Kolaj Institute Solo Residencies

Dates: One or Two-Week Residencies with dates mutually agreed with Kolaj Institute

NEXT DEADLINE: Wednesday, 31 January 2024

(Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.)

The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, and disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world.

Kolaj Institute’s solo residencies in New Orleans are designed to provide artists, curators, and writers with dedicated time and space to work on a project.

Projects may include things like:

  • Completing a series of collage artworks
  • Using the archive and collections to researching collage 
  • Exploring and making art about New Orleans as a place
  • Working on a book project
  • Creating a collection of collage poetry
  • Making a stop motion collage film
  • Preparing art for an exhibition
  • Developing one’s practice to work on a larger scale
  • Or taking a moment to review, organize, and document one’s art practice.

We are open to your ideas. We are looking for artists with an articulated goal for their time in New Orleans. That goal need not to be explicitly related to New Orleans, though priority will be given to those artists whose projects need time in New Orleans. 

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

Residencies may be 1 or 2 weeks. Kolaj Institute provides housing and studio space. Once accepted, Kolaj Institute meets with the resident for a pre-residency assessment where we identify community partners and other resources that can support the project. We then work with the resident to design a plan for their time in New Orleans. 

Residents stay in Kolaj Institute’s space in the New Orleans Healing Center, where they will have their own bedroom, bathroom with shower, and a kitchen. (Alternative off-site housing is also available.) Residents work in Kolaj Institute’s Gallery that includes access to collage making supplies and a printer. The Gallery and Resident space is located on the second floor of a building in the Bywater neighborhood. The wrap-around balcony overlooks St. Roch Market. Residents work independently to complete their plan. At the end of the residency, we meet with the artist to review their progress with them and discuss next steps.

COST

The cost of the residency is $900 US for one week (including 6 nights accommodation) or $1400 US for two weeks (including 13 nights accommodation); however, no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package. If the artist is traveling with a partner or companion, there is an additional fee of $400 US per week. Travel to, from and around New Orleans and all meals are the responsibility of the artist.

READ THE FULL CALL TO ARTISTS


PoetryXCollage Open Submission

PoetryXCollage is a printed journal of artwork and writing that operates at the intersection of poetry and collage. We are interested in found poetry, blackout poetry, collage poems, haikus, centos, response collages, response poems, word scrambles, concrete poetry, scatter collage poems, and other poems and artwork that inhabit this world.

Each issue presents six movements of work by artists and curators. Page spreads are meant to be free zones of thinking where the contributor has chosen all elements of the layout: font, image place, composition, etc.

Artists and writers interested in submitting should prepare 3-5 page spreads for consideration. Page spreads must conform to exact specifications and include a general artist narrative and a short page spread narrative. We strongly suggest reviewing a copy of PoetryXCollage prior to submitting. We also recommend downloading the PoetryXCollage Specs Doc pdf and reviewing its contents. 

Learn more about the PoetryXCollage project on Kolaj Institute's website HERE.

Questions? Send an email.


 


 


 


 

The next deadline is Sunday, 26 May 2024 for the Fall 2024 Residencies.

DEADLINES

EARLY FALL DEADLINE: Sunday, 26 May 2024

FINAL FALL DEADLINE: Sunday, 30 June 2024

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until space is filled. Artists are encouraged to apply well before the deadline. Responses may not be sent until two weeks after each deadline.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

Kolaj Institute is partnering with A' the Airts and The Nithsdale Hotel in Sanquhar, Scotland to offer week-long residencies for collage artists in April 2024. Residencies are organized around a theme which results in a project that brings focus to the group’s engagement with one another. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis until space is filled. Artists are encouraged to apply well before deadlines.

Before proceeding, please read the complete Call to Artists on Kolaj Institute's Website and consider the costs, logistics, and artist obligations. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The submission process asks applicants for:   

• Contact information   

• Artist or Writer Bio (50-250 words)   

• Statement of Artist or Writer Practice (50-300 words)  

• 5-7 images of artwork or samples of writing   

• Statement of expectations   

• Asks questions about your work and needs

QUESTIONS

If you have questions, send an email.


 


 

Call to Artists: Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art Artist Residency

A six-day, in-person collage artist residency in New Orleans

Virtual Sessions: Monday, 18 March 2024, 4-6PM EDT and Saturday, 13 April 2024, 1-3PM EDT

In Person: 1PM on Tuesday, 16 April to Noon on Sunday, 21 April 2024

Final Deadline to Apply: Sunday, 10 March 2024

In recent years, activists have taken to staging protests in museums as a way to draw attention to the pressing issues of climate change and in doing so suggest the art world was somehow at odds with the goals of humanity having a healthy, ethical relationship to the natural world. The premise of the "Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art Artist Residency" is that science has the capacity to tell us how to care for the planet, but those solutions are meaningless if humanity doesn't care enough to evolve and change. Art is a unique technology that can distill complexity into simple human gestures that, when experienced, facilitate a deeper understanding of our world. In short, art can be a tool for caring. 

