Above: Some Collages in the Archives

The Baker's Dozen International Collage Exchange

This document has changed (5/27/20), 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 SANTA FE, 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 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.

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.


IMCAC – Collage Exchange
Cecil Touchon       (checks made to CECIL TOUCHON)
4810 West Alameda Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

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 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.  9″ X 12″ base using acid free mat board, watercolor paper, or other non acidic support of archival value and of sufficient weight such as 90lb watercolor paper or heavier. Total exterior size should be 9 x 12 inches no matter the size of the actual image.
Collages can be any size smaller, then attached to an 9 x 12 inch piece of thick watercolor paper or mounted on mat board. Please use inter leafing between collages. (Smooth newsprint, brown craft or white butcher paper work well if you don’t have any acid free inter leafing paper. I have noticed collages some times stick together.




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 1/4 an inch.

Originals, a series or copies?

Works should be original hand constructed paper collages, each unique.They can be mixed media. If a digital collage or photo-montage is submitted, each should be printed at professional quality and such works should be original in that they are not reproductions of original works in other media but are prints of a digital image that does not exist in other media and in a signed, limited edition of no more that 15. If you not sure then contact me to discuss it before hand. If prints are used; prints of inferior quality (such as prints from typical home printer on cheap 20 pound letter paper for example) will not be accepted and will be returned to the artist.
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 proud to own.

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.