CALL TO ARTISTS
Curating Collage Workshop
A four week, virtual/online workshop in January 2023
Deadline: 28 December 2022
Curating is a vital part of art’s function: a curator creates a bridge between artwork and audience. For artists, this process can be confusing and mysterious. The goal of the Curating Collage Workshop is to equip artists with the tools to curate their own work, to work with curators, and build exhibitions that connect with diverse audiences.
The Curating Collage Workshop is a four-week program designed to train artists as curators. In four virtual meetings over four weeks and through ongoing, online discussion, we will explore the fundamentals of curating, how to create critical context for collage, and various strategies for presenting collage to an audience. Topics will include art writing; gallery and museum issues; documenting artist practice; and working with art professionals.
The Curating Collage Workshop will focus on the role of the exhibition: How do we exhibit collage? What is needed from collage to function in a commercial gallery, art center, or museum? How do we build exhibitions that go beyond the “Cut and Paste” group show model that is prevalent today? What does it mean to be artist-centric, medium-centric, or viewer-centric in the presentation of collage in exhibition? And the workshop will explore ideas around Curation: What is a curator and what is their role? How do we introduce collage to viewers? How do we build an audience for collage and generate enthusiasm and a sense of value for the work? How do we take collage where it needs to go to reach the viewers it is intended to reach?
Artists in the workshop will curate each other’s work and produce a statement of practice, biography, and critical context for a body of work. This material may be developed into a proposal for an exhibition or book or may be adapted for publication in Kolaj Magazine. Artists will leave the workshop with a collection of texts that document and provide critical context for their work and a proposal for an exhibition or publication.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Curating Collage Workshop is for artists with an established practice and a body of work they would like to bring to an audience through exhibition or publication.
Tuesday, 17 January, 4-5PM EST
Wednesday, 18 January, 4-6PM EST
Tuesday, 24 January, 4-6PM EST
Tuesday, 31 January, 4-6PM EST
Tuesday, 7 February, 4-6PM EST
Thursday, 9 February, 4-6PM EST
Participants will engage via an online platform through one-on-one and group discussions.
The cost of Curating Collage Workshop is $500 USD, 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.
The submission process will ask you for: Contact information; Artist Bio (50-250 words); Artist Statement (50-300 words); 3-10 images of artwork; a statement of expectations; and ask you some questions about your work and financial needs. Artists who are members of the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory may refer to their listing.
Applications are reviewed by the faculty. Space is extremely limited; however, the applications of qualified artists are kept on file and those artists will be invited to future workshops, if they wish.
If you have questions, send an email HERE.
Deadline: 28 December 2022
Final Notification no later than 3 January 2023.
The workshop will be led by Ric Kasini Kadour, Editor of Kolaj Magazine, who, as part of a 2021-2022 Curatorial Research Fellow from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts curated exhibitions in New Mexico, Vermont, and Ireland. Kadour’s 2018 exhibition, “Revolutionary Paths”, presented examples of collage that represented the potential for deeper inquiry and further curatorial exploration of collage. His 2019 exhibition, “Cultural Deconstructions”, examined how collage artists were breaking down culture in a manner that offers the viewer an opportunity to break down their own understanding of the world and build up a new one. Kadour will be joined by Andrea Rosen, former curator of the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont, who will speak about her approach to curating and the role curators play in museums and universities, and Christy S. Wood, co-owner of LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana, who will speak about what she looks for and how she works with artists.
ABOUT KOLAJ INSTITUTE
The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support 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. WEBSITE
ABOUT KOLAJ MAGAZINE
Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. We are interested in collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement. WEBSITE