Annual AI Symposium

Advocating for Artists and Designers:
AI and Creative Innovation

Join us at Ringling College of Art and Design for “Advocating for Artists and Designers: AI and Creative Innovation” on September 13-14, 2024. This two-day event is dedicated to supporting artists and designers as they navigate the ethical, legal, and commercial concerns posed by artificial intelligence. Our mission is to advocate for and empower creatives, ensuring they have the tools and knowledge to thrive in the AI era while facing the challenges created by emerging technologies.

Event Details:

September 13-14, 2024

Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL


Early bird and group rates available soon.

Join us for an enriching experience that promises to inspire, educate, and empower the creative community as we confront the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by AI in the world of art and design.

Why Attend:

Keynote Insights:
Hear from expert speakers who will share their expertise on how AI can foster creative innovation while safeguarding artistic integrity.

Engaging Panels:
Participate in in-depth discussions on the ethical use of AI, the legal implications for artists, and strategies for maintaining control over creative work in an AI-driven world.

Hands-On Workshops:
Gain practical experience with AI tools designed for artists, learn methods to protect your art from unauthorized AI use, and collaborate on forward-thinking AI-driven projects.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow artists, educators, professionals, and AI researchers to exchange ideas and form valuable collaborations.

Art Show Opening: Celebrate the opening of the Ringling College Galleries and Exhibitions Artificial Visions: Faculty Explorations in AI Artistry show, featuring food, drinks, and a showcase of innovative AI-integrated artworks.

Who Should Attend:

Artists and Designers:
Discover how AI can be a new medium for artistic expression and learn strategies to protect and enhance your creative work.

Educators and Faculty:
Gain insights into cutting-edge AI applications to enrich your teaching and professional practice.

Students and Emerging Professionals:
Learn from experts, network with peers, and gain hands-on experience with AI in creative fields.

AI Researchers and Innovators: Explore how AI technologies can be applied in the creative sector to foster new ideas and collaborations.


Ticket and Hotel details to follow…


Kirsten Zirngibl

Kirsten Zirngibl is an artist and designer who has contributed to a variety of industries as a concept artist and 2D/3D illustrator, starting in game illustration, and branching into interaction design, advertising, and licensing, with clients including Wizards of the Coast and Google ATAP. She has also exhibited large scale work at Burning Man and multiple art museums in the United States.

Zirngibl is the founder of Zirnworks, LLC, a design and game development studio currently creating “Chroma Circuit”—a new twist on the racing genre, as well as a webapp called Zirnprompt to help artists better scope the AI possibility space.

Friday, Sept. 13 – Keynote: hAIbrid Design: The Best of Both Worlds

An overview on harmonizing traditional creative processes with generative ones for entertainment design and illustration, to expand vision while preserving intent.

Kurt Paulsen

Kurt Paulsen is an accomplished artist and professor with over 20 years of experience in higher education. He has taught at multiple colleges and universities and is currently leading the film production courses at Minnesota State University and the graduate motion graphics courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With a robust background in video production and motion graphics, Kurt also has taught photography, experimental media art, and visual communication. He was the founder of the Speechless Film Festival where he served as director for eight years. He serves as a media and education consultant for and is actively engaged in experimental photography and AI-integrated digital art projects.

Friday, Sept. 13 – Presentation: The artists’ control of consent: AI ethics and solutions.

Unlicensed creative content is widely used to create genAI models. Explore how your content is used and steps you can take to express control over your intellectual property.

Saturday, Sept. 14 – Workshop: Building ethically-sourced generative models with Source.Plus.

From data discovery to finished model, we’ll walk through creating your own fine-tuned AI model (LORA) by curating and captioning non-infringing images in Source.Plus.