Works of art highlighting social justice will soon fill the billboards of the ABQ

New Mexico artists of all backgrounds will have a rare opportunity to have their artwork land on public billboards across Albuquerque.

Digging deep into the heart of social justice issues, the public art exhibit is called “The Soul of a Nation” – curated by Jodie Herrera, artist from New Mexico.

“The reason I started curating was because certain galleries and institutions were inaccessible,” Herrera said.

She says mainstream studio spaces often don’t prioritize BIPOC women and non-binary people who channel themes of equity, liberation and justice into their work.

“And so, instead of trying to ask and beg for a seat at their table, I just made my own table,” Herrera said.

Herrera has made it a lifelong goal to uplift artists from often marginalized communities. She says it was the perfect opportunity to move works of art into a space where no barriers exist to view and appreciate them.

The exhibition is a collaboration with a non-profit association SaveArtSpacewho has installed public artwork on advertising spaces in over 35 US cities and across the pond in London.

Artists of all ages who speak to issues of social justice and intersectional feminism can submit up to 10 pieces. There is a tax deductible donation of $10 per submission that goes towards the production of public art. Then, the selected works will be placed in publicity spaces in the Albuquerque metro in October.

The submission deadline is September 6, 2022. Winners will be announced later in the month.