2018 National Conference

Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability; November 1-3, 2018

Conference Overview
The 2018 theme, Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability, is an invitation to explore the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations, by framing discussions about design, resilience, and sustainability in context of interdisciplinary artistic and environmental practice. The theme offers an opportunity to think broadly about the ecology of the arts and their environments, in terms of performance, design, and engineering. A land and sea grant institution inextricable from the town of Athens and the broader ecologies of Georgia and the Southeast, the University of Georgia will provide a rich context for thinking creatively about Arts Environments globally.​

Connect with other conference goers, post photos, and tweet (#a2ruAthens18) your conference experience!

Agenda and Schedule

Agenda (updated 10.30.18) available for download HERE.

View post-conference report HERE.

Click a session below to learn more about the presenters and session content!

Check In Open9:30am-5:00pmUGA Center Hill Atrium
Executive Committee Meeting10:00-11:30amUGA Center Craige Boardroom
Welcome Remarks12:00pmUGA Center, Mahler HallRussell Mumper, University of Georgia and Marvin G. Parnes, University of Michigan
Plenary Panel - The Art of Resilience: What's at Stake for Integrating the Arts and Sciences to Achieve Sustainability and Resilience in the Anthropocene12:00-1:30pmUGA Center, Mahler HallPaul Shrivastava, Penn State; Sha Xin Wei, Arizona State University; Cassandra Fraser, University of Virginia; R. Benjamin Knapp, Virginia Tech
Field Notes: Three Approaches to Merging Research, Praxis, and Pedagogy1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room LLynda S. Lotich, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Emil J. Kang, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Corey Madden, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Betsy Towns, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
From Data to Metaphor: An Integration of the Arts and Sciences1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room QMark Lee Koven, Utah State University; Nancy Huntly, Utah State University; Dan Collins, Arizona State University; Christine Lee, Arizona State University
Building Resilience Through Participatory Design1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room RNils Gore, University of Kansas; Shannon Criss, University of Kansas
Creating Models for Economic Development by Using the Built Environment and Its Relationship with the CommunityKristin Hughes, Carnegie Mellon University; Mary Lou Arscott, Carnegie Mellon University
NEA Research Lab – Self-Perceptions of Creativity & Agency (Year 1)1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room KMegan Robinson, Vanderbilt University
Case Studies and Conceptual Model for Navigating Art-Science CollaborationJennifer Parker, UC Santa Cruz
The Traffic SONATAMonty Abbas, Virginia Tech; Anne Elise Thomas, Virginia Tech
Building Community Through Immersive Art and Design3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room KJenny Filipetti, University of Colorado Denver; Jeff Lambson, University of Colorado Denver; Laurie Baefsky, University of Colorado Denver; Dane Webster, University of Colorado Denver
SKIN: a Funny and Frank Play with Music – About the Power of Resilience, Creativity & Vulnerability to Transcend Sexual Violence3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Masters HallHope Singsen
Advancing Sustainability Goals via Required Engagement Studio Courses3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room RJoseph Trumpey, University of Michigan
Alternative Monuments and the Turn to Performance as MonumentalismRebecca Jackson, University of Georgia
Amazonian Arts: The Aesthetics of Traditional Ecological KnowledgeLouisiana Lightsey, University of Georgia
Campus Watersheds as Spaces for Collaboration and Research on Sustainability3:45-5:15pmLamar Dodd School of Art Galleries Lower Level Atrium (GA Center shuttle for those who don't wish to walk will leave around 3:15pm)Tyra Byers, University of Georgia; Laurie Fowler, University of Georgia; Michael Marshall, University of Georgia; Mark Callahan, University of Georgia
Spotlight on the Arts/a2ru Opening Reception5:30-7:00pmGeorgia Museum of Art (shuttles for those who prefer not to walk will leave the GA Center and loop starting at 5:15pm)Hosted by Jere W. Morehead, President – University of Georgia
Spotlight Kaleidoscope7:30-8:30pmPerforming Arts CenterTo kick off the Spotlight on the Arts festival, UGA’s arts programs present an hour-long kaleidoscope of student performances and presentations. This brilliant, non-stop collage of the arts provides a window into the vast scope of the creative work on campus, from dance to music, theater, creative writing and art. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the UGA Arts Council.
Lamar Dodd School of Art Reception8:30pmLamar Dodd School of Art (last shuttle loop back to the GA Center at 9:30pm)Hosted by Chris Garvin, Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Professor of Art and Design – University of Georgia

