Above: Some Collages in the Archives
The Baker's Dozen International Collage Exchange
We have been taking a break during the pandemic and changed location and are just now starting to get things back together.
This document has changed (10/31/23), please read.
A Baker’s Dozen is 12 donuts plus 1 free sample. This is the basic concept for the exchange. Except, to make it easier, we have changed it to a Baker’s 1/2 Dozen Exchange: 6 & 1 – 6 to trade with other participants and one for the Museum’s collection to be archived for future study and exhibit.
Artists each make UP TO 7 collages, up to size 8 x 10 (inches), and send them to ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, to arrive by either March 21 or October 21. (you may also send as few as one for the collection)
Packages that arrive too late OR if there are not enough participants for the exchange will be held for the next exchange.
COST: PARTICIPATION IS FREE. ONLY INCLUDE RETURN SHIPPING COST of $10-$15 OR Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to hold six 8 x 10 inch collages You can include money or check or pay by paypal.com
One collage is retained to be part of the permanent collection of the IMCAC, while remaining permanently on exhibition on the Museum’s Internet site, published in the annual Acquisitions Catalog as they are produced and possibly exhibited in future exhibitions held by the Museum online or at a location. (feel free to include extra works for the permanent collection)
The other 6 are distributed into parcels which are sent back to each contributing artist. So you send 7 of yours, get back 6 of others.
Certain works from the various exchanges will be selected for representing the Museum’s flagship collection to be used for traveling exhibitions and as such will be framed in matching museum frames as funds are available. This prestigious flagship collection will be chosen by the director as being among the finest works in the collection and promoted as important examples of 21st century collage art.https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ceciltouchon
what to do
WHAT TO DO:
Make UP TO 7 collages, up to 8 x 10 inches (including base or matting) . please consider working with these standard sizes: 6×4 or 5×7 or 8×10 inches. This will allow the museum to use standard, ready made framing which helps to keep the costs down when and if works are exhibited.
PRINT and fill out the forms mentioned above.
WHERE TO SEND
IMCAC – Collage Exchange
Cecil Touchon (checks made to CECIL TOUCHON)
4315 Rancho Largo Rd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
Your package to arrive any time starting now until the deadline of either March 21 or October 21
A package of up to (depending on how many you sent) 6 collages by other artists will be sent to each participating artist by the end of April for the March exchange or end of November for the October exchange.
How to Send
- Your collages: write on the back of each:
- your name,
- this inventory #: BD-00-00 yourlastname (replace zeros with month & year such as: BD-03-20),
- title of work,
- name & address ,
- email address (and the URL of your own web site if you’ve got one and want it listed)
- On a sheet of paper your name & address , email address and phone number (and the URL of your own web site if you’ve got one and want it listed)
- The director will be selecting each work for the museum’s collection.
- Please feel free to include a folder on yourself with materials about your work to keep on file at the Museum. Send us your show cards and updated information occasionally in the future.
- be sure to send in the filled out forms mentioned above
Additionally, if you only want to donate one or more works to the museum and not participate in the exchange aspect that is fine too. Send something any time!
Please do not participate if you are unwilling or unable to give it your best effort. We encourage professional artists and artists of merit to participate. You will receive works of comparable quality.
Works retained for the collection will be available for view online indefinitely at the Museum’s inventory blog with artist information and will hopefully be published in our annual New Acquisitions Catalog
Quality / Curating / Acceptance?
All work by adults 18 and older is accepted. It is expected that you have been working in collage long enough to be proficient at it.
Works will be sorted and exchanged as equally as possible according to quality. The intention of all of the Museum’s exchanges is to establish a dialog and exchange of ideas about how to work in the mediums of collage and montage among colleagues. By exchanging actual examples we get to see first hand how each other works. This is intended to lead to higher standards and more inspired and satisfying work.
Framed or mounted?
No frames. Maximum exterior size should be 10 x 8 inches.
Collages can be any size up to, 10 x 8 inches. Please use inter leafing between collages.
NOT TOO THICK!
Please, no sharp big bits of metal sticking up or unruly 3D items. Keep it flat!
Try to keep the maximum thickness down to less than 1/8 an inch.
Originals, a series or copies?
Works should be original hand constructed paper collages, each unique. They can be mixed media.
The usual rule-of-thumb is to make something you’re proud enough to sign your name to and that you feel others will be happy to trade.
International Participants: For getting through Customs:
Don’t use plant material such as dried grass, twigs, berries ….
On the package label list contents as “collages, for exhibition only” and write no value or a low value even though we know it is priceless.