About the Project

In honor of CAA’s Centennial, the artist Sheryl Oring asked 2012 Annual Conference attendees a single question: What is the role of the artist?

Over the course of a two-day performance in Los Angeles, Oring posed the question to her visitors and transcribed their answers verbatim onto note cards using a manual typewriter, with a goal of collecting one hundred answers. Hence the title of her work, 100 Possibilities. Collectively, these answers will paint a portrait of academic views about the role of the artist as CAA enters its second century as a professional organization.

Oring’s performance took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, and Thursday, February 23, 2012—or until she received her one hundred answers.

Oring is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores technology and its role in society through projects that incorporate both old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion, and foster open exchange. She received a CAA Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 2010–11 as she completed her MFA at the University of California, San Diego.