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 NOLA's resources to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial and artistic practice. PARSE NOLA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.

PARSE NOLA'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 Faubourg Marigny, 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 NOLA 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 NOLA. Residents are currently selected by invitation only.

PARSE NOLA 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 NOLA, guests may present a project, which might include a lecture, a publication, an exhibition, a workshop, a screening, a performance, or other creative cultural contribution. Throughout each residency, PARSE NOLA, in collaboration with the resident, host events that complement the resident'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 NOLA to better serve as a conduit between residents and the local community and to help facilitate research in the area.

PARSE NOLA also organizes an annual, juried student exhibition that is juried by a PARSE NOLA 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 is the only juried student exhibition that brings together students across the region. There have been five iterations of this project to date. Additionally, PARSE NOLA organizes a monthly professional development series, "Practical Advice for the Practicing Artist." In these workshops, speakers address the conditions necessary for a thriving art practice, including successful marketing and networking, public speaking, circulation of artwork, applying for juried exhibitions, residencies and grants, legal considerations, and financial management.