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Explore the 2016 Dissertation List

posted by CAA — Dec 11, 2017

Dissertations in Progress on Decorative Arts, 2016: Behan, Antonia, “‘The Brain of the Machine’: Ethel Mairet’s Textile Laboratory” (Bard Graduate Center, P. Stirton) Image: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Once a year, each institution granting the PhD in art history and/or visual studies submits dissertation titles to CAA for publication. has now published the authors and titles of doctoral dissertations in art history and visual studies—both completed and in progress—from American and Canadian institutions for calendar year 2016.

You can browse by listing date or by subject matter. Each entry identifies the student’s name, dissertation title, school, and advisor. Click here to explore.


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The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Sarah G. Sharp, assistant professor at University of Maryland and faculty of the Art Practice MFA Program at SVA in New York, and Kara Hearn, video artist and assistant chair of Film and Video at Pratt Institute, discuss video training for artists across disciplines.

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New in

posted by CAA — Dec 08, 2017

Katie Hornstein discusses Of Elephants & Roses: French Natural History, 1790–1830 by Sue Ann Price. Read the full review at

K.L.H. Wells reviews Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community by Jenni Sorkin. Read the full review at .

Christina Fail writes about Activating Democracy: The “I Wish to Say” Project edited by Sheryl Oring. Read the full review at

Kate Warren writes on TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation by Victoria Lynn and Helen Hughes. Read the full review at

Monica Bravo takes a look at Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 edited by Matthew Affron, Mark A. Castro, Dafne Cruz Porchini, and Renato González Mello. Read the full review at

Joseph Hammond reviews Renaissance Art in Venice: From Tradition to Individualism by Tom Nichols. Read the full review at

Akela Reason writes on Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950 by Sarah Kate Gillespie, Janice Simon, Meredith E. Ward, and Kimberly Orcutt. Read the full review at

Kathleen Chapman reviews Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Inspiration and Transformation edited by John B. Ravenal. Read the full review at


Jane Chin Davidson discusses Women, the Arts and Globalization: Eccentric Experience edited by Marsha Meskimmon and Dorothy C. Rowe and Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies edited by Marion Arnold and Marsha Meskimmon. Read the full review at

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Associate Editor for Digital Publications

posted by CAA — Dec 08, 2017

College Art Association
50 Broadway, Fl 21
New York, NY 10004
Date posted: December 6, 2017

Position Title: Associate Editor for Digital Publications
Supervisor: Director of Programs and Publications
Full-time, salaried with benefits

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promoting the field through intellectual engagement, advocacy, programs, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners.  Each year, CAA offers an Annual Conference, publishes two scholarly journals and offers a variety of other programs. Visit for a complete description of programs and offerings.

CAA has more than 9,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are curators, art historians, scholars, visual artists, and designers.


The Associate Editor for Digital Publications reports to the Director of Programs and Publications. The Associate Editor serves principally as production manager and copyeditor for Art Journal Open, assists in production of, and provides support for other digital publication projects.

The Associate Editor works closely and collaboratively with colleagues in all departments within CAA as well as with representatives from the Board of Directors, editorial boards, and Publications Committee, to establish priorities and to ensure the highest standards of publishing. The Associate Editor acts as the liaison for CAA publications to the association’s communications and marketing department; skills in social media and copywriting are essential.

Art Journal Open

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to serving as production manager working closely with the Web Editor to produce essays and artists’ projects for the website.
  • Creates and maintains production schedules, including deadlines for submissions, editing, proofreading, and publishing.
  • Communicates regularly with the Director of Programs and Publications, Editorial Director, and Web Editor about the progress of web projects and texts.
  • Reviews text, image, video, and other files submitted for publication; checks permissions submitted by authors; and obtains replacement files when necessary
  • Copyedits, fact-checks, and proofreads manuscripts; manages editorial process for contributors
  • Designs and implements layouts for all projects published
  • Prepares manuscripts and images for upload
  • Uploads and publishes all content
  • Manages and maintains functionality and administrative aspects of the site including contracts, permissions, and payments

