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Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival & symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 10-14, 2019.

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Kolaj Fest will return to New Orleans on July 10-14, 2019 for a 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 celebrate and elevate the status of collage. Presenters will lead panel discussions and explore key curatorial issues. Artists will exhibit artwork, and create 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.


Get Involved

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multifaceted festival and symposium that seeks to bring together artists, curators, academics, writers, and the general public. We are open to proposals for special projects, exhibitions, slideshows, panels, screenings, and academic presentations. We encourage people interested in being involved to review the program from 2018 to see the sorts of activities we offered. Letters of inquiry may be sent via email. Tell us who you are, what you do, how you would like to participate in Kolaj Fest New Orleans, and what you would need from us. Please note that we seek presenters who will commit to registering and attending Kolaj Fest New Orleans, July 10-14th, 2019. A formal call for artists, papers, and projects will be issued at a future date.


Reviews of Kolaj Fest 2018

Eye Magazine
Collage Champions by Steven McCarthy
READ THE ARTICLE

The Gambit
Review: 'Revolutionary Paths' collage expo at Antenna is pure poetry by D. Eric Bookhardt
READ THE REVIEW

Jon Foster, Mail Art
Kolaj Fest New Orleans
READ IT HERE

Kevin Sampsell
Kolaj Fest Was Hot!
READ IT HERE

One Word Long
Kolaj Fest 2018: Curatorial Issues in Collage
READ IT HERE

The Seaside Fleet (New Orleans)
READ THE POST

“a mental list of dangerous things”
The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa & Charles Wilkin on the podcast: Art in Your Ears No. 144
LISTEN


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 10-14, 2019.


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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.


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Symposium

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 2018 SCHEDULE


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Collage Making Space

Collage making will take place 11AM to 5PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Kolaj Fest New Orleans. 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.


ONGOING AT KOLAJ FEST

Special Activities
& Projects

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


Assemblage by Marcy Lally
at LeMieux Galleries. MORE

COLLAGE ON VIEW

Collage in
The Crescent City

Like any vibrant, contemporary art scene, New Orleans is full of remarkable galleries showing collage. For 2019, we are planning dynamic exhibitions and gallery tours.

Here is our list of places we visited for the 2018 of Kolaj Fest New Orleans.


KOLAJ FEST HOTEL

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.

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

NOTE: Online booking is not available until January 2019. To reserve a room now and lock in the $122/night rate, call (800) 716-8143 and refer to the "Kolaj Fest" group or email Steffanie Arnold and she can assist you in booking a room in the Kolaj Fest block.

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Welcome Reception

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. Kolaj Fest New Orleans will host a reception on Wednesday, July 10th, 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 2019 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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