(above image: Riverbend Hot Springs…walking distance from Residency and Studio sites!)
Hot Springs Artist Residency New Mexico, U.S.
We at Art&Soul offer a variety of artistic opportunities for individuals and small groups for those who are seeking time and space to create in the calm, quiet desert.
This artist residency is located in the heart of the Hot Springs District in the eclectic and historic town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in the Southwest region of the United States. T or C (as the locals call this town) is situated along the beautiful Rio Grande surrounded by incredible natural Hot Springs. Each participant is housed in one’s (or couples, partners) own private Apt/Suite close to many private and public Hot Mineral Baths, our Art&Soul studio space, the river, shops, restaurants, brewery, bookstore, etc…and clear skies where you can breathe, slow down, and focus.
We are in the southern part of the state, approximately a 2 hour drive south from Albuquerque, NM and also about the same distance northwest from El Paso, TX. Both cities have large, international airports. Artists are required to provide their own transportation–to, during, and from–the retreat site. There is so much to see and experience in the beautiful southwest, and this is not possible without one’s own vehicle. Most of our artists bring their own cars, others rent one for the duration. There are several car rental agencies in both Albuquerque and El Paso.
We offer individual and small group/partner art opportunities for 2-4 week stays (some longer stays may be arranged). These residencies run from January-May, 2020.
Primarily, our artists use this time away from their day-to-day lives to work on their own project(s), choosing to join in with others as time and energy allows. Although each participant has their own individual apt/suite and access to private hot mineral baths, there are many opportunities to connect with others, as our residency program is in the heart of the Hot Springs district–balancing quiet, contemplative time away from our busy lives with social time in the many gathering places close by…as well as in our shared studio.
Throughout the year, we provide creative time without a lot of interruption, limiting the number of our participants so that each artist can focus and create during this special time in the desert.
Artists may gather often for social and creative get-togethers, participate in a group exhibition, share meals once in awhile, and have a fun and engaging Art Share where we get the chance to learn about each other’s art, inspiration and methods in a very positive and supportive atmosphere. Sometimes we feel the need to spend time alone with our art, and other times we enjoy the camaraderie of other artists with whom we may connect. This Hot Springs Artist Residency is a time for both!
There are many unique sites in the surrounding area and although we try to include a few in our program, we encourage Artists to explore the area on their own and we are more than happy to share our knowledge of interesting locations for your own artistic adventures during your stay.
Participation in “get-togethers” is entirely voluntary and artists are under no obligation to “produce” or attend, however it is a wonderful chance to gather, and we encourage artists to spend some of their time with other members of the program and local artists, musicians, writers and characters…this is quite an amazing place with a treasure trove of interesting and creative opportunities!
There are no restrictions regarding the type of work produced during the residency, however the shared studio space is primarily set up for 2 dimensional artwork, with some additional areas for sculpture/3D work . This residency has been designed to allow participants to share a common experience with a small group of fellow artists (1-10 participants), that encourages the exchange of ideas, while allowing the major focus to be private time for individual work and introspection.
This residency is in a perfect place to enjoy this magical and creative time in southern New Mexico! It is centrally located in the charmingly rustic and artistic town of Truth or Consequences, NM, situated right in the middle of the historic Hot Springs District. Walking distance to several hot mineral baths, this location also offers cafes and restaurants, a great brewery, movie theatre, yoga studio, shops, bookstores and galleries…all walking distance from our residency.
Art&Soul Studio is next door to a nice coffee shop and across the street from a breakfast and lunch bistro. The Studio is in a great location, with easy parking, tables, chairs, easels, indoor and outdoor workspace, etc along with bathroom, washing station and kitchenette. In the evening after a long day of creating art, it’s nice to stroll down the street to the Brewery to listen to live music, or to attend a yoga class or a relaxing soak before retiring for the night!
Many of our artists choose to use the shared studio, as it also provides an opportunity to showcase some finished pieces and works-in-progress to others during the public access hours (we keep these to a minimum as we don’t want to interrupt the flow, or disrupt other artists while they’re working). Others choose to work off-site in various “plein-aire” locations, which are plentiful! We try hard to accommodate as best we can to provide time and space to make art!
HOT SPRINGS HEALING MINERAL BATHS
Come soak in the healing waters! Enjoy our crystal clear, sulfur free natural hot mineral baths with some of the highest mineral contents available in the world. Read more about our natural hot springs here:
We contract with a local accommodation, “Pelican Spas” which provides basic, comfortable rooms–not fancy as the title “Spa” might suggest, but conveniently located in the Hot Springs District. We have other places available for our artists, and as we finalize costs, availability, etc, we will update that information as soon as we can. We try and keep our residencies affordable, and hope to provide “budget” as well as “higher-end” accommodation to meet the needs and desires of our Artists!
