Feb 10th 2021

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View recorded content February 5 – March 15, 2021

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Learn with artists and visual arts professionals at CAA’s annual conference!  CAA’s Services to Artists Committee facilitates free-and-open programming for artists by artists. The 2021 virtual conference features over 30 sessions available from February 5–March 15 (live content Feb. 10-13). More info: www.servicestoartists.com

Register: https://www.servicestoartists.com/register


Wednesday, February 10th 

Please note: All meeting times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)


10:00 – 10:30 AM    Claiming Public Space

Space is not neutral. Public space is not equally accessible, but can depend upon race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, economic status, age, and other markers of identity. This session considers artists and culture producers whose work disrupts public and semi-public space, challenging societal conventions.

Chair: Jacquelyn Strycker, School of Visual Arts

Panelists: Ayana Evans, Independent Performance Artist; Shannon Finnegan, Independent Artist; Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, The Laundromat Project


10:00 – 11:00 AM    Work in Art: Reflecting on a Year of Upheaval

Over the past year, employment has been redefined by changes that extend beyond

university faculties  and into all facets of life and work in the arts. This text documents some of the recent workplace changes  experienced by arts workers and professionals from across the field, inviting reflection on their impact. This “session” will be delivered as a text-based document (downloadable PDF).

Chairs: Tia Factor, Portland State University; Sarah Comfort, Artist

Respondents: Bean Gilsdorf, Artist and Writer; Tabitha Nikolai, Trashgender Gutter Elf and Low-Level Cybermage; Leila Fatemi, Emerging Artist, Curator, and Community Arts Worker; April Gertler, Multidisciplinary Artist


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Indigenous Artists and Scholars Roundtable

 In this open forum, invited discussants hold space for Indigenous artists and scholars to consider topics of interest and concern. Among others, topics may address inclusion in CAA and other professional organizations, and in the field, pandemic conditions, opportunities, resources, and working strategies, and content related to climate crisis.

Chairs: Francis Holmes, Institute of American indian Arts; Cory J. Pillen, Fort Lewis College

Panelists: Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Dine), University of California, Davis; James Johnson (Tlingit Dakl’aweidi Clan), Independent Artist; Dyani White Hawk, Independent Artist


12:00 – 12:30 PM    Chronopoetics: Time and Temporality in XR Art

While many XR artworks are often perceived as primarily spatial, this panel reinforces Paul Virilio’s perspective as we inquire how contemporary XR art engages with existing perceptions of time as means for creating new perspectives on our immediate environments and lived reality.

Chair: Liron Efrat, University of Toronto

Presenters: Caroline Klimek, York University; Gustavo Alfonso Rincon Jr., Media Arts and Technology, UCSB; Dan Han, York University


12:30 – 2:00 PM        Pause. Remake. Restart: Womxn Artists and Curators Re-Imagine the Art World

If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Female artists have historically been underrepresented, underestimated, and undervalued. There is no better time in history to remake the art world. Female identified and non-binary artists and curators discuss inventive propositions to collaborate and re-imagine a better tomorrow.

Co-sponsor: CAA Committee on Women in the Arts

Chairs: Katya Grohovsky, The Immigrant Artist Biennial; Patricia A. Briggs, Independent Scholar

Panelists: Aram Han Sifuentes, Loyola University Chicago; Stephanie Sparling Williams; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Eva Mayhabal Davis, Independent Curator

2:00 – 2:30 PM
        The Artist’s Body, Online: Claiming and Reclaiming Power In Art

We will examine how artists who employ self-portraiture embrace, cope with, or take advantage of putting their bodies into the internet world. What kinds of positive or negative experiences have they had online? Is online engagement an important part of their work, or is it something they work against?

Chair: Anna R. Ogier-Bloomer, Otis College of Art & Design

Panelists: Megan Wynne, Independent Artist; Derrick D. Woods-Morrow, Independent Artist; Dominique Duroseau, Independent Artist


2:30 – 4:00 PM         Vital Matter: Landscape Painting in the Anthropocene

Grappling with climate change, technology and environmental destruction, painters think differently through material, historical, ecological, and psychological costs. Situated in landscape painting traditions, these artists understand their practice in contexts of ecologies beyond human, in work addressing technological distancing, legacies of Manifest Destiny, separation from environment, and combating these distances.

Chairs: Tia Factor, Portland State University; Cara K. Tomlinson, Lewis & Clark College

Panelists: Susan C. Murrell, Eastern Oregon University; Margie N. Livingston, Independent Artist; Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Independent Artist


4:00 – 4:30 PM        Decodification of the Body

This panel centers on the use of technologies for transforming the determined correlation between the object of body and its subjective reflection. Panelists explore possibilities for decodifying the self as a subjective mechanism that is shaped by a series of immediate struggles, both in and outside of the body.

Chair: Farhad Bahram, Indiana State University

Panelists: Brian Gillis, University of Oregon; Chelsea Thompto, San Jose State University


4:30 – 6:00 PM        Workshop: Redefining Success As An Artist

We will break down the myths of success for artists and will build them back up for ourselves individually. Using visualizations, writing exercises, and information sharing, we will create our own ideas of success in the arts and will look at the realities of making a living as an artist.

Chair: Anna R. Ogier-Bloomer, Otis College of Art & Design


6:00 – 6:30 PM        Unbounded Unleashed Unforgiving; Reconsidering Cyberfeminism in 2021

VNS Matrix’ The Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century first oozed into our collective consciousness 30 years ago, demanding inclusivity by way of viscera within a technochauvinist culture. We ask panel artists to return to the term cyberfeminism, reconsidering it thirty+ years later, in an age of never offline.

Chairs: Liss LaFleur, University of North Texas; Melanie Clemmons, Southern Methodist University


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