IVLA Conference 2017

IVLA Conference 2017 At Lesley University 

International Visual Literacy Conference 2017 at Lesley University The 49th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference took place at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 14 – 17, 2017. The conference brought together international scholars and researchers, teachers and students, artists, scientists, and other professionals to Cambridge to participate in an exciting exchange of ideas about visual literacy. The conference theme of Designing Visual Literacy Experiences was explored through presentations, workshops, exhibitions and museum experiences. Scholars from five continents participated in discussions with their peers on research and practice in visual literacy.

Lesley University was an ideal location for the 2017 International Visual Literacy Association Conference for its proximity to the rich intellectual, artistic, and cultural resources of Cambridge and Boston. In addition to events held on the Lesley University campus, the conference program included an afternoon at the Harvard Art Museums and optional visits to area art museums at the close of the conference on Sunday. Visual literacy is an important component of the education programs at art museums across Boston. The conference hosted two panel presentations focusing on visual literacy in Cambridge and Boston area museums. The Harvard Art Museums invited all conference participants to an afternoon at the museums to explore their various programs in visual literacy, including tours of the museums’ collections. In addition, a panel of museum directors and curators of education introduced the variety of approaches to visual literacy at their museums, including the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Moderating the panel was Lesley Professor Emeritus George Hein, an international scholar in museum education research and evaluation. At the close of the conference on Sunday afternoon participants were invited to visit the art museums as their guests. Keynote presenters reflected a range of approaches for designing visual literacy experiences, and each invited the audience to engage in their work. The British artist and designer Vaughn Oliver gave a brief artist’s talk about his works on exhibit in the Roberts Gallery at the College of Art & Design at the opening reception for the conference on Thursday evening, followed by a lecture on Friday evening by leading artists and designers who addressed Oliver’s unique approach to visual literacy using design principles. Also presenting at the conference were Philip Yenawine, co-creator of Visual Thinking Strategies, and Professor Sarah Huhn, researcher in Technology, Society & Human Values at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

For information regarding the conference, please visit http://ivla.org/conference/