Initiated eleven years ago by the CAA Services to Artists Committee, ARTspace has grown into one of the most vital and exciting aspects of the yearly meeting. A conference-within-the-conference, ARTspace presents programming designed by artists for artists and is free and open to the public.

ARTspace promotes dialogue about visual-arts practice and its relation to critical discourse. It also provides professional-development seminars and roundtables as well as opportunities for the creative exchange of ideas.

At the 2012 conference, Saturday, February 25, will be devoted to discussions and events on Art in the Public Realm. Panels will include:

  • A session entitled “Activism and Interventions,” which addresses the ways in which artists/designers act as dynamic catalysts in social and civic life;
  • “The Global Environment,” a session that examines how artists and designers can effectively address environmental issues through sustainable practices
  • “Creating New Paradigms for the Future,” an interactive open forum discussion between the speakers and audience exploring how the arts can be leaders in sustainable thinking and its application in urban and rural, industrial and wilderness environments and in civic, social, and cultural life.

In addition, ARTspace will present a variety of panels and discussions on issues facing studio practitioners today, including the popular [meta]Mentor series, which tackles professional-development issues; a session collaborative practices and collectives in contemporary art; and the Annual Artists’ Interviews.

ARTspace is supported in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Services to Artists Committee (SAC) was formed by the CAA Board of Directors to seek broader participation by artists and designers in the organization and the Annual Conference. SAC identifies and addresses concerns facing artists and designers; creates and implements programs and events at the conference and beyond; explores ways to encourage greater participation and leadership in CAA; and identifies ways to establish closer ties with other arts professionals and institutions.