Programs & Activities

Artist Archive

The Kolaj Institute maintains an archive on collage artists and receive materials such as exhibition announcements, catalogs, and other material generated by the artist's practice and make these materials available to researchers, writers, and curators. The Archive will manifest in a number of ways as a physical and digital archive. Artists may deposit physical and digital documents to the archive by opening a file with the Institute. Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory will become the primary online gateway of the Artist Archive.

Announcements & Opportunities coming soon

09zc15 by Zach Collins

Drama Queen by Susanna Lakner


Residencies are short-term projects that provide an artist or writer dedicated time to complete a project. These result in bodies of work for exhibition or publications that are then supported by Kolaj Institute.

Announcements & Opportunities coming soon

Artist Archive Residency

Kolaj Institute offers an Artist Archive Residency during which the institute and the artist work together to document the artist's biography, practice, and career. The end result is a book and an exhibition plan for a mid-career retrospective.

Artist Archive Residency: Zach Collins, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (Spring 2020) (more)
Artist Archive Residency: Susanna Lakner, Stuttgart, Germany (Fall 2020) (more)

Plane by Enrique "Kike" Congrains

Tadpoles Are Special by Laurie O'Brien


Fellowships are half year-to-year-long projects where curators, writers, or academics take on multifaceted projects that produce exhibitions, programming, or publications.

Latin American Collage: Enrique "Kike" Congrains, Current

During the fellowship, Lima, Peru-based Enrique “Kike” Congrains will report on collage in Latin America. Taking a country to country view of the region, Congrains will investigate the history of collage, profile contemporary artists, and report on collectives, events, and galleries. Kolaj Institute will work with Congrains to publish a book of his Canson City collages and stories.

Collage in Animation: Laurie O'Brien, Fall 2020

During her fellowship, Brooklyn and Rochester, New York-based Laurie O'Brien will report on collage in animation and assist Kolaj Institute in the development of an online directory of collage films. O'Brien will curate a program of films that will be available for screening.

Collage by El Club de Collage Quito members Guillermo Segovia and Juliette Jara that are part of the exhibition "Where the Sun Casts No Shadow"(more)

Traveling Exhibitions and Programs

Traveling Exhibitions and Programs are available to art centers, universities, or museums. These can be exhibitions of artwork, speaking engagements, symposiums, film screenings, or workshops.

Symposium: Collage Books (available to travel) (more)
Exhibition: Where the Sun Casts No Shadow (available to travel) (more)
Kolaj Institute Speakers Bureau
Exhibition: Latin American Collage
Collage in Animation Film Screening

Artist Labs

Collage Artist Lab is a four-day intensive of workshops and discussions designed to foster the integration of history and contemporary art into a collage artist’s practice.

Labs, produced in concert with Art Meets History, include specific discussions about the medium of collage including the challenge of creating large work and issues of appropriation, copyright, and fair use and explore how the artist’s choice and understanding of material shapes the narrative of the artwork. 

After the Lab, artists will leave with a network of peer support; an idea for a project; and the task of turning that idea into a project proposal and a sample work. With the support of facilitators, artists produce a statement of practice and a proposal for a body of work or project that connects history to current social, economic, and environmental issues, and that when exhibited activates spaces in new, distinct and purposeful ways. Proposals are sent to partnering organizations for review and potential implementation. 


June 2020 | Online/Virtual
Pandemic Artist Lab with Tulane University Special Collections

August 2020 | Online/Virtual
Artist Lab with Tulane University Special Collections


The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic may effect the schedule of labs. In the event that a lab needs to be rescheduled, we work closely with the enrolled participants to reschedule.

Rescheduled | New Orleans, Louisiana
Collage Artist Lab at Tulane University Special Collections
Note: The Call to Artists is closed. details

Rescheduled | Sanquhar, Scotland
Sanquhar Artist Lab at MERZ Gallery
Send an email to receive a notice.


Symposiums are day or multi-day events that investigate contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society through artist talks, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, and presentation of academic research.

Kolaj LIVE Online (July to September 2020) (more)
Kolaj LIVE Knoxville (October 2021)
Kolaj Fest New Orleans, (postponed due to COVID-19) (more)
Others to be announced in the coming year

The Sanquhar Meeting, January 25, 2020 (details)


Publications are catalogs and books that document and diffuse ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement.

Recent Publications

Revolutionary Paths (more)
Cultural Deconstructions (more)
The Book as a Place of Collage (more)
Where the Sun Casts No Shadow
Kolaj Live Online Program Book (more)
Radical Reimaginings (more)
International Directory of Collage Collectives and Society (more)

In Development

Unfamiliar Vegetables
Letters from Home: International Mail Art
Canson City: Enrique "Kike" Congrains

About Kolaj Institute

The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world.


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