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 has recently relocated! Our new office at 1003 Spain Street may be a familiar address to some of our friends in New Orleans as it is also known as Franklin Temperance Hall. This historic building was built in 1857 by architect Henry Howard as the headquarters of the temperance movement in New Orleans. Later, it was a brewery, also a hosiery factory, as well as a live/workspace for numerous local artists over the years. The building will be renovated in the months ahead and we look forward to welcoming you to Temperance Hall soon.
We’ll make another announcement when we are able to resume residencies and exhibitions. At the moment, we are supporting several projects with past residents including "Eulalie," an experimental documentary about Eulalie Mandeville de Marigny by artist Casey Ruble; a residency and exchange between three artists in New Orleans and three in Riga, Latvia tentatively titled "A Structure Envisioned for Changing Circumstances" curated by Maija Rudovska; a series of performances and happenings by the Norwegian duo Trollkrem curated by Geir Haraldseth & Stina Høgkvist; and the presentation of "Southwind," a project by artists Maxime Berthou (France) and Mark Požlep (Slovenia).
PARSE NOLA has assumed numerous shapes and forms since its founding in 2010. Initially, the organization was located at 134 Carondelet Street in three-story building with a storefront gallery in New Orleans' Central Business District. Monthly or bi-monthly exhibitions were organized in the gallery as well as performances, screenings, live music, dance parties, reading groups, and lectures. From 2016 to 2020, PARSE NOLA's office and residency were headquartered at 819 Marigny Street, a 4,000-square-foot, Greek Revival home built in 1863. Art critic D. Eric Bookhardt facilitated PARSE NOLA’s use of the house and accommodations for our residency program were sponsored by the Center for Gulf South History & Culture (CGS). In 2018, the organization produced programming including exhibitions, lectures, and professional development workshops for local artists at a gallery known as The Engine Room in a raw warehouse space just off St. Claude Avenue. PARSE NOLA has also produced programming at The Front, Antenna, National Performance Network, The Second Story Gallery, The Stacks, and other venues throughout New Orleans.
Since 2016, PARSE NOLA has supported twelve international artists, curators, and writers from Canada, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, New York, Miami, and Richmond for two to six-week residencies in New Orleans. As a site for creative research and production, the city’s rich history and cultural heritage is a huge draw. For international curators, it is also a refreshing break from the commercial artworld, plus there are hundreds of artists and creative people who live and work in Southeast Louisiana. We support a wide range of projects and initiatives 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. PARSE NOLA's mission to bring international curators, writers, and artists to New Orleans has had profound and lasting impact on this community. These visitors provide a bridge to international networks, organizations, and individuals for New Orleans' artists. And these engagements often lead to opportunities for artists to show their work outside the city and connect to the international artworld.
The Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition, an annual student exhibition organized by PARSE NOLA and juried by a guest curator, will resume when possible. The last iteration of this project was presented at The Engine Room. There were five occurrences of this project from 2014 to 2018 in various locations throughout New Orleans. The exhibition is initiated each year with an open call to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in Southeast Louisiana to submit work for review. PARSE NOLA invites a curator from outside the city to select the artists for the exhibition. Past curators have included Boshko Bosković, Rachel Gugelberger, Anna Mecugni, and Amanda Sanfilippo. The Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition is the only juried student exhibition that brings together college and university students across the region. Additionally, PARSE NOLA organized a monthly professional development series in 2018, "Practical Advice for the Practicing Artist." In these workshops, speakers addressed 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. PARSE NOLA has no association with any other businesses with the name “parse.”
PARSE NOLA’s exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. PARSE NOLA’s programs have previously been or are currently supported by individual donors, CEC Artslink, Center for Gulf South History & Culture, The RosaMary Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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 and Research Assistant, 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
Artist based in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Board Vice President
Founder and Director of Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Independent writer and curator based in New Orleans, LA
Lawyer based in New Orleans, LA
1003 Spain Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
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