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“Compass Roses” project seeking Albuquerque-region visual, literary and performing artists » Albuquerque Journal

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“Under the Same Sky” by Diane Samuels is one of the pieces in the “Compass Roses: Maps by Artists” national public art project. (Courtesy of Compass Roses: Maps By Artists)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Renee Piechocki and Nadine Waserman had a vision for a national public art project.

“Compass Roses: Maps by Artists” started in Pittsburgh – where both artists are based – and Albuquerque will be the second city in the United States to participate.

“The Albuquerque Arts Board thought it was a great project, and Renee and Nadine are super excited about the opportunity to bring it here,” says Sherri Brueggemann, division manager of the city of Albuquerque’s Public Art Urban Enhancement. “Not only does the artist share their voice about how they feel about this place in time, but also geographic place.”

Currently, the city is seeking entries for the project, which includes visual, literary and performing artists who live or work in the greater Albuquerque region.

The national public art project is a growing archive of maps by artists that explore a particular place from different points of view. The content of each map is therefore unique and might contain readily recognizable places or imaginary ones or those that have been forgotten or are unfamiliar.

The maps will be presented at an exhibition in spring 2021 at the South Broadway Cultural Center Gallery, distributed to the public, and be presented on the Compass Roses website.


The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 9.

Selected artists will be paid $300 to contribute a map to the project and their map, or a suitable archival copy, will become a part of the City of Albuquerque’s Art Collection.

Brueggemann says “Compass Roses: Albuquerque” will include a total of 30 artists. Fifteen will be selected through an open call process by a selection panel and then those 15 artists will each be asked to invite an additional visual, literary, or performing artist to participate.

All 30 artists will be compensated equally for their map contribution.

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