Art & Design Conference

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Join the SAU Art Department along with local & regional artists for two days of FREE inspirational lectures and creative workshops that explore how art & design can impact society through sustainable practices. Events run from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, March 27th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 28th. Workshop space is limited.

Conference schedule and session information: Sustain Program

Parking will be open in the faculty lot in front of Galvin, and in Zone 2 lots on the west side of street (across from the building). If you happen to get a parking ticket during the event, just give it to one of the SAU faculty members and we will take care of it for you. We recommend arriving early to allow time to find a space before attending sessions. A campus map is available here: SAU Map

Conference Description:

As visual architects, artists & designers are responsible for creating and sustaining cultural ephemera. From materials and production to economics and ethics, there are many ways to transform and revolutionize our creative profession into a sustainable practice. What strategies can we use to become more ecological? How does our profession sustain social and ecological paradigms? What theories are taught in the classroom? How do we forge new paths in sustainability while retaining traditional customs? Opportunity exists behind each challenge; we must retool our creative approaches as society, industry, and the environment evolves.

1-6 p.m. Thursday, March 27th
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 28th

Galvin Fine Arts Center (East Wing)
St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust Street
Davenport, IA 52803

This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, we appreciate an RSVP to help us plan for space and seating. Ready to sign up? Click here to register.

The Speaker Lineup:

Steve Banks, Black Hawk College
Dean Kugler, Red Box Designs
Terry Rathje, Western Illinois University
Zaiga Thorson, Black Hawk College

Beehive Campus Installation Project

Roy R. Behrens, Professor, University of Northern Iowa
Presentation: Nurturing Nature: The Conservation Efforts of Abbott H. Thayer

Ron Chappell, Adjunct Instructor, St. Ambrose University
Photo Portfolio Review Session (Signup outside Galvin 139. Observers are welcome.)

Renee Meyer Ernst, Assistant Professor, St. Ambrose University
Presentation: Minorities Among Minorities: A Story of Preserving Identity Through Art

John Fender, Associate Professor, Drake University (Keynote Speaker)
Presentation: Maintaining the Individual as Consumption Nears Sustainability

Soo Hostetler, Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa
Presentation: Educate, Empower and Share: Sustainable Visual Communication

Vickie Phipps, Assistant Professor, Augustana College
Performance & Art Installation: The Drive Thru

Katie Ries, Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College
Workshop: Field Books: Drawing + Land Stewardship

Randy Richmond, Adjunct Instructor, St. Ambrose University
Photography Presentation & Van Dyke Printing Workshop

Sang-Duck Seo, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Presentation: Effective Awareness in Sustainable Design

For complete session descriptions and speaker bios, please download a PDF of our program:
Sustain Program

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