Directory of Affiliated Societies
CAA publishes an online Directory of Affiliated Societies that includes each society’s name, date of founding, size of membership, and annual dues, as well as a statement on the society’s nature or purpose and the name(s) of the contact person(s). Links to websites are published where appropriate.
AIGA | the professional association for design
Annual dues: $2,500 trustee, $500 leader, $250 sustaining, $150 supporting, $50 contributing
Purpose: AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. With seventy chapters and two hundred student groups across the United States, AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates its value, and empowers the success of designers at every stage of their careers.
Contact: Executive director: Richard Grefé. Director of marketing and communications: Rory Levine. Membership: email@example.com. AIGA, 164 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010; 212-807-1990.
American Academy in Rome
Membership: 102 (total number for Friends of the Academy and Friends of the Academy in Italy)
Annual dues: $110
Purpose: The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic, international community. The Rome Prize is awarded to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners, announced in the spring, are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The encounter with Rome represents now, as it has done since the academy’s inception, something unique: a chance for American artists and scholars to spend significant time interacting and working in one of the oldest, most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The richness of Rome’s artistic and cultural legacy and its power to stimulate creative thinking served as the initial impetus for the academy’s founding. Today, those tendencies live on, transformed by the dynamism of the academy’s evolving community.
Contact: President: Mark Robbins. Director: Kimberly D. Bowes. Membership: Friends of the Academy, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022; Friends of the Academy in Italy, Via Angelo Masina 5, 00153 Rome, Italy; 212-751-7200; fax: 212-751-7220. Communications: Marques McClary. CAA liason: Lindsay Harris.
American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)
Annual dues: Students, retired members, independent scholars, and scholars in South and Southeast Asia: $20/$40 (2 years); regular member: $50/$100 (2 years); contributing member: $100/$200 (2 years); institutional member: $100; sustaining member: $250 minimum; lifetime patron: $3,000
Purpose: ACSAA promotes the understanding of the arts of all countries in Southern Asia (including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan region. The group publishes an annual bulletin and holds a major symposium every two years.
Contact: President: Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Toronto, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada. Secretary: Catherine Becker, Department of Art History (MC 201), University of Illinois at Chicago, 106 Jefferson Hall, 929 West Harrison, Chicago, IL 60607.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Annual dues: $144 associate; $70 student; $80 retired; $218 institutional
Purpose: AIC advances the practice and promotes the importance of preservation of cultural property through publications, research, and the exchange of knowledge, as well as by establishing and upholding professional standards. The organization holds an annual conference and publishes a bimonthly newsletter, a scholarly journal, an annual membership directory, and other specialty and online publications.
Contact: Executive director: Eryl P. Wentworth, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20005; 202-661-8060; fax: 202-452-9545. AIC liaison to CAA: Rebecca Rushfield.
American Print Alliance
Membership: 17 councils in the US and Canada, representing 6,000 artists
Annual dues: $100
Subscriptions to Contemporary Impressions: $39 regular; $32 council members; $19 students; $56 institutions
Purpose: The American Print Alliance advances and promotes print, paper, and book arts by publishing critical literature, organizing exhibitions, collecting resource information, and encouraging professional practices. The alliance publishes the journal Contemporary Impressions twice a year, with one commissioned work for subscribers, and the Guide to Print Workshops. It also sponsors traveling exhibitions and provides competition information, technical articles, online exhibitions and a gallery, a directory of print study rooms, and much more.
Contact: Director: Carol Pulin, 302 Larkspur Turn, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
American Society for Aesthetics (ASA)
Annual dues: $70 regular; $35 student; $56 emeritus/retired (additional charges for overseas memberships to cover postage)
Purpose: As an association for aesthetics, criticism, and theory of the arts, ASA promotes study, research, discussion, and publication in aesthetics and publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the ASA Newsletter, and the Graduate Student e-Journal ASAGE; holds one national and three regional meetings each year; and conducts an active grant program to promote diversity in the profession and outreach.
Contact: Secretary/treasurer and executive director: Julie Van Camp, American Society for Aesthetics, 1550 Larimer Street, #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602.
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
Annual dues: $50–75 individual; $30 student; $50 retired; $150 institutional
Purpose: ASECS encourages and advances study and research in the history of eighteenth-century culture in its broadest sense. The organization holds an annual conference; publishes a quarterly news circular, a quarterly journal, an annual volume of essays, and a biannual teaching pamphlet; cosponsors joint fellowships with major research libraries; provides travel research fellowships; and offers a number of awards to recognize outstanding scholarship in the field.
Contact: Executive director: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University, PO Box 7867, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; 336-727-4694; fax: 336-727-4697.
American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS)
Annual dues: $36.50 individual; $46.50 sponsor/institution; $26.50 student/retired
Purpose: ASHAHS promotes the study of the visual cultures of Spain, Portugal, and their current and former territories through meetings, a newsletter, and scholarly means. The organization presents the annual Eleanor Tufts Award for an outstanding English-language publication and an annual photography grant to a graduate student writing a dissertation on an aspect of Spanish or Portuguese art.
Contact: President: Jeffrey Schrader, University of Colorado, Denver, Campus Box 177, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364; 303-315-1507.
Membership: 575 (Personal Property)
Annual dues: range from $25 for student affiliate to $600 for accredited senior appraiser
Purpose: ASA is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. As the oldest and only major appraisal organization representing all appraisal specialists, ASA is devoted to providing the highest possible standards in all areas of ethics, professionalism, education, and designation criteria.
Info: American Society of Appraisers, 11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310, Reston, VA 20190; 800-272-8258.
Appraisers Association of America
Annual dues: $650
Purpose: The Appraisers Association of America, established in 1949, is the premier association of personal property appraisers who focus on fine and decorative arts. Our members serve public and private collectors to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes. This year we have launch the Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program, (CASP) to train individuals interested in becoming appraisers.
Contact: Floor South, New York, NY 10001; 212-889-5404 X 14; firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology (AHPT)
Annual dues: $5 optional donation
Purpose: This national nonprofit society promotes the sharing of technological applications for teaching art history; fosters discussion and exploration of skill-based and student-centered approaches to learning; and advances broader understanding and evaluation of existing and emerging technologies for art history.
Contact: President: Sarah Jarmer Scott, Wagner College, Art Department, Main Hall, Room 43C, 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301; 718-420-4528. Secretary/webmaster: Nathalie Hagar.
Art Historians of Southern California (AHSC)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: Founded in 1959, AHSC brings together art historians from a variety of institutions (universities, colleges, community colleges, museums, and galleries) throughout California to engage in dialogue about the most current scholarship and professional practices in the field. AHSC participates in CAA Annual Conferences and hosts an annual symposium wherein art historians and scholars of visual studies and museum studies present their research for a diverse exchange of ideas and perspectives.
