SERVICES TO ARTISTS COMMITTEE
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. To this end, committee members are responsible for the programming of ARTspace and its related events.
Initiated in 2001 at the 89th Annual Conference in Chicago, 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. Working in tandem with two affiliated programs, the Media Lounge and ARTexchange, 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.
ARTspace offers an informal, dynamic setting with morning coffee hours, sessions and panels, and other social events. Past presentations have covered artists’ residencies, health and safety issues, and artists’ materials. Other diverse, timely panels have addressed arts funding, politics and art, censorship, and criticism. For the Annual Artists’ Interviews, renowned artists, usually those with long-standing connections to the host city, are invited to discuss their work publicly with a respected colleague.
SAC is reevaluating its core mission and discussing ways in which the community created by ARTspace might continue to benefit CAA members outside the Annual Conference. Committee members have a strong desire to implement programming that would facilitate an exchange of ideas of artist members throughout the year.
Additional SAC activities in ARTspace during the conference include the Media Lounge, which allows artists to present single-channel video or interactive work in a continuously running program. Another successful event, first held at the 2004 Annual Conference in Seattle, is ARTexchange, which allows artists to present portfolios of their work—drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings, prints, books, laptop presentations, and more—on, under, or above six-foot folding tables. The calls for participation for the Media Lounge and ARTexchange are published in the Headlines section of the CAA website.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2018–2019
Niku Kashef, California State University Northridge, Chair (2019)
Patricia Briggs, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY (2021)
Sarah Comfort, Independent artist, Toronto (2021)
Edgar Endress, George Mason University (2020)
Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago (2019)
Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University (2019)
Julie Hughes, Santa Clara University (2021)
TeaYoun Kim-Kassor, Georgia College and State University (2021)
Megan Koza Mitchell, Hermann-Grima & Gallier Historic Houses (2020)
Alice Mizrachi, artist, educator (2019)
Hunter O’Hanian, CAA Executive Director, ex officio
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University, ex officio (2019)
Melissa Potter, Columbia College Chicago, CAA Board liaison (ex officio)(2019)
Steve Rossi, Parsons School of Design (2020)
Paul Skiff, Assistant Director for Annual Conference, CAA Staff Liaison,
Cara Tomlinson, Lewis & Clark College (2020)
Julia A. Sienkewicz, Roanoke College, VP for Committees, ex officio (2019)