Check In Open8:30am-12:00pmUGA Center Hill Atrium
Plenary Panel - Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Mahler HallWelcome by William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art – University of Georgia; Moderated by Nicholas Allen, Director, Willson Center, Franklin Professor of English – University of Georgia; Samantha B. Joye, Athletic Associate Professor of Arts & Sciences, Department of Marine Sciences – University of Georgia; Rebecca Rutstein, Artist and UGA Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding
Exploring the Roles of Aesthetic Experience in Human and Environmental Well-being Across Interdisciplinary Cultural Borders10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room RAaron Colverson, University of Florida; Paulette Hahn, University of Florida
From Critiques to Collaboration: Best Practices for Arts Integration10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room QGabriel Harp, University of Michigan; Veronica Stanich, University of Michigan
From Portfolios to Platforms: Navigating Post-Entrepreneurial Arts Training10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room LJonathan Kuuskoski, University of Michigan
The Failure Project: An Arts-Based Intervention Course to Develop Student Persistence and ResiliencyMegan Workmon Larsen, Arizona State University
Building a Garden10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room KJesse Harrod, Tyler School of Art
An Experiment in Drawing and Sound: Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, Bio-sonification, and Process as ProductAndrew Raffo Defar, The University of Alabama; Pete Schulte, The University of Alabama
Network Luncheon and Presentation12:15-1:45pmUGA Center, Magnolia Ballrooma2ru Partners Only
Research Models for Interdisciplinary Arts Engagement in the Environment1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room LMichael Marshall, University of Georgia; Bill Gilbert, University of New Mexico; Elliott Maltby, Pratt Institute; Jeffrey Carney, Louisiana State University
SKIN Follow-Up Panel: The Impact of Embodied Presence in a Transformative Art Space – Neuroaesthetic, Therapeutic & Philosophical Perspectives1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room KHope Singsen; Jill Sonke, University of Florida; Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia
The Role of Landscape Installations in Climate Change Communication1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room QCarolina Aragón, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Exploring Social Relationships to Waste Through Storytelling, Artistic Interventions, and Visual Arts ResearchKira Hegeman, University of Georgia
Arts & Environment Gallery at the School for Environment and Sustainability: A Personal Vision Converges with a New School DirectionSara Adlerstein, University of Michigan
Creating Public Health: Art’s Role in Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed Public Health Practice1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room RTasha Golden, University of Louisville
Overcoming the Brutalization of Humanhood: Implications for Arts Engagement and ScholarshipKinh T. Vu, Boston University; Andre de Quadros, Boston University
Arts & Health Open Salon3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room LJill Sonke, University of Florida; Laurie Baefsky, University of Colorado Denver; Todd Frazier, National Organization of Arts and Health
Embedded Artists Working Group

Advanced sign-up HERE
3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room KMark Callahan, University of Georgia; Elizabeth Corr, Natural Resources Defense Council; Tyra Byers, University of Georgia; Kira Hegeman, University of Georgia
From “Bright Spots” to Visions of Enrichment: Mapping and Messaging for an Arts-Integrated University

Advanced sign-up HERE
3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room QCory Garfin, Slover Linett Audience Research; Nick Rabkin, Slover Linett Audience Research
Sounding Out Spaces: Site-Responsive Sonic Art3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room RLauren Hayes, Arizona State University
The Mobile Coaction LabGene Felice II, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Experiencing Place Across Multiple Dimensions Using Virtual and Augmented RealityMicah Taylor, University of Georgia; Brian Orland, University of Georgia
The Mobile Coaction Lab: Part II7:00pm
*7:32pm update - canceled due to weather*
Lumpkin PlazaGene Felice II, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Check In Open8:30am-12:30pmUGA Center Hill Atrium
Texas Tech’s Marfa Devising Intensive: Collaboration as Practice9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room LNoel Zahler, Texas Tech University; Rich Brown, Western Washington University; Cory Norman, Texas Tech University; Randall Rapstine, Texas Tech University; Shannon Robert, Clemson University
Expanded Cinema: Reactivating Space Through Projection

