Call to Artists: Collage & Illustration – The Awakening






A four-week, virtual/online residency with Kolaj Institute in October 2022
Deadline to apply: Sunday, August 28, 2022

During this project-driven residency, artists will collectively produce a series of collages that illustrate Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel, The Awakening. As a group, artists will analyze the story, discuss themes, uncover symbols, ask questions, and visually interpret the text for a 21st century audience. 

The Awakening focuses on Edna Pontellier, an upper-class New Orleans woman, torn between expectations and desires. In the beginning of the novel Edna appears to live in a semi-conscious state, trapped in the mundane aspects of her life. As the story evolves, she encounters new people and experiences that create an awakening shift within her. Edna begins to view her world differently, and through this lens new relationships emerge while others become strained. In the end, Edna realizes that even if she has her own desires she is still trapped by her societal role.

The Awakening touches on 19th century feminist, identity, and societal themes that are still relevant today, such as;  What does it mean to be a woman? What are the expectations that society puts upon women? Are we bound to what we are born into? What does it mean to transform? What does patriarchy look like in 2022? 

Nancy Bernardo will lead the residency, facilitating the discussion of Chopin’s book. and speak about collage as illustration and how collage artists can engage with the marketplace for illustration. Christopher Kurts will serve as art director for this project and facilitate the collaboration. Heather Ryan Kelley will speak about “The Midden Heap Project” in which she made a collage response to each page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Wylie Garcia will lead a discussion on the symbology and foreshadowing present in the book. 

Working digitally will be integral to the collaborative process but will not be a prerequisite for acceptance into the residency. We will speak about strategies for adapting your analog process to working digitally as well as what free and available resources exist. We also ask that artists who are already capable of using digital tools for collage support the artists who are learning new skills during the residency. For artists who plan to work with a hybrid analog/digital process, access to a scanner is invaluable.


Dates: October 1 – November 2, 2022

Sunday, October 2nd, 1-2PM EST
Wednesday, October 5th, 4-6PM EST 
Wednesday, October 12th, 4-6PM EST
Wednesday, October 19th, 4-6PM EST
Wednesday, October 26th, 4-6PM EST

The residency will begin with an invitation to join the Slack workspace on Saturday, October 1st, followed by a one hour, online Meet & Greet on Sunday, October 2nd, 1-2PM EST. 

The Introduction and Orientation session will take place on Wednesday, October 5th, 4-6PM EST. 

Two sessions with guest speakers are scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th, and Wednesday, October 19th from 4-6PM EST. 

The final session will take place on Wednesday, October 26th, 4-6PM EST. The final deadline to complete the illustrations will be Wednesday, November 2nd. 

Artists are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete assignments. The group will individually and collectively produce a series of collage illustrations. By participation in the residency, artists grant Kolaj Institute, Kolaj Magazine, and Maison Kasini permission to publish the images in book form and in the promotion of the project and book. Any original work made during the residency remains the property of the individual artists with all rights retained.

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Athens exhibitions open call - Industrial Warehouse Gallery





We here at SIILK GALLERY are looking for artists from all walks of life around the world for our 2022 exhibitions. As things are reopening back up here in Athens, Greece we are taking submissions from all mediums of artistry for Septermber through to December group shows.

The Bohemian neighbourhood Metaxourgeio is a cultural and artistic neighbourhood brimming with performing arts theatres, studios and galleries showcasing the works of Greek and international artists. It centers on leafy Avdi Square, a popular gathering place set amidst lively bars and fashionable shops. Street art adorns brick walls and green spaces, while neoclassical buildings house cafes and small-plate restaurants.

How the exhibits work:

At Siilk Gallery we offer 3m of wall space for a 1 week exhibition. Your work will be curated alongside other selected artists from around the world to exhibit at our space. We will have an opening evening for each exhibition with press attendees, we will have private viewings as well as local and international coverage of each event event. We are also open to photographers exhibiting with us to do presentations, workshops and discussions if they wish while they are exhibiting at Siilk.

The exhibition program includes:

1 week exhibition at Siilk Gallery in a 100 sqm industrial warehouse space
Private view/press viewings and other publicity
Design and printing of invitations, mail out and social media invites
Curation & Installation of works
Photography of work / installation to be featured online and in press
Featured work & artist information on and social medias
Opening event with music and drinks sponsor
Pop up events throughout the month at the gallery space

Payment & Pricing:

The price per 3m wall space is €200 for participation in the exhibition.

We take 0% commission on works sold.

