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New Mexico Seeks Artist for Monument Sculpture

Posted by Asian American Monument Committee of New Mexico ; Posted on 
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New Mexico Seeks Artist for Monument Sculpture




The Asian American Monument Committee of New Mexico requests artists or artists’ teams to submit qualifications for designing a public art sculpture in honor of the landmark civil rights ruling from Territory v. Yee Shun (1882), which affirmed the competency of Chinese Americans to testify in court and have their testimony accepted.  For additional information on the history of the case, email

Budget:  $265,000; a stipend of $2,000 will be provided to each of the three finalists to present their designs in person in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Eligibility:  Artists and team members must reside in the United States

Site:  The site for the sculpture is the urban environment in downtown Albuquerque, at the Second Judicial District Courthouse, 400 Lomas Blvd NW, 87102.  The sculpture will be located on the west side of the courthouse.

Project Intent/Theme:

The intent of this sculpture is to commemorate the landmark historic Chinese American civil rights ruling, Territory of New Mexico v. Yee Shun (1882).  This monument also honors the citizens and the legal system of New Mexico, which recognizes that ‘justice and liberty for all’ is a principle for all ages and people. The sculpture should reflect the tenacity of the human spirit and speak to all people – not just Asian Americans, but could include elements of Asian American Culture.


The committee seeks artists or artist teams who are proficient in large-scale abstract sculpture and who can evoke a contemplative and inviting space with their designs.  The size of the artwork should be proportionate to the scale of the courthouse and sidewalk and address the interactive and pedestrian nature of the location. Public safety is a concern. The artwork should not pose a threat of injury of any persons who may come in contact with the piece.

Selection Criteria:

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Cultural competency
  • An understanding of this court case and why it is still relevant to all Americans today.
  • A broad knowledge of the history of Chinese Americans using the judicial system to advance and protect civil rights


How to Apply:

Apply ONLY through the CaFE system. There is no fee to create an account and there is no application fee for this project.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Nan Masland, or (505) 314-0467