Contact: President: Walter Meyer, 310-434-8266. Vice president of annual meetings and conferences: Jean-Luc Bordeaux. Administrative/finance director: Martina Pfleger Hesser. Outreach director: Masha Kowell. Members at large: Clare Kunny, Jillian Hernandez, and Suzette Kirby. Regional officer–San Diego: Meggie Morris. Regional officer–Northern California: Gamble Madsen. Regional officer–Santa Barbara/Central California: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie.
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Annual dues: $120 individual; $90 introductory (one-year limit); $60 retired/unemployed; $50 students (three-year limit); $190 business affiliate
Purpose: ARLIS/NA fosters excellence in art and design librarianship and image management through its many activities: networking and sharing ideas in person at annual conferences; publishing substantive articles of practical and scholarly natures through its publications, such as Art Documentation, the Occasional Papers series, ARLIS/NA Reviews, and other timely online publications; providing a forum for professional communication via a listserv and website; reaching out to future art librarians through scholarships and awards; and recognizing excellence in the field through awards for research, service, and publication. Art Documentation is the official bulletin of ARLIS/NA; subscription is included as part of membership in ARLIS/NA. Institutional subscriptions to Art Documentation vary; please contact the journal’s copublisher, the University of Chicago Press, for more information.
Contact: President: Kristen Regina, Philadelphia Museum of Art. ARLIS/NA liaison to CAA: Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Office: ARLIS/NA, 7044 South 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154; 800-817-0621.
Art, Literature and Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD)
Annual dues: $30
Purpose: ALMSD is an international organization that promotes art, literature, and music from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century in European culture. In particular, it explores the origins and consequences of the Symbolist movement, such as the revival and reinterpretation of classical, medieval, and Renaissance ideas and connections between Symbolism and subsequent movements, such as Surrealism. ALMSD also strives to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas between interdisciplinary scholars. The organization publishes an annual newsletter and conference proceedings. Members receive free access to the newsletter on the website and are welcome to publish in all ALMSD publications.
Contact: President: Rosina Neginsky. Membership director: Deborah Cibelli.
Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
Annual dues: Individual (income under $25,000 or student) $25 or three-year option at $65; individual (income between $25,000 and $50,000) $50 or three-year option at $135; individual (income over $50,000) $75 or three-year option at $200; institutional (including galleries and dealers) $125; patron $175 or three-year option at $470; lifetime $1,000 (payable in five annual payments of $200 each); individuals residing in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America** no cost with annual renewal (** The ACASA board has adopted this policy to address income disparity, exchange-rate fluctuations, and wiring difficulties, and to promote exchange); leadership award recipients complimentary
Purpose: ACASA promotes scholarship, communication, and collaboration among scholars, artists, museum specialists, and others interested in African and African diaspora arts. The organizations business meeting takes place at the African Studies Association annual conference. ACASA holds a triannual conference (mostly in the United States but occasionally in African nations and elsewhere) and ad hoc meetings at the CAA Annual Conference. Members receive the ACASA Newsletter three times a year.
Contact: President: Dominique Malaquais, Institut des Mondes Africains, CNRS. Secretary-treasurer: Shannen Hill, Smithsonian Institution Fellow. Newsletter editor: David Riep, Colorado State University.
Annual dues: Professional-level annual dues are on a sliding scale based on income. Suggested income ranges are meant as a guide: $125 income below $40,000 or retired; $175 income $40,000–$75,000; $225 income $75,000–$100,000; $300 income $100,000–$150,000; $400 income above $150,000
Purpose: ArtTable is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women’s professional leadership in the visual arts. Our ongoing mission includes educating and informing our members and the general public about significant developments and issues in the visual arts through public panels, conferences, and talks. We conduct mentorship programs for young women newly entering the field and sponsor professional-development seminars for leadership development. We serve women at all career stages, with a special effort to increase diversity in the visual-arts professions. ArtTable’s annual award for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts recognizes innovative women leaders across the country. We also actively identify and encourage emerging leaders in the field and recognize their accomplishments with an annual New Leadership Award.
Contact: Ada Ciniglio, 1 East 53rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10022.
Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)
Annual dues: $40
Purpose: AAWAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to augmenting the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the group offers thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue. Representing and serving a dynamic, geographically diverse, multiethnic community of Asian American women artists spanning generations and economic levels, AAWAA provides four areas of programming: Exhibitions and Publications; Archive and Portal to Asian American Women in the Arts; Education and Advocacy; and Artists Support Network. With representatives lecturing regularly at universities, the group provides a unique and valuable perspective on Asian American artists.
Contact: President: Cynthia Tom. Membership: AAWAA, 1890 Bryant Street, #302, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-252-7996.
Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: ACRAH promotes the study of race in art and visual culture from a critical and historical perspective. The group supports scholarship in “Critical Race Art History” by providing forums for intellectual discourse, networking, mentorship, and professional development. The organization sponsors a session and holds a business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference and maintains the blog The Grapevine and a Facebook page.
Contact: Codirectors: Jacqueline Francis and Camara Holloway. Email for enrollment information.
Association for Latin American Art (ALAA)
Annual dues: $30 general; $20 student; $15 retired; $50 institutional; $100 individual sustaining; $500 institutional sustaining
Purpose: ALAA is an international scholarly and professional organization that encourages the discussion, teaching, research, and exhibition of Latin American art from all areas and time periods. Annual dues, which are fully tax deductible, entitle members to participate in symposia, receive newsletters, access the listerv, and use the member directory.
Contact: President: Elisa C. Mandell, Department of Visual Arts, California State University, Fullerton, 800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831; Vice president: Michele Greet, Department of History and Art History, MS 3G1, 4400 University Drive, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030; Secretary-treasurer: Ananda Cohen Suarez, History of Art Department, GM08 Goldwin, Smith Hall, Office G35A, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3201.
Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA)
Annual dues: $50 US individual; $40 Middle Eastern individual; $30 US students; $20 Middle Eastern students; $75 institutional
Purpose: AMCA is a private, nonprofit, nonpolitical, international organization devoted to advancing the study of the visual arts in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey through the creation of a network of interested scholars and organizations. AMCA facilitates communication and cooperation in the field by sponsoring conferences, holding meetings, and exchanging information via a newsletter and website.
Contact: President: Nada Shabout. President elect and founding board member: Sarah Rogers. Treasurer: Pamela Karimi. Secretary: Jessica Gerschultz.
Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History (ATSAH)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: ATSAH promotes the study and publication of art-historical primary sources and facilitates interdisciplinary communication among scholars working with art, literature, and music. ATSAH publishes an annual newsletter with information about ongoing scholarship, publications, conferences, and interdisciplinary programs for textual analysis. It also organizes sessions in conjunction with the conferences of CAA, the Society for Textual Scholarship, and other national and international venues. In addition, ATSAH publishes summaries and reviews and supports the establishment of standards for editing and annotating primary art-historical sources.
Contact: President and treasurer: Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 112 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114; 617-367-1670; fax: 617-557-2962. Vice president and secretary: Tina Waldeier Bizzarro, Rosemont College. Editor and secretary: Maureen Pelta, Moore College of Art and Design.