If you are unable to attend the opening - works can be delivered to Kallergi 20, Athens, 114 37, Greece.

We can also organize printing in house and if you are looking for external funding we are happy to send an invitation after confirmation of exhibiting to support any applications.

Please send your artists statement / bio and a selection of 8-12 images to

Kallergi 4 - Athens, Greece, 104 37

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Call for entries “JIA Illustration Award 2022”




The total amount of the award money is 700,000 yen.
The total winners will be 52 artists.

Japan Illustrators' Association hold the contest of illustration every year. This is the international illustration competition.
People in advertising and publishing are paying close attention to this.

The winning works will be exhibited at the "JIA Illustration Award winning works exhibition" at China.

Prize Summary: 
The total amount of the award money is 700,000 yen.
Prizes Details: 

GRANDPRIX : 1 artist / Cristal shield / Prize money 500,000 yen Gold award : 1 artist / Cristal shield / Prize money 200,000 yen Silver award : 20 artists / Certificate Bronze award : 30 artists / Certificate


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
4,000 yen for the first piece and 3,000 yen from second piece
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Re:Paste is a subproject of T.R.U.St (Taranto Regeneration Urban Street), a permanent urban art festival at his second edition, which offers illustrators from all over the world the opportunity to develop an illustration that will then be exhibited throughout the city of Taranto.


This urban art container, which is active in the area since 2020, is composed by a series of murals developed by local and non-local writers, with the aim to support the most peripherical areas in the city.


In order to gather as many disciplines as possible and in conjunction with the proposed purpose, our idea is to praise for the last time the advertising spaces, which have now fallen into disuse, through illustrations dedicated to the theme of regeneration.


 We want to leave a totally free key at the interpretative level of the word "regeneration", whether on a social level or in a more intimate way, every reading is welcome, as well as the technique.


If chosen there won't be any entry fee or cachet, anyway all the costs necessary for posting and printing will be covered by us.

The deadline is set for 22 September in order to post all the works for 30 September and keep them visible in the city for 10 days.


Any media is welcome as long as the dimensions are 70x100cm (B1 format) in PDF format, to be sent to the email

For any questions you can contact the above email!


You can check our project upon IG: @progettotrust

Prize Summary: 
Your illustration will be posted for 10 days on billboards for the city of Taranto
Prizes Details: 

Your illustration will be posted for 10 days on billboards for the city of Taranto


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Biennale dell'Umorismo nell'Arte

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Il premio, destinato ad artisti dell’arte umoristica è suddiviso in due sezioni, il premio Internazionale città di Tolentino e il premio Luigi Mari.

L’11 ottobre è il termine fissato per la consegna delle opere che vogliano partecipare a Biumor 2021.

Il Comune di Tolentino organizza Biumor 2021 31^ Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte, concorso a premi dedicato all’arte umoristica. Destinato ad artisti, illustratori, vignettisti, il concorso è articolato in due sezioni:
l Premio Internazionale Città di Tolentino” dedicato all’arte umoristica sul tema “L’invidia”. Verranno assegnati 3 premi in denaro. Al primo classificato, vincitore della Biennale 3000 euro (in caso di ex-aequo il premio in denaro assegnato verrà ripartito tra i vincitori). Al secondo classificato un premio di 1000 euro e al terzo classificato di 500 euro.

La seconda sezione del concorso Biumor 2021 è intitolato a Luigi Mari ed è dedicato al ritratto caricaturale di personaggi illustri con l’assegnazione a due vincitori: al primo classificato un premio di 1000 euro in denaro e al secondo classificato di 500 euro. Nell’ambito della premiazione è previsto il riconoscimento di merito l’ “Umorismo in rete”,dedicato ai nuovi prodotti della post modernità che infrangono i consolidati modelli a cui la comicità tradizionale ci ha abituato.

Tutte le opere partecipanti saranno selezionate da una giuria qualificata di esperti dell’immagine, giornalisti, docenti.

I selezionati entreranno a far parte Biumor Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte, mostra che si terrà a Tolentino dal 25 novembre 2021 al 30 gennaio 2022. Le opere selezionate entreranno a far parte del catalogo che verrà dato in omaggio agli autori che parteciperanno alla serata evento di premiazione dei vincitori. Al concorso possono partecipare artisti contemporanei di ogni nazionalità, senza limiti di età, con un numero massimo di tre opere per ciascuna sezione, inedite e in originale, di dimensioni e tecnica libere, in qualsivoglia forma d’arte visiva e ogni tipologia di materiale e di supporto: pittura, grafica, scultura e installazione, fotografia, video. Sono anche ammesse opere di arte digitale interamente realizzate al computer e opere realizzate da sorgente fotografica purché l’intervento digitale sia strutturale, solo se inviate anche in copia cartacea, firmate e numerate dall’autore.

