Abstraction Symposium

Explore contemporary topics in abstraction through presentations by keynote speakers and panel discussions focusing on abstract visual art and its relationship with indigeneity, materiality, and ecology. Save these dates and stay tuned for more information on the detailed schedule, student participation, and associated celebratory events.


Friday, April 21  
  • Art History Student presentations
    5PM–6PM | Horn Center, Lecture Hall 100

  • Opening Keynote
    7PM | Horn Center, Lecture Hall 100
  • Opening Night Mixer
    8PM | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum 
Saturday, April 22  
  • Panel 1 – Indigeneity and Abstraction
    10AM–11:50AM | University Theatre
    Alicia Carroll (moderator); Melissa Cody (artist panelist); Emma Robbins (artist panelist) 
  • Lunch Break (not hosted)
    12pm – 1pm
  • Panel 2 – Materiality and Abstraction
    1:10pm – 3pm | University Theatre
    Frances Lazare (moderator); Carmen Argote (artist panelist); Alicia Piller (artist panelist) 
  • Panel 3 – Ecology and Abstraction
    3:10PM– 5PM | University Theatre
    James Nisbet (moderator); Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (artist panelist); Shirley Tse (artist panelist) 
  • Closing Speaker –  Analia Saban 
    5:15PM – 6PM | University Theatre
  • Spring Celebration
    6PM – 9PM | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum 
    Music, good eats, and art activities for all return to the Museum during our semester party! Celebrate our spring 2023 exhibitions with us and participate in tile mosaic making sessions, Zentangle activities in the Ed Lab, and open form chalk art on Patron's Plaza. Live sets from 22 West Media student DJs, food truck fare, and a cash bar make this event extra festive.