Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020: Call for Papers, Artists & Projects


Call for Papers, Artists & Projects
Deadline 16 March 2020

How do you want to manifest at Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020?

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium, July 8-12, 2020. 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, a community, and a movement.)

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.

Kolaj Fest New Orleans plays a key role in the work of Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute, as it is a way for us to become familiar with a professional’s work. Presenters may be invited to participate in future projects.

Responding to the Call is how you tell us that you would like to take on a presenting role at Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020. 

The program at Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020 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: Presenting Your Topic or Art Practice on a Panel, Leading a Discussion on a Topic Important to Collage, Hosting a session in the Collage Making Space, Leading a Collage-focused Workshop, Exhibiting, Conducting a Special Project during the event.

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 presenters, we wish to know what stories you have to share. 

We are particularly interested in: historical perspective, art world economics, the role collage has played in an artist’s practice (particularly when their final work isn’t collage per se); mash up culture; the relationship between contemporary art and society; museum issues; surveys of how collage was presented in exhibition; collections where collage plays a central role; the role of collage in various art movements (Modernism, Surrealism, Pop Art, etc.); utopian and dystopian imagery in art; art’s role in the current political moment and, in particular, how art responds to sexism and racism; notions of power in the art world and its impact on collage. 

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.

Go to Submission Form.

To get an idea of the sorts of projects we seek, we strongly encourage you to review programs from the previous years prior to submitting. (2018 Edition and 2019 Edition)

The deadline to submit is 16 March 2020. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We will notify Submitters via email no later than 25 April 2020.

Please send an email to editor@kolajmagazine.com.

(If you cannot attend Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020, consider submitting to Kolaj Magazine another way. MORE INFO)

About Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020
Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2020 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, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Tulane University Special Collections, Kolaj Magazine and Kasini House Kolaj Fest New Orleans is made possible through a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer. WEBSITE