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)
Active Membership: 780
Annual dues: $50 individual; free for students; $150 institution; $225 corporate
Purpose: AAMG addresses issues unique to museums and galleries of all disciplines associated with institutions of higher education, including art, history, natural history, and science. The group covers issues of governance, ethics, education, exhibitions, management, strategic planning, support, collections, and professional programs. AAMG also promotes the welfare of the professional staff of college and university museums and galleries and holds an annual issues-oriented conference in the spring or summer of each year in a location associated with one or more leading academic art organizations. The organization also offers members a forum to share information through published articles and an online discussion group.
Contact: President: Jill Hartz,Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, 430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403-1223. Membership coordinator: Katie Kizer, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, PMB 273, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203.
Association of Art Editors (AAE)
Annual dues: $25
Purpose:AAE advances and sets standards for the profession of art editor. It offers a forum for the exchange of information among art editors and others involved in art-related publications, provides authors with information about editing and publication procedures, and exchanges information about available positions for freelance and institutional editors. AAE meets occasionally at the CAA Annual Conference. Its Website (www.artedit.org) features a detailed members’ directory (including areas of expertise); job postings; links to editorial organizations and publications; grammar and style sources; research resources; online editing tools; and publishers. The Website also features a comprehensive editorial style guide, revised and updated in 2013.
Contact: President: Phil Freshman, 3912 Natchez Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55416; 952-922-1374. E-mail: email@example.com.
Association of Art Historians (AAH)
Annual dues: £50 individual; £25 student/unwaged; £150 institution (four transferable memberships, Bulletin only)
Purpose: AAH promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history. It is a United Kingdom–based membership organization for those with a professional commitment to and interest in art history and visual culture. AAH plays a key role at national level in helping shape and secure the future of the discipline. It provides and initiates events, publications, funding, resources, and networks for the benefit of members and the wider art-history community. This includes the leading academic journal, Art History, and the internationally renowned AAH annual conference, which provides a valuable platform for current interdisciplinary research and critical debate. AAH’s special-interest groups support art history in universities and colleges, art history in schools, art history in museums and exhibitions, students studying art history, as well as freelance and independent art historians. AAH also oversees the activities of the British section of Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). Membership is open to all. Though primarily active in the UK, AAH has members worldwide.
Contact: Chief executive officer: Pontus Rosen. Chair: Christine Riding. Membership officer: Carina Persson. Association of Art Historians, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ, United Kingdom; +44-0-207/490-3211.
Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)
Membership: 1,500 individuals; 300+ institutions
Annual dues: Individual membership is on a sliding scale based on annual income; institutional membership is on a sliding scale based on operating budget
Purpose: The mission of AAMC is to support and promote the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement.
Contact: Executive director: Judith Pineiro, Association of Art Museum Curators, 174 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075; 212-879-5701; @Art_Curators.
Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA)
Annual dues: $35
Purpose: AHAA promotes scholarship in the history of the art of the United States, providing a forum for presenting and advancing new approaches to the subject, for examining problems that confront the field, and for identifying scholarly needs and opportunities for its members. AHAA is particularly interested in strengthening ties among museum curators, museum educators, and college and university professors. It holds an annual meeting, hosts sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, cosponsors symposia, and offers travel grants.
Contact: Chair: Anna Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Cochair: Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College. Chair emeriti: Akela Reason, University of Georgia. Membership coordinator: Melissa Renn, Harvard Art Museums.
Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA)
Annual dues: $35 regular; $20 students/retired; $135 institutional; $500 sponsoring; $200 benefactor; $100 patron; $50 supporting
Purpose: AHNCA fosters dialogue and communication among those with a special interest in nineteenth-century art and culture. Nineteenth-century art is broadly defined as all art, regardless of geographic boundaries, that was produced between the American Revolution and World War I. AHNCA organizes two sessions and holds its business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference. Members receive an updated directory of members and a newsletter. AHNCA publishes research and reviews in a peer-reviewed journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.
Contact: President: Peter Trippi, Projects in 19th Century Art. Membership coordinator: Karen Pope, Baylor University, Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, PO Box 5730, Austin, TX 78763-5730.
Association of Print Scholars (APS)
Annual dues: $30 regular; $15 student; $100 contributing; $250 sustaining
Purpose: APS is a nonprofit organization that encourages innovative and interdisciplinary methodological approaches to the history of printmaking. By maintaining an active website, sponsoring working groups, and hosting periodic symposia and lectures, APS facilitates dialogue and community among its members and promotes the dissemination of their ideas and scholarship. APS supports research grants and sponsors projects in the digital humanities that advance knowledge of printmaking. Membership is open to anyone whose research focuses on printmaking across all geographic regions and chronological periods.
Info: Copresidents: Britany Salsbury and Christina Weyl, Association of Print Scholars, 514 West 110th Street, Apt. 3C, New York, NY 10025; 646-504-8851; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH)
Purpose: ARIAH supports and promotes scholarship by institutes of advanced research in art history and related disciplines. It also exchanges administrative, scholarly, and research information and encourages cooperation in the development and funding of joint programs.
Contact: Chair: Jonathan Mogul, Wolfsonian–Florida International University. Vice chair: Gail Feigenbaum, Getty Research Institute. Secretary: Gudrun Buehl, Dumbarton Oaks. Treasurer: Lisa Ford, Yale Center for British Art.
Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS)
Membership: 30 heads of art and design schools
Annual dues: AUD$700
Purpose: ACUADS plays a proactive role in shaping quality education for professional artists, crafts people, and designers. The organization addresses issues affecting the education and training of its constituencies and is concerned with the status of the visual-arts industry in the wider economic, social, and cultural development of Australia. ACUADS is the peak art body that represents the concerns and interests of the tertiary art sector to government and policy-making bodies. A body of elected members called the Executive meets several times a year, and the ACUADS annual conference is held in September or October at a participating members’ institution. Members and interested parties receive an electronic monthly newsletter.
Contact: Chair: Ted Snell, Curtin University of Technology, School of Art, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845. Secretary: Jody Fitzhardinge.
Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association (CRSA)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: CRSA provides a forum for discussing the catalogue raisonné. Its sessions at the CAA Annual Conference address authenticity, opinion, research, and other scholarly issues, as well as topics in funding, legal matters, publishing, technology, and similar practical concerns. The group sponsors a listserv for news and member discussions.
Contact: President: Katy Rogers. Director of programming: Susan Cooke. Director of publications: Shaina Larrivee. Director of communications: Carl Schmitz. Director of membership: Suzi Villiger.
Coalition of Women in the Arts Organizations (CWAO)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: CWAO is a national art society dedicated to the achievement of equality for all women in the arts. CWAO organizes grassroots lobbying with state legislatures, presentations, lectures, and shows, as well as lectures at conferences, including the CAA Annual Conference. It publishes CWAO News.
Contact: President: Kyra Belán, PO Box 275, Matlacha, FL 33993.
