The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, through the Cultural Outreach Office, based on Articles 1, 2 sections I, II, V and VII, 3, 16, 34, 36 section II and 37 of the Law of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico; 1, 2, 62 sections I, II, III and VI, 63 and 134 of the University Bylaws; 1, 2, 3, 4 sections IV, V and VI, 9, 11 and 19 of the Cultural Outreach Regulation of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico; and other applicable regulations of the University Legislation,
to students, professors and graduates of national and international universities and academic institutions, the call to participate in:
9th International Biennial of University Visual Art
To encourage, identify, recognise and promote the creative activity of students, professors and graduates in the area of visual arts.
A work of art as presence evokes absence, through concepts such as spaces, shadows and traces; it makes discourses that surpass the conventional tools of art, its supports and even the author.
Participating work should address:
- or the relationship between these two concepts
The artwork can be a critical, poetic or analytical proposal to the different ways of understanding or feeling the absent and the present.
1) 2D: painting, photography, graphics, drawing, mixed media.
2) 3D: sculpture, object art, installations.
3) Digital: video, sound art, animation, art media, video installation.
4) Registration of ephemeral work: performance, mapping, happening or land art.
The work must be presented with a scholarly essay to support the art.
Participants living outside of Mexico may only participate with digital work and registering ephemeral work.
Participants may register in one of the following categories:
Students from national or international universities or higher education institutions
b) Professors and graduates
Those who are part of the teaching staff or are graduates of a national or international university or higher education institution
Participants must vouch for the authorship and originality of the work presented, holding harmless the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico from any third-party claims.
Each participant may enter only one unpublished work without co-authors.
The following are not eligible to participate in this call for entries:
-Members of the Organising Committee
-Members of the Selection Committee
-Members of the Directorate of Cultural Innovation of the UAEM
Participants must have supporting documents from the university or higher education institution of origin (credentials, receipts, degree or whatever applies for each student, professor or graduate).
Participants must complete the general information on the website, such as name, age, gender, academic institution to which they belong and upload in PDF format official ID (voting card, passport or equivalent), curriculum vitae, brief portfolio and other requested information.
Attach photographs and/or digital documents showing the work with which you are participating in the Biennial so that it can be seen by the Selection Committee and the Qualifying Judges (up to 5 photographs up to 4MB in size, and in the case of video or sound art, participants must send a hidden YouTube video); complete a technical file and description of the registered work.
2D work must have a maximum size or dimensions of 1.50 m x 1.50 m with frame or support, if any.
3D work must have a maximum size or dimensions of 1.50 m x 1.50 m x 1.50 m with frame or support, if any.
Digital work or registration of ephemeral work should last a maximum of 60 minutes.
The Organising Committee will not accept work that endangers people or property, or harms the environment or the facilities of the exhibition space or its surroundings.
Work that has been published, awarded prizes, recognised with honours or that is awaiting a decision in other calls and/or contests is excluded from participating.
When registering their work, participants must include an academic essay supporting their work with the following characteristics:
- Text with a maximum length of three pages including introduction, main body and conclusions.
- Write it in MS Word format, with Arial 12 font, 1.5 cm spacing, displaying page numbers and top and bottom margins of 3 cm, and side margins of 2.5 cm.
- Add bibliography and citations in APA format.
The 9th International Biennial of University Visual Art will make registration available on the website:
Participants must complete the general information and attach the documentation in the format requested on the website.
At the end of the registration, please check that your details are correct.
Any communication will be by means of the email address with which each participant registers.
It should be noted that only participants who complete their registration on the Biennial website will be considered and work should not incur in any of the restrictions of this Call for Entries.
The registration period on the website to participate in this biennial will be from the date of publication until July 12, 2022.
The evaluation criteria will be observed by a Selection Committee that will evaluate the technical quality, the concept and that the work is in accordance with the theme of this Biennial.
The Selection Committee, made up of art specialists, will choose twenty-five pieces that will be part of an exhibition and the Biennial catalogue.
Those selected will be notified via email from the address firstname.lastname@example.org and posted on the Biennial website.
Those who are selected to be part of the Biennial exhibition and catalogue must send the work and the required documentation in accordance with the dates and space defined by the Organising Committee for the Biennial exhibition, which will be specified via email.
The Organising Committee reserves the right to accept, disqualify, award or deny the prize, payment for purchase, exhibition or publication of the work if it is damaged as a result of the transfer or differs from the requirements stated and/or with the characteristics described in the registration for the Biennial, so only work in optimal conditions will be accepted.
In addition, work must have technical, technological and museographic support for its exhibition and performance. You will be required to submit an attached PDF document describing the relevant specifications for mounting and exhibiting your work. If additional provisions are required, they should be included at the author's expense. If necessary, the Organising Committee may require the presence of the author to assemble the work.
The Organising Committee may reserve the right to exhibit and/or mount work if it considers that elements are missing to do so adequately.
Intellectual Property Rights
The authors of the twenty-five pieces of artwork selected for the exhibition will authorise the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico to use them free of charge and for non-profit purposes, for exhibition and inclusion in the Biennial catalogue. The institution will at all times recognise the intellectual property rights of the authors, who will be responsible for the authorship and originality of the works of merit and for which the corresponding legal instrument will be signed in accordance with the Federal Copyright Law and its current Regulations.
The corresponding form will be emailed to you, which you will need to print and send with your signature when submitting the work.
The twenty-five selected pieces may be used in any form and/or media, in print and/or electronic media or any other type of media developed by the University.
From the twenty-five selected pieces, a board of Judges composed of specialists in contemporary art will evaluate the selected pieces and define who will be the three first-place winners in each category and their decision will be final.
Winners will be notified via email from the address email@example.com and will be posted on the Biennial website.
The board of Judges may declare any of the areas of participation void when the work does not comply with the provisions of this call for entries.
Intellectual Property Rights
The winning artwork of this call for entries will be part of the Property of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, who will at all times recognise the moral rights of the participants, who are responsible for the authorship and originality of their works as well as for any third-party claim; the property rights will be transmitted through the undersigning of the corresponding legal instrument to the Institution, in accordance with the Federal Copyright Law and its current Regulations. The corresponding form will be emailed to you and this act will be formalised at the Office of the General Attorney of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.
Shipping costs to the UAEM for the exhibition of the selected and winning pieces will be paid by the author, as well as any insurance and expenses involved in transportation to the facilities, as defined by the Organising Committee.
The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico will not be responsible for the status of artwork during shipment.
For administrative procedures pertaining to this call for entries and/or in the event of an awards or opening event, travel expenses will be paid by participants.
Expenses not foreseen in the call for entries shall be borne by each participant.
Authors of work winning the first three places in each category will be awarded a monetary prize for the purchase of the work as follows:
| Professors and graduates
|$150,000.00 Mexican pesos
|$100,000.00 Mexican pesos
|$50,000.00 Mexican pesos
|$100,000.00 Mexican pesos
|$50,000.00 Mexican pesos
|$25,000.00 Mexican pesos
In addition to the above, winning work will be exhibited in a space of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico to be defined by the Organising Committee.
Winning work from this call for entries will become part of the cultural heritage of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.
Participation in this Biennial implies that the Terms and Conditions and Terms of Reference have been read and accepted.
Cases not foreseen in this call for entries will be resolved by the Organising Committee of the Biennial.
For any questions or clarification, please contact us on:
(+52 722)4811800 Ext. 19431
Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 15.00 (Central Mexican Time)