Workshops are focused on research and the development of critical ideas and skills. Often the participants create texts which are disseminated through Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute’s publications.
In July and August of 2022, Todd Bartel and Ric Kasini Kadour led two rounds of this three-week virtual workshop centered on artist practice.
Intended as a clinic for working artists at any level, participants in this workshop explored how they go about making art and putting it out into the world. How to make a living as an artist? How to get your work seen? How to get an exhibition? How to get reviewed? How to make a life for yourself as an artist? What does that even mean? These are some of the challenges artists face when they want to take their art practice to the next level.
Participants finished the workshop with a deeper understanding of their practice, a strong statement of practice that can be used to communicate with curators, editors, and art professionals; a portfolio of consistent artwork (or a plan to make one); and tools for growing or developing their practice.
In October 2020, we teamed up with the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art on a four-week program designed to train artists as curators. In six virtual meetings over four weeks and through ongoing, online discussion, artists explored the fundamentals of curating, how to create critical context for collage, and various strategies for presenting collage to an audience. Topics included art writing; gallery and museum issues; documenting artist practice; and working with art professionals. Artists curated each other’s work and an item from the museum’s collection. Twenty-two artists participated in the workshop and Kolaj Institute made $1,715 in grants to remove financial barriers to participating. The results of the workshop can be found in Kolaj 32 and Kolaj 33.