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Stamps Community at the 108th Annual CAA Conference

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design joins over 5,000 art historians, artists, designers, and visual arts professionals for the College Art Association’s 108th annual conference, taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Chicago.

Exploring the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of the field, the conference includes a full program of workshops, distinguished speaker panels, opportunities to network, and a celebrated Book and Trade Fair.

Many Stamps faculty, students, and alums will be in attendance and presenting. A list of presenters from our school community is as follows.

Wednesday, February 12

8:30-10 am: As part of the Reflections on Colorism session, Stamps alum and session co-chair Stephanie Brown (MFA ‘18) will present “I Am Enough.”

Stephanie Brown in the studio.

2-3:30 pm: The Intersectional Engagements: practicing art and design with human and nonhuman communities session, co-chaired by Jane Prophet, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Work, and Strategic Initiatives at the Stamps School, will feature two Stamps faculty members, two current MDes students, and one Stamps alum:

Dr. Jane Prophet addresses attendees of the 2019 New Media Caucus Symposium, Border Control.

2-3 pm: Stamps Professor and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for the College Art Association Audrey Bennett will co-host an Ideas Exchange entitled: Considerations in Designing for Underserved, Underrepresented, and Marginalized Communities: Successes, Barriers, and Challenges.

Friday, February 14

8:30 am-10 am: As part of the Design Studies Forum Diversifying Diversity: Addressing Marginalized Global Communities through Design, co-chaired by Stamps Professor Audrey Bennett, three Stamps professors will present:

Bennett discusses her current project, Seeing Heritage Algorithms with research partner Ron Eglash.

4-5 pm: As part of the Connecting Global Issues in the Classroom session, Stamps Assistant Professor Kelly Murdoch-Kitt will present “United through design: Intercultural teams converge to tackle global challenges.” Murdoch-Kitt will be presenting with her co-author and collaborator Denielle Janine Emans of VCUarts Qatar. Together, Murdoch-Kitt and Emans authored the book Intercultural Collaboration by Design: Drawing from Differences, Distances, and Disciplines Through Visual Thinking (Routledge, 2020).

Students collaborate in Murdoch-Kitt’s Interaction Design course.

4-5:30 pm: As part of the Feminisms and Democracy: Feminist Art Changing the Game session, Stamps Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova presents “Soft Democracy of BuroMoscow,” a talk about how architectural and design projects of Buromoscow in Moscow enable alternative forms of living in the city. Aristarkhova’s recent book is Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art (The University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

Irina Aristarkhova presents at the 2019 New Media Caucus Symposium, Border Control.

4-5:30 pm: As part of Technological Frontiers: Design Incubation Colloquium 6.2, Stamps Assistant Professor Omar Sosa-Tzec will present “Design Delight: A Framework For The Analysis And Generation Of Pleasurable Designs.”

Omar Sosa-Tzec works with collaborators on design prototypes created to inspire delight.

6-7 pm: As part of Teaching Design in an Age of Interaction, Stamps Assistant Professor Omar Sosa-Tzec will present “Teaching Design, Information, and Interaction: Reflections, Foundations, and Competences.”

Saturday, February 15

10:30 am-noon: As part of the Indecent Exposure: The Body in the 21st Century Creative Process session, two Stamps professors will present:

Pachikara will present both documentation of recent shadow installations and the results of her recent Light Cities experiments.

See the CAA website for a full 2020 conference schedule.