Advanced sign-up HERE
9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room KNatalie Minik, Tufts University
The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room QAngela Richardson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Marina Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tad Gloeckler, University of Georgia
The Art of Collaboration: Enhancing Arts in the Campus Living LabDavid Gill, University of British Columbia; Deb Pickman, University of British Columbia
Impacts of the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices: A Hands-On Workshop for Critical Case-Making9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room F+GGabriel Harp, University of Michigan; Veronica Stanich, University of Michigan
Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center Room RIrene Ngun, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Maryrose Flanigan, University of Michigan; Marvin G. Parnes, University of Michigan
design, Design, or DESIGN10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room LChris Garvin, University of Georgia, Monica Sklar, DeAngela Duff, Spelman College; Julie Spivey, University of Georgia
Citizen Artistry: A New Performance Model to Raise Social Awareness, Promote Dialogue, and Incite Change10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room QCynthia Johnston Turner, University of Georgia; Connie Frigo, University of Georgia; Timothy Adams, Jr., University of Georgia; Kim Toscano Adams, University of Georgia
Collaboratively Creating a Sustainable Arts Center with the Sisseton-Wahpeton OyatePhoebe Crisman, University of Virginia
Craft InSites: Perspectives on Inspiration, Location, and HistoryDemitra Thomloudis, University of Georgia; Motoko Furuhashi, New Mexico State University
What Calls for Design? The Question Concerning Resiliency10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room F+GKatherine Melcher, University of Georgia
In What Ways Can Art, Architecture, and Design Inform the Sciences in the 21st Century?Filiz Ozel, Arizona State University, The Design School
Artful Rainwater Design: Celebrating Rain While Managing StormwaterEliza Pennypacker, Penn State University
Love Letters: Violence, Counter-narrative and the Aesthetics of Repair in Archival Texts2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room LRowan Renee, University of Michigan
Night Sea Journey: Visual Testimony and Sexual ViolenceLaura Magnusson, University of Michigan
Ripple Effect: Let water be water: an a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Challenge Grant ProjectDorsey Kaufmann, University of Arizona
Persistence of Vision: Antarctica (PoVA): A Collaborative SciArt Installation2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room KVince LiCata, Louisiana State University; Patricia Suchy, Louisiana State University
2018 Emerging Creatives Student Challenge Grant Recipient: Makin' RainJennifer Ezell, Texas Tech University; Jesus Gonzalez; Jason Woodworth-Hou, University of Georgia
Reconstructive Theatre: A Theatrical Earthquake Experience2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room QAndrés Kalawski, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Cristián Opazo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
The Voice of the Future is FemaleSarah Fahmy, University of Colorado Boulder
Making Resilience Visible: Social/Environmental Research and the Visual Arts2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room RLauren Lake, University of North Texas; Dornith Doherty, University of North Texas; Katerie Gladdys, University of Florida; Jared Ragland, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Closing Plenary Panel - Promoting the Arts to Full Partner: A Discussion About Deep Arts Integration on Campus from Various Leadership Perspectives4:00-5:30pmUGA Center, Mahler HallModerated by Peter Linett, Slover Linett; Emil J. Kang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Saralyn Reece Hardy, University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art; Garth Ross, Yale University
Closing RemarksChris Garvin, University of Georgia; Jean Martin-Williams, University of Georgia; Marvin G. Parnes, University of Michigan

Reserve your tickets now!
8pm (doors at 7pm)Georgia Theatre (shuttle will make loops from GA Center to downtown Athens starting around 6:45pm)A night of music performances and more brought to you by Moogfest and a2ru

Plenary Panelists

Nicholas Allen is Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He has published several books on Ireland and its literature, has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College, and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Irish Research Council.  

Cassandra Fraser is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and the School of Architecture. She specializes in responsive materials for imaging, sensing and detection, specifically oxygen sensing biomaterials, mechanochromic luminescence materials and polymeric metal complexes. Fraser holds degrees from Kalamazoo College (BA 1984, Interdisciplinary: Political Theory, Theology, Philosophy, Women’s Studies), Harvard Divinity School (MTS 1988, Religion and Culture) and The University of Chicago (PhD 1993, Chemistry; advisor: Brice Bosnich). She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Robert Grubbs, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, at the California Institute of Technology (1993-5). At UVA, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and young professor awards from Dupont and 3M. She has been recognized with a Radcliffe Fellowship (2006-7), an ACS Green Chemistry Institute Sabbatical Fellowship (2006-7), a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2012), a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (2013), and a Humboldt Connect Grant (2013). Fraser has led many innovative interdisciplinary programs at UVA including Color: Across the Spectrum, Science Careers and Society Forum, Biomaterials Workshop, Designing Matter Common Course, Metals in Medicine and the Environment, the Plastic Project, and Transduction. Her teaching and mentoring accolades include the Cavaliers Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Alumni Distinguished Professor Award, Jefferson Scholar Foundation Teaching Award, and induction into the University Academy of Teaching. She has engaged in numerous creative projects with artists, designers, poets, composers and dancers. She was selected as Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Spring 2019. She has served on editorial advisory boards for Macromolecules and ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces and Materials Chemistry Frontiers. In 2004 she was named a National Associate of the National Academies, a lifetime appointment for service to the nation. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Samantha Joye is Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Joye’s research examines the complex feedbacks that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments, and the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes will affect ecosystem functioning. Her work in deep sea extreme environments explores how microbial processes interact with geological and physical processes.

