CAA Annual Conference includes CVAD deans, chairs and faculty

108th Annual Conference of CAA, Chicago, Feb. 12-15, 2020Deans, chairs and faculty from the College of Visual Arts and Design will participate in the 108th annual conference of the College Art Association of America, Inc. Feb. 12–15, 2020 in Chicago. Dean Greg Watts leads the group that includes representatives from the CVAD departments of Art Education and Art History, Design and Studio Art.

The CAA Annual Conference brings together more than 5,000 art historians, artists, designers, and visual arts professionals in all stages of their careers. Each year they offer more than 300 sessions, selected by the CAA Council of Readers and the Annual Conference Committee, representing the vast scholarship and practice of CAA members. CAA 2020 includes a full program of workshops, distinguished speaker panels, opportunities to network, and a celebrated Book and Trade Fair.

In collaboration with the Committee on Women in the Arts, CAA offers 50 percent of the conference’s content in celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in the United States, while also acknowledging the discriminatory practices that limited voting rights for Indigenous women and women of color, even after the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. 

The CVAD participants in the conference are as follow.

Department of Art Education and Art History

Denise Baxter, associate dean, interim chair and professor: panel chair, “Owning your Emotions During Critiques”
Kelly Donahue-Wallace, professor: Centering the Student Experience: Using Data to Improve Student Learning
Lisa Owen, associate professor: Constructions of 'Place' in South and Southeast Asia and The Power of Rock at Badami
Nada Shabout, professor: Art and Revolution Again: Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Egypt
Jennifer Way, professor: Craft Kits and Art Kits as Therapeutic Modalities

Department of Design

Michael Gibson, professor: Whether the road is smooth or rough, it’s best to keep your seat belt fastened and your eyes on the road ahead: examining the designerly evolution of Dialectic, the academic journal of the AIGA Design Educators’ Community
Ruth West, professor: Generative and Machine Creativity: Is AI in the Arts and Design Evolution of "Artistic Intelligence" or Rupture? and Leonardo Education and Art Forum - Business Meeting

Department of Studio Art

Liss LaFleur, assistant professor: panel member, #Meetoo: embodiment, activism, and archives
Lauren Lake, chair: panel chair, Mediating Drawing and panel member, Lift, thrust, drag, weight
Annette Lawrence, professor: panel member, These Days: Calendars and Connections
James Thurman, associate professor: panel member, “Owning your Emotions During Critiques”

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Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office,, 940-565-2855. Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.