What role can artists play in sorting through the complex social, political, and economic dynamics that shape our discourse around the environment and leave us feeling confused and powerless? How do we sort through such complexity and develop an understanding for ourselves of what an ethical and healthy relationship with the natural world could be? What is the relationship between our individual choices and the systemic change needed to bring humanity's relationship with the natural world into harmony? How do we move beyond rhetoric, cliche, and performative actions and towards meaningful change? In this six-day, in-person residency, collage artists will create work that explores environmentalism in art and make artwork that contributes to a broader dialogue on sustainability and ecological consciousness. Residents will reflect on the balance between human activity and the environment and explore strategies to draw attention to issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and the impact of industrialization on our planet. 

This residency is particularly important to New Orleans, a city deeply connected to its natural surroundings and witness to ecological challenges and natural disasters that have left indelible marks on its landscape and community. 

Jill Stoll's Consumer Cloth Project asks, "How can we reconcile our addiction to consumerism and be safekeepers of our planet at the same time?" Stoll collects cardboard waste from "bodegas and restaurant dumpsters", trolls "the neighborhood on garbage days", and processes this material into strips which she weaves into artworks on an improvised loom of push pins, binder clips, and glue. During the residency, Stoll will speak about her project and her practice. Moira Crone, artist and award-winning author, will speak about her relationship to New Orleans and the environmental aspects she works with in her art and writing. Crone is “inspired by the complexities of vision and sound in New Orleans” and in her work “the interpenetration of humans and their environment is a constant theme.” Christopher Kurts will speak about his work and its relationship to environmentalism. Kurts writes “I’m thinking about what we build and what we leave behind, not just for our communities, but for the land and the animals that allow our communities to exist. I believe that the cyclical nature of our relationship with Earth’s resources requires us to take care of that which takes care of us.” Madera E. Rogers-Henry will speak about her project, The Recycle Challenge Parade & Festival, during which popular craft-making using reclaimed materials promotes "sustainable practices and environmental awareness." She writes, "The festival includes parades, exhibitions, and engaging activities designed to showcase the efforts of local communities and businesses in leading the way towards a more sustainable future." During the residency, Rogers-Henry will speak about how the project uses social practice and crafting as a way of building community around environmental issues.

The goal of this residency is to support collage artists as they adapt their artist practice to speak to the complexities of environmental issues and contribute to a broader dialogue on sustainability and ecological consciousness. During the residency, artists will consider how elements of their practice (research & play, process, making, finishing, diffusion, and impact & engagement) can be adapted. 

Artists will be invited to submit artwork to the exhibition "Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art", 19 April to 19 May 2024 at Kolaj Institute Gallery in New Orleans and to participate in The Recycle Challenge Parade and Festival taking place in the St. Claude neighborhood. 

The exhibition and artist residency, "Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art" is part of Kolaj Institute's project, Politics in Collage, a series of residencies, publications, discussions, and exhibitions examining complex socio-political issues that contemporary society is contending with, in order to spark meaningful dialogue and inspire deeper engagement.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

The Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art Residency is in-person and centered on collage artists who want to develop their artist practice. Residencies are intended for self-motivated artists, regardless of the stage in their career, who have a practice of (or want to develop a practice of) making artwork that speaks to environmental issues in their communities.

COST

The cost of the residency is $750USD. Kolaj Institute has a limited number of grants available to offset the cost of the workshop for those in need. These grants are possible through the generous support of our donors. Travel to and from New Orleans, accommodations in New Orleans, and all meals are the responsibility of the artist. 

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Collage the Planet: Environmentalism in Art Residency will have two Virtual Sessions (Monday, 18 March, 4-6PM EDT & Saturday, 13 April, 1-3PM EDT).

In-person activities take place at Kolaj Institute, 2374 Saint Claude Avenue, Suite 230, starting at 1PM, Tuesday, 16 April to Noon, Sunday, 21 April. 

Participating artists will have 24-hour access to the space from 1PM Tuesday, 16 April to Noon, Sunday, 21 April. 

Kolaj Institute stocks general collage-making materials such as cutting mats, scissors, a variety of glues, substrates, and books and magazines. If an artist wishes to use specific materials they may be shipped in advance to the Kolaj Institute Studio & Gallery. 

READ THE FULL CALL TO ARTISTS

Kolaj Magazine‘s Artist Directory is a tool for organizing and cataloguing artists who work in the medium of collage. Its audience includes the general public as well as independent curators, art venues, and writers.

What Is the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory?

Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory is a membership-based directory and advertising program. The editorial staff of Kolaj Magazine uses the Artist Directory to select artists to feature in the publication and to select artists for various curatorial projects and the Artist Directory exists as a public resource for those interested in collage as a medium and is designed to put interested parties in direct contact with artists. Members of the Artist Directory are permitted and encouraged to refer to their Listing when responding to Calls to Artists as a way of facilitating their response. The Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory is the primary online gateway of the Kolaj Institute Artist Archive and is used to organize online information about artist members. We offer members an option for an Artist Advertisement in the printed magazine.  

Sign-Up Options

OPTION 1: ONLINE ONLY
The cost of a 12-month membership to the online Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory is $20.00.

OPTION 2: ONLINE & PRINT EDITION
The print edition of Kolaj Magazine features a directory of collage artists. (see example here) Listings are paid advertisements that feature an image as well as the name; city, state, & country; and website or email of the artist.  The listings appear in a box that is 3.7 inches wide and 3 inches tall. After you select and send the images to be featured, Kolaj staff will prepare the listing and send you a digital proof if requested. The cost is $50 per issue (or four issues for $150) and includes a 12-month membership to the online directory.

Sign-Up Process

The registration process will ask you for:

Artist Bio

Artist Statement

3-5 images & captions

Collage Books is Kolaj Magazine’s tool for organizing, documenting, and cataloguing books in which collage plays an important role. Our audience includes readers and collectors of collage books as well as curators, art venues, and writers. 

We seek submissions of collage-related titles. We take a broad view of collage books and include trade editions, art criticism, coffee table books, ‘zines, artist books, catalogues, literary endeavours that feature collage. 

We accept submissions from traditional publishers, small presses, and individual artists and writers.

Inclusion in the directory is at the discretion of the publisher. If you are interested in advertising in the “Collage Books” section of the print magazine, send us an email for details.

Take a look at some of the Directory pages before submitting so you can see how they are laid out and what information is needed for submission.

Sign-Up Process

The registration process will ask you for:

Title and author information

Publisher information

Book Details

An announcement or press release

3-5 images & captions


Review Copy

If you wish to submit a review copy, you can mail the book to:


CANADA

Kolaj Magazine

c/o Maison Kasini

PO Box 247 Station C

Montreal, Quebec H2L 4K1


UNITED STATES

Kolaj Magazine

c/o Kasini House

PO Box 1025

Burlington, VT 05402

Collage communities are collectives, meet-ups, ongoing collaborative projects, and groups whose focus and mission involves collage as a medium or genre in some way. 

The International Directory of Collage Communities is a survey of artist groups who are coming together around collage. The directory exists online as a searchable website. Kolaj Institute publishes a printed directory that features and highlights communities every two years. 

By documenting and mapping these communities, Kolaj Institute works to develop a picture of the collage movement: how collage artists are working together, how they are diffusing collage, and what challenges they face mobilizing an art community. 

Kolaj Institute invites active collage communities to submit to the directory. The editorial staff of Kolaj Magazine uses the Directory to select communities to feature in the publication and for various curatorial projects.

VISIT THE DIRECTORY

The primary purpose of database is be a resource to people seeking information about Vermont contemporary art. Its audience includes the general public as well as independent curators, art venues, and writers.

Art presenters use the Artist Database to select artwork for their venues. Artists may also use the database to market, promote, and sell their work.

Kasini House uses the database to select artists for various projects such as artist portfolios in the Vermont Art Guide. Kasini House also uses the database to select artists for Kasini House Art Cards.

Kasini House promotes the Artist Database as a resource to independent curators and writers looking for artists for various projects, particularly those people interested in writing about and curating exhibitions of Vermont contemporary art.

The cost of a 12-month membership to the online Vermont Art Guide Artist Database is $20.00.

SIGN-UP PROCESS

The registration process will ask you for:

Artist Bio

Artist Statement

3-5 images & captions


Kasini House routinely promotes exhibitions in Kolaj Magazine and on its website. The purpose of this tool is to facilitate the submission of exhibition announcements. 

Please note, this is optional. You are welcome to submit exhibition announcements and press releases via email.

Email Kolaj Magazine

In order to promote your exhibition, we will need at least one image of artwork in the exhibition and a caption of the artwork. Do not send posters, images of the exhibition postcard, or images with watermarks.

Materials will be reviewed by magazine staff. Please note, submission does not guarantee that we will promote or review an exhibition. You will be contacted for further information, if necessary.

Collage in Motion is a project of Kolaj Institute that explores collage and the moving image, a broad, loosely defined category that includes animations, film cut-ups, collage film, stop-motion, animated GIFs, documentaries about collage artists, and other forms of media in which collage--as medium or genre--is present. We see our role as not one of defining "collage in motion" but as one of asking what "collage in motion" can be. The project manifests as articles in Kolaj Magazine, an online directory, workshops, residencies, and screenings. Artists with practice of Collage in Motion are encouraged to submit to the online directory.

