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108TH CAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Chicago, February 12–15, 2020 
Hilton Chicago 

The CAA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of visual arts professionals that celebrates and advances the accomplishments of members and provides opportunities to share research and creative work. Each year we offer a full breadth of sessions representing the vast range of scholarship and practice of our members, as well as professional development and art-making workshops, meetings, receptions, and more. 

Over 900 members submit proposals each year to be reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee Council of Readers. The Committee considers subject areas and themes that arise from proposals to present as broad and diverse a program as possible. The Committee selects approximately 250 sessions for each conference and must, at times, make difficult decisions on submissions of high merit. This means that on occasion, quality submissions may not be selected. 

CAA schedules the conference program so that there are back-to-back sessions with similar content. However, given the number of sessions, this is not always possible.  

In 2020, all sessions are 90 minutes in length and are scheduled Wednesday, February 12, through Saturday, February 15, in the following timeslots: 

  • 8:30–10:00 AM 
  • 10:30 AM–12:00 PM 
  • 2:00–3:30 PM 
  • 4:00–5:30 PM 
  • 6:00–7:30 (Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14 only) 

NEW FOR 2020 

  • CAA debuts Lightning Rounds in 2020. These short, lively presentations allow individuals to address key subjects related to their area of study or practice. Talks are brief and require the speaker to make their point clearly and concisely. Individual presentations may consist of up to 20 slides and are limited to seven minutes in length. Accepted rounds will be arranged by the Annual Conference Committee one after the other. Submit your individual proposal below.
  • This year, you may upload images to your proposal. This is optional and is meant to complement your abstract. You may include up to 5 images, in jpeg format. Each image may be no larger than 10 MB.

DETAILS AND GUIDELINES 

  • To allow a greater number of participants in the conference, CAA members may participate in each of the following session roles only once during a conference: chair, presenter, discussant. Individuals may also participate in lightning rounds and poster sessions; however, consideration will be made for those who are not participating in a general session. 
  • All participants (chairs, presenters, discussants) must be current CAA members and register for the conference in order to participate in a session. 
  • We encourage innovative session formats. If you choose an alternate format, please plan accordingly, as all sessions are 90 minutes. 
  • For a traditional 90-minute session, we suggest one chair, four presenters, and one discussant.  
  • Proposal content will be used for printed and online materials as submitted. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. All edits to accepted submissions must be finalized no later than August 27, 2019.   
  • Institutional Member IDs can not be used to create a submission. Only an Individual CAA Member ID or non-member CAA ID will allow you to sign into the submission forms.
  • For information about submission and proposal types or technical questions about proposals, please contact programs@collegeart.org.

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT  

  • Individual CAA Member ID and account password. Log in to the portal with your CAA Member ID and password. If you are not a member of CAA, email membership@collegeart.org or call 212-691-1051, ext. 1 to get a non-member CAA ID. 
  • Title and abstract (250 words max.) for your session 
  • List of subject area(s) that best represent your proposal. See our full fields of study list.
  • Possible scheduling conflicts 
  • CVs for chairs (shortened CVs preferred) 
  • For Complete Sessions, you must have all names and affiliations of session participants (chairs, presenters, discussants), presentation titles, and abstracts (250 words max.) Participants can be added to your session either by name or email and must have a CAA Member ID  

CAA AFFILIATED SOCIETES AND CAA PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES 

  • CAA Affiliated Societies and CAA Professional Committees may each submit one guaranteed session in the Complete or Soliciting Contributors category according to the general session proposal deadlines (March 1 – April 30, 2019). 
  • CAA Affiliated Societies may hold one guaranteed business meeting during the conference. These meetings are held in the 60-minute midday time slot. 
  • Visit Affiliated Society or Professional Committees for more information. 

Submit a Proposal for CAA 2020

See FAQ for more information.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

    • March 1 – April 30: Complete Session; Soliciting Contributors; Individual Presentation; Lightning Round; CAA Affiliated Society Session; CAA Professional Committee Session 
    • March 1 – September 5: Poster Session; Workshop; CAA Affiliated Society Business Meeting 
    • June 4 – September 14: Exhibitor Session 

    Complete Session 
    OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2019 
    Complete Session Proposals must have all session details finalized at the time of submission. Required information includes all names and affiliations of session participants (chairs, presenters, discussants), presentation titles, session and paper abstracts (250 words max.), and chair CVs. 

