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Antenna’s Paper Machine Residency supports artists and writers in the development of creative projects and public programs that explore and expand the possibilities of print-based artistic inquiry. The program annually welcomes up to 5 local and national/international creators to realize unique proposals for print-focused projects. Over the course of a month long residency at Paper Machine, Artists-in-Residence will: 1) develop original editioned work under the broadly-defined rubric of printmaking, including publications, sculptural books, zines, multiples, and other such works; and 2) will present complementary programs that engage the public in their artistic process, which could include a participatory composition, workshop, or artist talk.  Selected Artists will be awarded a $1500 honorarium, paid travel to and from New Orleans, a month long stay in the Paper Machine onsite residency space, and assistance in development/execution of an edition with a portion given to the creator (Please note that all of these resources are shared or split for collaborative projects). The typical edition is 300 with 50 copies provided to the artist, but that may change based on how complicated or ambitious the final project ends up. All materials will be provided by Paper Machine for the production of the edition, the portion of the edition left with Paper Machine will be sold to benefit the program.         

About Paper Machine
Paper Machine is a project of the New Orleans based non-profit arts organization Antenna. It is a 5,000 square-foot center for creator-driven publishing in the Lower 9th Ward, which houses a range of new and traditional technologies: commercial-grade digital & foiling presses as well as letterpress and silkscreen, direct-to-garment, 3D printing equipment, and full book bindery. The second floor offers affordable studio space for local artists and the Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine, a teaching collection of artists’ books, editioned and one-of-a-kind productions spanning visual art, literary art, graphic design, printmaking, bookbinding, papermaking, and publishing.

Creators must apply with a proposed project. We understand that these ideas may morph throughout the residency, or even between application and arrival. Ultimately, Paper Machine exists to support your creative process and what happens where it intersects with print-based technologies. We ask for a written proposal and supporting images in the application in order to get a sense of how an artist might use their residency, but we know that things may change. Because the print center may be an overwhelming environment for some at the beginning, a proposal provides a great place to start, but we expect many creative projects will diverge from the original proposals.

Public Program
We ask that all Paper Machine residents propose some kind of Public Program. This could be an artist talk, workshop, collaborative project, or anything else that creates a moment for our community to engage with you and your project. This will be proposed after selection.
Support Materials
Support Materials can include examples of past work, focused on a detailed explanation of one past project and then a portfolio of up to 10 works. You are asked to describe your project proposal and you can include a pdf that expands upon your project proposal description.

Important Dates
-November 30th, 2020: Deadline for applications 

-Late January 2021: Announcement of awardees

-April 2021 - April 2022 : Month long residencies hosted (timeframe based on the schedule of the artist, and for those traveling we will be aiming into late 2021 or Early 2022 due to Covid)

-Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.
-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years.
-Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs.
-Artists-in-residence can come to the program with little experience working in print, but we ask that artists come with an open mind and eagerness to learn and work. 


We are excited to have the incredibly thoughtful and amazing former Paper Machine Resident, Patrice Aphrodite Helmar helping to make the selection for the 2021 Paper Machine Residency. Patrice is an artist and independent curator who lives and works in New York.  A graduate of Columbia University's Visual Arts MFA program, she is currently visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, as well as founder of the Backyard Biennial, and the Marble Hill Camera and Supper Club

Helmar's work has appeared internationally, including at the Jewish Museum, National Museum of Iceland, Houston Center for Photography, New York Photo Festival, BOSI Contemporary, Fisher Landau Center, Judith Charles Gallery, and the Anchorage Museum. Helmar was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann and Gordon Parks Prize, and a recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Centre Pompidou Library, Rasmuson Foundation, Juneau Douglas City Museum, Duke University, and the Barnard Zine Library.

Artists selected for Paper Machine Residencies:

Amanda Burnham

Cheryl Derricotte

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar

Marta Rodriguez Maleck

Alison Leialoha Milham

Mouthfeel (S*an D Henry-Smith & Imani Elizabeth Jackson)

People's Paper Co-op (Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist)

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