Although representational art inspires deep affection and enjoys broad democratic appeal, until The Representational Art Conference was created there was a thorough lack of academic attention to the work of traditionally trained artists in the 21st Century. Michael Pearce and Michael Adams put together the first conference in 2012 to create a venue for the discussion of the philosophy and practice of artists involved in the universities, colleges, ateliers and private studios where the techniques of the old masters are still taught and used in the present day. The CLU administration led by President Chris Kimball enthusiastically endorsed the idea, providing underwriting for the conference.
The TRAC2019 team includes: Michael Pearce, Jeff Miller, Cindy Keitel, Terry Spehar-Fahey, Rachel Schmid, Joey Peterson, Kate Artmann, Nathan Tierney, Aihua Zhou. Thank you so much for all your hard work putting the event together!
Why we do the Representational Art Conferences.
We believe that because representational art is a source of great pleasure to a large community it deserves to be written about, thought about, and talked about by intelligent people who are excited about understanding what makes it so satisfying.
We believe that the reasons people love representational art are varied, but equal in value – that the sensual pleasure of the experience of it is of equal value to the intellectual disinterested examination of it.
We believe that the community of people who love representational art also love meeting each other and sharing in the pleasure they find in it – we want to provide that meeting place and encourage discussion.
We believe that by talking about and understanding the ideas that drive 21st Century representational art we will be able to steer the direction of our culture toward a more optimistic vision of what the world is and might be.
How we do it.
We pursue excellence in our speakers and demonstration artists, seeking out people who will present challenging ideas and offer varied experiences of representational art from different disciplines and backgrounds.
We provide an exciting program that fills each day of the conference with varied activities and thought-provoking challenges, while also giving people plenty of opportunities for social interaction.
What we do.
We provide the only academic conference about representational art in the world.
We share resources that help people who love representational art to connect with like-minded organizations and individuals.
We help disseminate the ideas that are shared at the conference.