2018 Making Connections

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Making Connections:
Global Impacts of Art & Design

April 11-12, 2018 | St. Ambrose University

The evolution of technology and communication outlets has yielded a multitude of new collaborative opportunities across the globe. While cultural awareness and connectivity have increased, so too have cultural exploitation and appropriation. The ways in which artists and designers respond to these sociocultural issues today have developed alongside the rapid changes in technology and social media.

The intention of this symposium is to bring a variety of creative minds together to explore the indelible role of art and design and its far-reaching impact in the era of globalization. Ideally, participants will gain insight into the ways art and design can be utilized for positive change in society. Our primary target audience is students, faculty, staff, and working artists & designers; however, this event is open to the public and we welcome anyone from any discipline/occupation to join us.

Registration is now open!

Groups and individuals can register here. We appreciate an RSVP by Monday, April 9th to help us plan for refreshments and seating, but drop-ins are always welcome!

Conference Schedule & Resources
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Click here to download a PDF of the conference schedule, abstracts & presenter bios.

Click here to download an SAU campus map.

Click here for a conference guest parking sign to display in your windshield (Parking will be available in Zone 2 lots across from the Galvin Fine Arts Center along Gaines Street).

8-9 a.m.
Check-In / Coffee (Rogalski Center Ballroom)

9-9:45 a.m.
Keynote: “Touching Dreams,” Rebecca Dawson, Owner, SIS International Shop – Fair Trade (Rogalski Center Ballroom)

10-10:45 a.m.
“The Moon Is More Reliable Than Electricity: A Provocation for Makers and Thinkers Concerning Technology and Our Shared Human Condition,” Vickie R. Phipps, Assistant Professor of Art, Augustana College (Rogalski Center Ballroom)

11 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
“Art on the Road,” Anita Jung, Professor of Intaglio & Print Media, University of Iowa (Rogalski Center Ballroom)

12-1 p.m.
Lunch on your own (Wednesday presenters provided lunch in Cosgrove)

1-1:45 p.m.
“Making Ambrose in the Midwest: Community and the Patron’s Portrait,” Ethan Gannaway, St. Ambrose University (Rogalski Center Ballroom)

2-3:15 p.m.
Workshop: “Six Degrees of Collaboration: Illuminating Connections of Our Human Experience,” Kathryn Anderson, Associate Professor of Art, St. Ambrose University (Galvin 12)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8-9 a.m.
Check-In / Coffee (Galvin Lobby)

9-9:45 a.m.
“The Globalized American Art School,” Michael Perrone, Assistant Professor of Painting, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts) – Qatar (Galvin 131)

10-10:45 a.m.
“Lived-Environment Aesthetics After Efficiency,” Daniel Feinberg, Assistant Professor of Design and Sculpture, Berea College (Galvin 131)

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
“Making Better & Lasting Connections” Arun Pillutla, Padmaja Pillutla, Grace Su (Galvin 131)

12:15 p.m.
Lunch on your own (Thursday presenters provided lunch in Cosgrove)

1-3 p.m.
Drop-In Workshop: “World’s Fair” Printmaking Open House – Stop by and make a FREE poster + t-shirt! Bring your own shirt or get an up-cycled one from us (limited sizes and quantity available). (Galvin 2: Lower Level Printmaking Studio)

1:30-3 p.m.
Drop-In Workshop: “Viable Living Supply Company: We Put the Sweat in Sweatshop!” The Moving Crew. (Catich Gallery)

4-5 p.m.
The Moving Crew Q&A (Galvin 131)

5-7 p.m.
The Moving Crew Reception (Catich Gallery)

This conference is sponsored by the SAU Art Department and Baecke Endowment for the Humanities.

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