Visual Arts of the West, February 10-13, 2010 (Deadline: 12/15/09)

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SW/TX Popular and American Culture Association
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31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 12/15/09, Priority Registration Deadline 11/1/09
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Papers sought on all aspects of Visual Arts in the West: 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
--California Impressionism
--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 the West / politics and art of 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
--Earth Art
--public art and memorials in and about the West

The SW/TX PCA/ ACA also invites papers for one of its 70+ Area offerings in American Studies, Literature, Film, Television, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Ecocriticism, Southwest Culture, Western Studies, Writing Pedagogy, Creative Writing, and many more.

Since the 1970s, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA has sought to foster interdisciplinary study of popular and American literary, historical, visual, and other cultural and media texts. We like to think we are a unique organization that pioneered the study of Popular Culture before it was cool. While our offerings have grown over the years to include areas of international study, we still invite scholars and artists to share their perspectives on American life in the diverse region of the Southwest.

Information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, lodging, and the organization can be found on our website:

After browsing the website, if you still have questions, contact our conference administrator: Sally Sanchez: