Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015Register Now

This second conference on the conservation of Folk and Outsider Art will take place on February 24-26, 2015 in the Hill Auditorium of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia.

This conference is focused on highlighting the under appreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the main stream art community. Artists come from all walks of life and every ethnic background, Folk and Outsider art is many times strongly patriotic, intensely spiritual, but always deeply personal. If not preserved we lose the window into the lives of the artists and their folk traditions.  The first Divine Disorder was held February 15-16, 2012 on the campus of Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The Conference will be held February 24-25, 2015 at the High Museum, Atlanta, GA. The program will feature two days of contributed papers.  The final day of the conference February 26, 2015 will take place at Paradise Gardens and will feature talks on the Gardens as well as  hands-on workshop components. We are currently soliciting oral presentations that discuss topics which center on Folk and Outsider art conservation and preservation. These include documentation, treatments, applications, future development directions, and research.

A full and detailed schedule will be posted in September when the call for papers has concluded.

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden

Call for oral presentations

Talks will be 30 minutes in duration, including questions. Please submit an abstract of no less than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email), and a 100-word biography for the author and each co-author. We recommend no more than two presenters per paper. Suggested key issues, topics, and concepts of papers may address include but are not limited to:
• Material Identification
• Material Analysis
• Stabilization and Storage
• Conservation Treatments
• Artists’ Treatments and Techniques
• Documentation

Abstract deadline has been extended to September 22, 2014.

Email notification of accepted presentations will be sent on October 6, 2014. Presentations addressing similar topics will be combined into sessions.

Abstracts for peer review should be sent to:
Jason Church
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Submission Guidelines

• All accepted proposals must be presented at the conference by at least one author.
• Authors of an accepted presentation must provide an abstract of no less than 500 words (not including diagrams, figures, and references) for publication in the conference proceedings.
• Presentations given by students are welcomed but not required.
• Submissions whose main purpose is to promote a commercial product or service will not be accepted.

Cost of the conference is:
$199 Early Bird Registration (Until January 1, 2015)
$299 Registration (After January 1, 2015)
$99 Student Registration (limited student seats are available. Student must provide photocopy of current student ID and a letter of interest. Student applications should be emailed to jason_church@contractor.nps.gov before January 1, 2015).

This conference is held in Partnership with;

HIGH STACKED LOGO COLOR (2)paradiseGardenfoundationLogoAll lectures will be held at the High Museum of Art or Paradise Gardens. The conference does not have an official hotel but there are many in the direct area.

Artmore Hotel
1302 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-6100

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown
35 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(800) 228-9290

Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown/17th Street
1365 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-1000

W Atlanta – Midtown
188 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-6000

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2 Responses to Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015

  1. Teresa Kemp says:

    The Facebook, Google+, link and the Register Now in the green star (top right on this Divine Disorder page links are not working.

    I would like to participate. Please have someone call me at (404) 468-7050. Looks exciting.

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