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Tuesday-Friday: 12-5 P.M. (Please call ahead to insure someone is here to greet you- 504.298.3161)

Saturday-Sunday: 12-5 P.M.

 

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Press Street
3718 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

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HISTORY

Press Street was formed in 2005 with a mission to promote art and literature in the community through events, publications and arts education. Shortly after Katrina, Press Street began producing events in small businesses which had yet to reopen, including the Saturn Bar and Preservation Hall, to promote a symbiotic relationship between small businesses, non-profits and artists in the city’s rebuilding. The organization continued to develop around the project INTERSECTION | NEWORLEANS -  a blind collaboration between 25 New Orleans artists and 25 writers, inspired by 25 specific street corners of the city. Though started in the summer of 2005, pre Katrina, it became all the more poignant when it was finally published in April 2006. INTERSECTION | NEWORLEANS spawned the first indoor art exhibition in the St. Claude Arts District with the original work from the project hanging in the gutted l’art noir space and 100 percent of the proceeds going to affected artists. INTERSECTION | NEWORLEANS established the mission of Press Street’s book projects, which focus on the relationship between the visual and literary arts.

Since 2006, Press Street has produced the event Draw-A-Thon, a round the clock, 24-hour drawing extravaganza where multiple forms of drawing are explored by artists and non-artists alike, last year attracting over 700 attendees. Press Street’s 24 hour Draw-A-Thon is the only event of its kind in the city of New Orleans. It is an art experience in which people are active participants– not spectators; where the premise is to encourage creating for the sake of creating, process over product. It is an all-ages, free event that is open to the public. All art materials are provided. The 24 hours are punctuated by two-hour drawing workshops led by local artists and arts educators, designed to encourage the participant to experience different aspects of the art of drawing. The environment constantly changes because of what is being taught and drawn. In addition to these more structured events, there are on-going activities: the Drawing Room, in which every surface is covered in paper, fun for children of all ages; as well as the Amazing Draw-a-tron 3000 and live figure drawing.

In March of 2008, Press Street opened Antenna at 3161 Burgundy Street, located in the 9th Ward Bywater neighborhood, one of the few small, non-profit spaces to exhibit visual contemporary art in the city of New Orleans. Until May of 2012, Antenna developed exhibitions at the Burgundy street location which emphasized emerging artists and young curators focusing on collaborations, group shows, solo shows featuring long time local artists who are still underexposed, and challenging works of video and digital media while also encouraging partnerships with city-wide programming initiatives like Si Cuba and PhotoNOLA and national arts initiatives such as Independent Lens. Some new additions to programming are exchange shows with national and international art organizations and Press Street|Antenna public arts initiatives such as the Happy Hour Salon series. An active member of the New Orleans arts community and the St. Claude Arts District (SCAD), our shows have been well-received and well-attended with reviews in local, national and even international media. Drawing from the diverse strengths of members of the collective, we were one of the first galleries to embrace video arts, performance art, literary arts and community film screenings into our public programming.

In 2009 Press Street’s Art House Film Program was created through a partnership with Jerald L. White and the Charitable Film Network – a diverse community of media-makers, dedicated to connecting and collaborating with non-profits, artists, and activists on projects that benefit the community.  The Art House Film Program initially hosted New Orleans Community Cinema, a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and monthly screenings about art and artists.  Press Street’s Art House Film Program supported screenings, discussions, festivals and art programs throughout the city.

In 2011 Nathan C. Martin started the Room 220 blog. What began as a literary hub in the former Colton School, Press Street’s Room 220 is now a virtual clearing house for news about New Orleans book and literature culture. In addition to an extensive online presence, Room 220 hosts a variety of workshops, lectures, and events focusing on all things written.  And with the introduction of the expanded Press Street facilities at 3718 Saint Claude Avenue in November 2012, a physical Room 220 is back with an expanded Antenna Gallery space and so much more to come!


