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Antenna :: First Floor Gallery Call for Exhibitions 2023 and 2024

Opened - 10/24
Closed - 12/30

The Submission Deadline is December 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm CST

The Submission Fee is $20

Antenna is now accepting exhibition proposals for our First Floor Gallery (formerly known as the Reading Room Gallery) that take an expansive, decolonial, and experimental approach to exhibit-making through artist books, zines, text and  literary culture, or collaborations between artists and writers.

The First Floor Open Call is selected by the Antenna Collective. The Antenna Collective is an interdisciplinary group of artists, writers, makers, and innovators that collaboratively curate, exhibit, and maintain Antenna’s Gallery Spaces located at 3718 St. Claude Ave. The Antenna Collective consists of a culturally and socially engaged group of New Orleans based artists who combine their energies and experiences for the cultivation of the New Orleans art community. To learn more about the Collective, you can visit our website at https://www.antenna.works/collective/.

The Antenna Collective We are is specifically interested in supporting exhibitions that align with Antenna’s mission to provide opportunities for support BIPOC,  LGBTQ-GNC+, women, immigrant, and other abled cultural contributors and cultural bearers who produce artistic works projects at the intersection of Gender and Identity, the Environment, Equity, Renewable Resources, Abolition, Restorative Justice, and the histories of the Gulf South, and artists that take an expansive, decolonial, and experimental approach to exhibit-making.


Proposals could be, but are not limited to:

  • A curated selection of artist books or zines.
  • A curated exhibition of books and artwork exploring a singular theme.
  • 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 artist books, zines, book objects, sculptural books, one of a kind, editioned books, posters, etc.


Selected proposals will be exhibited for two months. Artists will receive $750 (split amongst the group, if collaborative) honorarium, to offset costs associated with the exhibition. Artists also receive installation and curatorial support. Antenna provides a $250 travel or shipping stipend and free housing at 3718 or 6330 St. Claude Ave residential spaces. Finally Artists have an  opportunity to publish a small run exhibition catalog, artist book, or similar ephemeral to be determined in collaboration with Antenna's Press, and Paper Machine Digital Book Production, Paper Machine.

There will be one applicant selected for the 2023 calendar year, and one applicant selected for the 2024 calendar year.


The selected artist, collaborators, or collectives will also have an opportunity to participate in the presentation of a public program which may include an artist talk, artists conversation with someone from another discipline, a workshop, or other forms of social engagement and conversations between the artist and our various communities.


The First Floor Gallery exhibitions, located on the first floor of our space, will be on display for two months, with receptions coinciding with the Second Saturday openings of the Antenna Gallery, located on the second floor.

Submissions should include a proposal for exhibiting work in a 250 or 500 square foot space, using a minimum of 4 walls, with 8 feet ceilings. See floor layout here, with two ways to set up the First Floor Gallery space—a larger show that utilizes most of the 1st floor or a smaller more select show space. Please visit our First Floor Gallery exhibition archive to see examples of past exhibitions.


This fee helps to defray the cost of the jury process. If support is needed with the application fee, please contact us at info@antenna.works for assistance.


  • December 30, 2022: Deadline for applications
  • Late January 2023: Announcement of awardees

2023 Exhibition

  • June 5 – 9, 2023: Installation of exhibition
  • June 10, 2023: Exhibition Opening
  • July 8, 2023: Second Reception
  • June 10 - July 30, 2023: Length of Exhibition

2024 Exhibition

  • September 9 – 13, 2024: Installation of exhibition
  • September 14, 2024: Exhibition Opening
  • October 12, 2024: Second Reception
  • September 14 - October 27, 2024: Length of Exhibition

Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by Artist Initiatives and Gallery Exhibitions Coordinator to discuss details of your solo exhibition and scheduling.



Theory of Change: Antenna supports artists and writers so that they can contextualize contemporary life, create cultural capital and societal change through their work. Antenna creates immeasurable economic and professional benefits to cultural contributors and cultural bearers by being the only non-profit Contemporary Art space, Publishing and Digital Print Production organization in the City of New Orleans. Antenna offers opportunities for exhibitions, re-granting, residencies, publishing, and public engagement to artists, writers, and cultural bearers at all levels of their careers. Our work ensures that artists have the tools and financial support that they need to thrive and to continue creating dynamic and experimental works to share with local, regional, and national audiences.

Antenna strives to implement non-hierarchical organizational structures internally between the board, collective and staff, so that we can move with intention and agility to respond to the needs of our community. Antenna is funded through private foundations, government entities, individual donors, and earned income.

Mission: Antenna is a 501(c)(3) non-profit multidisciplinary cultural institution presenting exhibitions, public programs, publishing, and regranting located in New Orleans. We provide financial, curatorial, professional, residential support for BIPOC, LGBTQ-GNC+, women, immigrant, and other abled cultural contributors and cultural bearers who produce visual and performance art; digitally printed book arts; participatory and socially engaged projects in public space at the intersection of Gender and Identity, the Environment, Equity, Renewable Resources, Abolition, Restorative Justice, and the histories of the Gulf South.



Antenna is dedicated to providing safe-space environments at all exhibitions, production facilities and events: we are attempting to create spaces where all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race or religion are accepted and respected. We do not tolerate harassment.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments – related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion or otherwise – deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Parties will be asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If someone engages in behavior that violates this safe space policy, we will take the following steps: the filling of an internal incident report, and next steps towards restorative justice resolution to the problem. If a resolution cannot be reached between all parties, actions will be taken to remove the party in question from the mailing list, and/or disallow entry to future events run by Antenna.  In more serious cases, organizers can help facilitate communication with the appropriate authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. Any reports of harassment will be treated as anonymous and your name will not be included in any communication with the offending parties unless specifically requested.

Thank you for your participation in making Antenna’s Spaces at 3718 and 6330 St. Claude a welcoming, friendly community for all.


These are Monique’s words, publicly installed on a plaque on Norman C. Francis Parkway in New Orleans, Here’s an excerpt:

There would be no land to acknowledge upon which you now rest if it were not for the Mississippi River. Indigenous Peoples have respected this ever-shifting fluid state at the end of one of the world’s largest river systems, inhabiting the high grounds, along the bayous of Bvlbancha, for centuries, as long as there has been land in these territories.

Bvlbancha, “place of many tongues” as the Chahta called it, a place of many languages, know better as the global port city rebranded as New Orleans.

Ancestral and current Indigenous stewards of these lands and waters, are Chahta, Chitimatcha, Houma, Biloxi, Washa, Chawasha, Bayougoula, Tchoupitoulas, Tunica, Atakapa-Ishak, Caddo, Natchez, Acolapissa, Taensa, and other nations; And all those nations that were erased or assimilated before colonial records had a chance to document their existence.

The Atakapa-Ishak called these high grounds, where a crossroads of waterways provide access to sites of sacred trade and ceremony ‘the big village,’ Nun Ush. A territory of biological and cultural diversity, where water travels through, looking to be purified as it makes its water cycle journey back to the sea or skies.

This place is also where many People from Senegambia, the Bight of Benin, Bight of Biafra, and West-Central Africa and other African Nations were brought against their will, enslaved upon these lands. A place where Immigrants and Indigenous peoples from around the world have found and continue to find themselves, due to desires for a better life or nonnegotiable destinies, in this complicated and infinitely beautiful powerpoint on the planet known in the Lower Mississippi River Delta.

2021 Juneteenth -Monique Verdin, Houma Nation


The community will agree to these agreements, and when confronting challenges in the community environment let’s agree to go back to the agreements, and work towards living them.  The agreements are from adrienne maree brown’s Liberated Relationships, Expanded: Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.

  1. Radical honesty. No omissions, no white lies, no projections. Ask the questions you really want answered, speak your truth, and let the relationship build inside all that reality….the more you practice this, the more you will find yourself spending your waking hours in the ways you want to, the ways that honor the miracle of your existence, which was not given to you to waste in polite avoidance of hurting people’s feelings. You will find that you can be honest and kind; you can be honest and compassionate.
  2. Acknowledge the dynamics, then keep growing. Have an understanding of the front end of the race, class, gender, ability, geographic, and other power dynamics that exist between you. And also remember that these are mostly constructs. Be in the complexity of living inside those constructs while evolving beyond them through relationship.
  3. Relinquish Frankenstein. You are not creating people to be with or work with, some idealized individuals made of perfect parts of personality that you discovered on your life journey. You are meeting individuals with their own full lives behind and ahead of them. Stop trying to make and fix others and instead be curious about what they have made of themselves.
  4. Stay curious. So much of what we really long for can get buried under socialization. As you generate trust with each other, between each other, hopefully both/all partners will be able to be more of themselves, bring more of themselves into the relationship space. Stay curious about each other’s longings, desires. When you hear something that may be new, surprising, even a bit scary, see if you can center curiosity.
  5. Line up longings. Chemistry is a special thing, beautifully mysterious. What is less mysterious as we get older are the things that we enjoy doing with our bodies and our lives. Learn how to name your longings and assess if your longings are aligned with a potential lover, partner, friend, or group.
    1. ….don’t start with compromise and cunning, start with alignment and grow from there.
    2. Pleasure shapes our lives through and around the challenges we face. The relationships (personal and political) that last the longest have a solid foundation of aligned longings that can handle the tensions of difference and change.
  6. Change and be changed. You can do the same all by yourself. One of the exciting things about being in any relationship is the opportunity to be seen, to be known, to let the cauldron of love and honesty and intimacy become a container for transformation.
    1. Shift away from any mentality that you are there to fix each other, and shift into an understanding that change is constant, and you get the gift of witnessing and supporting each other in transformation.
    2. Pay attention to feedback that is repeated. When it is repeated from multiple people, it is more likely to be true.
    3. Change if you want to for yourself, not to keep someone or stay in a place/organization. Change because it is your path, not to contort into spaces you have outgrown.
  7. Set generative boundaries. Create mutual abundance. I envision generative boundaries as organic fences made of stacked rocks or thick bushes that become home to millions of small creature families. Porous, breathing boundaries that are clear, that mark the space between partners in ways that make them both feel abundant. If you are in a relationship where you can’t honestly and easily set boundaries, then there is reason for concern about the health and longevity of your connection; whatever yes exists between you is not trustworthy. Learn how to feel your own edges, limits, and needs—the places where you need to be selfish, the places where you need to preserve yourself.
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