During its 89th Annual Conference, College Art Association (CAA) will
feature interviews with artists Ann Hamilton and Ed Paschke from 9:30 a.m. to noon,
Thursday, March 1, 2001 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers (720 South Michigan Avenue).
The interviews will be conducted by Mary K. Coffey, Ph.D., visiting Assistant Professor
of American Art at Pamona College, Claremont, Calif., and James Yood, Lecturer and Assistant Chairman of the Department of Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Chicago.
Internationally renowned installation artist Ann Hamilton has made numerous
installations in North America and Europe and represented the Unites States at the 1997
Venice Biennale. She holds a Master of Fine Art in sculpture from Yale University, and in 1993
was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
As the recipient of the 1997 Aldrich Award, a solo exhibition of Hamilton's work opened
at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn., in January 1999. Hamilton is recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation. Her body of work includes photography, video and objects; however, she is perhaps best known for her sensory and site-specific installations.
Ann Hamilton is one of the most important and challenging artists working in America today, said Coffey. Her innovative exploration of installation as a medium and her use of unconventional materials to provoke subtle yet dramatic sensory experience in her audience has changed the way we think about the production and reception of contemporary art.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ed Paschke's childhood interest in animation and cartoons
led him toward a career in art. As a student at the School of the Art Institute, he was
influenced by the work of ,Gauguin, Picasso and Seurat. Although Paschke was inclined toward
representational imagery, he learned to paint based on the principles of Abstract
Expressionism. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the School.
Paschke's paintings from the 1960s mirrored the conditions of social unrest and
confrontation through strategies involving direct presentations of difficult subject matter. His
major works from this period helped define the movement known as Chicago Imagism.
Paschke, whose work reveals a powerful interaction between humanity and technology,
currently serves as the John Evans Professor of Art at Northwestern University, and was
awarded a Guggenheim Grant for 2000-2001.
He has had solo exhibits of his paintings in venues around the world including: Galerie
Darthea Speyer, Paris; Maya Polsky Gallery, Chicago; INSA Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Gallery
Ciocca, Milan, Italy; and Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York. Paschke's work also is in the
collections of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago;
Brooklyn Museum; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Musee d'Art Moderne Nationale, Paris;
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of
American Art, Washington; and Museum Boymans, Rotterdam.
Ed Paschke is one of the most important visual artists from the Midwest who is well
positioned to discuss regionalism in the art scene, said Y ood. During our interview, he and I
will talk about not only his work, but also about Chicago's role as a viable art center.
Both interviews will begin with a slide presentation by the artist featuring a quick
survey of their careers. FolJowing the formal interviews, the floor will open to attendees for
The Artists' Interviews will be held in Art's Place, a new element being introduced at
the 2001 Conference. Art's Place is a special site targeted to academic visual artists which will
be open to all conference attendees, Thursday, March 1, 2001 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Art's
Place will be the location of both formal and informal conversations among the artists,
committee meetings, and artists' presentations.
More than 5,000 visual artists, art historians, museum professionals and arts
administrators from around the world will experience the best in scholarship, criticism,
innovative art and stimulating discussions of the visual arts during CAA's three-day
For more information, or to register for the Conference, call (212) 691-1051.
Founded in 1911, College Art Association is the largest and most comprehensive
international professional organization for art historians, visual artists and museum
professionals. With more than 14,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members, CAA
promotes the highest levels of creativity, intellectual inquiry and technical skill in the practice
and teaching of the visual arts, as well as the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship
and teaching in the history and criticism of art.