Community College Professors of Art and Art History (CCPAAH)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: CCPAAH provides a forum for community-college professors to exchange ideas, formulate curricula, and further define the community college’s role in the education of art professionals. The group also develops sessions for professional conferences and is working to provide a much-needed space for dialogue on matters relating to teaching the arts at community colleges. CCPAAH hosts a session and holds a business meeting each year at the CAA Annual Conference.
Contact: President: Susan Altman, Middlesex County College.
Annual Dues: $100
Purpose: The Curator’s Network is a membership group that unites curators who want to share their work and exchange information with other professionals in the field. Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI), the Curator’s Network serves as a catalyst for independent thinking across disciplines and historical precedents; connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions; forges international networks; and generates new forms of collaboration. Members gain access to a wide range of professional resources: an interactive online members’ directory, access to low-fee meeting and work space rentals in New York, admission to ICI’s public events, and invitations to private events.
Contact: Associate director of finance and communications: Laurel Voss. Public programs and research coordinator: Misa Jeffereis. Office: Curator’s Network, Independent Curators International, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, New York, NY 10013; 212-254-8200; fax: 212-477-4781.
Design History Society
Annual dues: £61 $121 €92 Standard Membership + Print; £34 $68 €52 Student Membership + Print;
£34 $68 €52 Senior Membership + Print; £218 $434 €327 Corporate Membership + Print
Purpose: The Design History Society is the leading organisation that promotes the study of global design histories, and brings together and supports all those engaged in the subject - students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators. The Society aims to play an important role in shaping an inclusive design history.
Contact: Jeremy Aynsley, Chair of the Society; Elli Michaela Young, DHS Administrator
Design Studies Forum (DSF)
Membership: 130 (850 listserv)
Annual dues: $60
Purpose: DSF nurtures and encourages the study of design history, criticism, and theory. The organization holds an annual meeting in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference, sponsors panels at that conference, and distributes information about exhibitions, publications, conferences, and employment opportunities via its electronic mailing list. For further information about the Design Studies Forum listserv, or to enroll, contact Carma Gorman at email@example.com. The Design Studies Forum also publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Design and Culture, three times a year through Taylor & Francis.
Contact: President: Stuart Kendall, 1563 Trestle Glen Road, Oakland, CA 94610; 1-510-220-1640.
Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN)
Annual dues: None; dues sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Purpose: DAAN advances new research, critical writing, and curatorial efforts involving modern and contemporary Asian American and Asian diasporic art and visual culture. The organization publishes an informational electronic newsletter, an online directory, and a website, hosted by New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, that allows its members to connect and share their latest research, critical writing, and curatorial projects. The website also serves as a scholarly and artistic resource for the academic and arts communities. DAAN holds an business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference and has representatives throughout the United States.
Contact: Codirector: Alexandra Chang, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, 41–51 East 11th Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10003. Codirector: Margo Machida, University of Connecticut, Department of Art and Art History, 830 Bolton Road, U1099, Storrs, CT 06269.
European Architectural History Network (EAHN)
Annual dues: €75 (individual); €250 (institutional)
Purpose: EAHN supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study. EAHN organizes a biannual international conference and biannual thematic conferences. It also publishes the open-access journal Architectural Histories.
Contact: EAHN c/o RMIT, Technische Universiteit Delft, PO Box 5043, 2600 GA, Delft, The Netherlands.
European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum (EPCAF)
Annual dues: None
Purpose:EPCAF is a network of international scholars committed to the study of the visual arts in Europe after 1945. Free and open to anyone, it seeks to provide opportunities for scholars and students from different countries to meet, exchange, and collaborate. To do so, it produces and distributes a monthly Circulaire, organizes panels and conferences, and supports the publication of an EPCAF book series. By exchanging information and ideas across the Atlantic, EPCAF is fostering knowledge and understanding of the history of postwar and contemporary art, as well as drawing attention to different national historiographies and methodologies.
Info: President: Catherine Dossin firstname.lastname@example.org (Purdue University); Director of Research: Lily Woodruff email@example.com (Michigan State University)
The Feminist Art Project (TFAP)
Membership: Open Membership Enrollment. 60 Officers, 5 Executive OfficersAnnual dues: Open Membership
Purpose: The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) is an international collaborative network of educators, artists, curators, and other arts professionals advancing the aesthetic, intellectual, and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present. TFAP presents, documents, and promotes diverse feminist art activities, scholarship, education, and publications through its website, online calendar, scheduled events, and facilitates networking and regional program development throughout the world.
Contact: Connie Tell, Director, The Feminist Art Project and Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)
Biennial dues: $50; $100 institutional; $20 graduate student (photocopy of a current validated university ID required)
Purpose: As a national organization promoting excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio art and art history, FATE aims to foster discussion, analysis, strategies, goals, and understanding in the core curriculum for the visual arts. The organization’s newsletter, journal (FATE in Review), and regional and national conferences provide a platform for exchange and publication.
Contact: President: Scott Betz, Winston-Salem State University, Department of Fine Art, Winston-Salem, NC 27110; 336-750-2281. Membership coordinator: Diane Highland, Eastern Illinois University. CAA representative: Naomi Falk.
Glass Art Society (GAS)
Membership: approximately 2,000
Annual dues: $70 individual; $40 student; $120 sponsor; $275 corporate; $500 patron; $1,000 benefactor
Purpose: GAS is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. GAS holds an annual conference, publishes the Glass Art Society Journal, and provides online versions of GASnews and the Glass Art Society Online Member Directory, featuring member profiles with image gallery, bio and more. GAS strives to stimulate communication among artists, educators, students, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, art critics, manufacturers, and all others interested in and involved with the production, technology and aesthetics of glass. We are dedicated to creating greater public awareness and appreciation of the glass arts.
Historians of British Art (HBA)
Annual dues: $15 students; $25 professionals; $50 benefactor; $100 institutions
Purpose: HBA fosters communication and promotes the study and sharing of ideas among those engaged in any type of scholarship or other professional endeavor related to British art and architecture of every area and/or period. The organization holds sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, in addition to a separate business meeting and an offsite visit to a local collection of British art. Whenever possible, HBA also organizes private, expert-led visits for its members to exhibitions, auctions, and fairs involving British art across North America. The HBA Newsletter is published biannually. Prizes include three awards for books or multiauthored publications on British art, a travel award to a graduate student presenting a paper at an academic conference, and a publication grant to support costs related to publication of a manuscript already accepted by a publisher.
Contact: President: Colette Crossman. Membership inquiries: Keren Hammerschlag. Newsletter: Catherine Roach.
Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA)
Annual dues: $30 regular; $5 graduate students
Purpose: HECAA promotes knowledge of all aspects of visual culture through the encouragement of research and publication among members. It also encourages graduate-student training in the visual culture of the long eighteenth century, holds sessions at conferences, and publishes an online newsletter/blog. HECAA is also an affiliated society of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Contact: President: Michael Yonan. Treasurer: Jennifer Germann. Newsletter editor: Craig Hanson.
Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture (HGSCEA)
Annual dues: $30 individual; $15 student
Purpose: HGSCEA fosters the study of visual and material culture of Central Europe and Scandinavia and enhances dialogue and cooperation among scholars working on the art and architecture of those regions. The society maintains a website and sponsors two sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, one of which is for emerging scholars. HGSCEA also organizes and supports scholarly endeavors and events, such as symposiums, focused on Central European and Scandinavian topics. The organization sponsors an annual essay competition and award for a junior scholar in the fields represented by HGSCEA. Members include American and international scholars, both affiliated and independent, as well as graduate students.
Contact: President: Marsha Morton. Secretary: Jay Clarke. Treasurer: Jim Van Dyke. Web manager: Elizabeth Cronin.
Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)
Annual dues: $40 individual; $20 student; $60 joint; $100 sustaining; $100 institutional
Purpose: HIAA promotes high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic art; facilitates communication among its members through meetings, the HIAA website, and its H-ISLAMART listserv; and promotes scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with the study of Islamic art. The organization sponsors a biennial symposium and holds annual meetings of its members in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference or the Middle East Studies Association’s yearly meeting. HIAA awards grants to graduate students and fellowships to postdoctoral scholars through its new Grabar Grants and Fellowships program, supported by the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund, intended to further research and professional development in all areas of the history of Islamic art, architecture, and archaeology; and the Margeret B. Ševčenko Prize for an emerging scholar of Islamic art. Members also receive access to a membership directory, resources, newsletters, Publication Precis and Reviews, and discounted registration at the biennial symposium.
Contact: President: Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum of Art. President elect: Sussan Babaie, Courtauld Institute of Art. Secretary: Abigail Balbale, Bard Graduate Center. Treasurer: Yasser Tabbaa, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Webmaster: Jennifer Pruitt, Smith College. H-ISLAMART listserv editor: Yael Rice, Amherst College. Newsletter editor: Chanchal Dadlani, Wake Forest University. International representative: Oya Pancaroğlu, Boğazıcı University.
Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA)
Membership: Approximately 700
Annual dues: $50 regular; $25 student; $75 supporting; $100 patron; $200 benefactor; $100 institution
Purpose: HNA fosters communication and collaboration among historians of Northern European art from about 1350 to 1750. The organization holds an annual meeting and program in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference; publishes, twice a year, the HNA Newletter and Review of Books and the online, open-access journal JHNA; and holds scholarly conferences every four years.
Contact: President: Amy Golahny. Vice president: Paul Crenshaw. Administrator: Kristin Lohse Belkin, 23 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904; phone/fax: 732-937-8394. Treasurer: Dawn Odell, Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland OR 97219-7899.
International Association of Art Critics (AICA/US)
Founded: after World War II
Annual dues: $85
Purpose: AICA/US promotes critical work in the field, helps ensure its methodological basis, creates permanent links among members through international meetings and exchange, and contributes to the international understanding of different cultures. The organization aims to protect and further art criticism as a profession in the United States and to act on behalf of the physical preservation and moral defense of works of art. AICA/US organizes frequent membership meetings in different parts of the country and abroad, as well as lectures and symposia, open to members and nonmembers. The organization holds an annual awards ceremony honoring a variety of the best exhibitions nationally and, recently added, an awards category for the best critical writing. Membership is by application and invitation only.
Contact: Copresidents: Barbara MacAdam and Susan Harris, AICA-USA, London Terrace Station, PO Box 20533, New York, NY 10011.
International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS)
Annual dues: €65–80 for three years
Purpose: IAWIS is an international forum for interdisciplinary approaches to the interplay between the verbal and visual. The organization seeks to foster the study of word and image relations in a general cultural context and in the arts in the broadest sense. IAWIS has a triennial international conference and publishes a newsletter twice yearly.
Contact: Catriona Macleod, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 745 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305; 215-898-7332; fax: 215-573-7794.
International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
Annual dues: $65 individual; $55 independent scholar/retiree; $20 student; $80 joint; $1,200 benefactor; $600 supporting; $300 patron; $150 contributing
Purpose: ICMA promotes the study of medieval art and civilization. It publishes a triannual Newsletter and the biannual journal Gesta; funds two Visiting Scholar Lecture Series; awards an annual book prize, as well as annual prizes for the two best student essays (which may be published on its website); offers three travel grants annually to beginning PhD students; and administers travel grants to sponsored sessions at national and international conferences as well as research and publication grants funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Contact: ICMA Administrator, The Met Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY 10040.
International Sculpture Center (ISC)
Annual dues: $100 basic; $500 associate; $350 professional; $200 university; $65 student; $65 senior (65+); $55 subscription only
Purpose: ISC champions the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. ISC publishes Sculpture, an international monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of sculpture, and a series of isc Press sculpture books. The organization also maintains an award-winning website with the most comprehensive resources and information on sculpture. ISC also produces annual International Sculpture Conferences and Symposiums, educational programs, including the ISConnects series, and other special events; it also gives awards for achievement in sculpture.
Contact: Office: International Sculpture Center, 14 Fairgrounds Road, Suite B, Hamilton, NJ 08619; 609-689-1051; fax: 609-689-1061. Executive director: Johannah Hutchison (ext. 304). Membership coordinator: Manju Philip (ext. 314); Conference and events coordinator: April Moorhouse (ext. 308).
Italian Art Society (IAS)
Annual dues: $30; $20 student; $60 patron; $100 benefactor/institution
Purpose: IAS promotes the study of the architecture and visual arts of Italy, from prehistory to the present day. The organization sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and at the annual conferences of CAA, the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the American Association of Italian Studies. The IAS provides a network of special support for graduate students and emerging scholars, including the IAS Travel Grant for conference presentations and a new mentoring program. The group also provides IAS Research and Publications Grants for graduate students and for members holding the Ph.D. and Kress-funded grants for scholars traveling to or from abroad; organizes the annual IAS/Kress Lecture Series in Italy; and helps to facilitate the circulation of members’ publications and research interests through its website, Facebook page, Twitter account, blog, and newsletter.
Contact: President: Sheryl E. Reiss. Executive vice president: Sean Roberts. Vice president for program coordination: Frances Gage. Treasurer: Martha Dunkelman. Secretary: Angi Bourgeois. Newsletter editor and Publications coordinator: Alison Fleming. Events coordinator and Membership coordinator: Gilbert Jones. Webmaster: Mark Rosen.
Japan Art History Forum (JAHF)
Annual dues: $25 individual; $10 student
Purpose: JAHF promotes the study and understanding of Japanese art history and visual and material culture by coordinating opportunities for interchange and dialogue at special exhibitions and symposia of Japanese art and at other scholarly conferences in North America and elsewhere. The organization encourages the dissemination of information and research, primarily via the JAHF email listserv, and also supports graduate students. JAHF sponsors panels and roundtables at meetings of CAA and the Association for Asian Studies, another group with which JAHF is affiliated. In addition to presenting the annual Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize, JAHF offers a publicly accessible section of its website that contains general information about the organization, announcements of meetings, and other useful links. The secure section for members publishes proprietary information such as course syllabi, bibliographies, practical professional advice, and member data. JAHF membership is open to anyone worldwide with a serious scholarly interest in the study of Japanese art history and visual and material culture.
