Arts Council New Orleans has partnered with Canal Place to offer free studio and exhibition space in a retail storefront within the center. Over the course of six-month residencies, SALON artists will use their creative practices to activate the studio space, as well as other areas throughout the center, through open studio tours, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and more.
Visitors can experience SALON and visit with artists during open gallery hours 1-6pm every Wednesday through Monday.
The second round of SALON artists includes Beverly Alomepe, Danielle Hein, D. Lammie Hanson, Renee Johnson, Femaissance, Milagros, Xavier Juarez, and Crystal Efemmes comprised of Vanessa Centeno, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Cristina Molina, and Ryn Wilson. Learn more about SALON Residents here.
The salon was historically conceived as royally sanctioned exhibitions of painters and sculptors for elite society in 17th century France. In the 19th century, radical and censored artists challenged these established spaces with their own counter-salons favoring rebellion, experimentation and modernity. As a nod to the past positioned in the future, SALON is a space for ideas and instincts to run wild, for relinquishing our minds to creative visitation and possibility, and for the curious and the questioning to gather earnestly in common intrigue.
SALON features six clean, white-walled studios of varied sizes, a communal workshop space, and a gallery for exhibitions, all free of charge to artists. This unusual collaboration comes at a time when affordable studio space is becoming harder and harder to find in New Orleans. Through dedicated, comfortable work space, SALON seeks to provide a sanctuary for resident artists to create and grow. As a new and unconventional residency model, SALON hopes to promote collaborative practice through multidisciplinary artist practices and by offering programmatic opportunities in a space that by its nature is experimental.
SALON promises exciting programming, exhibitions, and performances. Follow the Arts Council’s website and social media channels at #salonartiststudios for updates and listings of everything going on. View previous SALON artists here.
Stop by our open gallery hours from 1 – 6pm every Wednesday through Monday. Open studio hours every Saturday from 12-8pm.