Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium July 10-14, 2019. Our mission is to create a platform that allows us to explore critical issues around collage (how it is curated and presented, its role in contemporary art, and the tensions between collage as a medium, a genre, and a phenomenon).
Our goal is to create an event that attracts a variety of people working in various capacities, such as art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists. The general public will be invited to join us for gallery visits, evening presentations, and collage making.
This Call for Artists is how you tell us that you would like to take on a presenting role at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. (If you are interested in presenting research or curatorial work, please see the Call for Papers.)
The program at Kolaj Fest will be a unique experience. Our aim is to breakdown hierarchy and foster dialogue among art professionals working in a variety of capacities. To that end, the editorial staff of the magazine works with presenters to craft a program. A presenting role can mean many different things: it could mean you are hosting the collage making space or you are leading a collage workshop, or presenting about your art practice. A limited number of artists will be invited to exhibit. Most presenters present slide shows about their practice followed by a Q&A with the audience. We also seek artists with projects that take the spirit of Kolaj Fest out into the city of New Orleans.
In seeking artists to participate, we wish to know what stories you have to share. We are particularly interested in one's experience as an artist: making art, showing art, selling art, identifying as an artist or a collagist, how the artist participates both in an art community and in society in general. We are interested in artists open to sharing how they navigate the art world. And we are interested in various approaches and strategies for collage making. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
To get an idea of the sorts of projects we seek, we strongly encourage you to review the 2018 program prior to submitting.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: One should only apply to be a presenter if they are planning on attending Kolaj Fest New Orleans in person. Presenters are responsible for their own travel to, accommodations at, and registration for the event. Limited resources are available to assist those presenters in need and only after their presentation submission has been accepted. (If you cannot attend Kolaj Fest New Orleans, consider submitting to Kolaj Magazine another way. MORE INFO)
The registration process will ask you for:
Artist Bio (50-250 words)
Artist Statement (50-300 words)
5-7 images of artwork
Statement about how the artist would like to participate in Kolaj Fest
The deadline to submit is March 18th, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Kasini House will notify Submitters via email no later than April 15th, 2019.
About Kolaj Fest New Orleans
Kolaj Fest New Orleans is produced by Kolaj, an internationally-oriented, printed magazine about contemporary collage. Kolaj Fest New Orleans would not be possible without the support of Press Street, Antenna Gallery, Kolaj Magazine and Kasini House. Kolaj Fest New Orleans is made possible through a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer. WEBSITE