New Orleans, LA


PARSE NOLA is a curatorial and research-based residency and art program that serves as a platform for critical dialogue about contemporary art. This program hosts three to five visiting curators, writers, and artists annually. During extended stays in the city, residents are encouraged to engage in studio visits with local artists, conduct research in the area, and utilize PARSE's resources to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial and artistic practice.

PARSE NOLA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.


PARSE’s headquarters (office and residency) occupy a 4,000-square-foot Greek Revival home built in the mid-1800s. The house is located in the Marigny Faubourg, adjacent to the city’s French Quarter. This site allows easy access to downtown New Orleans while the house’s massive size provides privacy and contemplative time for individual residents. PARSE supports a wide range of projects from independent, institutional, international, local, emerging, and established curators. Residents may also include artists and writers involved in curatorial and academic inquiries. Those who are interested in engaging directly with the diverse local community and tapping into urgent socio-political and cultural concerns in New Orleans are the ideal candidates for residencies at PARSE. Residents are currently selected by invitation only.

PARSE residents spend two to six weeks in New Orleans and are introduced to local artists, curators, organizations, and institutions in the city. Following the conclusion of their residencies at PARSE, guest curators present a project, which may include a lecture, a publication, an exhibition, a workshop, a screening, a performance, or other creative cultural contribution. When required by PARSE guest curators, the organization secures temporary sites and venues in the city for these events. Throughout each residency, PARSE, in collaboration with the guest curator, host events that complement the curator’s practice and interests, including film screenings, workshops, and dinners to provide the public with an up-close look at their respective creative practices. It is preferable for residents to have a proposed plan of research, production, or project in motion before their stay in New Orleans. This will allow PARSE to better serve as a conduit between residents and the local community and to help facilitate research in the area.

PARSE also organizes an annual, juried student exhibition that is juried by a PARSE guest curator. The exhibition is initiated each year with an open call to all students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in Southeast Louisiana to submit work for review. The Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition (formerly the Loyola Untitled Juried Exhibition) is the only juried student exhibition that brings together students across the region. The fourth iteration of this project was presented at The Second Story Gallery in the New Orleans Healing Center in June 2017.

PARSE NOLA’s programs are currently supported by individual donors and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Past programmatic support has come from the RosaMary Foundation.

Accommodations for PARSE’s residency program at 819 Marigny Street are courtesy of the Bookhardt Family Trust, Domaine Joliet, LLC Property Management, and Centre Gulf-Caribbean.