Click HERE for online reservations or call 540-563-9300 (Toll Free: 800-325-3535). Identify yourself as part of the VAEA Group. Room rates are $119.00 plus taxes and service fees. There is no additional fee for added folks in your room. The hotel has issued us a guarantee that there will not be any public rates lower than our group rate. We must fulfill our group obligation to the hotel or we pay the difference, so be sure to be part of the GROUP!
Registration Fees and Conference Schedule
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click HERE to register.
The registration fees have been established based on projected costs and attendance. The fees are listed here. The fees listed here do not include individual session fees. Keep in mind that the registration fee covers hotel and special event costs as well as the discounted rate for our university student attendees.
Keynote Speaker and Invited Guest
We are pleased to announce Suzanne Stryk will be addressing our group on Friday following the General Session. Her topic, "The Beetle and the Double Helix: Why Nature Matters in the Art Classroom" is a fitting subject for this conference. This is a session not to be missed! Please take the time to visit her website http://www.suzannestryk.com/. Suzanne will also be offering a drawing session on Saturday.
Mark Cline, known for such works as Foamhenge and Haunted Monster Museum, will attend and speak during the conference on Thursday. Be sure to register early...you must have a ticket to hear his talk. Visit http://www.enchantedcastlestudios.com/ for more information about this unique artist.
Teacher as Artist
This conference also offers two ways to display and yes, sell, your work. The E-gallery is open to all members to show your stuff. Information about this will be on our website soon. Plan now to provide images to be shown throughout the conference.
The Artisans' Gallery will be held on Friday evening. As in past years you will have the opportunity to show and sell your work.
The Taubman Museum Gala
On Thursday evening the Taubman Museum will host the VAEA with a special reception with light refreshments and distinguished speaker, Mark V. Barrow, Jr., Professor and Chair, Department of History, Virginia Tech. Mark will speak on "Birds in the Hand, Birds in the Bush: The Practice of American Ornithology after Audubon". For more information, click HERE. Also, stick around and participate in a collaborative art making activity inspired by the Audubon exhibit! We will create a magnetic puzzle collage of birds to be displayed in our interactive gallery Art Venture for visitors of all ages to enjoy.