Aaron Landsman, a renowned playwright, actor, and teacher, will deliver the keynote address, “Exploring How a Life in the Arts Can Be Sustained.” Next, the artist Karen Atkinson, also an independent curator and the founder of GYST, will present “Analog Toolkit: Pragmatic Strategies for Creating Opportunities.”
Peter Baldes, an artist and VCUarts professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking, will lead workshop participants through “2.0 Toolkit: Extending Opportunities through Social Media, Web Presence, and New Distribution Channels.” Next, two speakers—Sarah Cunningham, former director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts and now VCUarts director of research, and Melissa Potter, an artist and faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago—will present “Solvent Toolkit: Realizing Grant Opportunities.”
The final panel, “DIY Toolkits: Innovative Models for Making Art and Collaborating with an Engaged Community,” moderated by Jack Risley, VCUarts associate dean of academic affairs, will consist of three VCUarts professors with diverse artistic practices: Kendall Buster and Corin Hewitt from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media and Hope Ginsburg of the Department of Painting and Printmaking. A Q&A session will conclude the workshop.
The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University comprises sixteen programs in fine art, design, the performing arts and art history. The main campus in Richmond hosts more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the arts, while a sister campus in Doha, Qatar, counts 214 students enrolled in five programs. VCUarts has grown to become the top American public university for the visual arts, as ranked by US News and World Report.
Founded in 1911, the College Art Association serves the needs and interests of 13,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. It publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, a weekly email newsletter, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA also hosts an Annual Conference for 4,000 to 7,000 artists, art historians, and students, provides career counseling, and advocates for national issues in the visual arts.