Il termine utile per l’ammissione in concorso delle opere è fissato per l’11 ottobre 2021. Ogni autore dovrà allegare la scheda di partecipazione compilata e sottoscritta. Ogni opera dovrà essere firmata in originale e corredata del tagliando che è possibile scaricare dalla sezione del sito dedicata 

Le opere dovranno essere inviate in porto franco. Le opere inviate verranno accettate soltanto se non sono gravate da tasse, oneri doganali, ogni altro onere a carico del Comune. Le opere premiate non saranno restituite ma entreranno a far parte della collezione del MIUMOR – Museo internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte.


The Municipality of Tolentino convenes and organises Biumor 2021 the 31a Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte (31st Festival of Humour in Art) – a prize

contest focused on humour in art.
The contest is divided into two sections:
1 – “Premio Internazionale Città di Tolentino”  (“City of Tolentino International Award”) – for humorous art themed around “Envy”.

Envy is wishing evil on others.

Envy is when our heart feels sorrow for the achievements of those around us.

Envy is resenting other people’s success.

Envy is a feeling of person-to-person or social discontent that thrives in contemporary society.

Envy comes from the Latin in – adversative – and videre, and translates as to ‘look against’, ‘unfavourably’ or better yet ‘to frown upon’ and refers to an unfailing emotion of human soul that has a timeless quality and cuts across all social groups.

The theme aims at sparking critical thinking about the malevolent side of social relations.
2 – “Premio Luigi Mari” (“Luigi Mari Award”) for caricatures of illustrious figures.

The contest comprises:

a selection of the competing entries by a qualified jury. The artworks so singled out will be exhibited at the venue of the 31a Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte, from November 25, 2021 throughout January 30, 2022.

publication of a complimentary catalogue that will be presented to the authors of the selected works;

a prize awarding event.

Against the backdrop of the festival is a commendation for Humour on the internet awarded for products at the cutting edge of communications technology that shatter the stereotypical patterns typical of traditional comedy. 


The contest is open to contemporary artists of any nationality and any age, who are allowed to enter a maximum of three works which must be unreleased and authentic, free in size and technique, and performed in whatever form of visual art, material and support – pictorial, graphics, sculpture and installation, photography and video. Computer-aided digital visuals, as well as photographic source artworks with purely structural digital fix are also allowed to enter the contest as long as they are produced in paper format and are autographed and numbered by the authors


The deadline to enter the contest is October 11, 2021, by which time all entries will have to have been sent to the address below:

Segreteria della “31a Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte” – Palazzo Europa – Via Tambroni n. 4 – 62029 TOLENTINO (Italia)

After having filled out and signed the entry form, the contestants are requested to attach it to their works prior to shipment. Artworks must be authentically signed and provided with the special coupon. The works must be shipped carriage free – they will only be accepted on condition that they are not subject to any taxes or customs fees – the local municipality will not bear any fees due.


Admission of the works, their selection for display and the awarding of prizes are exclusive competence of the jury nominated by the Municipality of Tolentino in consultation with the Artistic Director. The jury’s decision is final and irrevocable.


The Jury will award below prizes:
“Premio Internazionale Città di Tolentino” (“City of Tolentino International Award”) for humour in art themed around “Envy”
1st Prize – € 3,000.00, will be awarded to the winner of the 2021 contest. In case of a tie, the prize money awarded will be split among the winners.
2nd Prize – € 1.000,00
3rd Prize – € 500,00
“Premio Luigi Mari” (“Luigi Mari Award”) for caricatures of illustrious figures
1st Prize – € 1.000,00

2nd Prize – € 500,00

Other special commendations may possibly be awarded by the jury


The prize winning works will not be returned, they shall remain the property of the Municipality of Tolentino and will become part of the collection of MIUMOR – the International Museum of Humour in Art. As clearly shown on the coupon, the works that are expressly donated by the artist shall remain the property of the Municipality of Tolentino, that is entitled to make a discretionary use of them. The works not expressly donated can be collected from the MIUMOR as from 28 February 2022 personally by the artist or their delegate; alternatively they can be returned, not earlier than the thirtieth day after the scheduled closing date of the Exhibition, unless extended, if specifically indicated on the coupon attached to the work.


