Wednesday, September 13th
6:30pm at Antenna Gallery
3718 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
Admission is free and open to the public.
Submit your crushing job rejection letters, your bombastic resignations, the letter from that insatiably cute boy who inexplicably broke up with you in sixth grade. Expressions of loss or grief. Letters of remorse, of apology — received, copied, never sent. Notes left on windshields, nailed to trees, taped on doors, or snuck into bags.
Submissions can be letters either sent or received, or third party letters to which you hold a emotional or intellectual connection.
LETTERS READ: Letters of Regret celebrates the visual form of human rejection, giving public voice to those words that can be most difficult to write or read. Submissions should be no longer than 10 typed pages, double spaced, or an equivalent thereof. Handwritten submissions will be considered if legible. High resolution jpg images of unconventional forms can be submitted up to 10MB in size but, again, must be legible. Illegible messages can be accompanied by a transcription. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.
Though the intent of Regrets is to give audio meaning to text-based correspondence, should you be unable to attend and or read, we will provide a reader for your Letter of Regret.
Questions? Email Nancy Sharon Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Fee: $15 - this fee helps to defray the cost of the jury process. Can't afford the fee? You can submit all aspects of this application in the body of an email, with images or samples attached, for free! For free submission email: email@example.com . Please answer all the application questions in the body of the email and keep attachments at 1mb or smaller each, to ensure proper upload. DO NOT SEND QUESTIONS TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS! All app questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Mecugni will be this year's juror for the Antenna :: Louisiana Open Call. Mecugni is an independent curator, scholar and critic of contemporary art from Italy. She has degrees in art history from the Università degli Studi di Bologna and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Mecugni has taught at Vassar College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania; she has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, the James Gallery at CUNY, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues, scholarly journals, and art magazines, including, most recently for Pelican Bomb.
David R Harper
R. Eric McMaster
Install shot of AnnieLaurie Erickson's 2013 solo show at Antenna
Image: Installation view of Open Call Winner Yoshie Sakai's Solo Exhibition at Antenna, July 2016
Individual Visual Artists or Collaboratives working in any media are encouraged to apply to the Antenna: Open Call. One applicant working outside of Louisiana will be selected and awarded a solo show for the 2018 calendar year, given an honorarium of $1,000 (split amongst the group, if collaborative) paid shipping, paid travel to and from New Orleans for the install and opening of the exhibition, accommodations in Antenna's residency space, and access to Antenna's print facilities to publish an exhibition catalog or other similar ephemera to be determined by the artists.
To apply for this opportunity, you must submit the following:
-A portfolio of recent works (10-20)
-Inventory list including titles, dates completed, sizes, and mediums
All Applications will be reviewed by a panel of current organizing Antenna Gallery members. See a listing of current members at: http://antenna.works/members
Note that examples submitted to the Antenna: Open Call need only be representative of your work or practice and don't necessarily have to be the pieces exhibited at Antenna. For those who may wish to propose a site specific project, you can view a gallery layout here: http://antenna.works/antenna_layout.pdf
Artists selected from the Antenna: Open Call process have included:
Image: Install shot of AnnieLaurie Erickson's 2013 solo show at Antenna Gallery
Submissions should include a proposal for the space, 4 walls (ceilings are 8 feet tall). Proposals could be, but are not limited to:
-A curated selection of artists books.
-A chapbook with a writer and artist in mind with samples of both of their works.
-A show developed out of a newly published book. Books are not limited to traditionally published media. We are open to and encourage artists books, zines, book objects, sculptural books, one of a kind, and editioned books, etc.
Shows would be up for 2 months and would have openings and closings coinciding with the second Saturday openings upstairs at Antenna.
Below are links to previous shows in the Reading Room 220
A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Several spillways surround the city of New Orleans providing important control of flooding from the Mississippi. For Antenna, the Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four residents are chosen every other year to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.
Residents will be awarded paid travel to and from New Orleans, an initial two week stay in Press Street’s residency space, a $1000 honorarium, and introductions to local stakeholders in their areas of interest. Spillways focuses on process over production, so in these initial immersive two weeks, residents are encouraged to come with an open mind and let their ideas adapt to what they have learned. Each resident’s experience will be modeled to spark project ideas that react in unique and interesting ways to the cultural fabric of the city.
Once returning home, residents will have up to three months to develop a proposal for a project within the city. Antenna encourages ambitious project proposals that aim for thoughtful public impact or engagement, which must include a significant outreach component. This could range from visits to local schools, free community workshops, public lectures, or other programs that help the public to better understand the resident’s creative process.
Once a proposal is received, the Antenna team works immediately assessing feasibility and tailoring its approach based on the needs of the project, including funding and materials required. Not every project proposal will be accepted, though if it is, the spillways resident will have the full support, and assistance of the Antenna staff and the organization’s 12 years of experience working in the region to assist at every step to help bring the idea to life. Budget/funding and additional visits and time in the city are adapted to the needs of each approved project, and thus both of these important aspects of a project are left open ended until the proposal stage of each residency. Despite ultimately being the resident’s project, Antenna envisions this process being inherently collaborative and the most successful projects will incorporate New Orleans’ based individuals into their development.Important Dates
Oct 4, 2017 : Deadline for applications
Nov 2017 : Residents announced
January 2018-December 2018 : Residency Period
January 2019-December 2019 : Project Development
-Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.
-For artists: you must have a desire to develop work outside of a traditional studio model.
-For writers: you must have an interest in developing written works that require extended time within a self-defined local community.
-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years.
-Must live outside of the greater New Orleans area.
-Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs.