2017 College Art Association Conference intel

Katherine Bradford
Katherine Bradford, Bonfire, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 68 inches. Bradford will be participating in one of the Distinguished Artist Interviews on Friday,�February 17, 2017, 3:30-5:30.

This week the College Art Association Annual Conference takes up residence at the New York Hilton Midtown. For non-members, onsite registration costs $595 for the entire five-day event, which features presentations, panel discussions, reunions, and more. This year, CAA has introduced a $150 day-pass, but if readers are interested in attending, they might consider the ARTspace events organized by the Services to Artists Committee. Partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, these discussions are created specifically for working artists and are free and open to the public on a first come-first served basis.�Also keep in mind that many graduate programs have reunions, so don’t forget to swing by and say hello to your old friends and mentors.�The full conference schedule is available online, but here�are a few�recommended ARTspace events.


(NOTE TO SELF,�former classmates, former students: UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY RECEPTION /Time:�02/17/2017: 5:30PM�7:00PM /�Location:�Club Quarters Midtown Club Room, 40 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036)


Location:�Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)
Chair: Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago and Services to Artists Committee
Moderator: Joan Jeffri, Research Center for Arts and Culture and The Actors Fund

Planning one�s estate, far from being in the forefront for most people, and not least of all for artists, is an important aspect of planning for one�s death. For an artist, an inventory of work forms the base for the artist�s estate left by the deceased. Over the course of a lifetime, an artist spends a great deal of time making and exhibiting work, and far less time documenting it. Documentation is one of the first steps to create an inventory of works, in advance of preparing the artist�s estate. And while the prospect of preparing for one�s own death can be fraught with anxiety, what seems a daunting task can be mitigated with the support of others, and a realistic view of aging.

This roundtable discussion introduces participants in�ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY. Its founder, Joan Jeffri, describes the project as �an inter-generational, interdisciplinary project that matches students in arts, health and aging with professional visual artists age 62+ to document their work and save our national legacy. A project about art, education, health, and aging,� this initiative proactively addresses the needs of artists in documenting their work and the materials that enhance our understanding of it. It embraces teamwork across disciplines and generations.

Morton Kaish, ART CART 2015�16 Artist
Elizabeth Berkowitz, ART CART 2010�11 Student Fellow
Patricia Miller, Programs in Occupational Therapy, Columbia University and ART CART 2010�16 Interdisciplinary Coordinator and Faculty


DISTINGUISHED ARTIST INTERVIEWS /�Time:�02/17/2017: 3:30PM�5:30PM /�Location:�Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)
The Distinguished Artist Interviews feature esteemed artists who discuss their work with a respected colleague.
Coco Fusco�with�Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles
Katherine Bradford�with�Judith Bernstein


Location:�Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)
Chairs: Niku Kashef, California State University, Northridge, and Woodbury University; Gabriel Phipps, Independent Artist; Stacy Miller, Parsons School of Design, The New School

This panel considers alternative artistic�career�paths,�bringing together artists, cultural producers, and organizations who don�t have their primary practice in the studio or academia. We�ll discuss the �hows� and �whys� for creating new avenues of opportunity and definitions of success. Non�art-world communities, pubic and social practice, activism, collaborations, and other job markets and funding for the artist.


STUFF FOR ARTISTS /�Time:�02/18/2017: 10:00AM�12:30PM
Location:�Murray Hill Suite East/West, 2nd Floor (ARTspace)
Co-Chairs: David J. Brown, Independent Curator and Museum Consultant; Niku Kashef, CA State University, Northridge and Woodbury University; Stacy Miller, Parsons School of Design, The New School; and Steve Rossi, Parsons School of Design, The New School and SUNY, New Paltz

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS: the Services for Artists Committee is hosting two informative community-building roundtable sessions that will allow you to meet with representatives from local and national institutions, artist-run centers, residency programs, and skilled professionals for your business and professional development in small group settings. Discussions support individual artist�s needs for open-source skill-sharing, networking, and camaraderie. Stuff for Artists 2017 includes expert advice, discussions, and topic presentations hosted at each of eight roundtables.

Session One (10:00���11:15 AM)
Karen Atkinson, Get Your Sh*t Together
David Terry, New York Foundation for the Arts
Travis Laughlin, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans
Kendal Henry, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs� Percent for Art Program

Session Two: (11:30 AM�12:20 PM)
Christopher Carroll, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Melissa Levin, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Reps from the CUE Art Foundation
Reps from the Wassaic Project


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  1. Hi Sharon, Artspace programs are always great but FYI this year CAA piloted a “pay as you wish” policy for one day attendees.

  2. Thanks for letting me know!

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