Art Klub Residencies

The Art Klub offers residencies to artists of all disciplines. We request a minimum of 3 weeks, with a maximum of up to 3 months at a time.

We are accepting proposals detailing the artist's background and goals for time spent at the Art Klub, and we encourage community outreach while in residency. Time frames and residency fees are negotiable based on needs of artist in terms of space and support. Communication is key!

If you're interested in a residency, please complete and submit the residency proposal here!

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Artist-in-Residence January 2019: FLOCK

FLOCK will be developing performance employing humor and somatic experiencing as tools for re-framing conversation and perspectives around female sexuality, particularly in pre-adolescent girls. Our work will be exploring ways that choreography can be employed as a technology to disrupt the male gaze and allow for alternative modes of viewing female sexuality, sensuality and the female body in motion from the pornographic. It is an exploration of the anarchy of childhood, a time when standards of “othering,” roleplaying, and power dynamics of dominant / submissive are taught and enforced yet have not become ossified into status quo. By returning to the often neglected dark chaos of the pre-conditioned willful state of childhood and gleefully playing in that which failed to become, was lost, missing or didn’t fit, might we find methods for new ways of relating in and to the world?

This piece will be developed in partnership and through residencies in female run venues in New Orleans LA, Guadalajara Mexico, and Thessaloniki Greece in 2019. One of our main goals will be to bring these spaces and their communities into more integrated conversation with each other through the performing body and the performance itself.


Artist-in-Residence Dec 2018 - April 2019: Rosalie Smith

Rosalie Smith is an emerging artist born in Blacksburg, VA. She grew up in Upstate New York, Miami, and New Orleans, where she currently resides. She completed her BA in Studio Art and Landscape Studies at Smith College in 2015, primarily under the guidance of Lynne Yamamoto, Kevin Quashie, and John Gibson. She has shown her work at venues such as The Freezer (Skagastrond, Iceland), Janotta Gallery (Northampton, MA), The Furnace (Albany, NY), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Alice Galleries (Islesboro, ME), Brand New Orleans Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), among others. Smith recently concluded her position as Teaching Artist in Residence at Snow Farm Craft School in Williamsburg, MA, and has previously completed a residency at Nes Artist Residency (Skargastrond, Iceland).

During her time at Art Klub, Smith will create and develop two installations to be installed outdoors at Art Klub, pertaining to struggle for permanence, grief, and the torrid landscape of New Orleans. She will also produce work to be shown at Book Club Gallery in February 2019, Barrister's Gallery in May 2019, and Aquarium Gallery in June 2019.

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Musicians-in-Residence Oct - Dec 2018: Billie Davies

Billie Davies is an American female drummer and composer best known for her avant garde and avant-garde jazz compositions since the mid-1990s, and her improvisational drumming techniques. The music of BILLIE DAVIES trio, A Nu Experience and other quartet or quintet line-ups, moves on from the Jazz, Avant-garde jazz world beyond Jazz with it's own very unique and truly improvisational style.

We will be working on further exploring "PERSPECTIVES" and more perfecting our improvisational and neo-humanistic expressionist skills through abstraction in music. The permanent line-up for the 3-month residency will be Billie Davies on drums, Evan Oberla on keys and trombone, Oliver Watkinson on bass and Iris P. vocals.


Artist-in-Residence Fall 2018: Ryan Leitner

Ryan works with the ancient print making practice of water marbling where he paints on water and then picks it up with a canvas. Cutting away, sewing back together, and layering the paintings, he contextualizes them into a space that they will then be inhabiting for exhibition. Much like the quilted patch pieces in his work, my history is one that is built on fragments of different times and places.

During his residency at the Art Klub, he plans to concentrate on the two dimensional paintings of figures and patterns that have been a new direction in his work. At the end of my time at Art Klub, Ryan plans to have created a new series of quilt like figure paintings in varying sizes. These paintings are a new direction that come from his installation work that he has created in his latest exhibitions.


Artist-in-Residence Aug 2018 ongoing: Damani Butler

Damani is an experimental, multi/mixed media, artist lyricist and music producer from Oakland California now living in New Orleans, Louisiana, specializing in interactive audio, visual and physical object art with a focus on up-cycled electronics and unique furniture. For his next Art Klub show, he intends to combine new and old skills in an experimental, interactive audio, video, still image and physical object art installation featuring a new experimental band, all new works and art pieces, and the release of a compilation album featuring selected recordings from the last show and the debut of the docu-series documentary project "Adventures in Art and Music".


Artist-in-Residence June 2018 - December 2018: Clifford McPeek

Clifford has many interests in art and music. Writing music and directing bands was his first interest in the 1980's, providing travel, exposure and experience. Opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1985 and performing with the Dead Kennedy's, in addition to performing for University bands for scholarships began an interest in different parts of society. Later in the 1990's he worked for public schools and art organizations in Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, AL, including The Shaking Ray Levi Society, Barking Legs Theater and Birmingham Art Association. Working for cruise lines as an instrumentalist from 1999-2004, he began writing shows for bigger stages. After 2005, he became interested in Marching Bands and music lessons in New Orleans and continues to support and participate in many arts activities.


Artist-in-Residence Dec 2018 - Feb 2019: Mari Kornhauser


Mari Kornhauser is an award winning writer/director with three feature films produced and distributed. Recently, she wrote her first three-act play, “Renovation”, which was work-shopped and produced by ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans. Currently, she has finished an audience interactive one-act play, “Seeking Asylum”, created a web-series (the pilot is in post production) and is developing a one-hour television series. In addition, she is a tenured Full Professor at Louisiana State University where she teaches film and television writing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She lives in New Orleans.

While in residence at the Art Klub, she will be taking auditions and staging a performance of “Seeking Asylum" - a one-act, two character, audience interactive play that takes place in the future world of 2040, based on early 20th Century Immigration polices, but explores the issue of seeking asylum in today’s United States.


Artist-in-Residence Summer 2018-2019: Matthew Spiegel

Matthew has been interested in composing music since age 10. He always liked minor key signatures; basically anything that challenges what a person can perceive as musical and he likes anything that contributes to the dimensions that music can be experienced.

While at the Art Klub, Matthew will be spending time in the electrical audio laboratory, mixing new concoctions. He will be experimenting with new approaches and applications for music and sounds, even ones that are just new to him personally, and utilizing familiar approaches too.


Dance Theatre-in-Residence 2018-2019: Artivism Dance Theatre

Artivism Dance Theatre aims to create dance theatre works with a social message. The company’s goal is to generate a discussion amongst its audiences and use dance theatre to express the necessity for open dialogue around important social issues. It is also a mentoring program/youth activism organization in which young performers with a desire to make an impact through their artistry can come together with professionals and collaborate. In this way, we strive to both produce work that speaks to the current social and political issues in our society and to create an environment where the next generation of artists can learn how to combine their passion for social justice with their love of dance theatre.

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