Contact: President: Julie Davis. Vice president: Xiaojin Wu. Secretary: Justin Jesty. Treasurer: Meghen Jones.
Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST)
Annual dues: $80 individual associate
Purpose: As a program of Leonardo/ISAST, the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) promotes the advancement of arts practice, academic scholarship, and practice-led research by providing practitioners, educators, and students a national and international forum for dialogue at the intersections of art, science and technology.
Leonardo/ISAST fosters collaborative explorations both nationally and internationally by facilitating interdisciplinary projects and documenting and disseminating information about interdisciplinary practice. Projects include the print publications Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the Leonardo/ISAST website; the web journal Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and the Leonardo Reviews Project. Other programs include the international speaker LASER Speaker series - Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous; artist/scientist residency with Djerassi Residence Artist Program; and participation in conferences and symposia and in other collaborative events and working groups.
Contact: J.D. Talasek, National Academy of Sciences
Mid America College Art Association (MACAA)
Membership: Approximately 400
Biennial dues: $60
Purpose: MACAA is an artist-led organization that promotes and fosters the making and teaching of art at the university and college level in the mid-America region. The organization seeks to enhance the condition of the profession through the communication of new ideas, concepts, processes, and theories of concern to the membership, holding a biennial conference. Membership is open to institutions, faculty, and students.
Contact: Christopher Olszewski, Professor, Foundation Studies, President, Mid America College Art Association School of Foundation Studies Savannah College of Art and Design Wallin Hall, Office #002, 312 East 37th St., Savannah, Georgia, 31402 USA
Midwest Art History Society (MAHS)
Annual Dues: $25 students; $45 individuals; $30 senior/retired; $150 institutions
Purpose: MAHS brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians with the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas. The organization accepts members from any state or country and holds an annual conference, publishes books on objects in Midwest collections, and presents awards for outstanding exhibition and collection catalogues. The conference provides an opportunity to present and hear excellent papers in a friendly environment; its reasonable size allows for in-depth discussions of ideas. The Cuttler Student Travel Fund helps graduate students deliver papers at the conference. Members may apply for competitive publication subvention. Members also receive an annual Newsletter with extensive listings of regional exhibitions, publications, and employment opportunities.
Contact: President: Henry Luttikhuizen. Secretary: Heidi Hornik. Treasurer: Valerie Hedquist.
National Alliance of Artists for Historical Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU)
Annual Dues: $35
Purpose: NAAHBCU brings art and art education to the forefront of member institutions and keeps these programs as institutional priorities for generations to come. The alliance is committed to developing in its members, and especially students, the artistic and life skills needed to function as literate citizens in the society of today and in the future. NAAHBCU holds annual meetings, workshops, and seminars. Members receive a biannual newsletter and other published literature.
Contact: President: D. Peggy Blood, 918 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, GA 31410; 912-897-2833. NAAHBCU board chair: Lee Ransaw.
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Annual dues: $65 for active membership
Purpose: NAEA advances visual-arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Students of all ages benefit from comprehensive, balanced, and sequential learning in the visual arts, led and taught by qualified teachers who are certified in art education. Art educators meet ethical and rigorous standards of excellence in preservice preparation, ongoing professional development, pedagogy, and inquiry in the field. School-based visual-arts instruction surpasses national, state, and local standards and is enhanced through access to art museums and other community resources. The power of the visual arts to enrich human experience and society is recognized and celebrated throughout the world. NAEA staff and members work to support professional growth, change, and leadership through: mentoring; networking and collaborating; participating in art-education conferences; developing and disseminating exemplary resources on art education; building a professional community by contributing their time and talents to others; and valuing their diversity and committing themselves to equity.
Contact: Executive director: Deborah B. Reeve, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191-1590; 703-860-8000; fax: 703-860-2960. Higher-education division director and liaison to the CAA Education Committee: Sara Wilson McKay. Higher-education division director elect: Jeff Broom.
National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO)
Membership: 290 organizations; 320 individuals
Annual dues: $60–$500, depending on budget
Purpose: NAAO is an artist-centered, membership-driven service organization that fosters communication and interaction among artists and artists organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. It is dedicated to mobilizing this broad community by focusing a national dialogue, providing valuable networking opportunities within the field, promoting the value of artist-driven initiatives to the broader public, and serving as a national voice for artists organizations in forums that debate issues of cultural policy. As the only national service organization serving the community of artists organizations, NAAO enacts programs that promote organizational stability, communication within the field, increased visibility, and cultural pluralism, and has played a leading role in issues related to freedom of expression and the First Amendment.
Contact: NAAO c/o Space One Eleven, 2409 Second Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203-3809; 205-328-0553; fax 205-254-6176.
National Conference of Artists (NCA)
Annual dues: $35 general; $10 student; $100 institution; $50 chapter; $500 life
Purpose: NCA works to preserve, promote, and develop the creative forces and expressions of African American artists and artists of African heritage. Through its research in the arts, annual convention, regional meetings, and correspondence, NCA brings artists together to discuss mutual concerns, exchange ideas, and promote cultural exchange and the interchange of works of local, national, and international origin. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and are invited to attend the annual convention.
Contact: President: Kwame Brathwaite, National Conference of Artists, 12 Morley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.
National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA)
Membership: approximately 400
Annual dues: $75
Purpose: NCAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, identification of problems, and generation of shared solutions to the issues that confront arts-administration professionals in higher education. The organization supports an annual conference hosted by a member institution, which spotlights current trends in arts administration and offers forums, guest speakers, and social events, providing multiple opportunities to network within a diverse community of arts professionals. NCAA sponsors a reception at the CAA Annual Conference and promotes the participation of members in CAA panels and presentations.
Contact: President and CAA liaison: Amy Hauft, University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Art History, 2301 San Jacinto Boulevard, Stop D1300, Austin, TX 78712-1421. President elect: Elissa Armstrong.
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
Annual dues: $55 standard; $40 transitional; $25 student; $150 premium; $250 institutional; $500 corporate
Purpose: NCECA is a professional organization whose purpose is to stimulate and promote the ceramic arts through education, research, and creative practice. It accomplishes its mission by providing a forum for the exchange of stimulating ideas and vital information about ceramics. Membership is open to everyone interested in the ceramic arts: teachers, students, studio artists, potters, art historians, writers, museum and gallery directors, collectors, critics, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, suppliers, and manufacturers. NCECA reaches its members and the broader arts community through an annual conference and general meeting, and through publications, exhibitions, and other educational programming.
Contact: Executive director: Joshua Green. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 77 Erie Village Square, Suite 280, Erie, CO 80516-6996; 303-828-2811; 866-266-2322 (toll free). Office administrator: Jacqueline Hardy. Projects manager: Kate Vorhaus.
