Call For Papers

UPDATE: A letter from TRAC founder Michael Pearce – read now.

NOTE: 3rd wave abstract submissions due October 6th  submit now.

The FACE conference registration includes TRAC2017: The Representational Art Conference.

Chaired by its co-founder, California Lutheran University Professor Michael Pearce, TRAC will run alongside FACE in its own rooms, again offering scholars, critics, and other leading voices a platform to explore what’s happening in 21st Century representational art. All FACE conference attendees have access to all TRAC sessions. Separate registration for the TRAC conference is not required.

The Representational Art Conference is the premier international art conference focused on the philosophical underpinnings of representational art in the 21st Century.

Although representational art inspires deep affection and enjoys broad democratic appeal, until The Representational Art Conference was created there was a thorough lack of academic attention to the work of traditionally trained artists in the 21st century. Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams created the first conference in 2012 to provide a place for the discussion of the philosophy and practice of artists involved in the universities, colleges, ateliers, and private studios where the techniques of the old masters are still taught and used in the present day. The California Lutheran University administration led by President Chris Kimball enthusiastically endorsed the idea, providing underwriting for the conference.

In close collaboration with the Figurative Art Convention and Exposition, TRAC provides a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establishing a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

The Representational Art Conference 2017 is an international cultural event presented by the California Lutheran University Arts Initiative

TRAC Keynote Speakers

Call For Papers
A Message from Michael Pearce