Open Call: 2019 CPPC/ICI Travel Award for Central America & The Caribbean

October 2, 2018 to November 6, 2018

View of the Atlantis aquarium in Paradise Island. Photo: Marina Reyes Franco

Application deadline: November 6, 2018

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) announce the 2019 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. In its sixth edition, the curatorial research award will support a contemporary art curator based anywhere in the world to travel to Central America and the Caribbean to conduct research about art and cultural activities in the region. Intended to generate new collaborations with artists, curators, museums, and cultural centers in the area, this award will cover curatorial residencies, studio visits, and/or archival research.

The CPPC Travel Award will support a curator to visit one or multiple locations in Central America and the Caribbean. The travel period can be anywhere between three weeks and three months, and take place between February and September 2019. The grant will cover costs of up to $10,000.

Application guidelines for the CPPC Travel Award can be found on ICI’s website in English and Spanish. Independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply. Applications from established and emerging curators (3+ years of professional experience) will be considered. A jury of professionals who live in, or have extensive knowledge of the region, will select the successful applicant.


To be considered a candidate for the 2019 Travel Grant, a full application must contain the following:

•  A letter of approximately 1,500 words (3 pages) describing the proposal for curatorial research for which funds are being requested. This should include a short summary on the reasons why the research is important and why it should happen now, as well as the names of any artists, curators, collections, archives, or institutions with which the applicant hopes to spend time.
•  A travel itinerary or plan for the residency program with proposed dates of travel (one page)
•  A budget covering all travel research costs including any per diem, fees, and translation expenses (one page)
•  A Curriculum Vitae (abridged to no more than 3 pages)

Format: The required documents should be sent by email to with CPPC Travel Award in the subject line. No printed versions should be sent via post. The letter, travel itinerary, budget, and CV should be page-numbered and sent as one single PDF.

Language: Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish.

Grantees are expected to make their own travel arrangements, including securing visas, if needed. If not fluent in local languages, grantees must allocate funds for a translator. On completion of travel a report of approximately 1,500 words on the outcomes of research is required, together with a budget outlining how the money was spent. Awardees are also expected to submit photographs and a research report on activities in the region that will contribute to the online Journal resource on ICI’s website.

The inaugural CPPC Travel Award was granted in 2012 to Pablo León de la Barra, who conducted research trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico with the aim to reread seminal historical moments in the region that have acquired new relevance in the current political and economic reality. The 2013 recipient, Remco de Blaaij, set out to research women activist practices in the countries of Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Suriname. The 2014 awardee, María Elena Ortiz, explored film and video practices in Aruba, Martinique, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. In 2015, the recipients Leah Gordon and André Eugène traveled to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago to research regional models of artists’ self-organization, alternative strategies of community education, and discover new exhibition networks for Haitian artists. The 2017 recipient of the award was Marina Reyes Franco who used the award to travel to the Dominican Republic, Panama, The Bahamas, Jamaica, and Trinidad to investigate the ideas of paradise and fiscal paradise, and the geographical coincidence of these concepts

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