About the Program

A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Several spillways surround the city of New Orleans providing important control of flooding from the Mississippi. For Antenna, the Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four residents are chosen each year to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.

Antenna is excited to announce the inaugural class of Spillways residency fellows:  Chloë Bass, Tatiana Istomina, Molly Rideout, and Dread Scott. Throughout 2016 we will work closely with these fellows to help them pursue their areas of interest during their initial visits to New Orleans, with the ultimate goal of sparking ideas for future artistic works which question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the greater New Orleans region. We are also extremely excited and honored to announce that Spillways was selected to receive a National Endowment for the Arts award of $15,000 as part of $27 million in NEA grants made to organizations throughout the country for 2016.


Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Chloë has received commissions from LUMEN, the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, the Bushwick Starr’s Bushwhack Festival, and 3rd Ward’s Moviehouse. She has received residencies from SPACES (Cleveland, OH), the Bemis Center (Omaha, Nebraska), D21 Kunstraum/5533 art space (Leipzig, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey), and Eyebeam (New York). Recent work has been seen at the James Galler, the Neuberger Museum, Momenta Art, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Flux Factory, Kunstkammer AZB (Zürich), and Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), among others. Selected profiles of her work have appeared in BOMB, Entorno, ArtInfo, Art Observed, and Hyperallergic. She is a the recipient of the 2014 Create Change Residency from the Laundromat Project, the 2013 Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push and is a 2011 & 2012 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Individual Artist Grant Nominee. She has guest lectured at Parsons School of Design, Sotheby’s Institute, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College CUNY. She holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.


Tatiana Istomina is a Russian-born US artist working with painting, drawing, and video. She holds a PhD in geophysics from Yale University (2010) and MFA from Parsons New School (2011). Her works have been included in group exhibitions at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio), The Drawing Center (New York) and Gaîté Lyrique, (Paris) among others. Istomina had solo shows in New York (2010) and Houston (2013). She has completed several artist residencies, including the ACA residency, Salzburg Summer Art School, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the AIM program at the Bronx museum of art. She is currently a participant of the Open Sessions program at The Drawing center. Istomina was nominated for Dedlaus foundation fellowship (2010) and Kandinsky prize (2012) and received awards such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011), the American Austrian Foundation Prize for Fine Arts (2011) and Eliza prize (2013).


Molly Rideout is a fiction and nonfiction writer who focuses largely on themes of the rural Midwest and collective living. She writes in a variety of genres including literary fiction and nonfiction, children’s literature and memoir. In 2014 her visual art/fiction piece “Due Date” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her story “The Great River Road” won the Henry York Steiner Memorial Prize for Short Fiction and was published in Ice Cube Press’s Prairie Gold: An Anthology of America’s Heartland in 2014. Other publications include Bluestem, Marathon Lit Review, Embodied Effigies, Driftwood Press, WarBing Magazine, the Grinnell Review, and the Wisconsin State Journal. Visual elements of narrative stories are very important to her work and often feature interdisciplinary collaboration. Her ongoing project, “Public Writing, Public Libraries” includes new writing installed in 13 Iowa libraries. As Co-Director of Grin City Collective, an artist & writers residency in Grinnell, Iowa, Molly leads a variety of collaborative social practice art and community engagement projects in the region.


Dread Scott is an artist whose work is rooted in the efforts of protest and revolutionary change. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Walker Art Center and at the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finlandas well as on view in America is Hard to See, the Whitney Museum’s inaugural exhibition in their new building. In 2012, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) presented his performance Dread Scott: Decision as part of their 30th Anniversary Next Wave Festival. In 2008, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts presented Dread Scott: Welcome to America. Winkleman Gallery and Cristin Tierney in New York have exhibited recent work and his public sculptures have been installed at Logan Square in Philadelphia and Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY) and the Akron Art Museum (OH). He is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was a resident at Art Omi International Artists Residency and the Workspace Residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has been written about in The New York Times, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, ArtNews, ArtForum, Art21 Magazine, Time, The London Guardian and several other newspapers, magazines and books. He has appeared on numerous local and national TV and radio shows including Oprah, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning speaking about his work and the controversy surrounding it. His art illuminates the misery that this society creates for so many and it often encourages the viewer to envision how the world could be.


Residents will be awarded paid travel to and from New Orleans, an initial two week stay in Antenna’s residency space, a $1000 honorarium, and introductions to local stakeholders in their areas of interest. Spillways focuses on process over production, so in these initial immersive two weeks, residents are encouraged to come with an open mind and let their ideas adapt to what they have learned. Each resident’s experience will be modeled to spark projects that react in unique and interesting ways to the cultural fabric of the city.


Once returning home, residents will have up to three months to develop a proposal for a project within the city. Antenna encourages ambitious project proposals that aim for thoughtful public impact or engagement, which must include a significant outreach component. This could range from visits to local schools, free community workshops, public lectures, or other programs that help the public to better understand the resident’s creative process.

Once a proposal is received, the Antenna team works immediately assessing feasibility and tailoring its approach based on the needs of the project, including funding and materials required. Not every project proposal will be accepted, though if it is, the project will have a budget of at least $15,000, much of which will focus on production costs spent in and around New Orleans. residents will have the full support and assistance of the Antenna staff and the organization’s decade of experience working in the region to assist at every step to help bring the resident’s idea to life. Despite ultimately being the resident’s project, Antenna envisions this process being inherently collaborative and the most successful projects will incorporate New Orleans’ based individuals into their development.

Important Dates

Sept 30 2015 : Deadline for applications

Nov 2015 : Residents announced

January 2016-December 2016 : Residency Period

Artist Projects : 2017

Next Cohort : 2018


-Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.
-For artists: you must have a desire to develop work outside of a traditional studio model.
-For writers: you must have an interest in developing written works that require extended time within a self-defined local community.
-Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years.
-Must live outside of the greater New Orleans area.
-Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs.



The Spillways Residency Program was piloted with Tavares Strachan‘s work “You Belong Here” during Prospect: New Orleans 3.  The Antenna team assisted in connecting Strachan and his team to local fabricators, assisted in securing donated materials, and helped produce a unique mobile device app that took users on a virtual tour of the city with famed tour guide Speed Levitch.

Director of Strachan’s Studio, Christophe Thompson, said of their experience as part of the program,

“Working with Antenna was Integral to the success of the project, due to both the well of insight they have, and assistance they were always on hand to generously offer. The deep network of positive, hardworking, people there were always near for problem solving and logistics, and were a constant resource in the realization of the innovative interactive app.

Antenna has immersed itself deeply into the community. Its roots are becoming anchored into the neighborhood, and it was quite refreshing to engage the various programs that are presented for the arts and for kids.”