Louisiana Tech will play host Oct. 24-26 to the Louisiana Art Education Association Fall Conference in the Visual Arts Center.

The two keynote speakers for the conference will be William Joyce, a Louisiana illustrator, author and artist; and Joyce C. Scott, a visual and performance artist.

Joyce, of Shreveport, will speak about his work and inspiration at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Wyly Tower Auditorium. Joyce has written more than 25 children’s books has received three Emmys for ‘Rolie Polie Olie,’ an animated series that airs on Disney Channel and is based on his series of children’s books. His other television series, ‘George Shrinks,’ airs daily on PBS stations. Joyce also created conceptual characters for ‘Toy Story’ and ‘A Bug’s Life’ and assisted with the creation of the animated film ‘Robots.’ The 2007 movie ‘Meet the Robinsons’ is based on Joyce’s book ‘A Day with Wilbur Robinson.’

Scott, who will speak at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 in Wyly Auditorium, works with sculpture, jewelry, glass, prints and fiber to create single objects as well as installations known for their beauty and social commentary. Scott exhibits, performs and lectures nationally and internationally and has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman and the American Craft Council.

Also during the conference, on Saturday afternoon, Tech’s School of Art faculty will hold a variety of art workshops, dealing with photography/cyanotypes, bookbinding, computer/Illustrator, printmaking, ceramics and painting.

An awards banquet and silent auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.

Interested art educators or those seeking more information about the conference and registration should visit www.art.latech.edu.

Written by Judith Roberts