Emil J. Kang serves as Executive and Artistic Director of Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University’s performing arts program he founded in 2005. Kang also serves Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music and teaches courses in music, arts leadership, artistic entrepreneurship, and the creative process.

In 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt appointed Kang as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts where he sits on the Chancellor’s leadership team and directs all campus-wide arts initiatives on the Chancellor’s behalf. In 2017, Kang launched Arts Everywhere, a major initiative dedicated to integrating artistic practice, learning, and engagement in the lives of the entire community.

From 1999 to 2004 Kang served as President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Kang has also held positions with the Seattle Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, and served as an Orchestra Management Fellow with the League of American Orchestras.

In 2012, then U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Kang to the National Council on the Arts. His appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate. Kang currently serves on the boards of directors of the Martha Graham Dance Company and the International Society for the Performing Arts. He also serves on the inaugural selection committee for the Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund and serves as a program consultant for Creative Capital.

Kang has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and completed the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program at Harvard Business School. Born in New York City, and trained in violin studies from a young age, he holds a degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in New York.

R. Benjamin Knapp is the Founding Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science. Dr. Knapp also leads the Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group, with researchers in the UK and the US.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.

In previous positions, Dr. Knapp has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at University College, Dublin, and chief technology officer of the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre. As the director of technology at MOTO Development Group in San Francisco, Calif., he managed teams of engineers and designers developing human-computer interaction systems for companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Logitech. He co-founded BioControl Systems, a company that develops mobile bioelectric measurement devices for artistic interaction. Dr. Knapp has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Computer, Information, and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University.

He earned a doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Knapp has been a PI in several pan-European projects including, CAPSIL (Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living) and SIEMPRE (Social Interaction and Entrainment Using Music Performance) and coordinated the EU project, BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development).


Peter Linett is chairman & chief idea officer of Slover Linett Audience Research, a social research firm for the cultural sector. He and his colleagues help arts organizations, museums of all types, science communicators, and cultural funders and agencies understand their communities, evaluate their impact, and experiment with new strategies for engagement. Linett has worked with Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Goodman Theatre, Folk Alliance International, Chicago Public Radio, the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University, the MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, among many other cultural and community innovators. He serves on the editorial board of Curator, the museum field’s leading peer-reviewed journal, and was previously the journal’s associate editor for theory and practice. He co-organized the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement initiative, which began in 2013 with a convening of game-changing science communicators at MIT. Linett was an associate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago from 2008 to 2014, and has spoken at conferences and symposia in the US and UK. He serves on the advisory board of Guerilla Science. Linett lives in Santa Fe and Chicago.

Invested as the first Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art, Saralyn Reece Hardy has led the only comprehensive art museum in Kansas since 2005. Prior to her arrival at the Spencer, Reece Hardy served as director of Museums and Visual Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and as director of the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas. Reece Hardy led the Spencer Museum’s Phase I multi-year renovation project, which transformed the Museum’s galleries; introduced a multi-use object study room; and expanded teaching, research, and storage facilities. Her recent projects include the Integrated Arts Research Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Art in the Grove, an initiative to enliven the historic green space on KU’s Lawrence campus with art; leading the University of Kansas Art on Campus Committee on the Lawrence campus; and facilitating ongoing commissions with the University of Kansas campus partners in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Salina. She participates in the development of the International Artist-in-Residence program and is conducting interviews about aging and legacy with artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection which are 70 years old or older. Reece Hardy has led the Spencer Museum in two integral partnerships: one with the Kansas City–based Charlotte Street Foundation on the Rocket Grants program, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and one with the KU Biodiversity Institute and the KU Hall Center for the Humanities to form The Commons, a physical and intellectual space for interdisciplinary exploration.

