3 – August 24, 2017.
SOMA is centrally located in the residential neighborhood of San Pedro de Los Pinos within close proximity to the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa in Mexico City.
Our location is very accessible and one block away from the San Pedro de Los Pinos subway station. Program activities will take place at SOMA and throughout the city.
What do I need to submit with my application?
You application must include:
Artist Statement (800 words)
Letter of Interest explaining your interest in attending the program (500 words)
Short Bio (two paragraphs)
Three References including name, last name and contact information Copy of Valid Passport
15 images of recent work including technical info and, if needed, a description of the project in PDF formatIn case of having video/sound pieces, include the url of the vimeo/youtube/soundcloud link, where the material can be seenIn case of having writing samples, your portfolio must include a maximum of 3 texts (7,000 words each).
Please indicate whether or not, each text has been published.
When do I need to submit my application and materials?
Please submit all materials by February 6, 2017.
How does the admissions process work?
A selection committee will review your application.
The selection committee is formed by three members of SOMA’s artists council; including Carla Herrera-Prats.
The other two members of the selection committee rotate every year.
Accepted applicants will be notified by April 4.
Who should apply?
Applicants must demonstrate significant experience in their field. Many of our applicants have completed or are in the process of completing their MFA/MA. But artists who are not enrolled in academic institutions, or who don't hold a degree, are welcome to apply. Accepted candidates are expected to participate in all program activities.
How much is tuition and does it cover housing and travel costs?
Tuition is $3,600 USD for the eight-week program, which does not include accommodations, per diem or transportation.
Tuition can be paid in three installments:I. $500 due May 1, 2015 (non-refundable)II. $1,550 due June 1, 2015 III. $1,550 due July 6, 2015
What’s a reasonable budget for housing, food, transportation and recreation during the 8-weeks?
$2,400 USD is a reasonable approximate budget for the eight-week stay in Mexico City.
This budget should allow you to cover housing, food, recreation and transportation. A total of $6,000 USD is a reasonable budget covering ALL expenses.
How will I find housing?
Participants find their own temporary housing.
We will assist you with finding accommodations by providing you with contact information of several friends of SOMA with sublets/rentals available during your stay in Mexico City.
In addition, we have agreements with a couple of hostals.
This process begins upon acceptance into the program, and has always been completed before the program start, without any problems.
Sublets will range from $600 to $1000 per 8 weeks.
Can I apply for Financial Aid?
We are a small organization and, unfortunately, can't provide full-tuition grants for SOMA Summer participants.
Financial support is available based on portfolio review and proof of financial need.
This financial aid is usually granted in exchange of support in the logistics of the program such as communication (internal and through social media), documentation (photo and video), and overall logistics (coordination with the group for visits and different activities, support with closing event).
If you apply for financial aid, provide a short statement indicating your interests and experience with these activities.
If you are enrolled, we recommend that you contact your university to find out if grant funds or travel stipends are available. We also recommend applying for research abroad and/or travel grants from cultural councils and other foundations.
If necessary, we are happy to provide an acceptance letter for your application. If you are unfamiliar with available funding in your native country, please let us know and we might be able to assist you in your research.
Can I receive an application notification in advance?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if this applies to you.
What will the 2017 Program be like?
Seminars and workshops are lead by guest artists and curators. These five 9 hour seminars will focus on this year SOMA Summer topic: Excess.
Each seminar/workshop will address this subject through a different angle according to the interest of each guest.
Reading material will be distributed as early as May to accepted candidates.
Going through this material is important in order to guarantee a horizontal and inclusive structure where dialogue substitutes a lecture format and where your voice can be heard.Weekly lectures where guests present their work in an evening series open to the public: Miércoles de SOMA (convening every Wednesday).
Weekly visits to the studios of local artists chosen based on their own interest in each year’s SOMA Summer topic.
Weekly individual critiques with one or two artists/curators/art historians: Through these meetings (50 minutes each), participants have the opportunity to revisit their own practice. A lottery through which participants choose artists/curators/art historians to meet with is scheduled weekly.
Guided visits to the most important cultural institutions of the city including: MUAC, Museo Carillo Gil, Collection Jumex, SAPS, Museo Tamayo, Muca Roma, and X-Teresa and Museo de Arte Moderno, as well as alternative spaces such as Lodos, Bikini Wax, Casa Maauad, among others.An open to the public Closing Event, organized by participants with support of a guest curator, will culminate the program.
What are the facilities at SOMA? Where do participants produce their work?
Throughout the program you will have access to SOMA facilities, where you will share studio space with the rest of the international participants and where you will be able to develop your work. Please bare in mind there is no photo, printing, video or sculpture facilities at SOMA. However we will assist you, as much as possible, in your needs to develop your work. Art production in Mexico City is overall quite affordable, and we will provide you a list of local fabricators that local artists in Mexico work with.