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8 art conferences you should attend in 2022

January 7, 2022

Creativity and inspiration are the true backbone in the creation of art - both of which can be grown, shaped, and expanded upon throughout your lifetime and career as an artist. To promote artistic growth, you should strive for a lifelong practice of learning, experiencing, and practicing. 


Attending an art conference is an experience that can add substantial value for an artist. Art conferences provide a tremendous opportunity for self-growth, knowledge, networking, and overall empowerment for artists. 


What goes on inside art conferences? For the most part, art conferences typically consist of workshops, demonstrations, and lessons from professional artists and educators. Plus, lots of time to meet fellow artists & future friends.


Understandably, the idea of going to an art conference can be intimidating for many artists. The monetary and time cost dissuades many people from taking the initiative to register and attend. However, participating in these events are highly rewarding and worth your time since it expands your network and grows you as an artist.  With a little bit of preparation and planning, you could find yourself having the experience of a lifetime, while simultaneously honing your skills, in something you are truly passionate about.


Below is a list of 8 art conferences we put together that every artist should look into attending this year!


#1 - National Art Education Convention

When: March 3-5, 2022

Where: New York City

Format: Hybrid (both in-person and virtual)

Hundreds of live sessions, workshops, tours, events, and museum discounts are available to you when you register for NAEA22 In Person in New York City. Connect directly with visual arts, design, and media arts educators from around the world, experience the famous NAEA Exhibit Hall, and engage in all that the city has to offer! Hundreds of options for professional learning, connectivity and creativity.

Visit here for more information and registration.


#2 - Business of Art Conference

When: March 4-5, 2022 

Where: Ames, Iowa

Format: In person

This conference, led by Keynote Speaker and Artist Akwi Nji, is designed to strengthen skills and resources in both formally trained and self-taught creatives. As well as the professional development sessions, this conference will include networking opportunities. All stages of careers are welcome. 

Visit here for more information. 


#3 - The Art of Portrait Conference

When: April 21-24, 2022

Where: Atlanta, Georgia

Format: In person

This conference includes multiple classes, demonstrations, speeches, and exhibits about portrait painting. 

Hands on workshops, demonstrations and lessons from expert artists and  educators, as well as exhibits and sales of art material and products.

Visit here for more information and registration.

#4 - Everything Embroidery Market Spring 2022

April 28-30, 2022

Where: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Format: In person

At this event Embroiderers will have the opportunity to attend classes. Meet trade-related vendors, check out the latest equipment, and network with industry peers and experts in a fun and friendly setting. 

Visit here for more information and registration.


#5 - Creative Pro Week 2022 

When: May 9-13, 2022

Where: Washington D.C. 

Format: Hybrid (both in-person and virtual)

The CreativePro Conference is a digital arts event for creative professionals who design, create or edit in Photoshop, Illustrator, AdobeinDesign, or Microsoft Powerpoint. This event features 40+ expert speakers and over 100 sessions in 5 days of in-depth inspiration and training opportunities. 

Visit here for more information and registration  

#6 - PACE (Plein Air Convention and Expo)

When: May 17-21, 2022

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Format: In person

This Art conference and expo offers opportunities for you to improve painting skills, watch dozens of painting demonstrations, learn art marketing strategies, and meet famous Artists. After learning the techniques of Plein Air Painting, you move outdoors to paint the New Mexico Scenery!

Visit here for more information and registration.  


#7 - International Encaustic Conference

When: June 3-5, 2022

Where: Provincetown, Massachusetts

Format: In person

The purpose of this convention is to bring together a community of Artists, Gallerists, curators, critics and collectors engaged with painting, wax, printmaking and other mix media and professional practices. This conference will offer multiple opportunities to grow your painting skills by trying something new and learning different techniques. 

Visit here for more information and registration.


#8 - Creative Pro Week 2022 

When: May 9-13, 2022

Where: Washington DC

Format: Hybrid (both in-person and virtual)

The CreativePro Conference is a digital arts event for creative professionals who design, create or edit in Photoshop, Illustrator, AdobeinDesign, or Microsoft Powerpoint. This event features 40+ expert speakers and over 100 sessions in 5 days of in-depth inspiration and training opportunities. 

Visit here for more information and registration .

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