Initiated ten years ago by the CAA Services to Artists Committee, 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.

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.

At the 2011 conference, Saturday, February 12, will be devoted to discussions and events on Art in the Public Sphere. Panels will include:

  • A roundtable organized by Harriet Senie on the state of public art in New York
  • Presentations by artists Su Stockwell, Robert Ransick, Ethan Greenbaum, and Timothy Nolan
  • A panel discussion entitled “Public Art World vs. The Art World,” chaired by Sharon Louden with speakers Richard Griggs, Jack Becker, Jennifer McGregor, Lester Burg, and Brian Tolle;
  • A session called “Is Public Space Museum Space?” chaired by Norie Sato and featuring Glenn Weiss, Porter Arneill, Richard Klein, and Tyler Green.

In addition, ARTspace will present a variety of panels and discussions on issues facing studio practitioners today, including the popular [meta]Mentor series, which tackles professional-development issues; a session on artist residencies; a panel on health and safety issues facing artists; and the Annual Artists’ Interviews.

ARTspace is supported in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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.