ARTExchange Call – SAC CAA 2022

The CAA Services to Artists Committee (SAC) is now accepting proposals for interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops for ARTexchange events at the 2022 CAA Conference. Proposals are due by November 21st.

Originally formatted as a pop-up exhibition and meet-up event for artists and curators, ARTexchange provides an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, and cultural producers.

This year, Columbia College Chicago will host ARTexchange, a dynamic exhibition of participatory projects and/or workshops, in their C33 Gallery. Located on the bustling corner of Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) and Wabash Avenue. Artists should be available February 15th or 16th for delivery and installation of their projects, and are highly encouraged to provide engaging and collaborative workshops or interactions with the public on February 17th or 18th. The gallery will also be open to the public on Saturday, February 19th, and ephemera will remain on exhibition through February 25th.
Submit a Proposal for ARTexchange in Chicago

ARTexchange will also include an online component. The virtual ARTexchange, a day of interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops accessed via Zoom, will take place on Saturday, March 5th.
Submit a Proposal for ARTexchange Online

Proposals for both ARTexchange and ARTexchange Online are due by November 21st. The Services to Artists Committee encourages applications that engage issues of social justice, inclusivity and intersectional discourses in the arts. Proposals that include community engagement and meaningful interaction with the CAA and larger communities will be prioritized.


The committee wishes to acknowledge that the lands on which our committee members and audience members live and work in the present-day United States, as well as many other places, belong to Native Peoples who possess sacred connections to it and have stewarded the land sustainably for thousands of years before the arrival of white settlers. The committee also acknowledges the long history and effects of settler colonialism that resulted in genocide, forced removal and relocation, fractured connections to sacred homelands, as well as lost stories, relations, languages, ways of life, and other personal and cultural attributes.  

SAC members recognize the inequities that persist today from this ongoing legacy in society, in academic institutions, and in CAA as an organization. We acknowledge that many CAA and SAC members continue to benefit from this legacy. SAC challenges white settlers and guests on the land to use their privileges to support Indigenous artists and institutions and encourages engagement with the history of the land, its Native owners, and Indigenous People and institutions in their region. 

SAC aims to create resources and programming that critically engage this history as well as honoring the resilience and contemporary conditions and practices of Indigenous artists and scholars. The committee works to create a platform for Indigenous artists and scholars to share their work, knowledge, and perspective as steps toward inclusion, equity, and world-making that centers and enacts Indigenous values and Indigenous ways of relating to the more-than-human world.

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SAC is made up of artists, scholars, and educators from across the US and Canada. Each year at the annual CAA conference, SAC creates entirely free and public content including panels and presentations, professional development sessions, roundtable, workshops, interviews and other events focused on supporting artists and educators. We engage with contemporary artists and activists to produce current, relevant programming that supports artists and furthers artistic discourse.
Image: Lydia See’s work at ARTexchange at the 2020 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago