PARSE NOLA is a curatorial and research-based residency and art program that serves as a platform for critical dialogue about contemporary art. PARSE NOLA hosts two to three international 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.
PARSE NOLA was founded in 2013 by Ricardo Barba and Amy Mackie. Parse Gallery & Artist Situation was founded in 2010 by Ricardo Barba, Andrew Schrock, and Margot Walsh. This organization later became PARSE NOLA, which was incorporated as a business in the state of Louisiana in 2015 and became a 501(c)(3) in 2016.
Accommodations for PARSE NOLA's residency program are sponsored by the Center for Gulf South History & Culture (CGS). PARSE NOLA's public programming is presented at various locations throughout the city. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
PARSE NOLA’s programs are currently supported by individual donors, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the RosaMary Foundation.
Amy Mackie, Director
Amy Mackie is a curator and writer based in New Orleans. Since 2013, she has served as the Director of PARSE NOLA, a nonprofit curatorial and research-based residency and art program. From 2011 to 2012 she was the Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and from 2007 to 2010, Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York. She curated numerous exhibitions at both institutions. As an independent curator, she curated “It Could Go Either Way: Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly” at Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway in 2014 and at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska in 2015. Mackie was the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department in Norway, a 2010 Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England, and a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant. She has lectured at Bard College, Brooklyn College, College of Charleston, and Yale University, and has written for Art in America, Art Papers, FANTOM Photographic Quarterly, Pelican Bomb, Universes in Universe, as well as numerous books and catalogues. Mackie holds a M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Past Administrative Support
Camila Sobral, Operations Manager, 2018 - 2019
Harleigh Shaw, Curatorial Intern, 2017 - 2018
Nora Kovacs, Curatorial Intern, 2017 - 2018
Charlotte Giroux, Administrative and Research Assistant, 2017 - 2018
Marjorie Rawle, Curatorial Intern, 2016 - 2017
Ashley L. Voss, Curatorial and Communications Manager, 2013 - 2016
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819 Marigny Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
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