Press Street is supported in part by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the RosaMary Foundation, The House of Blues Foundation, and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.  Additional operational support for Press Street is provided from a Community Arts Grant administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans and made possible by the City of New Orleans, and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.


current organizing members:

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Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell
Antenna Gallery Member
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Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell, from Algiers, Louisiana, received her BFA in 2009 from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently hosts the 723 Louisa Street Digest pot-luck art and brunch events where artists are invited to install projects in her apartment. Amanda also hosts the 723 Louisa Street Artist in Residence Program, in which artists caper about the living room, kitchen, and far corners of the city creating collaborative and often edible or mailable projects.
Amanda spends part of the rest of her time drinking coffee on the porch while telling people she is “really busy.”

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Angel Perdomo
Antenna Jr Member

Born in 1989 in Honduras, Angel has called New Orleans home since 96. He will finish with his BA degree in Studio Art from the University of New Orleans in May 2013 with a concentration in Printmaking and Painting. In addition to his artistic endevors, he enjoys cartoons and pizza !!!!

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Angela Driscoll
Antenna Gallery Member
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Angela Driscoll is a visual artist who explores time and narrative while creating visual and audio work from collected data. Her body of work includes artist books, drawings, installations, video, and sound. Angela received her MFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and she currently teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.

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Anne Gisleson
Board President

Anne Gisleson teaches writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students.  Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Oxford American and other magazines and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies including Best American Non-Required Reading, Best Music Writing, Life in the Wake: Fiction from Post-Katrina and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: A Field Guide.

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Ben Fox McCord
Antenna Gallery Member
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printmaker, illustrator, installation artist, and musician who hails from Knoxville, TN. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee, is currently working on his MFA at Tulane, and has been living and working in New Orleans since 2010.

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Bob Snead
Board Treasurer
Managing Member
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Bob Snead was founding director of Redux Contemporary Art Center until 2005, when he left his hometown of Charleston, SC to pursue graduate studies in Painting/Printmaking at Yale University School of Art. After his northern exposure in 2007 he helped form the artist collective Transit Antenna, and spent the next two years on the roads of North America in a vegetable oil powered bus producing various community based art projects along the way.   Bob and his family moved to New Orleans in 2010 where he continues a rigorous artistic practice utilizing a wide range of media to express his deep commitment to humor, with such projects as his telling autobiographical paintings, a stand up comedian ATM Machine, and most recently with a project called The Is Not Broke Recession Proof Wallet Company.

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Bottletree
Antenna Gallery Member
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Jerald L. White is a New Orleans artist, crazy bicyclist and community advocate – also known as “Bottletree.”  Jerald has worked as a grass-roots organizer, attorney, and environmental policymaker in New Orleans and Washington D.C.  In 2004, he earned a MA in Media Ecology, Communications & Film at New York University, and made New Orleans his permanent home.  Jerald is the Founder and Director of the Charitable Film Network – a diverse group of media-makers, dedicated to community service.

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Brad Benischek
Board Member
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Brad Benischek is a visual artist, educator and scenic painter. His work has appeared in numerous publications, on t-shirts, telephone poles and in galleries and art spaces across the south. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Courtney Egan
Member at Large
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Courtney¹s video installations connect nature with human invention. She creates short films, video collages, and media assemblages that straddle the worlds of special effects and art. These pieces explore the blurring boundary between mental states, digital worlds, and consensus reality. Courtney holds an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a Media Arts faculty member at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

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Ernest Littles
Intern

Ernest Littles is currently a junior at Dillard University, majoring in Visual Arts. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant at MLK Elementary and Joseph A. Craig Elementary. He has also worked as an artist assistant for Robert Tannen, and an art preparator at Dillard University. Ernest will be working on several initiatives at Press Street – including the New Orleans Loving Festival, Deep South by Suroeste, Beatschool, and the Art House Film Series.

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Gretchen Faust
Antenna Gallery Member

Gretchen Faust is an artist and educator committed to community efforts. She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley in Art and Urban Studies. Her work with high school students on urban design and large-scale art installation projects has colored much of her own art practice in sound installations, drawings, and video. Introduced to New Orleans through a travel fellowship in 2010, Faust encountered a level of self-reliance within the community that immediately enthralled her – a place she now calls home.

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James W. Goedert
Antenna Gallery Member
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b. 1986 Omaha, NE
Lives and Works in New Orleans, LA.

