PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Furniture Society Conference 2012
June 14 - 16
Maine College of Art
Deadline: September 16, 2011
The Host Conference Committee seeks proposals for the three-day event - panel discussion topics, artists' presentations, demonstrations, workshops and pre-conference workshops - relating to the theme of Design, Community and the Sublime.
The state of Maine rightfully boasts a long and distinguished history of craftsmen coaxing local materials into the forms and expressions that sustain traditions. One generation of woodworkers bestows traditions and skills to the generation that follows and a powerful work ethic - a community in space and through time - is thus created and sustained.
The rugged coastline of Maine gave birth to generational communities of skilled shipbuilders, rugged and determined. The Shakers, with their tradition of simplicity and functionality, have contributed to the very grain of the state. In fact, the last of the Shaker communities in the country still calls Maine home.
The deeply held values that account for the life and work choices of the Shakers, the boat builders and all those who coax wood is predicated on the strength of community and tradition. The Furniture Society's 2012 conference - Design, Community & the Sublime - will celebrate these traditions and the intersections of craft, community and design, teasing out the ethic that results from their combination.
The following topics should build on the theme and are key to developing proposals.
Proposals, due September 16, 2011, should state concisely the format and content of the presentation being proposed, how it relates to the theme overall and specifically how it relates to one or more of the other topics.
Proposals must include: title of presentation, subtitle if applicable, presenter's name, address, phone, e-mail and Web as well as a current resume or CV.
If visuals are essential to the explanation of the proposal, they should be submitted as jpg attachments in an e-mail (maximum size 4mb per e-mail) or provide a link to view your material on your website.
All proposals must be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Furniture Society and the conference contact Jean Aslund at the Furniture Society office: 828.255.1949
View this call on the Society's website at http://bit.ly/fs_2012