Conference Information – Staging


2019 IAEA Statewide Conference

November 21st – 23rd, 2019

Q Center, St. Charles Illinois

Click “Conference Registration Information” below for pricing information

NO ONSITE registration available

More overnight rooms for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are now available!  Click the “hotel information” tab below to reserve.

The IAEA Annual Fall Conference provides professional learning specially designed for art educators by art educators and education professionals. Providing hands-on learning experiences, art making, networking, and more…
Make your plans now to participate in this wonderful opportunity to collaborate with like-minded art education colleagues.
Registration now open

 NO ONSITE registration will be available


[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Hotel Information” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

Overnight rooms for Thursday are sold out at the Q Center. Book your Friday and Saturday rooms now!  

Please make sure you take a look at the different room options as they differ from traditional hotel options.

Standard Guestroom (Max Single Occupancy) $63 per night + tax

Executive Guestroom (Max Double Occupancy) $115 per night + tax  **$25 sharing fee


No Shows and Reservations canceled after Thursday, October 31, 2019 will be charged in full by Q Center to the guest credit card provided.  

All credit cards will be charged in full on Monday, November 18, 2019

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Conference Schedule” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Thursday Pre-Conference” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

Farm and Fiber Field Day!

Join the magic of Esther’s Place as you meet the sheep behind the art, create your very own needle felted pumpkin and enjoy hot apple cider and goodies. It’s a very special chance to see the studio and farm and to be inspired by the wonderful world of fiber art!
Thursday from 2pm-4pm. 
$25 a person (sign up during conference registration)
minimum 8, maximum 20. participants 

Natasha Lehrer Lewis

Fiber Artist and Educator
Esther’s Place
201 W. Galena St. (Rt 30)
Box 185
Big Rock, IL 60511
Facebook: Esther’s Place/ Big Rock Organics
Instagram: @esthersplacefibers / @bigrockorganics

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Friday Conference Keynote Speakers” color=”grey-lite”]

Friday Keynotes: Jazz Occurrence- Lewis Achenbach and Greg Ward

Lewis Achenbach

Artist Lewis Achenbach is pioneering new realities by practicing the discipline of documenting live performances, specifically creative music, jazz, contemporary classical, ambient and experimental endeavors. Lewis creates on-site, in-venue artworks that capture the frequency in the room. This practice has put Achenbach on a path of spiritual discovery that he shares through his formal Jazz Occurrence Project. A JazzO (for short) is a marriage of the sonic arts and visual arts, when the audience is invited into a site specific happening of artistic creation (the band plays and Lewis paints the music).

Acrylics on canvas, pastels on wood cradle and projected digital are his media/medium.

Lewis moved to NYC at 18, worked for Michael Sporn Animation Studios after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, moved to the Chicago Suburbs and has been creating live arts since 2012. A drummer once said, “you paint like I play”.

Lewis was the resident visual artist for the Jazz Institute’s XIIV Made In Chicago Festival (Poznan Poland) 2017 and has worked with institutions MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Hyde Park Jazz Society, NYC Winter Jazz Festival 2019. He has been written about by Howard Reich in the Tribune, Izzy Yellin In Downbeat and Neil Tesser in JAZZIZ magazine.

Greg Ward

Greg Ward is a saxophonist and composer that was born in Peoria, IL. Currently based in the NYC-area, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D’Angelo, and Mike Reed. 

After graduating from NIU in 2004 with a degree in Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance, Ward moved to Chicago and took advantage of every opportunity that was offered to him. Composing two pieces for the International Contemporary Ensemble, performing a quartet composition for the Chicago

Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series, composing Wings for the Peoria Ballet Company, and being commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago for a new composition, which was performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2009, are just a few of the many experiences that shaped Ward during his years in Chicago. In 2009, Ward decided to move to New York City. Almost immediately after he arrived in NYC, he began working with JazzReach, an NYC-based jazz education organization that shares multi-media programs throughout the US. In 2010, he would produce his first CD as a leader with his Chicago-based band, Fitted Shards. South Side Story received much critical acclaim, including “Recording of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune. Next, in 2011, Ward formed Phonic Juggernaut, which features Damion Reid on drums and Joe Sanders on bass.