    SUBMISSION CLOSED

    Soliciting Contributors 
    OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2019 
    Propose a title and abstract to solicit individual presentations for a session. The Call for Participation for sessions soliciting contributors will be posted on CAA’s website from June 25 to July 23, 2019. Individuals will submit proposals directly to chairs. All chairs are responsible for notifying accepted participants and must finalize their session details in the portal by August 27, 2019.   

    SUBMISSION CLOSED

    Individual Presentation 
    OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2019 
     An individual may submit a 250-word abstract with a title, which, if accepted, will be included in the conference as part of a session with others accepted in this category based on subject area or compatible content.  

    SUBMISSION CLOSED

    Lightning Round 
    OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2019 
    Lightning Round proposals should include a title and a 250-word description. Individual presentations may consist of up to 20 slides and are limited to seven minutes in length.  

    SUBMISSION CLOSED

    Poster Session 
     OPENS: March 1, 2019 
     DEADLINE: September 5, 2019 
    Poster Sessions offer opportunities for informal discussion focused on topics of scholarly or pedagogical research. Proposals should include a title and a 250-word abstract.  

    SUBMIT

    Workshop
    OPEN: March 1, 2019
    DEADLINE: September 5, 2019 
    Professional development and art-making workshop proposals may address the following topics: grant writing; finding grant funding and fellowship opportunities; pedagogy; diversity and inclusion; job searching and networking; publishing strategies; online learning platforms and technology; financial planning, strategies, and negotiation; art-making. Proposals on other topics are welcome. 

    SUBMIT

    CAA Affiliated Society and CAA Professional Committee Sessions
     OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: April 30, 2019 
    CAA provides each Affiliated Society and Professional Committee with one 90-minute session at the Annual Conference. In conference materials, the dedicated session will be identified with the name of the Affiliated Society or committee. Any subsequent session proposals may be submitted separately. Additional session submissions are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the Annual Conference Council of Readers and the Committee. If accepted, these sessions will not be labeled as Affiliated Society or Committee sessions. All session participants, regardless of affiliation, must be an individual CAA member and register for the conference. 

    SUBMISSION CLOSED

    CAA Affiliated Society Business Meeting
    OPENS: March 1, 2019 
    DEADLINE: September 5, 2019 
    CAA provides each Affiliated Society with one 60-minute business meeting at the Annual Conference. These meetings are held during the midday time slot and are free and open to the public at the discretion of the Affiliated Society. 

    SUBMIT

    Exhibitor Session 
    OPENS: June 4, 2019 
    DEADLINE: September 14, 2019 
    Registered exhibitors are invited to propose complete 90-minute sessions or workshops. These sessions should convey practical information, professional expertise, or historical/scholarly content and may not be used for direct marketing, sales or promotion of products, publications, services, or programs. These are guaranteed sessions and are not vetted by the Annual Conference Council of Readers or Committee.   

    SUBMIT
    (opens June 4)

    DATES 

    Please be sure to confirm dates closer to the time as they can occasionally shift. 

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 

    • March 1 – April 30: Complete Session; Soliciting Contributors; IndividualPresentation; Lightning Round; CAA Affiliated Society Session; CAA Professional Committee Session 
    • March 1 – September 5: Poster Session; Workshop; CAA Affiliated Society Business Meeting 
    • June 4 – September 14: Exhibitor Session 

    KEY DATES: 

    • Late June: Notifications sent to submissions entered by the April 30 deadline 
    • June 25 – July 23: Call for Participation for accepted Soliciting Contributorssessions posted on CAA website 
    • Late July: Notification of schedule is sent to accepted submissions entered by the April 30 deadline. Chairs responsible for notifying their participants. 
    • August 27: All session and presentation content must be entered into portal (includes any edits to abstracts, titles,and speaker order
    • October: CAA 2020 Annual Conference schedule posted on CAA website; online conference registration opens