2018  Mid-America College Art Association Conference AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN


OCTOBER 3 - 6, 2018



Techne Expanding
New  / Tensions
New /  Terrains

New /  Tools


Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools, the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will explore wide-ranging interpretations of technology and its use and impact on the teaching, making, and performing art as well as the broader human experience. Recognizing that technology has art and craft at its root (techne) and isn’t limited just to bigger, better, or faster tools and products, we will examine how we embrace or resist technology, how we celebrate or critique it, and consider its promise as well as its limits.



Call for Proposals

We are interested in the impact of technology on issues of privacy, gender, identity and the environment, its use in the teaching of art, its pervasiveness or invisibility, and how it affects ourselves, our bodies, our stories and our tools. Topics could include examinations of how technology affects our senses and our perceptions, its effects on storytelling and narrative, the potential and the limits of artificial intelligence, the relationship of technologies to hand labor and traditional tools and its use in collaborating as well as resisting or taking social action. We invite the consideration of any aspect of technology's promise, potential or pitfalls.


We hope for a broad, vibrant and thought-provoking look at technology. We hope to include designers, animators, game designers, and those working with virtual reality or computational, data based work. We welcome and expect to have exhibitions and performances at multiple venues.


In addition we are interested in proposals for workshops to be held on October 3, 2018, the day preceding the symposium.

Educators, Artists, Makers, Performers, Designers and Scholars across the full spectrum of disciplines are invited to share their expertise and perspectives in the form of presentations, panels and performances. We welcome proposals by individuals and groups and invite proposals for linked activities or streams.


To propose a session, workshop or performance, please send a title, proposed length in minutes of presentation and an abstract of no longer than 250 words to MACAA18@unl.edu. All proposals must be received by January 20, 2018.


Proposals should be sent by email to MACAA18@unl.edu by January 20, 2018.


Inquiries: Sandra Williams, Associate Professor and Conference Chair, swilliams2@unl.edu









MACAA*Mid-America College Art Association


Call for Entries

Techne Expanding: Visualizing in Video

Digital Art Exhibition at The Cube

Thursday, October 04

5 - 7 p.m.


The Digital Art Screening Exhibition for the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Techne Expanding: Visualizing in Video, is seeking video art, animations, motion graphics, and similar projects for screening on Lincoln, Nebraska's public-view three-dimensional monitor, The Cube. A massive outdoor screen venue adjacent to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln's Railyard District, The Cube is seen by hundreds of people even on a slow day, with events at the arena frequently drawing tens of thousands of viewers.  Artworks selected for Techne Expanding: Visualizing in Video at The Cube will be curated and must be suitable for a public art audience. Wide latitude in genre and style are considered; priority is to works with formal and/or visual appeal.


Categories:   Amateur  &  Professional


Deadline: January 20,  2018



Projects must be single channel video file


936px wide by 288 px tall

Include credits

Compressed to 250 MB or less

Artists NOT using right "side" of screen should place ART3 logo in the right side (288px by 264px)






The Cube Art Project is a Digital Arts Initiative for the people of Nebraska providing a large format/ public display of international national and local art.  This project is sponsored by the City of Lincoln, Lincoln Partners for Public Art and ColorKey Media LLC. Each year The Cube Art Project will sponsor 2 digital art competitions and offer selected exhibitions of digital art projects throughout the year.  The MACAA Digital Art Exhibition is The Cube Art Project Competition IV.