New Media Caucus
Annual dues: $0 individual; $75 board of directors; $350 nonprofit organizational sponsor; $700 for-profit organizational sponsor
Purpose: NMC is an international nonprofit association formed to promote the development and understanding of new-media art. The group represents artists, designers, practitioners, historians, theoreticians, educators, students, scholars, and researchers, as well as like-minded organizations with interests that include, but are not limited to, digital media, electronic media, mobile media, virtual media, and emergent media. NMC’s purpose is to support and advance a diverse range of inquiry in order to catalyze the further evolution of new-media art.
Contact: President: Vagner Whitehead.
Northern California Art Historians (NCAH)
Annual dues: $10
Purpose: NCAH fosters community and scholarly collaboration among faculty and instructors who teach art history in Northern Californian universities and community colleges as well as curators, museum professionals, graduate students, and members of the community at large who have a passion for the arts. The group holds regular salons, notifies members of local and regional events of interest, and organizes and cohosts events for its members.
Contact: Treasurer: Beverly K. Grindstaff.
Pacific Arts Association (PAA)
Annual dues: $50 professional individuals and institutions, museums, libraries, collectors, dealers, etc.; $35 visual and performing artists, students, and retirees
Purpose: PAA is an international organization devoted to the study of the arts of Oceania that provides a forum for dialogue and awareness about Pacific art and culture. By connecting individuals and institutions around the world, PAA encourages understanding among nations of the region and greater cooperation among institutions and individuals involved in the arts of Oceania. PAA also promotes high standards of research, interpretation, and reporting on this art and stimulates interest in the teaching of courses on Oceanic art, especially at the university (tertiary) educational level. Finally, the organization encourages high standards of conservation in and preservation of the material culture of Oceanic arts. PAA’s peer-reviewed Pacific Arts Journal features current research, and reviews. The PAA newsletter provides timely information about important events to members. PAA’s triennial international symposium takes place in alternating venues across the globe and includes special tours, performances, exhibitions, and presentations of academic and artistic research on the arts of Oceania.
Contact: Vice president and chair, North America: Carol Mayer, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. Treasurer and membership inquiries: Christina Hellmich. Information manager and webmaster: Caroline Vercoe and Marion Cadora.
Private Art Dealers Association (PADA)
Annual dues: $800
Purpose: PADA represents a select group of dealers who work from nonpublic spaces and who are specialists in specific areas of the fine arts. Election to membership is by invitation and based on a dealer’s experience, scholarship, ethics, and contributions to the arts community. PADA supports scholarship through public lectures, symposia, and grants. It is also a member of Confédération Internationale des Négotiants en Oeuvres d’Art. PADA publishes an annual directory of dealer members.
Contact: President: Robert Simon, Private Art Dealers Association, PO Box 872, Lenox Hill Station, New York, NY 10021; 212-572-0772; fax: 212-572-8398.
Public Art Dialogue (PAD)
Annual dues: $30 student; $80 professional; $100 associate; $200 sustaining; $150 organization
Purpose: PAD’s membership comprises art historians, artists, scholars of American history and visual studies, architects and landscape architects, and public-art administrators and curators, reflecting the field’s dynamic nature and fosters cross-disciplinary exchange. PAD provides a forum for critical discourse and commentary on public art broadly defined, which can range from object art to social interventions to web-based projects. PAD publishes an electronic newsletter twice annually. Member benefits include Public Art Dialogue, a journal published biannually in print by Routledge, and the opportunity to participate in Public Art Portfolio Reviews, in which experienced public-art professionals give one-on-one feedback to graduate students, emerging artists, and established artists who are seeking public-art commissions. The organization hosts sessions and special events at CAA Annual Conferences (membership is required to participate in PAD’s events at CAA). Each year PAD honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the field with an award and a three-year membership.
Contact: Cochairs: Cameron Cartiere and Jennifer Wingate. Membership coordinator: Anna Heineman. Secretary/treasurer: Kim Theriault. Kim Theriault: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer Caucus for Art (QCA)
Annual dues: $25 employed; $5 low income and students
Purpose: QCA nurtures and encourages the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, theory, criticism, and studio practice in the arts. Through its various activities, the group also fosters better communication and understanding among its members, academic communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and the public at large. Activities include a newsletter and conference panels.
Contact:Chairs: Lily Woodruff, Charlie Snyder, and Jennifer Tyburczy.
Radical Art Caucus (RAC)
Annual dues: $20 faculty and employed; $5 students and underemployed
Purpose: RAC promotes art and art-historical scholarship that addresses historical and contemporary problems of oppression and offers possibilities for resistance. The organization brings together artists and scholars who ground their work in cultural conditions and practices related to critiquing unequal distribution of resources, social hierarchies, and unjust political authority that affect disenfranchised populations in all periods of history. Furthermore, RAC seeks to provide an intellectual and professional environment for the discussion of labor and social-justice issues specifically related to contemporary practices of art and art history. Members debate and advocate for a more critical institutional practice in order to promote radical democratic principles within and outside the academy.
Contact: Treasurer: Travis Nygard.
Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Membership: 5,000 Annual dues: $85 regular; $45 student; $65 retiree; $120 patron; $100 dual; $3,000 life
Purpose: The Renaissance Society of America promotes study of the period 1300–1700. The Society produces the Renaissance Quarterly journal and sponsors publications, fellowships, awards, and other benefits for its members, to support their research and recognize their accomplishments. Its annual meeting brings together scholars from North America and around the world, representing a wide variety of academic disciplines. RSA's members include college and university faculty and students; staff at museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions; independent scholars; and many others interested in Renaissance studies.
Contact: Executive director: Carla Zecher (email@example.com) Office: Renaissance Society of America, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400, New York, NY 10016-4309; 212-817-2130; fax: 212-817-1544.
SGC International (SGCI)
Annual dues: $25 student; $50 regular
Purpose: SGCI is an educational nonprofit organization committed to informing its members about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper. The group holds annual conferences, curates traveling exhibitions for members, maintains a collection of print archives documenting the ongoing development of printmaking, and publishes a newsletter. Members receive exhibition opportunities and a newsletter three times a year; SGCI also awards two annual fellowships to students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Contact: Vice president of external affairs: Jennifer Anderson. SGCI/CAA Panel Committee: Candace Nicol.
Society for Paragone Studies
Annual Dues: $25 regular members; $15 graduate students; $5 undergraduate students (Flint Institute of Arts members receive a 15% discount on membership)
Purpose: The Society for Paragone Studies is a professional academic association that promotes the study of the history of artistic rivalry, including interarts relationships, from all eras of artistic production. In addition to an annual conference, the society publishes (with the Flint Institute of Arts) a graduate-student journal titled Paragone: Emerging Scholars and a postgraduate journal titled Paragone: Past and Present.
Contact: 810-766-6680; firstname.lastname@example.org. Director, editor-in-chief of the journal, and senior editor for the graduate journal: Sarah Lippert. Round-table coordinator: Chad Airhart. Membership officer: Alexis Culotta. Graduate-student officers and editors of the graduate-student journal: John Hebble and Erin McNeils.
Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
Membership: 1,950 - 2,200; 9 chapters
Annual Dues: $125 regular; $90 adjunct/part-time; $75 senior; $55 student; $1,000 institutional
SPE is a national nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services, and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.
Contact: Executive director: James Wyman, 2530 Superior Avenue, #403, Cleveland, OH 44114; 216-622-2733.
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW)
Annual dues: $25 regular; $15 student/retired
Purpose: SSEMW is a national interdisciplinary network of scholars who meet annually, sponsor sessions at conferences, maintain a listserv and website, give awards for outstanding scholarship, and support one another’s work in the field. SSEMW welcomes scholars and teachers from any discipline who study women and their contribution to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period and whose interest in the period includes attention to gender and representations of women.
Contact: Andrea Pearson, American University, Art Department, Katzen Arts Center 101, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016; 202-885-3428; fax: 202-885-1132.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Annual dues: $60 student; $130 individual; $185 joint; $230 supporting; $405 patron; $555 donor; $2,700 life; $7,500 benefactor; to receive the print edition of JSAH, members should add $10 to the membership rate. $442 institutional (electronic JSAH only); $493 (electronic and print JSAH); $593 sustaining institutional (electronic and two copies of print JSAH); $145 professional associates, with $75 for each additional person in same office (one copy of print publications and electronic memberships for every office staff member)
Purpose: SAH is the leading international society that promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of the built environment. The organization produces the journal of record for architectural history, JSAH, in print and in a multimedia online edition. SAH publishes Buildings of the United States, a book series that documents the architecture of every state in America, as well as SAH Archipedia, a media-rich online encyclopedia of American architecture. SAH maintains SAHARA, an online archive of digital images for teaching and research, organizes study programs in the US and internationally, and holds the SAH annual conference. The Society awards more than 40 fellowships and grants annually.
Contact: Executive director: Pauline Saliga, 1365 North Astor Street, Chicago, IL 60610; 312-573-1365.
Society of Contemporary Art Historians (SCAH)
Annual dues: None at this time; dues may be initiated
Purpose: SCAH supports collegiality and foster community in the field of contemporary art history. It also seeks to promote knowledge of the history contemporary art and visual culture through the facilitation of seminars, discussion groups, the presentation of work in progress, and the active encouragement of research among its members.
Contact: President: John Tain. Vice president: Natilee Harren. Secretary: Kirsten Swenson.
Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture, inc. (SHERA)
Annual dues: $30 regular; $15 student and income under $30,000/year; $50 contributing; $100 sustaining
Purpose: SHERA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, oriented exclusively toward the support of scholarship. The purpose of SHERA is to promote research, provide a forum for ongoing conversations on areas of mutual interest, and foster contacts and collaboration among scholars of East European, Eurasian, and Russian art and architecture through activities such as an online newsletter, a listserv, and active participation in research conferences. SHERA runs a website and an electronic listserv and organizes sessions at scholarly conferences such as CAA and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
Contact: President: Natasha Kurchanova. Vice president: Eva Forgacs. Secretary-treasurer: Ksenia Nouril. Email:SHERA.artarchitecture@gmail
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Annual Dues: $85 US/international and digital access to Metalsmith; $94 US and print Metalsmith; $109 international and print Metalsmith
Purpose: SNAG is a nonprofit organization that supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers, and metalsmiths around the world through education, innovation, and leadership. SNAG holds an annual conference; publishes the quarterly full-color journal Metalsmith, and its special annual edition, Exhibition in Print; produces an extensive digital newsletter; and sponsors exhibitions and colloquia in academic and nonacademic settings, among other services. SNAG’s Educational Endowment awards four competitive undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year.
Contact: Executive director: Gwynne Rukenbrod, 541-345-569. Operations manager: Tara Jecklin, 540 Oak Street, Suite A, Eugene, OR 97401; 541-345-5689.
Membership: 1,150 individuals; 112 institutions
Annual dues: $70 individual; $50 adjunct/independents; $45 retired; $35 student; $80 or more contributing; $150 institutional
Purpose: SECAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. It fosters ongoing dialogue about pertinent creative, scholarly, and educational issues and facilitates cooperation among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools, and museums—and among independent artists and scholars. Each year SECAC holds an annual conference; publishes an annual journal, Art Inquiries, and two newsletters; recognizes excellence through an awards program; and presents a $5,000 artist’s fellowship and a $5,000 award for art-historical research. SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States and several foreign countries, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind. SECAC participates in CAA’s Annual Conferences.
Contact: Administrator: Rachel Frew, PO Box 656, Carrboro, NC 27510-0656; 919-942-8235.
Visual Culture Caucus (VCC)
Annual Dues: $10 tenured; $5 untenured; $1 student/adjunct faculty
Purpose: VCC promotes and advances the discussion of visual culture in critical and artistic practice and facilitates interdisciplinary contact with those working to similar ends in other visual media. VCC maintains a listserv for discussion and sharing information that can be joined by contacting the cochairs listed below.
Contact: Cochairs: Tom Williams and Kristen Oehlrich.
Visual Resources Association (VRA)
Annual dues: $115 individual; $45 student/retired/unemployed; $300 institutional (three named representatives receive full-membership privileges); $60 VRA Bulletin only; $60 VRA Listserv only
Purpose: As a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of media management within the educational and cultural heritage environments, VRA is committed to providing leadership in the visual resources field, developing and advocating standards, and offering educational tools and opportunities. The organization offers a forum for issues of vital concern to the field, including: preservation of and access to images and media documenting visual culture; integration of technology-based instruction and research; digital humanities; intellectual property policy; and visual literacy. Through collaboration, partnership, and outreach with the broader information management, educational, and scholarly communities, the VRA actively supports the primacy of visual information in the educational experience. Its international membership includes: information specialists; digital image specialists; archivists; art, architecture, film, video, metadata, and digital librarians; museum professionals; architectural firms; galleries; publishers; vendors; rights and reproductions officials; photographers; art historians; artists; scientists; and academic technologists.
Contact: President: Jen Green, University of Colorado Boulder. Membership inquiries.
Womens Caucus for Art (WCA)
Annual dues: $50 regular; $40 with chapter; $75 institution; $100 supporting; $25 subsidized (student or limited income); $500 lifetime
Purpose: WCA creates community through art, education, and social activism. It is committed to recognizing the contributions of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national, and global art activism, and advocating equity in the arts for all. WCA is a national organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, gallery and museum professionals, critics, publishers, art administrators, and others involved in the visual arts. It offers a national network of twenty-three local chapters, exhibitions, publications, a monthly email bulletin, a biannual newsletter, and regional and national conferences, all of which provide an opportunity to teach, learn, present work, network, and celebrate scholarly and creative achievements by women. WCA is an NGO of the United Nations and a founding member of the Feminist Art Project.
Contact: Womens Caucus for Art, PO Box 1498, Canal Street Station, New York, NY 10013.