The Collage Party 2019

September 11–14
Collage Studio: Wednesday–Friday, 10–3pm
Exhibition Opening + Collage Studio: Saturday, 1–6pm

Join Creative Growth artists, international guest artists, and the Oakland community for our annual Collage Party. Organized by artist and curator Paul Butler, The Collage Party is a participatory studio where everyone is invited to cut, paste, and create. The week of collage culminates in a celebration and exhibition of the week’s creations, 1–6pm on Saturday, September 14, while collage making continues. We are thrilled to bring this popular and historic event back to our space for the fourth time.

The Collage Party is free and open to everyone to participate. Stop by the Creative Growth Gallery any time Wednesday, September 11, through Friday, September 13, 10am–3pm, to join in the collage making. Live music and DJ sets will be on throughout the week to inspire music-themed collage on album covers. When the week of collective art making comes to a close, Paul Butler will install a one-day-only exhibition of selected work made during the week. All proceeds from the event’s art sales will go to support Creative Growth and the 150+ artists who call the studio home.

John Hiltunen, Untitled, 2018, Collage on found album cover

The Collage Party is a nomadic, participatory studio produced by Paul Butler since 1997. Paul Butler’s multidisciplinary practice is rooted in community, collaboration, and artist-run activity. In addition to his longstanding studio practice, Butler has also produced projects that include: The Other Gallery (2001–11) ­­— a nomadic commercial gallery with a focus on overlooked artists; and Reverse Pedagogy (est. 2008) — a touring, collectively directed residency. Butler has served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the director of 2/edition in Toronto. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Center; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and La Maison Rouge, Paris. He has contributed his writing to the books The Life and Times of Bill Callahan and Decentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture, as well as publications, including Border Crossings and Canadian Art. Butler’s work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and TD Canada Trust.