Call to Artists!

[See form below or download Word document and e-mail it and the required Resume/Bio, Artist Statement, and Images to curator mentioned]


We are very excited to invite you all to participate in our next show the “Celebrando Nuestra Cultura Exhibit,” celebrating Mexican culture, icons and history. The show dates are from First Friday September 4th until October 31st. At ALAC, our mission has always been to promote and preserve our Latino culture through art, community and artists. You and your art are part of this wonderful equation to enhance the Latino experience in Arizona; ALAC cannot exist without you.
Please review the Call to Artists form where all of the logistical information about the “Celebrando Nuestra Cultura Exhibit” is provided. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact ALAC, our purpose is to help artists flourish.
¡Saludos fuertes y que viva la alegría!

Celebrando Nuestra Cultura Exhibit
September 4, 2015-October 31, 2015

ALAC proudly presents the Celebrando Nuestra Culture Exhibit to showcase the creative artwork by Latino artists in Arizona to be featured in the main galleria; Galeria 147. It is an exciting time for ALAC to take this opportunity to celebrate Latino Artists expressing Mexican History, folklore and icons. The entries are open to Latino artists residing in Arizona, with a focus on Mexican history in honor of El 15 y 16 de Septiembre; Mexican Independence Day Celebration. The Opening Reception for the Art Exhibition will open on September 4th, 2015, First Friday, until October 31, 2015.
Artist Submission Checklist:
________1. Artist Application Form
________2. Digital images and List of Images on CD
________3. Bio & Resume
________5. Required of all entries: ALAC Membership $25 Annual
________6. Artist Statement: If selected for exhibition.
THEME:   ALAC Celebrando Nuestra Cultura Exhibit
Artistic expression of Mexican history, folklore and/or icons created by Latino Artists with a full range of artistic expression to reflect Mexican~Latino~Xicano~Indigenous cultural and contemporary Arte and Sculpture, including mixed media.
ALAC Art Exhibition Statement:
ALAC Galería 147 is the main gallery, located in the ALAC Cultural Center and it is a self-funded exhibition program that promotes Latino~Mexican~Xicano~Indigenous art by artists throughout Arizona. ALAC is a non-partisan 50l ©3 Non-Profit Organization.
Title:   ALAC Celebrando: Nuestra Cultura y Arte Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:   September 4, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Location:  This Exhibit will show in the main gallery of ALAC; La Galeria 147 and window displays.
The Artwork is selected using a blind jurying process and the selection jury will consist of artists from various disciplines. Adequacy of the theme is the number #1 criterion for the judging of artwork; other criterion includes Originality and Quality of execution.
CURATORS:   Jose Andres Giron, Curator/Artista
                          Elizabeth Toledo, Associate Curator/Artista
ARTIST APPLICATION DUE DATE:   August 25, 2015 by 5:30 pm.
One application per artist is eligible for jurying in each Exhibition. Please email or hand-deliver to ALAC.
ALAC La Galeria 147: Celebrando Nuestra Cultura
147 E. Adams. St., Phoenix, AZ. 85004
ARTIST NOTIFICATION DATE via Email or Phone: August 26 – 27: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
ARTWORK DUE DATE 4 Delivery @ALAC: August 28 & 29, 2015:   Between Noon to 4:30 pm
PICK-UP ARTWORK @ALAC: October 23, 2015:   Between Noon to 4:30 pm
Submission Requirements:              
1. Open to Artists residing in Arizona with a focus on Mexican History, Folklore and Icons, current ALAC Membership is required and a minimum of 18 years old.
2. Artwork is required to be for sale and available throughout the exhibition. Once selected no substitutions will be accepted. Artwork will remain on display for the term of the exhibition.
3. Price range for artwork; $100 to $10,000 per piece. Please consider this carefully when pricing work, as prices listed on application cannot be changed once selected.
4.Original artwork in all media, 2- and 3-dimensions; ready for displaying: matted, framed and/or museum wrapped. Styles may include traditional and contemporary Media: painting, prints, mixed media, culpture, Monoprints, lithographs or giclee prints in limited edition (less than 200) accepted.
NOTE: Profit & Insurance
1. Sales Profit: 40/60% split with 40% donation to ALAC from all artwork.
2. Insurance: Artwork is insured for the duration of the exhibition by ALAC for a Total $1000; the artist is responsible for any extra insurance. The deductible for insurance is $1000.
Artist Contact Information:
Phone/day: _________________Phone/cell___________________
Emails: Personal_________________Business________________
A brief bio, not more than two pages; please include other exhibitions of your work; when and where, solo or collective. Also note if your submitted artwork has previously been exhibited and if so, where and when.
ALAC Membership Fee Required with Artist Application: $25 Per Artist
All Artists are required to submit an application and/or be an ALAC member in good standing. Please make a check payable to ALAC and mail or hand deliver to the ALAC Cultural Center La Tiendita Gift Shop. ALAC Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6 pm.
ALAC: Celebrando Nuestra Cultura y Arte
147 E. Adams. St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Submit Digital Images (jpegs) by email: ALAC, Elizabeth Toledo Galeria 147 Coordinator Associate
Each artist may submit up to four jpeg digital images (72 dpi, 10″ x 10″ RGB max), all images to be emailed to:
Elizabeth Toledo, ALAC Associate Curator/Artista/:
Note: Slides or printed images will NOT be accepted and please do not include images, which are not for consideration by this jury.
Artist Personal Statement:
You may include 50 words maximum for each submitted artwork this is optional. The attachment may be included on your CD in MS Word format with clear title and reference number of the associated image.
IMPORTANT to Remember:
1.   Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.
2.  DUE DATE All Completed entry packets required to be emailed/hand-delivered: August 25, 2015.
3.   Artists will be notified by email or phone.
List of Images and Related Information:
Please Identify digital images submitted by number, title, date, medium, price image size (Height x Width x Depth and size framed. List accordingly on email: Example; 1MiCasa.Giron.jpg.number of the associated image.
Title / Date____________________________________________________
Size: image___________________ Size Framed_________________________
Title / Date_____________________________________________________
Size: image___________________ Size Framed_________________________
Title / Date_____________________________________________________
Size: image___________________ Size Framed_________________________
Title / Date_____________________________________________________
Size: image___________________ Size Framed__________________________
For Questions or more information Contact Curators/Coordinators:
ALAC Galeria 147 Curator/Artista: José Andrés Girón, ALAC La Galeria 147
ALAC Galeria 147 Associate Curator and Exhibit Coordinator:
Elizabeth Toledo, vivatoledoalac@gmail.com623.326-7663 Cell.
cc: Linda Tórres, Stacy Espinoza, ALAC
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American Sabor Pop Up Mural Jam