Together, they recorded and released a CD on Thirsty Ear Recordings that same year. Also, in 2011, Ward composed and performed a commission from the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for a concerto for jazz quartet and string orchestra. In 2012, Ward was selected as one of the two New Music USA Van Lier Fellows. In 2014, he received a commission/residency from the Jazz Gallery and premiered Capturing Sunlight, which was an hour-long work for septet and included a short documentary by Diana Quinones Rivera. The Capturing Sunlight project was inspired by the life and work of Preston Jackson. In 2015, Ward teamed up with choreographer Onye Ozuzu to create Touch My Beloved’s Thought, a musical response to Charles Mingus’ Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. This project featured Ward’s compositions for 10-piece band and choreography for 15 dancers. The live recording was released on Greenleaf Music in 2016. 

Through the years, Ward has collaborated with another composer, sound designer, and performer, Caleb Willitz. First, they composed the film score for Beresford Bennett’s film, Pinch, which was an official selection of the 2015 San Diego Black Film Festival. Second, Ward and Willitz released an electro-acoustic project, Gaps and Spaces: Synoptic Optiks. In 2019, Ward will release his 5th recording as a leader, Greg Ward presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood, for Greenleaf Music.

[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Saturday Conference Keynote Speaker” color=”grey-lite”]

Saturday Keynote: Faheem Majeed

Faheem Majeed

Faheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. As part of his studio practice, the artist transforms materials such as particleboard, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. His broader engagement with the arts also involves arts administration, curation, and community facilitation, all which feed into his larger practice. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) .He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2015) and a Harpo Foundation Awardee (2016).From 2005-2011, Majeed served as Executive Director and Curator for the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) and from 2013–2015 he served as the associate director and faculty of UIC’s School of Art and Art History. In 2015, he co-founded the “Floating Museum” which blends creative place-making, activism and exhibition design to creates temporary, site-responsive museum spaces to activate sites of cultural potential throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. Currently, Majeed is a full-time, practicing artist and creates work in his South Shore studio.

[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Friday Night Gala” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

The gala will take place Friday evening after all the sessions and workshops have ended.
Open House in Vendor Space
IAEA Awards
Food, Drink, and Desserts
Artisan’s Gallery
Member’s Art Show
Silent Auction
Student Scholarship Raffle
More details to come!!!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Student Scholarship Raffle” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

IAEA Student Scholarship Raffle and Assistance: Call for Artwork

This raffle provides monetary support to graduate and undergraduate student scholarships that are awarded each year by IAEA.  All proceeds go to funding the IAEA Student Scholarship Program. The raffle showcases artistic works created by talented artists and educators like you. Please consider donating one or more of your creations to the Student Scholarship raffle. Donating artists may either drop-off their creation(s) during the conference or contact Student Scholarship Raffle Coordinator, to make other arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Artisan’s Gallery” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

Tables are only $10! Sell your artwork during the Friday Evening Gala.

**October 31st is the last day to reserve a table.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Member Show/Pop Up Exhibition” color=”grey-lite”]Member Show/Pop Up Exhibition

Submit artwork for the Electronic & Pop Up Member Show

For the Electronic Art Show, members can submit 1-3 pieces of art (completed within the past three years) that will be projected throughout the conference and on the IAEA webpage. Members may select one piece (from the three) to bring for display in a special Pop-Up Exhibition at the conference. All submissions are due by Nov. 1, 2019

NEW FOR 2019: No entry fee! Juried cash prizes! 
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions from the works submitted.

* If you have any questions regarding the show, feel free to email Stacey Gross at: [email protected]

[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Conference Contact Info” color=”grey-lite”]Have Questions about the 2019 Conference?

Contact the following people with questions about the Conference:

Conference Co-Coordinators

Melissa Righter & Eryn Blaser  [email protected]

Conference Proposals

Eryn Blaser, [email protected]

Early Bird Registration

Melissa Righter [email protected]

IAEA Awards

Christopher Grodoski, [email protected]

Student Chapters/ Student Volunteers

Ailysh Cooper, [email protected]


[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Helpful Hints for a Faster Check-in at the Conference” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

Helpful Hints for a Faster Check-in
■ Register with YOUR name and member information. If your school is completing your registration, make sure they have your correct member information.

