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[re]imagine: 2023 NACADA Annual Conference Juried Art Exhibition

Rosen Shingle Creek  |  Orlando, Florida  |  October 4-6, 2023

Those who attended the 2022 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, had an opportunity presented to them that had never been presented to annual conference attendees before: an art exhibition.

Why? Well, we encourage you to read all about that in the 2022 NACADA Annual Conference Juried Art Exhibition Guide! 

But the Portland conference themes of bridges and time (past, present, future) certainly spoke to the many ways by which advisors close gaps using any and all available forms of expression. And what became clear over the three days the exhibition was open was that this should happen again.

The 2023 Annual Conference themes of reimaging and wonder should immediately spark all sorts of creative impulses for advisors. The work we do on a daily basis not only affords us countless opportunities to innovate, reconsider, and reconceptualize, but advising continues to inspire, reveal the unknown, and be misunderstood.

As Susan M. Taffe Reed points out in “Using Arts-Based Research Methods,” the 10th chapter of the 2nd Edition of Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising (2022), “there is an absence of scholarship that addresses the burgeoning methodological field of arts-based research (ABR) in the scholarly inquiry of academic advising” (p. 196). 

Last year’s exhibition wasn’t just the first of its kind, it was also a magical reimagining of what could happen at a NACADA Annual Conference and in academic advising.

The 2022 exhibition demonstrated how advisors are creating works in artforms from photography to textiles, from painting to song, from glass to the most mixed of media, and beyond. Their works address a range of relevant concepts such as learning, navigating, community, place, time, resistance, care, change, and so much more. And we’ve only scratched the surface. The 2023 exhibition will continue to explore the many ways advisors understand, communicate, and shape academic advising, higher education, and those around us.

“Art can provide tools that help us understand ways of knowing, teaching, and making meaning through academic advising” (Taffe Reed, 2022, p. 210).

Someone is reading this right now thinking, “I’ve always wanted to, but, could I do that?” Another is asking, “My artwork? Really?” Someone else knows a colleague so creative and imaginative that they’re wondering if they should reach out to tell them about this. To everyone intrigued by an(other) art exhibition by advisors, for advisors, our emphatic response is: YES!

Jurors: Will be selected by May 1st

Juried exhibitions present artwork selected through a competitive process. Artists submit images and information for artworks to be selected by jurors. Jurors are responsible for reviewing all submissions and determining which will be declined, accepted, or awarded additional prizes. In some exhibitions, a jury of two or more people work together to make selections and give prizes.

Ryan Scheckel has been in academic advising since 2002, working with students from the exploratory to the declared, first generation to legacy, and from fine arts to pre-professional health. He also serves in leadership roles at both the state and [inter]national levels and his professional interests include advising history, theory and philosophy; leadership theory; and the intersections between advising and higher education's larger purpose. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Ryan spent 9 years as the advisor for the TTU School of Art and his academic background includes studies in Human Development, Public Administration, Leadership, and Higher Education Administration.

Wed, April 12 - Open Call
Early May - Jurors selected
Mid May - Review submissions
May 26 - Submitters informed
August 1 - Accepted drop deadline
September 15 - Shipping deadline
October 3 - Begin install
October 4 - Open
October 6 - Close
October 7 - Return items

Eligibility: Open to anyone currently in an advising (or related) role at an educational institution. All media expanding upon the concepts presented above, including time-based and installation, will be considered. An artist’s statement illuminating the artist’s conception of self and their work’s or their process’ connection to advising must be included with the entry. Work must be original and completed within a time relevant to the artist’s work as an advisor.

Accepted Entries: Accepted entries of original works do not have to be fully completed at time of submission (deadline: May 19), but must be fully completed and received by October 3, 2023. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance in transit to the conference venue.

Liability: Works may be shipped or hand-delivered between October 1 and 3. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance in transit to  the conference venue. NACADA and  the conference venue will not cover any insurance claims of work that arrives damaged. Appropriate shipping materials and proper packaging will avoid damage to work. Each accepted 2D work must be sent in a well-packaged single reusable carton or crate, each 3D work should be in a double box or crated. (No Styrofoam peanuts please.) All 2D works must be ready for hanging. Plexiglass must be used instead of glass for framing. 3D and time-based works must be ready for installation with instructions for installation.

For items not delivered by hand, artists must cover return shipping and insurance by commercial courier. All artworks must be returned by October 7 by their respective owners.

Any work differing significantly from the submitted images will not be accepted. All works must remain on display throughout the exhibition dates, October 4-6.

Submitting artists are expected to read and, by submitting, agree to all the provisions of entry. Conditions include agreement that accepted work will be available for the duration of the show.

Participation: Artist intends to exhibit original artwork during the 2023 NACADA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Artist understands that by participating, all artwork requires approval by the NACADA Executive Office in order to be a part of the NACADA Art Exhibition. All Artists must attend the 2023 NACADA Annual Conference and must pay the appropriate registration fee.

Artists may be expected to provide photos of artwork to be posted on the conference website. Additionally, NACADA may produce photographs, articles or other promotional content with artwork included for the art exhibition.

Artists agree to the NACADA Commercial Policy ( Artwork should not to be used by individuals marketing or selling products or consulting or other services. No materials or slides should carry a company name or logo.

Cancellation: A cancellation after September 1st after agreeing to participate in the NACADA Art Exhibition is considered failure to meet the agreement made between NACADA and the Artist/s. Presenters canceling after the September 1st deadline will not be considered for further inclusion in NACADA Art Exhibitions.

Insurance: Artist shall be solely and exclusively responsible to insure properly and adequately their work and property. Artist is responsible for delivering artwork to the conference at a time designated by the conference organizers.  NACADA reserves the right to not accept late artwork.  NACADA will not be responsible for shipping, handling or delivery of work. At the conclusion of the Art Exhibition and Conference, Artist agrees to pick up artwork at the time and location specified by NACADA.

Artist agrees to display, pack, transport and provide for the return of artwork assuming all associated risks and expenses.  NACADA will not be responsible for packing and transporting artwork Artist intends to maintain ownership of after the event. Artist has the option to include artwork in NACADA’s Silent Auction and understands that artwork donated to the Silent Auction will be given to the highest bidder and that proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be used to fund scholarships to NACADA events and to the Annual Conference.

Artist gives permission to NACADA to release and to show artwork as it deems appropriate to the general public for publicity and promotion on the internet, or by any other means selected by the NACADA Executive Office. Artist also consents to having names identified with the materials if required.

Assumption of Risk and Hold Harmless: Artist understands artwork may be displayed in an area that is unsupervised and in a part of the conference venue that may be open to the public, day and evening, whether or not the building is open.  With this understanding, Artist releases NACADA, employees, officers, representatives, and agents from any liability for loss, theft, or damage to any piece of artwork in the NACADA Art Exhibition.

All NACADA events and activities are purely voluntary activities, and Artists are fully responsible for their own conduct and well-being. In participating in any event or activity, Artists shall be deemed to understand and accept all risk of possible injury that might occur as a result of such participation. Artists agree to release and hold harmless NACADA and its NACADA, employees, officers, representatives, and agents from any and all alleged and/or actual liability, claims, actions, lawsuits, damages, or losses of any kind which arise out of or result from attendance at and participation in NACADA event(s).

Submission Format: Only digital files of 2D and 3D works will be accepted through the Google Form (link). JPEG images should measure 1920 pixels in the long dimension, at 300 DPI resolution minimum. Please save images as lastname_first initial_1,2, 3.  (e.g.: Smith_J_1.jpg). Time-based entries: Please submit a URL where the video may be viewed (Vimeo or YouTube preferred, but personal/other sites acceptable).  

Artwork Size Limitations:
2 dimensional work: Maximum size 48 ̋ any direction.
3 dimensional work: Maximum size 36 ̋ any direction. Maximum weight 50 Lbs.

Artist’s Statement: Please enclose an Artist’s Statement explaining the work’s relevance to the themes of the exhibition (advising, bridges, time, expression, etc.).

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