Facility for Arts Research Co-Director Judy Rushin traveled to the 2018 College Arts Association Conference in Los Angeles. She and Rob Duarte, another of FAR’s Co-Directors, worked together to propose and organize a panel titled “Build It and They Will Come: How to Bring the Art World to Your Backwoods Outpost Town.” The panel took place on Wednesday February 21, and featured presentations from artists Kevin Buist, Erin Johnson, Peter Goche, and Cheryl Goldsleger. The CAA’s nationally renowned conference is held annually, including over 300 panels in the course of a weekend. Rushin and Duarte’s panel focused on the interdisciplinary intermedia in the United States of America, and the professional development of this through the scope of the post-modern twenty-first century. CAA Director Hunter O’Hanian expounds on the topic:
Change has been an ongoing topic of conversation in planning the 106th Annual Conference. In our meetings with LA-based civic and cultural organizations, the idea of change came up over and over again. From the new museums opening downtown, housing astonishing collections, to the protests in Boyle Heights over gentrification, LA is undergoing a metamorphosis. The parallels to CAA, which is undergoing its own transformation, were hard to ignore. We held close these discussions about changes, both CAA’s and LA’s, in designing the content and experience for the Annual Conference. We look forward to bringing together the national visual arts community once again to connect and learn in the great city of Los Angeles. (Paragraph credit to CAA)
FAR’s other Co-Director, Denise Bookwalter, will be presenting the work of Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) and Comma at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Tampa, Florida. Bookwalter will be accompanied at the conference by SCAP’s Press Manager Elysia Mann and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Art, Haley Lauw. The conference and book fair take place at the Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside from March 7 to 10, 2018. Bookwalter will be presenting her work as it is representative of modern arts. Small Craft Advisory Press allows artists to break boundaries via book art, while Comma uniquely comments on the intertextuality of individual objects when organized. These facets of artistry are perfect for the AWP Annual Conference:
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Tampa, FL, in 2018 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer. (Paragraph credit AWP)
Finally, Small Craft Advisory Press will host visiting artist Ken Botnick, Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis where he also runs the imprint emdash. SCAP plans to work on a collaborative edition with Botnick that explores pleats, language, and transparency.