December 18, 2018
President’s message

Hi Everyone, bonjour à toutes et tous:

As the fall 2018 semester winds down, UAAC-AAUC already has started looking ahead to 2019. So I wanted to provide a few insights into what lies ahead for you to ponder over the holiday season. It’s on the long side—I’ll ‘fess up to that right now—but it contains some important stuff so I hope you’ll find it worth the effort.

1) Québec City 2019. We’re pleased to announce that UAAC-AAUC’s next conference will be held in beautiful Québec City at the Hilton Hotel from October 24 to 27, 2019. The Call for Sessions will be sent out in January, and if you’re interested in helping with the programming committee, there’s still room so please contact me by December 30.

2) 2018 Recognition Award. The UAAC-AAUC Recognition Award acknowledges members and non-members who have demonstrated their unselfish and devoted service to our association and their commitment to our profession’s ideals. This year, the board recognized two people: Sally Hickson (University of Guelph) and Lynda Jessup (Queen’s University). A Renaissance historian, Dr. Hickson has won awards for her scholarship and teaching, and was president of UAAC from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Jessup similarly is an award-winning teacher, whose imaginative investigation of Canadian and Native North American exhibitions and collections has resulted in the production of pathbreaking collections like Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (2014) among many others. Fuller citations will follow in the next issue of RACAR.

3) RACAR seeks an English-language editor. Speaking of RACAR, if you are interested in academic publishing and have relevant experience, this opening is a great opportunity to contribute to the conversation. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2018. For more information, see the uaac email of November 5, or contact RACAR Editor-in-chief Annie Gérin :

4) RACAR special section on #MeToo and visual art. And still speaking of RACAR, Susan Douglas and Martina Meyer have proposed a special section for RACAR’s spring 2019 issue, examining the impact of the #MeToo movement on the art world. Interested contributors are encouraged to send a 400 word abstract to Susan Douglas ( by December 20, 2018. Chosen contributions will be developed into pointed opinion pieces (2500 words limit, not peer reviewed) that confront, rather than avoid, the polemical. Final essays will be due by February 1, 2019.

For more information, see the UAAC email of December 12 or contact Susan Douglas.

5) UAAC-AAUC planning. Our organization is at a moment of opportunity. For example, as the conference has grown, we have learned that campus-based conferences require a lot of work but don’t save much money. So maybe we should shift to a conference centre model more or less permanently. And of course that growth follows from upticks in participation by artists, curators and folks from all corners of the design community, and in participation by equity-seeking groups (I think well reflected in our keynote events over the last six years). Questions we hope to address in the planning process include: What can we do to continue to foster equity, diversity and inclusiveness? How can we increase access for our diverse membership? How can we ensure representative inclusion in our board structure? And what steps can we take to continue UAAC’s rigorous, exciting, and sustainable presence?

So, we’ve committed to undertake a planning process, with the goal of delivering a strategic plan. Step one: we’re striking a working group to look at what we should be doing and what options we have for proceeding. Do we need a consultant? Do we need a board retreat? What are the costs and benefits of these? What other options do we have? And then, with that information, we can lay out a process to develop and deliver the plan. If you’re interested in being on the working group or the planning committee, please get in touch with us by December 30 and we’ll get you involved.

6) Comings and Goings. Scott Marsden has completed his term as B.C. and Yukon representative, and has been succeeded by Erin Silver (University of British Columbia). Scott was instrumental in driving the development of our new website, and we’re pleased that he’ll be in the planning process that I discussed above. And we’re delighted to welcome Erin onto the board, especially since UAAC 2020 will be in Vancouver.

That’s it for now. For those of you who haven’t quite wrapped up your semester: bon courage. And to everyone: have a refreshing, rejuvenating break, stay warm, and we’ll be back in the winter semester with follow up.


Charles Reeve, president