• Sit for a spell under a cottonwood tree and view the Franklin Mountains, seemingly nestled between the U.S. and Mexico flags in front of the visitor center. The two flags reflect our heritage; this land once belonging to Mexico and now to the U.S.


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  • New Hours!

    Beginning October 1, the grounds of the memorial will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This applies to all foot traffic and vehicles. For questions, call (915) 532-7273.

  • ¡Horario Nuevo!

    A partir del 1ero de octubre, se abren los terrenos del parque desde las 7 a.m. hasta las 10 p.m. Esto vale para el tráfico peatonal igual al de vehículos. Si tiene preguntas, llame al (915) 532-7273.

  • Phone System Problems

    We are currently experiencing problems with our automated phone system. For general information or to speak to someone in the visitor center, please dial 915-532-7273, extension 113, between 10 am and 5 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Problemas Telefónicos

    Actualmente existen problemas con el sistema telefónico. Para información general o para comunicarse con el centro de visitantes, marque 915-532-7273, extensión 113 entre las horas de 10 am y 5 pm. Disculpe la molestia.

  • Limited Access to Cultural Center on 10/20 and 10/21/14

    Floor maintenance activity may limit access to part or all of the visitor center, museum exhibits and park store on Monday, 10/20 and Tuesday, 10/21/14.

Siglo de Oro Poster Art

"Siglo de Oro"

Each year, the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival is represented by a promotional poster featuring the original artwork of an area artist. Poster artists are selected by a panel composed of park employees, members of the community, and the park's friends group. What began in 1976 as an amateur student competition has evolved to now include some of the borderland's best professional artists and graphic designers. The festival, now the oldest of its kind in the world, has developed an international following with requests for promotional materials and posters coming from across the United States, the Spanish-speaking world, and academic communities.

Because Siglo de Oro posters travel around the community and globe representing Chamizal National Memorial, the panel carefully chooses artwork that best captures the time period and feeling of Spain's Golden Age and the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival.

2012 Siglo de Oro poster

The official 2012 Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival poster.

"Queen of Diamonds" artwork by Hal Marcus

The "call to artists" goes out each year in early April with artists being given a minimum of two months to submit original artwork for competition. While all artwork remains the property of the artist, the National Park Service requests the right to use digital images of the art for poster and other promotional production. In addition to receiving poster copies, winning artists are given the opportunity to display additional artwork in an exhibition coinciding with the festival. Check at the bottom of the main Siglo page for more information and to download the necessary forms.

To learn more about the Siglo de Oro poster art competition, please contact the park's Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Arts.

To view Siglo de Oro posters from past years, visit our online gallery.

Did You Know?

Chalk Drawing

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