There are some absolutely incredible sights to see in and around the area. There are great locations and viewpoints just minutes away along the river, at the lake, and on the mountain and desert trails. We love to visit the “ghost towns” of Monticello, Hillsboro, and Winston which are close to town (1/2 hr or so drive). About 40 mins away is the great town of Hatch (chile capital of the world!), where you’ll want to have a delicious meal at Sparky’s and shop for spices and gorgeous pottery and Mexican folk art. The city of Las Cruces, with it’s Saturday market, Art museum and great restaurants and shops and the beautiful village of Mesilla (we LOVE this place!), are only an hour drive south.
Other wonderful places, which are further away (1-3 hour scenic drives) and that we recommend visiting are: Bosque del Apache, Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands, the Very Large Arrey, and Salinas Pueblo Missions. They are all incredible–please check these places out online for more information! Of course, there are the rich and historic cities of Albuquerque (2 hrs) and Santa Fe (3 hrs) north of here…not forgetting magnificent “Old” Mexico, our southern neighbor, just beyond the border about an hour and a half away for those who might wish to “add on” some extra days to explore further afield. There’s so much to see and experience in this richly diverse region!
History of T or C and SURROUNDING AREA
Truth or Consequences’ long history has unfolded around its hot springs. For millennia, humans have gathered around the hot mineral water percolating up in the Rio Grande’s sandy marshlands where downtown T or C now stands. The Ancients of pre-history built pit homes and pueblo-like dwellings and farmed the surrounding area. They gathered around the hot springs for socializing and healing. Much more recently, the Apache roamed the region using the hot springs for gathering and healing.
In 1598, Juan de Oñate and his troops moved northward through New Mexico, followed by Spanish settlers. They built homes and villages, farming the canyons in the area. In the 1800s, the Apache were driven out, and more white settlers arrived and developed ranching and mining activities. In T or C, the first bathhouse was built in 1882 by cowboys from the John Cross Ranch. More bathhouses followed. Construction of the Elephant Butte Dam (1911-1916) brought hundreds of workers to the area. Upon completion of the dam, many settled by the hot springs, floating their small cabins down the Rio Grande from the dam site. Many of these cabins can still be seen in the Hot Springs Historic District. The town, known as Hot Springs, thrived and grew into a well-known resort and healing center, drawing thousands of visitors. The downtown area was filled with motels, bathhouses, clinics, bars and stores.
On March 31, 1950, the town’s citizens voted 1294 to 295 to change its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences. Ralph Edwards, producer of the popular radio game show of the same name, had issued a challenge for a U.S. town to change its name in celebration of his show’s 10th anniversary. Many answered his call, but he was inspired by the town’s focus on recreation and healing. On April 1 (April Fool’s Day!), 1950, Ralph Edwards came to T or C to lead the first Fiesta celebration. He returned each year for 50 years, demonstrating his love and dedication to the town and its citizens.
HOT SPRINGS ARTIST RESIDENCY (1-5 applicants accepted for 2 or 4 week sessions):
$1,200 per 4 week stay. (includes Art Hop*)
$800 per 2 week stay. (weeks 1 & 2 include Art Hop*)
$750 per 2 week stay. (weeks 3 & 4 do NOT include Art Hop*)
*ART HOP is a downtown Gallery Night, occurring on the FIRST &/or SECOND SATURDAY of each month. Artists who stay for the month (4 WEEKS) or those who attend for weeks 1 & 2 are invited to participate. For those attending weeks 3 & 4, there will still be opportunities to display one’s work in the gallery section of our downtown studio, even though Art Hop opening night will be missed. Our studio/gallery is always available for artists to show some of their work during their stay (as space allows). More information available once accepted into program.
Accommodation in private apt/suite* (all with queen bed, sitting area, shower, sink and toilet in bathroom. Kitchen with dishes, cutlery, cooking items, etc, access to hot mineral baths, lounge area, private courtyard). Towel & linen exchange and quick tidy once a week. WIFI, HDTV, Air Conditioning in each apt/suite.
Use of on-site Yoga Studio (for a small fee). 10% discount at some local businesses, restaurants, etc. Use to shared washer/dryer. Outdoor courtyard area in main building (by baths) for relaxation, meals, art-making, writing.
Access to off-site shared studio space (both indoor and outdoor) with 1 table, 1 standing easel, 1 table easel, chairs, lamps, drawing board per artist, lounge area, kitchenette, washing area, bathroom. Promotion of Art Hop Exhibit if during 2nd Saturday of each month.
On-site parking in front of suites, street parking in front of studio
Walking distance to and from private suites and shared studio space, area hot springs, shops, brewery, bookstore, cafe, restaurants, movie theatre, park, art store, galleries, museum.
To participate in one of Art&Soul’s residency program, all artists, emerging and established alike–including writers and other “creatives”–are invited to complete the application process.
To apply, please click on the link below to the online application form.