The Representational Art Conference 2014

  • March 2-5, 2014 – Ventura, California


    Philosopher Roger Scruton will be the keynote speaker at The Representational Art Conference - TRAC2014

    TRAC2014 Keynote speaker, writer and philosopher, Roger Scruton. Scruton is best known to the art community as the writer and host of the acclaimed BBC special Why Beauty Matters.

    Juliette Artistides to be keynote speaker at The Representational Art Conference - TRAC2014

    TRAC2014 Keynote speaker, artist and writer Juliette Aristides. Aristides is author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing with Random House, Watson-Guptill, NY, she frequently contributes to various arts publications.

    Odd Nerdrum to be special guest panelist at The Representational Art Conference - TRAC2014

    Odd Nerdrum is regarded by many as one of the greatest representational painters of the 21st Century. He is famous for his allegorical images of refugees adrift in an inhospitable Icelandic landscape. Nerdrum will be participating in a special panel on art, kitsch, and beauty with Roger Scruton at TRAC2014.


    The Representational Art Conference 2014 (TRAC2014) will focus on the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the 21st Century. Having established at TRAC2012 that the representational art community has an important voice, it is timely to explore and articulate its distinctive aesthetic values, vision and philosophical outlook. Our purpose is not to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.

    Academic Studio Artists
    Art Historians
    Professional Studio Artists
    Art Students
    Gallery Professionals
    Art Collectors
    Museum Professionals


    Roger Scruton and Juliette Aristides keynotes
    Odd Nerdrum in conversation with Roger Scruton on beauty, art and kitsch
    Panel discussions on the present state and future of representational art

    Featured Presentations
    Peter Trippi, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, on today’s market for representational art
    Ruth Weisberg, artist, former Dean of Fine Art at USC, at “Women by Women” exhibit
    John Seed, art critic and scholar, on the Bay Artists movement
    Steven DaLuz, mixed media artist, on the sublime in art
    Michael Zakian, museum director and historian, on content in contemporary realism
    Peter Adams, president of California Art Club
    Stephen Hicks, author of “Explaining Postmodernism”

    Academic Papers
    Over 40 scholars and artists from around the world – informative, inspiring, challenging

    Studio demonstrations
    Jeremy Lipking, Portrait in Oil
    Virgil Elliott, Generating Reference Materials Without Using a Camera
    Graydon Parrish, Munsell Color System for Artists
    Tony Pro, Portrait in Oil
    Alexey Steele, Russian Academy Figure Drawing
    Pam Hawkes, Mixed Media
    Steven Perkins, Ecorché

    Gala Banquet

    AND MORE – For full details see the TRAC2014 schedule

    Pre-conference Paint Out hosted by California Art Club – watch or paint
    Artists’ reception “Women by Women” with talk by Ruth Weisberg
         Kwan Fong Gallery, California Lutheran University
    Reception “Resonating Images III” art exhibition
         William Rolland Gallery, California Lutheran University
    Artist’s reception “Fresh Harvest,” Still life paintings by Michael Lynn Adams
    Museum of Ventura County
    Post-conference exhibit “Wayne Thiebaud Works on Paper”
    Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University

    * Free shuttle transportation provided for off-site excursions.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach, California

    With a spectacular beachfront, an array of culinary delights and just the right blend of casual and cool, Ventura is a great destination for business or pleasure. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach is the only hotel on the beach and just two blocks from historic downtown Ventura, making it easy for guests to explore all the area has to offer.

    Ventura is a great place to escape. Take a surfing lesson on the beach or enjoy a scenic boat ride out to Channel Island State Park, where recreational activities abound. From art galleries, vintage shops to premium outlets, you’ll find it all within minutes of the hotel. Ventura has year-round temperatures averaging 70 degrees & over 250 sunny days a year!


    The Representational Art Conference is an international event
    hosted by the California Lutheran University Arts Initiative.