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Laura Gipson
Antenna Gallery Member
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Laura Gipson, a native of Maryland, has lived in New Orleans since 1980. She holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her works are included in the collections of the Virlane Foundation, the City of New Orleans, Tulane Medical Center and private collections. Laura has taught at the University of New Orleans and she currently teaches Talented in Visual Art in the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

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Natalie McLaurin
Antenna Gallery Member
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Natalie McLaurin grew up in Knoxville, TN. She has a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Hired for a 2 month stint as an art preparator for Prospect 1 in 2008, McLaurin fell victim to the charm of New Orleans. She moved permanently to the city in Fall 2009 and soon after joined Antenna.  She is an active artist and curator, and founding member of the artist group T-lot.

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Nathan C. Martin
Board Vice President
Editor of Room 220
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Nathan C. Martin is the editor of Room 220: New Orleans Book and Literary News. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Oxford American, Next City, Stop Smiling, and other publications. He is the author of the Wallpaper* City Guide to New Orleans and We’re Pregnant, a chapbook of short fiction and photography.

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Robin Levy
Antenna Gallery Member

Robin Levy is a sculptor and installation artist. She received her BFA from Louisiana State University in 1982 and earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. Levy’s artistic practice explores collective consciousness by visually recording what she refers to as “fragments of the everyday”. She has had solo exhibitions and participated in juried and invitational group shows. Her work is included in museum and private collections throughout the United States including New Orleans Museum of Art and Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.

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Robin Wallis Atkinson
Member at Large

Robin Wallis Atkinson is an independent curator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She curates for the nonprofit collective Antenna Gallery in the New Orleans St. Claude Arts District. In 2008, Atkinson served as the Curatorial Coordinator for Prospect.1 New Orleans, the largest-ever contemporary art biennial to be held in the United States. During Prospect.1, she oversaw production of the critically acclaimed installations in the Lower Ninth Ward as well as several other sites throughout the city. During the summer of 2010 Atkinson began curating the 16 artist exhibition CATALYST – Artists of Southern Louisiana in Response to the Gulf Coast Oil Crisis, which is set to open in July 2011 at Space 301 in Mobile, AL. Atkinson will be leaving New Orleans during the summer of 2011 to enter into the 2013 class at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She hopes to return to New Orleans after graduation to pursue her curatorial focus of socially engaged art practice.

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Shawn Hall
Member at Large
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Shawn Hall is a founding artist member of Antenna Gallery who has been living and working in New Orleans since 1997.  Shawn received her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she was a Patricia Harris Fellow. She has been in residence at School 33 in Baltimore, in NY through the LMCC, and in Los Angeles at 18th Street Art Center. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Center, Isaac Delgado Gallery, Barrister’s, Bassetti, and Antenna in New Orleans, Wolfson Gallery at Miami Dade, N.A.M.E. and Christopher Stokes in Chicago, The Hewitt Gallery and Bronx River Art Center in NYC, Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY, Wagner-Sousa in Galveston, TX, and Chateau de La Napoule, in Mandelieu, France. Her work has been reviewed nationally in Art Papers, New Art Examiner, and dialogue. She is a part of the permanent collection of Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Linklater Corporate collection in NYC, and private collections throughout the United States and Europe..

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Susan Gisleson
Antenna Gallery Member
Draw-A-Thon Coordinator

Susan Gisleson is a founding member of Press Street and Antenna. A costume designer by nature, she curated “stitch” at the gallery in 2008 to explore the ways a needle and thread can interact with different materials. In 2010, she had a one woman multi-media exhibition called “Junkfish Caviar” in which she created precious effigies out of found and repurposed materials. She is an organizer of Press Street’s 24 Hour Draw-a-thon, one of many insane ideas by Brad Benischek that has come to life. Gisleson graduated from San Francisco State University and teaches art full time to middle and high school students. She is also one hell of an arm wrestler.

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Yuka Petz
Antenna Gallery Member
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Yuka works in a wide range of media, including but not limited to handmade paper, book arts, and physical computing. She received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuka studied papermaking at the Awagami Factory in Japan and at Dieu Donne Papermill. She has taught book arts in Japan and in the U.S., spent several weeks binding books in the Argentinian hills, and served on the Board of Directors at Seattle Center for Book Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and her books are in the permanent collections of several public library and university special collections.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

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We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]

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How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.

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Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]