Kolaj Institute's Collage in Motion Directory is a tool for organizing and cataloguing artists who work in the medium of motion collage. Kolaj Institute uses the Directory to curate the Collage in Motion screening that takes place at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. The Directory's audience includes the general public as well as independent curators, art venues, and writers.

The mission of the Directory is to create more visibility, community, and historical understanding of the medium, and to create a future traveling program of screenings and opportunities. We hope to inspire more still image collage artists to explore motion in their work and that we find each other in an increasingly digital world.

Before submitting, take a moment to view a few examples from the Directory so that you can see how your information will be translated to the page. 


 


 

World Collage Day is an international celebration of collage on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Kolaj Institute and Kolaj Magazine invite you to submit events taking place on that day that celebrate collage. Before submitting an event or project, we encourage you to visit the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and familiarize yourself with the event and history.

Organize World Collage Day Event or Project

One of the many remarkable things about collage is its ability to extend across borders and barriers and to involve people regardless of skill level. Professional artists at the top of their game sit side by side with members of the general public who are picking up scissors for the first time. This is unique in an art world that often trades on hierarchy and status. The collage community is generous and kind and welcoming. It is one of our greatest strengths. World Collage Day is one day we show the world how we do that.

We encourage everyone thinking about a World Collage Day event or project to take responsibility for educating themselves about the needs of their community. We encourage you to follow guidelines set out by health officials and be mindful that these may evolve and change over time.

If in-person gatherings are safe and possible in your community, we invite artists, art centers, museums, galleries, schools, and communities to celebrate World Collage Day by hosting events and projects that bring communities together. Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage’s role in contemporary art and art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. Consider a project that manifests the spirit of World Collage Day in a safe and responsible way. This may take the shape of a Window Exhibition, sharing Collage Starter Packs for your neighbors, or organizing an online Collage Happy Hour. To get inspired, check out past events and projects from previous years.

In February 2021, Kolaj Institute hosted a forum, "How-to World Collage Day." You can watch it HERE. You can watch it HERE. Both of these videos are great ways to familiarize yourself with the event and learn how other artists have organized events in the past.

Now is the time to plan and whatever you decide to do, we want to hear about it. After you submit your event, we will announce your event on the World Collage Day website and through our social media. We invite people to come together around collage in their own communities and to connect to the world digitally using the hashtag #WorldCollageDay.

Tips for Submitting an Event or Project

Give the project a name. Write 3-5 sentences about your project and make or find 1-2 images that represent what you are doing. (Note: We don't mean posters. These should be images of artwork free of texts and watermarks and a minimum of 700 pixels wide.)  Use this form to share texts and images with us.  We will announce your event on the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and through our social media. When we receive your event, we will email with some helpful tips and other resources.

Step One: Find a Space 

If you don't have your own space, reach out to a partner who does. These can be galleries, libraries, cafes, bars, museums, or community centers. Work with the space to determine a time on May 11th, 2024 to hold the event.

Step Two: Define an Activity 

Ideas include collage making meet-ups, docent-led tours of collage in a museum or gallery, activities for kids, slideshows or talks that appreciate collage's role in contemporary art & art history, exhibitions of collage, and more. See previous events to get ideas. Note: Please consider how your event is in keeping with or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Step Three: Submit Your Event 

This is a helpful tool that gathers all the information we need to promote your event on our end. The form asks you for Event Title, Start & End Time, Organization name, the Name of the Venue name and address, contact information for the venue, and minimum of 3-7 sentences about what will happen there.

IMPORTANT: We also ask that you submit images of artwork that we can use to promote the event. Do not send posters or postcards, only artwork free of texts and watermarks and a minimum of 700 pixels wide.

We will announce your event on the WORLD COLLAGE DAY WEBSITE and through our social media. When we receive your event, we will email with some helpful tips and other resources.

Step Four: Promote your event locally 

Submit a calendar listing to local newspaper, radio, and television outlets. Announce the event online and through social media and ask other people to share it. Consider drafting a press release and sending it to the media with a request that they report on the event.

Step Five: Enjoy World Collage Day, May 11, 2024 

Take lots of pictures and post them to social media using the hashtag #worldcollageday. 

ABOUT KOLAJ

Kolaj Institute is a 501c3 Non-profit organization registered in the State of Louisiana, USA that supports artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world. 

Kolaj Magazine is an internationally-oriented art magazine dedicated to contemporary collage.

We use Submittable to help organize information coming in about World Collage Day events. There is no cost to use the service, but you are required to create an account in order to submit information. Submittable uses the email address you provide as your user name to keep track of submissions and not as a tool to Spam you or sell your info to a third party.  Once you have created an account or logged in, the form will appear.

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