Satellite: The Artist and Educator as Orbital Connectors

2024 Mid-America College Art Association Virtual Conference
Hosted by Auburn University
March 21–23 2024

Conference Theme: Satellite

Invisible orbiters dispersed among the sky watch, collect, and report back on what they have witnessed. Artists and educators are satellites set on a polar-orbiting path, observing slivers of the world at a time, collecting data through tuned instruments, and sending out signals for others to intercept and interpret. We facilitate the linear to curve, distance to shrink, and information to transfer. In a world where distance is growing physically, politically, economically, and ideologically, artists and educators position themselves in the information space. We provide data points in an attempt to provoke, inspire, and transform the pieces of the world we interact with. We are a network of satellites distantly collaborating to build a higher resolution image of our world.

Conference Program

Keynote Speaker: David Levine

David Levine is a multi-disciplinary creative director/ storyteller who has worked in all corners of the entertainment industry including music, television, film, and art. He has worked for companies and clients such as Virgin Records, Deutsch, Google, Nike, Microsoft, MoMA, the Grammy Awards, and the Super Bowl among many others. David founded Love Observed Vision Explored, a creative studio focused on the intersection of built environments, branding and cultural experiences whose clients include Google, Sunrun, Hyundai, T-Mobile and more. David now works as the Creative and Visual Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he collaborates with scientists and engineers to inspire, communicate, and translate data and science into art, design, and experience.

Exhibition Juror: Paula Burleigh

Paula Burleigh is an art historian and curator focusing on postwar to contemporary art. At Allegheny College in Meadville, PA; she is an Assistant Professor of Art, Co-director of the Public Humanities, and affiliated faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research and criticism has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Stedelijk Studies, and in various edited volumes.

Register to Attend the Conference

Conference registration can be found through this link - Conference Registration

MACAA is excited to continue its virtual conference format, which was established during the 2022 conference. We will host our conference through Zoom and our virtual exhibition will be hosted on our website. This format allows for greater connectivity between art and design academics across the country. 

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