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Kolaj LIVE Knoxville
Friday, November 5th to Sunday, November 7th, 2021
at the Knoxville Museum of Art

Kolaj LIVE Knoxville is a real time manifestation of Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute.

From the evening of Friday, November 5th to Sunday, November 7th, 2021, artists, curators, and writers will gather for a weekend of collage making, slideshows, exhibition visits, and storytelling that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement.

Kolaj LIVE Knoxville is based at the Knoxville Museum of Art,
the site of "Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Museum."

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PRESENTING AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Call for Artists, Papers, and Projects

DEADLINE: September 26, 2021

Our mission at Kolaj LIVE Knoxville is to create a platform that allows us to explore critical issues around collage. Our goal is to create an event that attracts a variety of people working in various capacities, such as art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists. Kolaj LIVE Knoxville plays a key role in the work of Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute, as it is a way for us to become familiar with a professional's work. Presenters may be invited to participate in future projects. Responding to the Call is how you tell us that you would like to take on a presenting role at Kolaj LIVE Knoxville.

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KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

About Knoxville

First settled in 1786, Knoxville was Tennessee's first capital and is now its third largest city. It is home to the University of Tennessee's flagship campus, the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was host to the 1982 World's Fair, which left behind the famous Sunsphere tower and on whose grounds the Knoxville Museum of Art stands.

"Knoxville is a great southern city, big enough to have great cultural amenities and small enough to have a walkable downtown where people know your name. It sparkles, but isn't pretentious and I am proud to call it home," said Alan Sims, who writes the blog, Inside of Knoxville, a great source for learning about the city's culture.

Visit Knoxville states, "Here in Knoxville, we pride ourselves on our unique mix of natural beauty, outdoor adventure and cultural attractions. In other words, we're a nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town. And we can't wait to welcome you."

EXHIBITION

Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Museum

through November 7, 2021

At the Knoxville Museum of Art | 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive MAP

"Under Construction" features nearly seventy collage works by more than thirty international artists. The exhibition explores the growth and impact of the collage technique from the 1950s to the present. It explores not only classic collages by Romare Bearden (1911-1988), but the technique’s role in inspiring artists and other forms of art during recent decades. Collage, in which materials from different sources are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives, experienced a renaissance after World War II thanks in large part to Bearden. Complementing more than a dozen works by Bearden are examples by Radcliffe Bailey, Sam Gilliam, Kojo Griffin, Robert A. Nelson, Man Ray, Kristina Rogers, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. Organized by the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of Kolaj LIVE Knoxville, we will tour the exhibition. MORE

KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Knoxville Museum of Art

Since the Knoxville Museum of Art opened in 1990, its programming has evolved to become increasingly focused on the rich culture, old and new, of the Southern Appalachians. Permanent exhibitions include "Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee"; "Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond"; "Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass"; and a series of nine miniature historic interiors from the 1930s, the Thorne Rooms. The KMA values diversity and inclusion in exhibitions, programs, staff, volunteers, visitors, and stakeholders; warmly welcomes and embraces all; operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust; enhances the community’s quality of life; and strives to meet people where they are, to encourage life-long learning and engagement. MUSEUM WEBSITE

AT THE EVENT

Program Book

The Kolaj LIVE Knoxville Program Book documents the presentations and projects at the event. In these pages, you will find a schedule and descriptions of sessions, descriptions of evening events and special programs and some helpful information about being at Kolaj LIVE Knoxville.

The full program will be available October 2021.

Curious about past programs? Click HERE.

FRIDAY EVENING AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Meet & Greet

November 5th, 2021 | 5-7PM
At Bernadette's Crystal Gardens | 26 Market Square, Knoxville MAP

Stop into Bernadette's Crystal Gardens in Knoxville's Market Square, pick up your event packet, and meet other Kolaj LIVE Knoxville attendees. Inside Bernadette's Crystal Gardens, you are surrounded by a variety of gemstones from around the world that have been painstakingly forged into works of beautiful art. Creating gemstone art is a highly specialized talent and many of the pieces inside Bernadette’s are done using unique processes that are known only to the artist. The bar offers cocktails, beer and food and is located in Knoxville's Market Square.

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FRIDAY EVENING AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

First Friday Art Walk Knoxville

November 5th, 2021 | 7PM till ...
Downtown Knoxville

Explore Knoxville's art scene. First Friday is celebrated throughout the city, encouraging people to venture out and enjoy great art and great company in all of Knoxville. The city's galleries and venues feature a variety of artists’ displays and live music. Discover the city's great murals. Downtown anchors include The Art Market and the downtown Visitors Center, home of the WDVX Blue Plate Special, all conveniently located on Gay Street. A free art trolley takes you between Market Square, Gay Street, and the Old City. Be sure to stop by The Emporium (100 South Gay Street | MAP) where Lesley Eaton's cut paper collages are on view from the street. Stroll, sip and shop throughout the evening! Meander over to Market Square and the Old City for additional art, entertainment and dining options.

