An Evening with The Jealous Curator

An Evening with The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa,
at Kolaj Fest New Orleans

With great pleasure, Kolaj Magazine announces that a highlight of Kolaj Fest New Orleans will be “An Evening with The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa”.

Every superhero has an origin story. Here is Danielle Krysa’s: “The Jealous Curator launched in February 2009, as a place for me to show artwork that ‘made me jealous’. Yes, I was jealous of other artists’ work, their lives, their success, their studios. I felt like I’d never have any of that–and I was right–because I wasn’t making art! I was stuck, and so busy comparing myself to everyone else that I didn’t even allow myself to be creative. It was awful. I started the blog to document the work I loved, but more importantly, I wanted to find a way to flip the jealousy into something positive–admiration and inspiration to be specific.” In the past nine years, Krysa’s “The Jealous Curator” site has become a cultural force, featured in dozens of magazines and followed by countless people seeking inspiration and gorgeous contemporary art.

But wait! There’s more. In addition to creating a dynamite art site that shines a light on hundreds of working artists, Krysa has given a TED talk, spoken to groups like PIXAR, Creative Mornings, and CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on She is also the author of four books. In Creative Block, she interviews successful artists about how they overcome their artistic impediments. Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk “deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock.” In her forthcoming book, Big Important Art Book-Now With Women!, Krysa profiles “unstoppable female artists.” But of particular interest readers of Kolaj Magazine is her 2014 book, Collage, in which she showcased 30 collage artists from around the world.

“Danielle is a champion of artists and collage in particular,” said Kolaj Magazine Editor, Ric Kasini Kadour. “Her eye for spotting talented contemporary artists, her ability to tease out the most brilliant advice for creative people, and her general enthusiasm for building bridges between the art world and society out large makes her one of the most compelling art writers of our time. I am beyond excited that she is participating in Kolaj Fest New Orleans.”

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 12-15, 2018. 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 welcome to join us for gallery visits, evening presentations, and collage making. LEARN MORE

I feel like collage is finally starting to come into its own, and is being considered “real art”. Even though collage has been around for ages, it hasn’t really been given the spotlight it deserves…This event feels like that spotlight.

–Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator

About Danielle Krysa:
Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est. 2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle creates her own artwork as well–mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title. When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books: Creative Block, Collage, and Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk were the first three, and her fourth book, A Big Important Art Book-Now with Women!, is due to be released October 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on

The Jealous Curator has been featured by Oprah Magazine/, Brain Pickings, Fast Company, Apartment Therapy, Sunset Magazine, Frankie Magazine, InsideOut Magazine, Flow Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, and Glamour Paris.