■ Renew your membership before attending the conference (if it will expire)

■ Print your electronic receipts and bring them in the event of an error

■ Check-in Thursday if possible – the lines are shorter!

 [/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Conference FAQ” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

  • What if I need to cancel my conference registration?
    • If you must cancel your Early Bird conference registration, you must submit your request in writing (i.e. email) to Conference Registrar Melissa Righter by (October 25th, 2019).  A $50.00 cancellation fee will be applied to your refund. After (November 1st, 2019), no refunds are accepted, but you can authorize in writing to have a colleague attend in your place. Email cancellation requests to: [email protected]. Workshop fees are final and not refunded unless IAEA cancels a workshop. Allow 4 – 6 weeks after the conference to receive an authorized refund.
  • What does my conference registration include?
    • Your paid registration includes your admission to all sessions and meal functions. Some sessions are pre-ticketed and may require an additional fee.
  • What should I bring to the conference to pick up my materials?
    • Bring a copy of your online registration receipt  with you. Printed registration receipts will NOT be provided at the conference. Your confirmation email will serve as your receipt and proof of registration. Make sure your email address is current and accurate.
  • What does my conference registration include?
    • Your paid registration includes your admission to all sessions and meal functions. Some sessions are pre-ticketed and may require an additional fee.
  • Can I bring a guest to lunch?
    • For an additional fee. Additional guest tickets may be ordered on the Early Bird registration form. Include all names of paid guests so guest badges can be made. Lunch events are for our adult attendees.
  • Are accommodations available for those with dietary restrictions?
    • A section has been added onto the Early Bird registration form to indicate those needs.  If you do not register by October 1st online OR do not indicate your dietary needs, we may not be able to accommodate dietary requests made on-site due to hotel catering limitations.
  • My school district will be registering me online, what information do they need to do so?
    • If your district or school is registering and/or paying for your registration, make sure YOUR name is included in the registration information so you will be included in the records.
    • Please make sure that the person that will be registering you has all your pertinent information such as email address, desired workshops, dietary restrictions, etc.
  • Do you accept Checks as a form of payment?
    • Please select the ‘CHECK’ option when finalizing your online registration. Please be aware that your online registration and workshop reservation will NOT be confirmed until your check has been received. If check is not received within 7 days of registration submission, participant’s registration and selected workshops will be cancelled. Checks can be made payable to IAEA and sent to:Melissa Righter, IAEA Conference Registrar,
    • 1321 Morningstar Ct., Naperville, IL 60564
  • Do you accept Purchase Orders (PO) as a form of payment?
    • Purchase Orders are not accepted by IAEA
  • Can I still sign up for workshops when I arrive at the conference?
    • Yes, remaining workshop tickets will be available for selection on-site at the conference. However each workshop has limited spots available and they tend to fill up during Early Bird registration. It is highly encouraged to select workshops during early bird registration. Workshops/ special events are NOT REFUNDABLE. If you find you cannot attend a ticketed event, you may authorize in writing for a colleague to attend in your place.
  • What if I need to cancel my conference registration?

If you must cancel your Early Bird conference registration, you must submit your request in writing (i.e. email) to Conference Registrar Melissa Righter by Date TBD.  A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to your refund. After October 1st, no refunds are accepted, but you can authorize in writing to have a colleague attend in your place. Email cancellation requests to: [email protected]. Workshop fees are final and not refunded unless IAEA cancels a workshop. Allow 4 – 6 weeks after the conference to receive an authorized refund.


[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Vendors Info” color=”grey-lite”][vc_column_text]

Click to learn more, Reserve a booth, and present a workshop

If your company is interested in presenting a hands-on workshop or session during the 2019 conference the deadline to submit a proposal is June 15th, 2019

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Questions? Click the “Conference Contact Info” tab above.

Blick Kcad Logo Flashpoint Chicago logo davis_purple