Promotion Project update

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Dear Sharon,

Thanks for the clarification. Your idea of a bulletin board structure is fine. Anything that fits on a table, without wires or cords extending. You are in.

I am pleased confirm your participation in ARTexchange at the 2010 College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The event will be held on Friday evening, February 12th at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. ARTexchange is an annual event that provides a forum for artists working in all media to share their work with peers and with other conference attendees. In the past, participants have mentioned this event as one of the most inspiring and rewarding aspects of the conference.

You will receive another email in early January with further details regarding location and exact times for set-up of your work and the actual event. Please feel free to contact me via email at if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest in this event.

Truly, Julie Green

CAA Services to Artists Committee Associate Professor Department of Art Oregon State University

On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 9:21 AM, Sharon Butler wrote:

Hi Julie,

Just following up your note. Are you still interested in including the Promotion Project at the ARTExchange?


On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 10:42 AM, Sharon Butler wrote:

Hi Julie,

I’m glad you’re interested in the Promotion Project.

I’m not sure how I would exhibit it. I’m open to suggestion. Currently I”m thinking of tacking the letters to a bulletin-board type of structure. I’m also creating an artists book of the whole application and having it printed at

Maybe we should discuss it on the phone? What’s a good time to call?

Best, Sharon

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:26 PM, ARTexchange Coordinator wrote:

Dear Sharon, Your project sounds great, and of interest to many. Please clarify what you would like exhibit at ArtExchange- many letters and a book?

Thank you. Truly, Julie Green

CAA Services to Artists Committee Associate Professor Department of Art Oregon State University

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM, Sharon Butler wrote:

Hi Coordinators,

I’d like to show a new piece I’ve been working on at CAA in February. The piece is called the Promotion Project and involves an exhibition and book of letters written in support of my application for promotion at Eastern Connecticut State University. The call-for-participation has recently been featured on prominent art blogs Art Fag City, C-Monster, Absent Without Leave , and Joanne Mattera Art Blog.

Putting together a successful application for academic promotion is an unapologetically narcissistic undertaking. The process involves sifting through years of paperwork from past projects and attempting to explain their relevance—-without sounding like a egomaniacal blowhard. Where I teach the activities are divided into four categories: teaching, creative activity, professional activity and service to the University. To make the process more interesting and to help put blogging (I founded and maintain Two Coats of Paint, a widely read artblog that features criticism and commentary about painting), world-building, and the multitasking, DIY nature of contemporary art practice in context, I’ve asked readers to participate. My goal is to get at least 50 letters from people at all levels of the art world (artists, critics, collectors, dealers, curators, readers, and, ofcourse, bloggers) to support my application, which will be exhibited as a group show (each writer will be considered a collaborator), and will also be published in an artist book (probably through

If this project sounds appropriate for the CAA conference let me know.

Best regards, Sharon Butler

Call for participation: “To participate in Chicago, please write to the ARTexchange coordinators, with the subject heading “CAA ARTexchange.” Include your CAA member number and a brief description of what you plan to present. Please provide details regarding performance, sound, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations. You will receive an email confirmation. Because ARTexchange is a popular venue and participation is based on available space, early applicants are given preference.”