Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival & symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 12-15, 2018.


Kolaj Fest New Orleans will be a historic coming together of collage artists and art professionals; a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society; where the focus is how we elevate the status of collage. Presenters are leading panel discussions, addressing key curatorial issues, asking why collage is often treated as a second-rate medium. Artists are planning a festival-wide installation, creating special activities and demonstrations. We will meet, network, share community, camaraderie, and fellowship. We will leave armed with new ideas for our artmaking, writing, and curatorial projects, but more importantly, we will leave Kolaj Fest New Orleans prepared to champion this artform in the year to come.



Registration to Kolaj Fest New Orleans gives you an all access pass to events and a welcome packet that includes the Kolaj Fest Program Book and other goodies. Registration costs $125.

What is 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. 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.

Why Kolaj Fest?

For over 100 years, we have been advancing, exploring, and disrupting visual art through collage. It is about time to give the medium its due. It's time to come together as a community.

Kolaj Fest is a
decentralized event happening all over
New Orleans,
July 12-15, 2018.


On the Cover: Beware by Lisa Barcy
(12"x9"; collage on paper; 2016)

Program Book

This Kolaj Fest New Orleans Program Book is a document of all things related to Kolaj Fest. In these pages, you will find a schedule and descriptions of sessions, bios and website information for artists and presenters, descriptions of evening events and special programs and some helpful information about getting around and being in New Orleans.

A printed copy is included in the Registration Packet that one collects at the Info Table when you check in. In the meantime, click the cover image to download a PDF version of the Program.


Revolutionary Paths

Critical Issues in Collage at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 11 July-5 August 2018. Collage has a rich history of spawning new thinking about artmaking. The history of 20th century art is littered with examples of artists who cut and pasted their way into artistic advancement. And yet, when the collage is presented in exhibition, it is often done so without the critical framework granted other mediums. In this exhibition, curator Ric Kasini Kadour presents examples of collage that represent various aspects and takes on the medium. Each work in the exhibition represents the potential for deeper inquiry and further curatorial exploration of the medium. MORE


Daily Collage Congress

At each Daily Collage Congress, we will review the day’s agenda. Speakers will share ideas about the state of collage. And we will hear updates about special projects taking place during the festival. MORE

Collage by Kike Cosgrains.
Learn more HERE.



The program at Kolaj Fest will be a unique experience. We have multiple goals and are serving multiple audiences: We aim to breakdown hierarchy and foster dialogue among art professionals working in a variety of capacities. We aim to build bridges between the collage community and the larger art world; between the art world and the general public. Our hope is that participants will have fun, network, play, and socialize while engaging in deep, real talk about issues that are important to them. We aim that people will leave Kolaj Fest New Orleans connected to a community, armed with ideas for their art, the presentation of collage, their writing and curatorial work, or simply a deeper appreciation and understanding of collage and the people who make it. SEE SCHEDULE

Read More about Kevin HERE


Collage Making Space

Collage making will take place 11AM to 5PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Kolaj Fest New Orleans at Artisan Bar & Cafe. In addition to free time to make collage, the space will host artists leading demonstrations and workshops. The space has scissors, X-acto knives, glue, and a collection of papers and materials. Our collage making space is hosted by Kevin Sampsell with support from Jay Berrones.


Special Activities
& Projects

In addition to a robust program of presentations, a number of special activities are taking place at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. These include Great Collage Swap; Collage Tanzkarte; Made at Kolaj Fest; Collage in Animation; & Artist Projects. LEARN MORE

$10 (free for Kolaj Fest Registrants & Antenna::Signals Subscribers)



Silk Road, 2483 Royal Street, 6PM-8:30PM. Issue 008 of Antenna::Signals examines the theme of “amalgamation”, exploring the numerous ways in which fusion has taken place and continues to occur across multiple disciplines of human endeavor. Conceived as a “live arts magazine,” Antenna::Signals is a variety show-styled event from the artists and writers of Antenna. MORE

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An Evening with The Jealous Curator

Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave, 7PM (doors open at 6:30). Danielle Krysa's "The Jealous Curator" blog is a cultural force, featured in dozens of magazines and followed by countless people seeking inspiration and gorgeous contemporary art. Her 2014 book, Collage, 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 at large makes her one of the most compelling art writers of our time." MORE


Why Is That Dinosaur Holding a Vacuum & Other Stories from the World of Collage

Kajun’s Pub. 2256 St Claude Ave. 7PM. An experiment is taking contemporary art where it does not normally go. MORE

Assemblage by Marcy Lally
at LeMieux Galleries. MORE


Collage in
The Crescent City

The primary exhibition of Kolaj Fest New Orleans is “Revolutionary Paths: Critical Isssues in Collage” at Antenna Gallery (see information HERE). On Thursday, July 12th, Ric Kasini Kadour will Kolaj Fest New Orleans registrants on a tour of several galleries in Arts District New Orleans. Like any vibrant, contemporary art scene, New Orleans is full of remarkable galleries showing collage. Here is our list of places we recommend checking out.


Aloft New Orleans Downtown

Aloft New Orleans Downtown is located in the heart of the Central Business District, steps away from the French Quarter and street car ride away from the Marigny/Bywater. A limited block of rooms has been set aside for Kolaj Fest New Orleans attendees at the special rate of $119 per night (plus state and city taxes). Rooms at this rate are available starting the night of Wednesday, July 11th through the night of Sunday, July 15th. To reserve a room, call 1-866-716-8143 and request the "Kolaj Fest Group" rate or use this link: BOOK YOUR ROOM

Aloft New Orleans Downtown
225 Barrone Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-9225 | HOTEL WEBSITE


Early Welcome Reception

July 11, 5-7PM. Aloft New Orleans Downtown's W XYZ Bar is known for its vibrant social scene, eclectic playlists, and live acoustic performances from emerging artists. It's the perfect place to mix and mingle with other attendees while sipping on a specialty cocktail, a glass of bubbly, or a cold draft beer. A "light bites menu" is available. Kolaj Fest New Orleans will host a reception on Wednesday, July 11th, 5-7PM. Attendees will be able to check into Kolaj Fest and meet the organizers and other folks attending Kolaj Fest.


Kolaj Fest New Orleans made possible through a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer.

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About Kolaj Magazine

Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary collage. We are interested in how collage is made, how collage is exhibited, and how collage is collected. We are interested in the role collage plays in contemporary visual culture. Kolaj is a full colour, internationally-oriented art magazine. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.


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