Annual Conference Events / Info

2019 Conference Early Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 27, after this date conference fees increase.

To pay by check, download the TASA 2019 Conference Registration Auto-Fill Form (PDF) and mail with payment (check made out to TASA) and mail to the address listed at the bottom of the form. If your institutional membership check is “in the mail,” and you want to avoid the Institutional Representative Conference Late fee, be sure to EMAIL this form as an attachment after filling it out (see below) BEFORE or on SEPTEMBER 27.

For credit cards, please use the Eventbrite button below. Besides clicking on the Eventbrite button below to pay, please also download the TASA 2019 Conference Registration Auto-Fill Form (PDF), and on your computer, open it in Acrobat Reader (free download from, fill it out, save as (rename) and attach to an email back to Linda Fawcett at

This is especially important if you will be attending the conference as your school’s Institutional Representative and want to avoid the late fee that might result if your school has renewed its Institutional membership but did not let me know you were coming as your school’s Institutional Representative by the pre-registration deadline. Simply say: “Inst Rep” as your conference fee status with Institutional Membership as “PD.” And be sure to also say if you will be attending the Saturday Lunch Banquet and if you need a veggie meal (helps with plate count). 


EL TROPICANO HOTEL (website, click here) 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, TX, 78205

Hotel Reservations: Lupe Hernandez, at 210-277-4043. Make your hotel reservation BY SEPTEMBER 20 to get the conference rate:$109.00 per night plus state and local taxes, for Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday night of the conference. Make sure to tell them you are a TASA Conference attendee.

**Again, it is important to preregister with TASA for the conference by SEPTEMBER 27 and to reserve your own room at the Tropicano Hotel by SEPTEMBER 20!!

WIFI Internet is included in the price of the room. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, and club lounge. They have a free airport shuttle, business center, fitness center and a stunning courtyard pool. It is within walking distance of several clubs, restaurants, and art galleries and is located in the heart of the famous River Walk District. Self-Parking at the hotel is $12/night + tax, per vehicle, per night, based on availability. Valet parking costs more.


Call for Exhibition Entries

Every year at the TASA Annual Conference attendees are invited to participate in the TASA One Foot Exhibition. Submissions for this show must be limited to one square foot for 2D work or one cubic foot for 3D pieces.

Faculty Entry Form (PDF) / Student Entry Form (PDF)


TASA Conference Schedule 2019 (PDF 10/5)

TASA Presentations & Speakers 2019 (PDF 10/5)

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Keynote Speaker | Rainey Knudson

Rainey Knudson is the founder of Glasstire, the online magazine of visual art in Texas. She named the site as an homage to an artwork by Robert Rauschenberg, and today, 18 years after she founded it, Glasstire's archive of 37,000 articles and events chronicle nearly two decades of the Texas visual art scene.

Last year Knudson announced that she would step down as Publisher of Glasstire in May 2019. This past spring she conducted a "farewell tour" of Texas, speaking in numerous cities about the history of Glasstire, and her thoughts about living a good life in the age of Internet media. She is now working as a project manager and editor for book projects while exploring new challenges.

Knudson has spoken or written about arts journalism at Emory University, the USC Annenberg School, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, College Arts Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other places. She has also spoken about caregiving at Houston Methodist Hospital. She lives in Houston.

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2019 Paul Hanna Lecturer | Three Women: Nature, Performer, and the Lens.

Presenter: Sarah Lasley

There is a parallel between how a culture values women and how it values nature. Cast as a long-time supporting actress, backdrop, and accessory to man’s narrative of exploration and conquest, Nature has been controlled, contained, pruned and groomed to satisfy aesthetic cravings and support an American mythology. Connecting man’s colonizing gaze upon a landscape to the patriarchal control over female-identifying bodies is something I aim to examine, challenge, and provide refuge from in my films and installations. I’m interested in complicity in spectatorship and aim to complicate the linear subject/object relationship of the viewer to the viewed by examining what it means to be seen as a whole person.

My filming process is an intimate collaboration with no crew or assistants. There is no hierarchical power of camera over subject. I shoot my subjects alone in nature, and the camera follows their improvised performances as we find the film together by framing and reframing this spontaneous action. I use this method to create trust, openness, and establish equal partnership with the performers and the landscape. Through the framework of my practice, this presentation will demonstrate how intimate, small-scale filmmaking can be a tool for asserting one’s personal cultural identity outside of the limitations of the dominant ideology.

Sarah Lasley is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MFA from Yale School of Art and her BFA from University of Louisville. Her film and video work has exhibited internationally at galleries and film festivals, most recently at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Leslie Hellar Workspace in New York City. For over a decade, Lasley taught video and animation at Yale University, Vassar College, and the Pratt Institute before being appointed to Assistant Professor of New Media at University of Texas San Antonio. This fall her work will be on view at the KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and at the CICA Museum in Seoul, Korea.

