Encountering the Way: Mysticism in Art (College Art Association 2024 – Services to Artists Committee)

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
College Art Association (CAA)’s Services to Artists Committee

Session will present: Hybrid 
Affiliated Society or Committee Name: Services to Artists Committee 

Explicitly or not, mysticism has long been a part of art and the creative process. Historically, artists believed themselves to be conduits to the muse; witnessing, as much as creating, their artworks. But as a culture of individualism and secularism emerged in the 19th century in the modern Western world, a move towards personal agency, ambition, and willpower pushed away from a sense of being connected to a larger unknowable whole. Unlike many other “isms” in Contemporary Art, mysticism is difficult to understand from an objective and analytical approach. This panel, hosted by the Services to Artist Committee, and open to everyone, will explore a variety of perspectives related to mysticism in art, from historical models to contemporary approaches.

Field(s) of Study:
Topics: Spirituality 
Topics: Folk Art 
Topics: Religion 
Media: Interdisciplinary 
Modern Movements: Contemporary 

Chairs:Katerina Lanfranco, Parsons School for Design , (Jevonne Peters and Christina Kemp)


The CAA Annual Conference is the largest professional convening of art historians, artists, designers, curators, and visual art professionals. The 2024 Annual Conference is scheduled to take place February 14—17, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois.


To Submit
Review the CFP and submit using this link: https://caa.confex.com/caa/2024/webprogrampreliminary/Session13339.html