Papers sought on all aspects of Visual Arts in the West, including photography, painting, drawing, graphic media, sculpture, mixed media works and installations, video, digital media, architecture, urban planning and design, indigenous art, museum studies, special collections, online collections, public arts, and more. The West is defined very broadly to include everything west of the Mississippi River in the United States, Alaska and Western Canada.
Particular interest in the arts of working-class or labor-related art works.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
--topographical landscape illustration produced during early explorations
--classic painters of the West–Catlin, Moran, Remington, Russell
--the Taos artists colonies and early painters in New Mexico
--Regionalist painting of the 1930s in the Southwest, California, and Texas
--New Deal art in the West
--painting in the Pacific Northwest; the Northwest School, Asian and Asian-American influence
--printmaking and lithography
--painting in Alaska and Western Canada
--architecture and urban design of indigenous peoples and colonial settlers in the West
--early modernist and postmodern architecture and urbanism in the West
--perceptions and attitudes toward the West / the uniqueness of the West
--Manifest Destiny and political art of/about the West
--depictions of women, Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, or other minorities in Western art
--issues of the "other" in Western art
--depictions of frontier life
--women artists, Native American artists, and Mexican-American artists from the West
--depictions of the West by artists from the Eastern U.S. and foreign artists
--ecology and environmentalism in Western art and architecture
--portraiture in the West / depictions of famous Westerners
--early modernists who painted the Western landscape
--modernist, abstract art, and Surrealism in the West
--depictions of the urbanized and suburbanized West
--public art and memorials in and about the West
Email submissions preferred. Please put SWPCA Submission in e-mail subject line.
Please send 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals, including full contact info for all participants for review to area chair by December 15, 2009. Please include a short (100 word) bio and 2pg. C.V.
Interdisciplinary approaches and all scholarly fields are welcome. Also, as this is a popular culture conference, presentations that depart from traditional reading of papers are highly encouraged and welcomed. Presenters also need not have a university affiliation; we embrace all forms of experiential knowledge potential presenters might offer. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.
Please see the Conference web site for information on Graduate Student Paper Awards, Graduate Student Travel Fellowships, Registration, and Lodging: http://www.swtxpca.org/
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