March 8, 2021

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021 | Residency Exhibition On View: August 27 - September 26, 2021 | Residency Performances: August 27, 28, & 29, 2021, 2021 at 7:30pm

(New Orleans, LA - March 8, 2021): Today, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) announced an invitation to visual and performing artists who are living and/or working in New Orleans to apply to the CAC’s 2021 Artist Residency program.  The CAC Artist Residencies support New Orleans’ performing and visual artists with studio time, exhibition and performance opportunities, alongside technical and curatorial support for the development of new work. The program supports artist-led research that fosters the creation of new, interdisciplinary work.

The CAC invites New Orleans-based performing and visual artists who are working on new, original, multi-disciplinary projects to apply to the program. Performing groups must be able to commit to an entire two-week residency period in either June or August 2020, with work-in-progress performances taking place August 27, 28, and 29, 2021 at the CAC. Visual artist residencies will culminate in an exhibition on view August 27 - September 26, 2021. Selected visual and performing artists will be paid a stipend of $500 for individuals and $700 for groups.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm CDT. Interested artists may apply at the following links: 

Apply for Performing Arts Residency

Apply for Visual Arts Residency

The CAC’s Artist Residency program is made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports the development of new multi-disciplinary work and cross-sector engagement for visual and performing artists through 2023 and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

2021 PERFORMING ARTIST RESIDENCIES OVERVIEW

CAC Performing Arts Residencies seek to identify local generative artists in need of residency support during the process of creating new interdisciplinary performance work.

Over their two week residency, the creators will be given rehearsal space in our Black Box Theatre and feedback/brainstorming from our technical and artistic advisors, in addition to 40 hours of tech time (utilizing the CAC’s lighting and sound equipment overseen by our Technical Director) in their second week. The residencies will culminate in work-in-progress performances to take place August 27, 28, and 29, 2021. Artists will be required to participate in public programming for one Sunday of their residency in a form of their own choosing -- from an open rehearsal to a workshop -- to engage with the public audience of the CAC. Artists will also be asked to engage with the CAC's Communications Department to promote their work and the residency program. Possible activities include: social media takeover, artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, etc. All decisions about promotion will be made in collaboration with the artist.

2021 VISUAL ARTIST RESIDENCIES OVERVIEW

CAC Visual Arts Residency seeks to identify local generative artists interested in creating an exhibition of new work over the course of their three month residency, culminating in a month-long group show.

Artists will be given access to individual 1000 sq. ft spaces in the CAC's second floor Lupin Gallery in which to create an exhibition of their work. The studios will function as work spaces and will be converted into gallery space for the run of the show from August 27 - September 26, 2021. In addition to the individual studios, artists will have access to 1,000 sq ft of shared space, a slop sink, paint storage area, and minor dust controlled woodworking space. The Lupin Gallery consists of four equally divided spaces allowing room for artists to create in their own private space as well as be in close proximity to three other artists. Artists will have access to the space Wednesday-Monday from 10:30am-4:30pm. *Extended hours may be possible on a weekly basis depending on capacity and need.

Artists will be required to participate in public programming one Sunday a month of their residency in a form of their own choosing -- from an open studio to a workshop -- to engage with the public audience of the CAC. Artists will also be asked to engage with the CAC's Communications Department to promote their work and the residency program. Possible activities include: social media takeover, artist interviews, behind the scenes footage, etc. All decisions about promotion will be made in collaboration with the artist.

CAC 2020-2021 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

The CAC's Artist Residencies support New Orleans’ performing and visual artists with studio time, exhibition and performance opportunities, alongside technical and curatorial support for the development of new work. The program supports artist-led research that fosters the creation of new, interdisciplinary work.

20-21 Visual Artists-in-Residence

20-21 Performing Artists-in-Residence

SOLOS: Exhibitions and Showcases of New Work by CAC Visual Artists-in-Residence

In the Fall of 2020, visual artists Ana Hernandez, Shana M. griffin, and Sarah Hill were selected into the CAC Visual Artist Residency program and were provided with 1,000 square feet of built-out studio space in the CAC’s second floor Lupin Gallery. This exhibition is the first look at their new work, and is on view through April 25, 2021. LEARN MORE

"Let's Talk About It," A Work-in-Progress Play by The Graduates

"Let’s Talk About It" is a play by Ausettua AmorAmenkum that focuses on the many issues in which mass incarceration manifests, and reflects the impact that it has on society, family. and incarcerated persons. Ausettua is a member of The Graduates, a New Orleans-based performing arts organization comprised of former members of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) Drama Club. Watch the CAC's streamed table read of the play, recorded in October 2020, below. WATCH

"Requiem for a Stranger" by Vagabond Inventions and Renee Benson

"Requiem for a Stranger" is an expansive work of music and movement-theater created by physical theater company Vagabond Inventions in collaboration with singer-composer Renee Benson. This episodic, ensemble-devised project explores the heartspace of grief - an emotion that mainstream American culture habitually avoids, but which currently overwhelms our daily life. Watch the CAC's streamed work-in-progress performance, recorded in October 2020, below. WATCH

re: FRAME Festival

re: FRAME intends to be a platform for individual choreographic initiatives that culminates in an annual festival in New Orleans, LA.  It aims to support process-oriented movement-based research practices and cultivate a less product driven arts eco- system. The cultural initiative was launched in 2019-20 with partnership and support from the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and other local organizations.

Re: FRAME Festival Artists:

“6がつのとおいからだ (Far Bodies in June)” by Ryuta Iwashita

Through a multi-cultural lens of intimacy and physics, multiple bodies within one individual examine their physical, social, emotional and conceptual distances. WATCH

"An Animal Dance" by Ann Glaviano

An animal dance motivated by nasty Dorothea Lasky poems, Anna Karina’s line dance in Band of Outsiders, hand-to-hand combat, and bright pink pump heels.

"A Little Bump in the Road" by Jeremy Guyton

An intergenerational conversation between a woman born in Columbus, MS at the end of the Great Depression and her grandchild offers a magnanimous encounter with a little bump in the road as a meditation on the power of memory and its potential to guide us toward healing. 

T"he CASSANDRA Project" by Meryl Murman with Yanina Orellana

An investigation of primal and primordial desire, The CASSANDRA Project is a multi-media mash-up of dance, video, music, pop culture, and the ancient rituals of the dirty goddesses of female obscenity from Mesopotamia and Latin America.

"river, river, river" by Shannon Stewart

“river, river, river” is a new solo work by Shannon Stewart that documents complex, traumatic, and transcendental relationships to place and belonging through choreographed text, movement, and video. 

About the CAC

The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents, and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national, and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults, cultivating and growing audiences, and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.  Museum admission is free on Sundays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.  Children and students through Grade 12 and under receive free admission, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The CAC is located at 900 Camp Street, and can be reached by phone at 504 528-3805. For more information about CAC and to sign up for email updates, visit cacno.org. 

Media Contact:
Laura B. Tennyson
Associate Director of Communications
Contemporary Arts Center
(504) 319-9943 | LTennyson@cacno.org
900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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