CALL TO ARTISTS
Collage in Practice
A four-week, virtual/online workshop with Kolaj Institute in January 2024
Early deadline to apply: Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Final deadline to apply: Sunday, 17 December 2023
The practice of collage takes on many forms. A practice will be shaped by the goals of the artist and what they want to achieve with their artwork. It will also be informed by the choice of material, scale, and subject matter. A collage practice is also informed by the history of artists who came before and how an artist chooses to be in dialogue or opposition with their creative ancestors. A working understanding of one’s practice is critical to one’s professional and artistic development.
Intended as a clinic for working artists at any level, participants in this workshop will explore how they go about making art and putting it out into the world. How to make a living as an artist? How to get your work seen? How to get an exhibition? How to get reviewed? How to make a life for yourself as an artist? What does that even mean? These are some of the challenges artists face when they want to take their art practice to the next level.
Participants will explore critical concepts and collage taxonomies as a way to develop and refine the language they use to talk about their own practice and to develop a broad view of the creative landscape in which they operate. How does choice of material inform how the artwork is exhibited? How does one speak about their process so that it is understood by other art professionals and the general public? How can one use art history to create a critical context for one’s artwork? Topics include Collage Theory; Sourcing Materials, Copyright, Appropriation; Developing Materials; Collaboration; and Collage in Presentation.
Participants will finish the workshop with a deeper understanding of their practice; a strong statement of practice that can be used to communicate with curators, editors, and art professionals; a portfolio of consistent artwork (or a plan to make one); and tools for growing or developing their practice.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Collage Artist Workshops are intended for self-motivated artists, at any stage in their career, who want to develop their practice. This workshop is particularly oriented to those who wish to make a change in their current practice. Residencies are open to any artist over the age of 21 from anywhere in the world.
The cost of the workshop is $500 USD per artist; however, no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your application HERE.
Dates: 4-25 January 2024
Thursday, 4 January, 4-6PM EST
Thursday, 11 January, 4-6PM EST
Thursday, 18 January, 4-6PM EST
Thursday, 25 January, 4-6PM EST
The workshop will begin with an invitation to join the Slack workspace on Tuesday, 2 January. Introductions and Orientation will take place during our first meeting on Thursday, 4 January, 4-6PM EST.
The remaining sessions will take place on 11, 18 and 25 January, from 4-6PM EST. After the final session, Ric Kasini Kadour will conduct one-on-one feedback sessions with the participating artists about their Statement of Practice.
Artists are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete assignments. The group will finish the workshop with a strong Statement of Practice that can be used to communicate with curators, editors, and art professionals and a portfolio of consistent artwork (or a plan to make one).
The submission process asks applicants for:
• Contact information
• Artist Bio (50-250 words)
• Statement of Artist Practice (50-300 words)
• 5-7 images of artwork
• Statement of expectations
• Asks questions about your work and needs
If you have questions, send an email.
Ric Kasini Kadour
Ric Kasini Kadour, a 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts Curatorial Fellow, is a writer, artist, publisher, and cultural worker. Working with the Vermont Arts Council, Kadour curated four exhibits: “Connection: The Art of Coming Together” (2017) and Vermont Artists to Watch 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2017, he curated “The Art of Winter” at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington, Vermont. In 2018, Kadour curated “Revolutionary Paths: Critical Issues in Collage” at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, which bought together collage artists whose work represents the potential for deeper inquiry and further curatorial exploration of the medium; followed in 2019 by “Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage” at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, which furthered the conversation. In 2023, also at LeMieux Galleries, he and gallery director Christy Wood curated “Amuse-Bouche” as part of Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2023. Since 2018, he has produced Kolaj Fest New Orleans, a multi-day festival & symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society. As Curator of Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont in 2019 and 2020, he curated three exhibitions, “Rokeby Through the Lens” (May 19-June 16, 2019), “Structures” (August 24-October 27, 2019), and “Mending Fences: New Works by Carol MacDonald” (July 12-October 25, 2020). He also curated “Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives” (August 17-October 20, 2019) and “Where the Sun Casts No Shadow: Postcards from the Creative Crossroads of Quito, Ecuador” (November 1-30, 2019) in the Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. “The Money $how”, co-curated with Frank Juarez, was presented at the AIR Space Gallery at Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (April 10-September 12, 2021). For the 53rd Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland (August 13-20, 2021), he curated “Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream”, where it won a 2021 National Heritage Award. The exhibition traveled to the Knoxville Museum of Art, January 4-February 19, 2022. With Alicia Inez Guzmán, PhD, he co-curated two exhibitions at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque: “Many Worlds Are Born” (February 19-May 14, 2022) and “Technologies of the Spirit” (June 11-September 3, 2022). In 2022, he curated “Artists in the Archive” at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, September 2, 2022-January 7, 2023; and “Many Americas” at the Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, August 20-November 27. Through his work conducting in person and online Residencies, Kadour also curated, “Mysterious Landscape: Secrets of the Vale” which was shown at MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland, before traveling to the Knoxville Museum of Art, March 17-May 7, 2023; and “Word of Mouth: Folklore, Collage, Community” at A’ the Airts in Sanquhar, Scotland, September 6-30, 2023; and “Passing Place: Reflections on Sanquhar, Scotland” at the Kolaj Institute Studio at the School Art Studios, June 1-30, 2023, as part of Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2023.
Kadour is the editor and publisher of Kolaj Magazine. He has written for a number of galleries and his writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, OEI, Vermont Magazine, Seven Days, Seattle Weekly, Art New England (where he was the former Vermont editor) and many others. Kadour maintains an active art practice and his photography, collage, and sculpture have been exhibited in and are part of private collections in Australia, Europe and North America. In January-February 2020, he was artist-in-residence at MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland. He holds a BA in Comparative Religion from the University of Vermont. Kadour splits his time between Montreal and New Orleans. www.rickasinikadour.com