Ellen Mueller

Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice

by Ellen Mueller on February 12, 2018, no comments

Mel Chin, "The Fundred Dollar Bill Project"

Mel Chin’s ongoing collective art project, “The Fundred Dollar Bill Project,” is made by people across America. Their hand-drawn interpretations of $100 bills are original works of art that together call attention to the danger of childhood lead poisoning and remind us that every child’s future has value. [Image Credit]

I am chairing a panel at the SECAC conference in Birmingham, October 17 – 20th, 2018. My panel is entitled, Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice, and I’m looking for presenters. Here’s the abstract:

Socially engaged art practices are growing in popularity, encompassing more media, approaches, forms, and strategies. As Pablo Helguera articulates in Education for Socially Engaged Art, “[it] is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary activity that exists somewhere between art and non-art…. Socially engaged art depends on actual — not imagined or hypothetical — social action.” For this panel, we will be focusing on those social practices that intersect with drawing due to its familiarity, accessibility, and wide-ranging manifestations. From traditional murals and community portraits, to earthworks and conceptual acts of erasure, drawing has intersected with this field time and again. Submissions should address this junction between social practice and drawing via topics including, but not limited to, artist talks on social practice works, pedagogical approaches, art historical analysis, review of independent publications/artist books, and beyond.

Proposals are due by April 20, 2018, and can be submitted at this link. Membership is required at the time of acceptance. Conference registration fee is required of all.

Please share far and wide! I would love to hear from a wide variety of interested people. 

• Open Call Dates: 08 Feb – 20 April, 2018
• Conference Dates: 17 Oct – 20 Oct, 2018
• Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham

SECAC has a new, easy-to-use submissions platform where you can review sessions and submit paper proposals: https://secac.secure-platform.com/. A PDF listing of sessions can also be found at http://www.secacart.org.