The Municipality of Tolentino, in its capacity as organizer of the event, pledges to the greatest care, custody and supervision over the length of time they will be at the venue of the Biennale Exhibition and during transportation, but declines all responsibility for theft, fire, damage or loss that may occur as a result of any unforeseen causes.


Contestants allow the Municipality the right to reproduce any of the selected works free of charge for publication in the official catalogue of the Exhibition, in as many copies as the Municipality shall deem appropriate, including publication on the website and any other form of communication and promotion. The City is authorized to publish the works on any support, even for commercial purposes. In case of reproductions, the author will be mentioned in the habitual ways. The author allows free use of their work for popularisation, cultural and recreational purposes, as well as for public enjoyment. The author must expressly renounce all rights to any compensation


Contestants expressly authorize the Municipality of Tolentino to process the personal data in its possession in accordance with the personal data protection law, so as to include them in databases operated directly by the local administration or a third party appointed by it. As organizer of the 31st exhibition, the Municipality is entitled to adopt final decisions on all matters not mentioned in these Regulations. These are published on the website in Italian, English, French and Spanish. In case of controversy, the Italian text shall prevail. Participation in the 31a Biennale Internazionale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte implies unconditional acceptance of all items contained herein.


Prize Summary: 
€ 3.000,00

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Call to Artists: Money Money Collage Artist Residency





CALL TO ARTISTS: Collage Artist Residency: Money Money

A four-week, virtual/online residency with Kolaj Institute in June 2021

Deadline to apply: May 26, 2021

During this project-driven artist residency, collage artists work together to create a series of collages that illustrate Eleanor H. Porter’s 1918 novel, Oh, Money! Money!. The result will be a book published by Kolaj Institute. The residency is being done in conjunction with “The Money $how” at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The book will be released at an event in July.

“The Money $how” is co-curated by Frank Juarez, the publisher of Artdose Magazine, and Ric Kasini Kadour, the editor of Kolaj Magazine. A tour of late-stage capitalism, each artist in the exhibition uses collage to unpack ideas about money and its influence on our culture. The curators start from the premise that money is an idea that shapes contemporary life and present works that invite viewers to consider cash, labor, and capital. In addition to the exhibition, Kolaj Institute is publishing the book, The Money $how: Cash, Labor, Capitalism, & Collage, in which Kadour juxtaposes contemporary artwork against fragments of American history and literature as a way of showing how collage can help us deconstruct culture and understand the world differently. 

In Eleanor H. Porter’s 1918 novel, Oh, Money! Money!, a Chicago multi-millionaire struggles to decide to whom he should leave his money. As an eccentric experiment, he schemes to give his three distant cousins one hundred thousand dollars each to see how they handle the windfall. The book is a time capsule of early 20th century American life with a strong focus on the lives of women and observations about material culture and communities before the rampant consumerism of the 1920s and the Great Depression. In telling this story, Porter gives us a look at the role of and attitudes about money that remain relevant today. The book raises important questions about the role of money in our lives: What good is money? Is money cruel? How should one handle money? How does money change us?

The residency will unfold on four Saturdays where artists will convene in three-hour sessions. Artists will discuss the themes raised in Porter’s novel, hear from guest speakers, and collage together. Artists will take a virtual tour of “The Money $how” and receive a copy of the companion book. The group will collectively produce a series of twenty-six collages, one for each of the chapters in Porter’s novel.

Christopher Kurts will serve as art director for this project, lead collage making sessions, and facilitate the collaboration. Heather Ryan Kelley will speak about “The Midden Heap Project” in which she made a collage response to each page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Jeanna Penn will speak about how she uses collage to interpret historical material including her project “Souls of Black Folk” collage series inspired by W.E.B. DuBois’ seminal book where he sets out to “have briefly sketched…with loving emphasis and deeper detail, that men may listen to the striving in the souls of black folk.” Nancy Bernardo will speak about collage as illustration, the visual essay she contributed to the book Deconstructing Brad Pitt, and how collage artists can engage with the marketplace for illustration. Ric Kasini Kadour will present a theoretical overview of collage, share “The Money $how” exhibition, and facilitate the discussion of Porter’s book.


Collage Artist Residencies are intended for self-motivated artists, at any stage in their career, who want to develop their practice by exploring a topic or working method and collaborating with others to produce a final product. Residencies are open to any artist over the age of 21 from anywhere in the world. 


The cost of the residency is $500 per artist; however, no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package. 

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