On June 5th, as part of the American Sabor exhibit, ALAC is proud to host an Outdoor Mural Jam in which some of its very own artists will be designing and transforming the back of its building to create a mural walking tour. The Jam will exhibit some of the downtown culture with its music, dance event, and a variety of food trucks. Artists will also be engaged in creating murals live that reflect both American Sabor and ALAC’s mission and influence while highlighting Latino music and dance.

This project is lead by the ALAC Emerging Artists Guild, which is comprised of three emerging local artists, Ramon Aguirre, Noreen Ayonayon, and Alfredo Bilducia. Each member is highly passionate about the young artist movement and building a community that is in support of Latino arts with a mix of new and classical tastes. If you would like to be apart of the guild, please contact Ramon Aguirre at

For this event, the ALAC Emering Artist Guild will be having a call to artist. Each applicant will create a proposal of what they would like to paint during the event and submit it to ALAC. A panel will then review all applications and pick the top 12 to showcase their skills during the Outdoor Mural Jam for a live painting exhibition.

For more information about this event, please subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook. For more information on American Sabor, visit  Sneak peak of what has already been started on the Mural Jam. By Noreen Ayonayon

American Sabor Comes to ALAC

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” will be celebrating its final exhibition at Arizona Latino Arts and Culture Center in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, April 11-July 5, 2015. American Sabor has been traveling cross-country for four years and has chosen to celebrate its incredible journey with people of Phoenix one last time. full details

Developed by the EMP Museum in Seattle and the University of Washington, American Sabor traces the vast and significant contribution of Latino music to American popular music and culture. Through engaging bilingual (English and Spanish) text panels, striking graphics and photographs, a dance floor and compelling listening stations and films, all guests will experience the excitement, diversity, and beauty of Latino music as it developed in five key U.S. cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York, and Miami.

From the mambo, rhumba, and cha cha cha dance crazes of the 1950s to East L.A. punk rock of the 1970s; from conjunto and Tex-Mex to contemporary styles like reggaeton and banda rap, American Sabor will bring to life an extensive but often overlooked area of American music.Focusing on musical icons such as Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Tito Puente, Flaco Jiménez, the Fania All-Stars, and many others, the exhibition traces the trajectory of Latino music across the American landscape and into the hearts of millions.

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music was created by EMP Museum and the University of Washington. It was organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition, its national tour, and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Stay tuned to learn more about events that will be held throughout the exhibition! For more information and to coordinate a tour, please contact ALAC at 602.254.9817 and check-out websites and

Downtown Phoenix Directory Showcases New Mural Project

With a vibrant new cover, co-created by Jose Andres Giron and Carlos Rivas, two resident artists at the Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC), the Downtown Phoenix Directory January-June edition hit the streets just in time for Super Bowl 2015.

The cover art depicts a mural project in the Paseo de ALAC, the alleyway behind the arts and cultural center, featuring a vibrant community gathering place bridging art, culture, tourism and downtown businesses. This makes it the perfect complement to the restaurant and business guide.

“For ALAC to be represented is a proud moment for us all,” said ErLinda Torres, president and CEO of ALAC. “It’s urban, it’s ethnic, it’s contemporary – it really represents the state of Arizona and the people of this city.”

With a local artist-designed cover, local photography and more than 400 restaurant and business listings – this edition of the directory really showcases greater downtown’s immense growth and diversity.

Andres Giron, the cover designer, grew up in the Golden Gate Barrio of Phoenix and watched the cycles of change in Downtown Phoenix since the 1950s. The design really celebrates downtown’s revitalization and talented Latino artists, many of whom will be collaborating on the mural project.

According to plans, the mural will stretch across the entire backside of the city-owned building at 147 E. Adams Street.

“I was just trying to tell a story and create a spectacular impression of an otherwise dirty alley by beautifying it,” Giron said. “It’s also about encouraging artists to work together and learn from each other.”

Eight different artists will be collaborating on the project, including Carlos Rivas, whose signature “shape-shifters” can be seen in murals around the city.

Individuals see different things in the abstract figures Rivas designs, which is why the interpretation is fluid and shifting. Each unique form is a reflection of the music he listens to, friends and family who inspire him and the vibrant urban landscape around him.