Columbia College Chicago to Host CAA’s 108th Annual Conference

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Columbia will host events across campus, faculty and students will present and participate in a variety of events from February 12 – February 15


CHICAGO (February 3, 2020) Columbia College Chicago’s faculty and students will showcase their expertise through panels, discussions, and exhibitions in the 108th CAA Annual Conference.

CAA is the leading and largest organization in the world for artists, art historians, and designers. The organization leads the field in programming, advocacy for the arts, professional development, standards and guidelines, the annual conference, job listings, member benefits, and more.

From February 12 – February 15, Columbia will also host events for the CAA Annual Conference, including numerous events organized by CAA’s Services to Artists Committee (SAC) as a “conference within the conference.” All SAC programming is free, open to the public, and does not require CAA membership or conference registration. The SAC will host ARTexchange, which comprises public workshops and performances culminating in an exhibition in Columbia’s Hokin Gallery at 623 South Wabash, 1st floor. SAC will host additional events to address issues of concern for artists, designers and practitioners, a schedule can be found on CAA’s website.  

“This is as an excellent opportunity to highlight Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and for faculty and students to be able to present their work to others in the industry,” said Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Melissa Hilliard Potter and VP of the Annual Conference who helped plan Columbia’s participation in this year’s conference.

Faculty across Columbia College Chicago will present their work and research during the conference. A few include: Associate Professor Debra Parr will chair a session, Becoming Animal and the Olfactory Unconscious, Thursday, February 13. Assistant Professor of Instruction Loren Wells will present Pop-Up Law: Protecting Your Event and Yourself in Nuts and Bolts of Making Space and Opportunities, Thursday, February 13. Associate Professor of Instruction Onur Ozturk will chair a session, Deconstructing the Myths of Islamic Art, on Friday, February 14. Assistant Professor Visda Goudarzi is performing with collaborator Artemi-Maria Gioti in ARTexchange on Friday, February 14. Associate Professor Melissa Hilliard Potter will present during Transnational Feminisms, a full day symposium of the CAA-affiliated society The Feminist Art Project on Saturday, February 15. Black Lunch Table Project: Wikipedia-edit-a-thons will be held on Thursday, February 13 (in Hokin Gallery) and Friday, February 14 (in the Media Lounge, Hilton Chicago) within SAC programming, partially supported by a grant from the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion awarded to Professor Joan Giroux, chair of SAC. Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair Taylor Hokanson will present “Materiality and the Post-digital Object” in Digital and Haptic: Merging New and Old Technology, on Friday, February 14. The full conference schedule can be found, here.

There will be several Annual Conference events happening across Columbia’s campus, a few include:

  • CAA Opening Reception – On February 12, 500 members will kick off the conference at Columbia’s Student Center and see a Graduate MFA exhibition featuring students in the Art and Art History and Photography MFA programs at Columbia College Chicago. The Music Department’s Fusion Ensemble will perform during the reception, and students from the Dance Department will also perform.
  • Glass Curtain Gallery – On February 14, expanding on the first iteration of Petty Biennial, The Petty Biennial.2 seeks to challenge and reimagine dominant biennial culture by centering multiple cultural diasporas as a nexus of local exchange and dialogue for marginalized and queer communities.
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography – MoCP will host three galleries In Real Life (January 16 – March 29), Lecture in Photography: Stephanie Dinkins. (Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m.), Focal Point Live: Lorenzo Triburgo and Che Gosett (Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m.).
  • Women’s Caucus for Art – will hold a variety of events, workshops and discussions on Columbia’s campus at 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
  • ARTexchange2020 – CAA’s Services to Artists Committee (SAC), in collaboration with the “Hokin Project,” a gallery management practicum course at Columbia College Chicago, presents ARTexchange2020 as an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, cultural producers, and the public.
  • Reception organized by the Committee on Women in the Arts – An evening celebrating the 50% women-centered focus of this year’s conference. Hosted at HAUS and the Hokin Gallery, On Thursday, February 13, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor.
About Columbia College Chicago
Located along Chicago’s cultural mile, Columbia College Chicago offers practice-based learning to nearly 7,000 students – creative innovators who shape what’s next. Full- and part-time faculty members are working professionals share not only their academic and professional expertise with students but also help connect them to professional networks. Major in media and fine and performing arts are supplemented by a rigorous curriculum that includes liberal arts and sciences, technology and business and entrepreneurship. This blend positions Columbia graduates to make their marks on both their chosen fields and the culture of their times. Ninety percent of degree holders report being employed within a year of graduation. In September 2019, Columbia opened its five-story, 114,000 square-foot Student Center, a new hub for collaboration, creativity and innovation at the heart of the college.
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Sarah Borchardt
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