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SATURDAY AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Symposium

Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 10AM to 5PM

At the Knoxville Museum of Art | 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive MAP

Would you like to present at Kolaj LIVE Knoxville? Respond to the Call to Artists before September 26th. DETAILS

In The Regal Common of the Knoxville Museum of Art, while the Collage Making Marathon is taking place, artists, curators, and other folks will make presentations about their projects and practices. Presenters will raise pertinent issues about 21st century collage. Artists will share their practices, speak about projects they are working on, discuss how they use materials or use collage to explore contemporary issues. As part of the symposium, Todd Bartel will lead an Uncollage Tour of the museum. Picnic lunch provided as part of your registration. Bring your questions, an open mind, and conversation!

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SATURDAY AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Collage Making

Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 10AM to 5PM

At the Knoxville Museum of Art | 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive MAP

Bring your scissors and grab your glue and enjoy the day making collage in The Regal Common of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Attendees are invited to drop-in or step-out throughout the day. Because The Regal Common is also the site of the Symposium, artists are welcome to continue their collage making as presentations are made. The collage making space is hosted by The Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue from New Orleans. The space will have scissors, X-acto knives, glue, and a collection of papers and materials. Collagists are invited to bring their own supplies or use the supplies available.

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COLLAGE MAKING SPACE HOSTS

Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue

The Mystic Krewe of Scissors & Glue, founded in 2018 by Hope Amico and Christopher Kurts, provides a community for collage artists in New Orleans to connect with each other, from people who have never collaged in their life until they attend a monthly meet-up to artists who have been working with collage for years, to activate spaces around the city with collage, to collaborate on projects, and to give back to the city of New Orleans. MORE

COLLAGE PROJECT AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Collage Confessional

What does collage mean to you? How did you become a collage artist? What is your experience of the international collage community? Step into the Collage Confessional and tell us what draws you to collage, how it has affected your life, and where you see collage going in the future. Christopher Kurts will be recording responses on Saturday with the collected interviews being used to create a video posted on Kolaj’s YouTube channel. We’ll work with attendees to schedule interviews around the other goings on during the event. Instructions on how to schedule an interview will be included in your Event Packet.

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SUNDAY AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Great Collage Swap

Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 11AM to Noon

At the Knoxville Museum of Art | 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive MAP

The Great Collage Swap is a way to get to know other collagists and their work and be able to take some of their artwork home with you. The Swap happens Sunday morning at Knoxville Museum of Art. To participate, bring a collage to exchange to the Info Table before 11AM Sunday. In return, you will be given a number. All of the collages will be displayed in museum. During the program, a collage will be selected and matched with a number and the holder of that number will receive the collage. As the collages are matched, each artist has a chance to share their story.

SUNDAY AT KOLAJ LIVE KNOXVILLE

Kolaj Institute Info Session

Sunday, November 7, 2021 | Noon to 1PM

At the Knoxville Museum of Art | 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive MAP

Want to know more about getting involved with Kolaj Institute? Perhaps you are curious about joining a residency or taking a workshop? Maybe you want to contribute to or be featured in Kolaj Magazine? This session is for you. Kolaj Magazine's Editor Ric Kasini Kadour and Kolaj Institute Coordinator Christopher Kurts will lead an information session about upcoming programs and artist opportunities.

Places to Stay

ACCOMODATIONS

Places to Stay

Kolaj LIVE Knoxville is based at the Knoxville Museum of Art, near the World's Fair Park just west of downtown. There are several hotels in and around Knoxville. Hotels that are a short distance from the museum include:

The Cumberland House
1109 White Avenue, Knoxville
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The Tennessean Hotel
531 Henley Street, Knoxville
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Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville Downtown
210 West Church Avenue, Knoxville
Website

The Oliver Hotel
407 Union Avenue, Knoxville
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Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
530 South Gay Street, Knoxville
Website

Please consult your favorite travel website or travel agent for the most up-to-date information. Please note, Kolaj LIVE Knoxville has no affiliation with these hotels.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Covid-19 Pandemic

Kolaj Institute and Kolaj Magazine want to ensure that Kolaj LIVE Knoxville is a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees. The situation with COVID-19 is constantly changing. We are committed to following the safety procedures and guidelines set out by the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

The success of the event depends on all of us caring about each other's health and wellbeing. One way to care about others is to get vaccinated and to wear a mask when asked to do so. Another way to care is to not attend if you feel ill. We will follow masking guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and the City of Knoxville at the time of the event. We will care for one another's well-being.

For information about the steps the Knoxville Museum of Art is taking, see the top of their website HERE. To keep up-to-date on what is happening in Knoxville, visit the city's Coronavirus portal HERE and Knox County's portal HERE.

When we all do our part, we got this!

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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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Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. We are interested in collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.

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