Garth Ross is the inaugural executive director of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University. Prior to his work at Yale, Ross served as vice president of community engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has over 20 years’ experience developing and executing strategies for enlarging constituencies and increasing participation in the arts. Through this work, he has produced over 7,000 performances in a wide range of genres, featuring artists from all 50 states and around the world.

Ross established The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage daily free performance series, as well as many other notable projects and festivals including Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America, American Voices with Renée Fleming, One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide and Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media. With a focus on cultivating unique collaborations between organizations, artists, communities and disciplines, his work illuminates the possibility of compatibility between different cultural viewpoints by including diverse stakeholders in the process of cultural production.

His chapter entitled, “From Fight club to The Kennedy Center: How We Learned to Cross Invisible Bridges,” was published in the book Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change (2017 Emerald Publishing Limited). Ross received his BA in English Literature and Music from Connecticut College and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, interactive sculpture and public art – is a visual artist who explores abstraction inspired by geology, microbiology and marine science. Rutstein has completed art residencies around the world, both on land, and at sea aboard research ships, collaborating with scientists through fellowships from Ocean Exploration Trust, Schmidt Ocean Institute and the National Academies of Sciences – Keck Futures Initiative. Through NSF funding, she is slated to make her first descents to the ocean floor in the deep-sea submersible, Alvin, in October & November 2018, with science teams from Temple University and University of Georgia. She has been selected as University of Georgia’s 2018-19 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding with a yearlong solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. With over twenty-five solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant. Her work can be found in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Temple University. Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University, with abroad study in Rome, Italy, and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at museums and universities across the U.S. and enjoys speaking about the intersection of art and science.

Paul Shrivastava, is Chief Sustainability Officer of Penn State University. He is also Director of Sustainability Institute, and Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business.  Prior to this he served as the first Executive Director of Future Earth global research platform.

Paul is an academic entrepreneur.  He was part of the team that founded Hindustan Computer Ltd., one of India’s largest computer companies.  He founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. New York.  He founded the journal Organization and Environment, (published by Sage Publications).  He was founding President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management software company, and the founding Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.

Paul’s research uses science and arts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges. His current focus is on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. He is working with colleagues at Penn State, at Future Earth and at the United Nations to develop programs for implementing SDGs, and monitoring and measuring their progress. He believes that infusing sustainability across research, teaching, community and student engagement at Penn State University’s 23 campuses can help us implement sustainability across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Paul received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published 17 books and over 100 articles in refereed and scholarly journals.  He has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading management education journals. His work was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sha Xin Wei is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU. He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers.

From 2005-2013 Dr. Sha was the Canada Research Chair in media arts and sciences, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. From 2001 to 2013 he directed the Topological Media Lab, an atelier-laboratory for the study of gesture and materiality from computational and phenomenological perspectives. He
established the TML at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and moved the lab to Montréal in 2005 with the support of the Canada Fund for Innovation and the CRC.

Dr. Sha’s research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy. His particular areas of study include the realtime, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems. This technical work supports the expressive improvisation of gesture in dense, palpable fields of sound, video and structured light, and animated materials.

Sha’s art research includes the TGarden responsive environments (Ars Electronica, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, MediaTerra Athens, SIGGRAPH), Hubbub speech-sensitive urban surfaces, Membrane calligraphic video, Softwear gestural sound instruments, the WYSIWYG gesture-sensitive sounding weaving, Ouija performance-installations, Cosmicomics Elektra, eSea Shanghai and the IL Y A video membrane, and Einsteins Dreams time-conditioning instruments. Sha collaborated with choreographer Michael Montanaro and the Blue Riders ensemble to create a stage work inspired by Shelley’s Frankenstein, with experimental musicians, dancers and responsive media.

Sha co-founded the Sponge art group in San Francisco to build public experiments in phenomenology of performance. With Sponge and other artists, Sha has directed event/installations in prominent experimental art venues including Ars Electronica Austria, DEAF / V2 The Netherlands, MediaTerra Greece, Banff Canada, Future Physical United Kingdom, Elektra Montréal, and eArts Shanghai. He has also exhibited media installations at Postmasters Gallery New York and Suntrust Gallery Atlanta. These works have been recognized by awards from major cultural foundations such as the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology; the LEF Foundation; the Canada Fund for Innovation; the Creative Work Fund in New York; Future Physical UK; and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Sha Xin Wei was trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and worked more than 12 years in the fields of scientific computation, mathematical modeling and the visualization of scientific data and geometric structures.