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Presentation | San Pedro Creek Project

Presenter | Carrie Brown

Over the last several years, the San Antonio River Authority, in partnership with Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, has been working to revitalize one of San Antonio’s most historically significant locations: San Pedro Creek.  With the first segment opened in May 2018, the San Pedro Creek Culture Park has been transformed from a forgotten drainage ditch into a world class linear park.  Public Art Curator, Carrie Brown, will talk about how public art, cultural programming, and artistic design features at the park express what is authentic about San Antonio’s history and contemporary culture and how this site provides an unique opportunity for artists to expand their creative  prowess.

Carrie Brown, As Public Art Curator for the San Antonio River Authority, is charged with building a dynamic program for temporary and permanent public art installations, performances, and events for the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. The park, which opened the first segment in May 2018, transforms a concrete-lined drainage ditch into a world-class linear park by improving flood control and water quality, revitalizing the natural creek habitat, and unearthing a place of great historical and cultural significance.

Prior to her work in San Antonio, Brown managed public art projects for the City of Austin, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the cities of Mesa and Glendale in Arizona. She has worked in the public art field for 15 years and has led award-winning projects including North Austin Community Garden, Austin’s first artist-designed community garden, Hello Lamp Post: Austin, an all-digital temporary installation, and Uplifted Ground, a large-scale integrated artwork at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from Arizona State University.  A Chicago native, she also enjoys baseball and adventures with her rescue dog, Lemmy.

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Presentation | A Creative Day of Service that Impacts Students & Their Community

Presenter | Nancy Miller

Occurring annually on National Make a Difference Day, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Graphic Design hosts ONE DAY, an annual service project that deploys design practice to further community service. This collaborative event brings together marketing, advertising and communications professionals with graphic design students to develop and implement a brand identity and multi-media advertising campaign for a non-profit client in 12 hours.

Nancy Miller is Program Coordinator and Professor for the Graphic Design program at TAMU–CC. Leveraging over 17 years of real-world experience, initially as a Graphic Designer for top-ranking corporations such as Nike Inc., Burton and Hollywood Video Corporation, and later as a Creative Director at the largest advertising agency in South Texas, Nancy aims to empower students with cutting edge industry technologies and practical field expectations vital to their professional success. In Nancy Miller’s professional career, she has garnered over 170 design awards at the regional and state levels as well as a dozen international awards. 

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Art History Presentation | A History of Sound

Presenter| Justin Boyd

An art historical lecture looking at how sound entered into the visual arts, beginning with the definition of what sound is and how it is different than music? Then diving into the movements and artists who used sound as a medium and concluding with how sound is being used in contemporary practices.

Justin Boyd is the Academic Director and Sculpture & Integreated Media Department Chair for the Southwest School of Art. lives and works in San Antonio, TX. He graduated with his MFA from The California Institute for the Arts in 2003, and holds a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As an artist whose work explores landscapes using sound, image and objects he has had the privilege of being included in many group shows, solo exhibitions and performances. Boyd is also host of his long-standing radio show each week on KRTU 91.7 FM.

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Presentation| The Rural in Contemporary Art

Presenter: Chris Sauter

The rural in contemporary art is a timely and trans-global issue. It binds together practitioners across disciplines and geographies. Artists are tapping into their personal rural histories, working in places within the periphery, and breaking the rural-urban binary by creating meaningful local to global dialogue. In this session, the surge of interest in the rural within contemporary art practice will be discussed as well as ways these notions are being used within pedagogical practices in higher education.

Chris Sauter holds an MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a BA from the University of the Incarnate Word. Sauter is the Director of Foundations & Special Courses, and Drawing & Painting Department Chair for the Southwest School of Art. He has exhibited across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. His works have been featured at The Kohler Art Center; the Musee d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne, France; The Drawing Center, NY; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; and PS1, New York. Sauter has been an artist-in-resident at Artpace and Blue Star Contemporary’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

 Panel Discussion |THECB: Fine Art Field of Study

 A brief history of the Field of Study will be given by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, with a summary of the meeting provided by the Fine Arts Committee co-chairs, and discussion by the panelist of how the Field of Study may impact individual institutions. A question and answer session will follow.

Panelist: Jeffrey Dell, Professor, Texas State University, Todd Lucas, Department Chair, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Natalie Macellaio, Curriculum Chair, Brookhaven College, & Allen Michie, Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 

Presentation | San Antonio’s Cultural Past - Presenter | Claudia Guerra

 Studio Demos

  • Margaret Craig |Printmaking: Printing with Tar Gel: No Press Required |Flohr Print Studio

  •  Jill Sortore | Surface Coloring: Wood to Metal | Willson Metals Studio

  •  Eleonore Lee | Cutting Through: Design Exercises with Wearable Results | Studio

  • Vaughn Wascovich, Texas A&M University-Commerce Pinhole Photography | Lende Photography Studio

 Site Visits

  •  A Visit with Artpace and Current Residents

  •  Walking Tour of San Pedro Creek Project

  •  Ruby City  and Southtown Galleries Bus Tour

TASA Conference 2019 Schedule (tentative) PDF updated 10/5

TASA Conference 2109 Schedule (tentative) PDF updated 10/5