PACCIN invites you to submit proposals for our 2022 conference at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. We will consider proposals on any topic related to art preparation, art handling and collections care, but will give special consideration for those proposals that address the theme of adaptation.
The year 2020 was a year of intense and unrelenting adaptation—we had to relearn entire systems that were nearly perfected; learn to wear ever-present face masks and face shields; learn to do physical work while somehow physically distanced; learn to be virtual; learn to look at our work in a whole new light of cultural reckoning over race and privilege and evaluate where we stand, where our institutions and workplaces stand in that discussion—learn to change our minds and our hearts.
How have you adapted? Covid-19? calls for social change we cannot ignore? the changing Climate and need for sustainability? changing conditions in the workplace or during an install?

We are interested in sessions that focus on the following:
Adapting to changes in your workplace, workflow, policies, practices, and/or planning.
Crating & Packing: 2020 was the 30-year Anniversary of the seminal publication “Art in Transit”. How are the lessons learned then adapted for today?
Collections Care
Discussions of DEAI
Exhibition installs, installation hardware and methods, exhibition lighting, casework
Pandemic Response

Presentation Opportunities
The conference will have three ways to participate:
30-minute presentations (20 minutes of presenting, 10 minutes of Q+A), ideal for a single speaker covering a focused topic or case study.
60-minute panel presentations/discussions (45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes Q+A). This format is ideal for several speakers/panelists focusing on a broad topic of interest to the entire PACCIN community.
5-minute Quick Presentations (5 minutes of presenting, no Q+A, ideal for a single speaker presenting a Prep Story, Quick Tip, or other short topic presentation). Check out the Prep Stories from our 2019 Prep Con in Amsterdam for examples.

How to Submit your proposals for Prep Con 2022:
Send your proposals to: “”.
The subject title of your email should be “2022 PrepCon Speaker Proposal”
Deadline: Proposals submitted by December 31, 2021
Announcement of selected speakers: January 14, 2022

Include in your proposal:
Name, job title or organization affiliation: (If you are proposing a panel discussion, please add the names of the participants and include organization affiliations/job titles. If you do not have enough participants for a panel, PACCIN may be able to help provide additional people).
Contact Info: (Including co-presenters, panelists and/or moderators. Please note: if not all contact information is available for team presentations at the time of proposal submission, please provide the contact information of the main presenter on the proposal and please submit other team contacts as soon as you have them in a separate email).
Type of proposal: 5, 30, or 60 minute presentations
Topic: With a maximum 250 word limit, please describe the topic to be covered and what are the objectives of your presentation. What will the audience learn and gain from your presentation? Is your topic covering something new or innovative? How is your topic relative to the overall theme of this conference?
Presentation format: How you plan on providing the presentation (Power Point, panel discussion, video, etc.)
Speaker experience? Please note if you have given presentations before. It is not required to have previous experience and PACCIN staff can help you in developing your presentations if needed.
Handouts: Will there be any additional information that can be shared with the attendees in the form of handouts?

Prep Con Diversity Policy
PACCIN wants to make sure that this conference represents all the members of the community as our strengths come from the unique talent and experience of its individuals. All qualified speaker proposals will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strongly encourage speakers of diverse cultural backgrounds and self-identification, and will be looking for representation from all sizes of entities, from large museums to private practice individuals.