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Thank you for considering CAA’s 110th Annual Conference to promote your business or organization! CAA organizes the largest conference in the world for professionals in the visual arts and higher education.

At CAA’s Annual Conference, connect with our conference attendees and membership to ensure your business or organization gains visibility with thousands of professionals in the visual arts and higher education. See why global art suppliers, publishers, universities and colleges, foundations, magazines and journals, art manufacturers, distributors, digital-image resources, and other businesses make CAA’s Annual Conference a must on their calendars. Whether you choose to exhibit at our Book and Trade Fair, participate as a sponsor, cohost an event, or place an ad on our website, there is a marketing option that is right for you. 

Facts & Figures

In-person Chicago 2020 Conference

300+ Panels at 2020 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020

3,800 total attendees

51% of CAA attendees spent more than $1,000 at the 2020 Annual Conference


Virtual 2021 Conference

300+ virtual sessions during the 2021 CAA Annual Conference in February 2021

4,100 total attendees

Approximately 85% of attendees are U.S based

The majority of CAA’s conference attendees are between the ages of 22 and 49

Approximately 2/3 of CAA’s 7000 members are women

80% of attendees to the Annual Conference were satisfied or very satisfied


The 2022 conference will take place in two parts:

From February 16-19, 2022, CAA will convene in Chicago for the live, in person conference.

The live, in person conference will have 150 sessions, the book and trade fair and numerous special and social events. The live conference offers the exciting program of content our membership and attendees have let us know they want.

From March 3-5, 2022, CAA will convene on-line with live virtual sessions; March 11-14, content will be further available online, on-demand .

The live on-line conference will have 50 full-length 90-minute sessions including Q & A.

Recorded content will be further available on-demand March 11 to April 14, extending access and your exhibit time to six weeks. The virtual conference will provide the advantage of increased access for the entire membership of CAA and beyond by significantly reducing the cost of attendance while increasing the ease of attending from the comfort of office or home regardless of location or time zone.

The live in person Book and Trade Fair, February 16-19, offers Standard 8’ x 10’ exhibit booths with prime placement for sponsors. Also offered are Enterprise exhibits for qualified exhibitors.

The virtual conference online platform exhibit hall, March 3 – April 14, is a full engagement environment offering virtual exhibit booths that include the following features:

  • An introductory text description of your organization of up to 400 words.
  • Your organization’s logo.
  • 10 Images for promoting your publications, products, programs or services. File size 150 mb per file.
  • 10 URL hyperlinks to your main website or other locations with your content.
  • 5 PDF files containing your promotional information. File size 150 mb.
  • 2 Pre-recorded MP4 format videos for promoting your publications, products, programs or services.
  • Appointment request function that enables attendees to request to meet you online.
  • Lead capture with enhanced statistical data captured from visits to your exhibit page.
  • Uploading your content to the virtual exhibit booth is made easy through the Exhibitor Upload Portal, a user-friendly website allowing you to populate your virtual exhibit with all of your promotional assets in an easy step-by-step process.

    The Exhibit page of the virtual conference online platform will be prominently featured with multiple prompts to encourage attendees to visit.

    An advance index listing of exhibitors will be sent to conference attendees two weeks in advance of the conference dates of February 16-19, giving you the opportunity to offer incentives, discounts, pre-views, access to product and publication samples and ability to schedule appointments prior to the opening of the conference.


    CAA Annual Conference Book and Trade Fair

    February 16-19, 2022: Live, in person at Hilton Chicago Hotel

    Conference Sessions and Book and Trade Fair

    March 3-April 14: Virtual, on-line Book and Trade Fair concurrent with CAA’s virtual conference phase.


    The exhibit booth rental fees include both your booth at the live, in person book and trade fair plus a virtual exhibit booth online for no additional cost.

    If you are interested in exhibiting only in the virtual part of the conference, please contact Paul Skiff at: / 212-392-4413.

    Standard 8’x 10’ Exhibit Booth $1,400 

    Standard Corner 8’ x 10’ Exhibit Booth $1,500 SOLD OUT

    Additional Standard 8’ x 10’ Exhibit Booths $ $1,300

    Enterprise Exhibit Booth $700 for qualifying exhibitors

    Enterprise Exhibit Booth for Individual Authors $150

    Enterprise Exhibit Booth for Student Organizations $200