UND Arts & Culture Conference, Oct. 22-24, to focus on cultural experiences in new media environments

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Dodds, David L.
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The University of North Dakota's Third Annual Arts & Culture Conference, set for Oct. 22-24, features a popular Minnesota Public Radio host, a Los Angeles Times columnist and blogger, a New York Times social media reporter, an Atlanta-based artist and a filmmaker. The conference, titled "Cultures of Curation," will focus on the ways experts, communities and citizens sort through the abundance of cultural objects and experiences made available by new media environments. The conference includes a series of talks from visiting artists and professionals on UND's campus, evening performances at the Empire Arts Center, and a month-long exhibition at the Third Street Gallery. Conference visitors include the artist Craig Drennen, a drawing and painting teacher at Georgia State University in Atlanta, who is also curating the exhibition; Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio and host of MPR's "Daily Rundown" and "Talking Volumes"; David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times and author of the Culture Monster blog; Jennifer Preston of the New York Times; and filmmaker Kevin Schreck. Here is a schedule of conference events: Tuesday, Oct. 22: Opening reception, 7 p.m., at The Empire Arts Center. Evening concert by ensembles of UND's Department of Music, featuring music from the McSweeney's publication Beck's Songbook, 8 p.m., The Empire Arts Center. Wednesday, Oct. 23: Jennifer Preston - Visiting Artist Lecture, 10 a.m., Merrifield 300, UND campus. Conference visitors sit down and discuss the role of "curation" in their work and in our everyday lives at 3:30 p.m., in the River Valley Room, of the UND Memorial Union. Screening of Schreck's Persistence of Vision, 7 p.m., The Empire Arts Center.Q & A with the director to follow. Thursday, Oct. 24: David Pagel, Visiting Artist Lecture, 11 a.m.,Witmer 114, UND campus. Kerri Miller - Visiting Artist Lecture, 3:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Closing reception, 7 p.m., at the "Cultures of Curation" Exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery in downtown Grand Forks. About the visitors: Craig Drennen Craig Drennen is an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He is represented by Samsøn gallery in Boston and Saltworks in Atlanta. His most recent solo exhibition was at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, and he has shown at the Aqua, NADA, Volta, and MACO art fairs. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. He teaches drawing and painting at Georgia State University, served as dean of the Skowhegan