In 1995, he extended his work to network media authoring systems and media theory coordinating a 3 year long workshop on interaction and computational media at Stanford. In 1997, he co-founded Pliant Research with colleagues from Xerox PARC and Apple Research Labs, dedicated to designing technologies that people and organizations can robustly reshape to meet evolving socio-economic needs.

MIT Press has recently published Dr. Sha’s book, Poiesis, Enchantment, and Topological Matter.


Please select the option below to register – you will be prompted to set up an account with Iris, then receive an email with instructions to proceed to registration.

Partners are defined as representatives (faculty, staff, student, etc.) from a2ru Partner Institutions.

Questions may be directed to Amy Tackitt, a2ru Program Coordinator.

Early Registration

(through September 1)
$300: Partner
$425: Non-Partner

$200: Single-Day Registration


(September 2 – October 1)
$350: Partner
$475: Non-Partner

(after October 1)
$400: Partner
$525: Non-Partner

$200: Single-Day Registration

Registration is closed. Please contact Amy Tackitt if you have any questions.

Student Registration

$200: Partner
$275: Non-Partner

Registration is closed. Please contact Amy Tackitt if you have any questions.

Student Travel Grants

Student Travel Grants, open to any undergraduate or graduate student currently attending a partner institution who would like to attend either our annual a2ru conference, the Emerging Creatives Student Summit, or any other a2ru event or workshop.

Scholars Program

The a2ru Scholars Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from a2ru partner institutions from underrepresented groups with an interest in pursuing interdisciplinary study, research, and practice from partner institutions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is a wonderful opportunity to reach a critical mass of upper level administrators in higher education as well as leading industry professionals in the areas of creative placemaking, arts and health, arts entrepreneurship, arts research and more. Sponsorship of an event or advertising in our online and placard program will get your name and logo in front of some of the most influential decision makers in higher education and beyond. Help us support arts-integrated research, practice, and teaching and to bolster equitable access to the a2ru annual gathering. See sponsorship opportunities below.
For questions and logo specs, please contact Amy Tackitt, a2ru program coordinator.
Item or EventPriceSponsor Receives... 
Student Scholarship$1,000Acknowledgement on a2ru website, in online agenda, and event signagePurchase Now
Conference Website Banner$2,000On a2ru conference homepage [includes 1 complimentary registration]Purchase Now
Breakfast$5,000Placards and signs acknowledgement in online agenda and event signage [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
Coffee Break$1,000Acknowledgement in online agenda and program, event signage [includes 1 complimentary registration]Purchase Now
Artist Exhibit$5,000Acknowledgement on a2ru website, in online agenda and event signage [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
a2ru Partner Networking Luncheon$5,000Help us celebrate 5 years of a2ru; Podium placards and signs acknowledgement in web program and event signage; verbal acknowledgement at part of presentation [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
Logo on reusable water bottle for all attendees$5,000We will feature re-fillable water bottles for use at UGA filling stations—free to all attendees [includes 2 registrations]Purchase Now
Plenary Panel and Conversation$2,000Podium placards and signs; acknowledgement in online agenda and event signage; verbal acknowledgement at part of presentation [includes 1 complimentary registration]Purchase Now
Vendor/Display Table$2,000Table adjacent to conference attendee check-in tablePurchase Now
In order to have a more sustainable conference, we will not have a paper/printed program.
Want to sponsor an annual meeting or Emerging Creatives Student Summit? Contact Maryrose Flanigan, a2ru associate director.


University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602

UGA Performing Arts Center
230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605

Georgia Theatre
215 N Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30601

Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Road
Athens, GA 30602


University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for October 31-November 4, 2018. The special room rate ($99/night) will be available thru October 12 or until the block has sold out – whichever comes first – so make sure to book early!


The closest airport to the University of Georgia is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. The airport is approximately 75 miles from Athens; estimated travel time is 90 minutes depending on traffic conditions in Atlanta.

Georgia Center shuttles are available first-come first-served for conference and hotel guests from 7am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 7am-12am Friday and Saturday. One shuttle runs at a time and can seat up to 10 passengers.

Book by October 15 with Groome Transportation by clicking here for a slight group discount associated with our conference!

*Click maps below to enlarge*

Georgia Center Map
UGA Georgia Center Building Map
Walking directions from UGA Center to session and receptions on Thursday afternoon and evening.
Athens Map
If you are taking the shuttle from UGA Center for Saturday night's Moogfest, shuttle will drop off at the Arch - see map for walking directions to Georgia Theatre
Eat Like a Local