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Services to Artists Committee


Services to Artists Committee (photograph by Bradley Marks)

The Services to Artists Committee (SAC) was formed by the CAA Board of Directors to seek broader participation by artists and designers in the organization and the Annual Conference. SAC identifies and addresses concerns facing artists and designers; creates and implements programs and events at the conference and beyond; explores ways to encourage greater participation and leadership in CAA; and identifies ways to establish closer ties with other arts professionals and institutions. To this end, committee members are responsible for the programming of ARTspace and its related events.


Initiated in 2001 at the 89th Annual Conference in Chicago, ARTspace has grown into one of the most vital and exciting aspects of the yearly meeting. A conference-within-the-conference, ARTspace presents programming designed by artists for artists and is free and open to the public. Working in tandem with two affiliated programs, the Media Lounge and ARTexchange, ARTspace promotes dialogue about visual-arts practice and its relation to critical discourse. It also provides professional-development seminars and roundtables as well as opportunities for the creative exchange of ideas.

ARTspace offers an informal, dynamic setting with morning coffee hours, sessions and panels, and other social events. Past presentations have covered artists’ residencies, health and safety issues, and artists’ materials. Other diverse, timely panels have addressed arts funding, politics and art, censorship, and criticism. For the Annual Artists’ Interviews, renowned artists, usually those with long-standing connections to the host city, are invited to discuss their work publicly with a respected colleague.

Education Committee (photograph by Bradley Marks)

Recent Projects

SAC is reevaluating its core mission and discussing ways in which the community created by ARTspace might continue to benefit CAA members outside the Annual Conference. Committee members have a strong desire to implement programming that would facilitate an exchange of ideas of artist members throughout the year.

Additional SAC activities in ARTspace during the conference include the Media Lounge, which allows artists to present single-channel video or interactive work in a continuously running program. Another successful event, first held at the 2004 Annual Conference in Seattle, is ARTexchange, which allows artists to present portfolios of their work—drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings, prints, books, laptop presentations, and more—on, under, or above six-foot folding tables. The calls for participation for the Media Lounge and ARTexchange are published in the Headlines section of the CAA website.

Committee Members (2017–18)

Niku Kashef, California State University, Northridge, Chair
Carissa Carman, Indiana University Bloomington
Tim Doud, American University
Edgar Endress, George Mason University
Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago
Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan State University, CAA Board Liaison (ex officio)
Megan Koza Young, Prospect New Orleans
Alice Mizrachi, artist and educator
Guna Nadarajan, University of Michigan, CAA Board Liaison (ex officio)
Hunter O'Hanian, CAA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (ex officio)
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University, CAA Board Liaison (ex officio)
Alyssa Pavley, CAA Staff Liaison (ex officio)
Gabriel Phipps, Indiana University
Steve Rossi, Parsons School of Design
David C. Terry, New York Foundation for the Arts, CAA Board Liaison (ex officio)
Cara Tomlinson, Lewis & Clark College