Programs and Publications Department

  • Assists with maintenance of reviews website
  • Works on multimedia projects for reviews using the Scalar platform
  • Works with Publications and Programs Editor to upload and publish content on reviews on a weekly basis
  • Works collaboratively with CAA’s communications, marketing, and membership department to promote content published across all CAA’s publications, including preparing marketing copy and strategizing; works with CAA’s Media and Content Manager on preparing content for social media
  • Collaborates with Grants and Special Programs Manager on grant programs and applications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an art related field
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in editorial production; a background or interest in contemporary art editing is a plus
  • Working knowledge and experience with WordPress or working with another CMS system to publish online. Familiarity with PHP development is a plus
  • Experience with HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Vimeo, and social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Strong English-language and copyediting skills (Chicago Manual of Style)
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to understand production scheduled, meet deadlines and quality expectations
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative
  • Pleasant demeanor
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work resourcefully and adapt to changing needs within the department

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Tiffany Dugan, Director of Programs and Publications, via email (with “Associate Editor for Digital Publications” and applicant’s last name in subject line) at  No telephone inquiries will be accepted.  Applications accepted until position is filled. Please include the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your qualifications and ability to perform the tasks requested.

The College Art Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or political affiliation.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Dec 06, 2017

Pieter de Hooch, Woman Weighing Coins (c. 1664), oil on canvas (image courtesy of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, property of Kaiser Friedrich Museumsverein), included in Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting.

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Academics and Artists Weigh In on Controversial City Monuments

Over 120 academics and artists have urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove five public monuments and markers they say celebrate racism. (New York Times)

The High Life of Vermeer and his Contemporaries

An exhibition at the National Gallery of Art reinserts Vermeer into the tradition in which he worked, both demystifying his paintings and lending force to his take on the genre. (Hyperallergic)

Seven of the Met’s Tiniest Masterpieces

From a 19th-century necklace of miniature portraits to an ancient Egyptian scarab, here are seven of the Met’s tiniest works of art. (Artsy)

Teenagers in Maryland Create a Pop-Up Museum to Explain Their Lives and Struggles

The Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers (MoCAT) is scheduled to open today. (Washington Post)

A Whale’s Tale: Longest Painting in North America Restored

A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling. (Associated Press)

UK Museums’ Right to Charge Image Fees is Called into Question

A campaign for institutions to free up photographs of out-of-copyright works is backed by legal experts. (The Art Newspaper)

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Meet the 2018 Travel Grant Recipients

posted by CAA — Dec 05, 2017

CAA offers Annual Conference Travel Grants to graduate students in art history and studio art and to international artists and scholars. Meet this year’s recipients below.


Established by Mary D. Edwards with the help of others, the CAA Travel Grant in Memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards supports women who are emerging scholars at either an advanced stage of pursuing a doctoral degree or who have received their PhD within the two years prior to the submission of the application. 

Ashley Dimmig, University of Michigan

Woven Spaces: Building with Textile in Islamic Architecture

“Into the Fold: Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Fabric (and) Architecture”

Sandra Gomez Todó, University of Iowa

Unruly Women in Early Modern Art and Material Culture

“‘But ev’ry Woman is at Heart a Rake:’ Sartorial Agency and the Disruptive Female Masquerader in Lady Elizabeth Chudleigh’s Iphigenia”

Tania Vanessa Alvarez Portugal

De-centering the “Global Renaissance.” Encounters with Asia and the Pacific Rim

“A Mexican Tarot? A 1583 Deck of Mexican Playing Cards”

Emilie Anne-Yvonne Luse, Duke University

Avant-Gardes and Varieties of Fascism

“A Modern Pax Romana: Christian Universalism, Fascism and the Neo-Humanist Aesthetic of Waldemar George”


CAA awards Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Conference.

Mensah Bey

Allison Renée Dunavant

Ezgi Isbilen

Steven Lemke

Kimberly Lyle

Kelly McClinton

Maja M. Michaliszyn

Hollis Moore


CAA awards the International Member Conference Travel Grant to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Conference.

Pamela Gerrish Nunn

Erin McClenathan

Friederike Schäfer


Recognizing the value of first-hand exchanges of ideas and experience among art historians, the Kress Foundation is offering support for international scholars participating as speakers at the 2018 CAA Annual Conference. The scholarly focus of the papers must be European art before 1830. Kress recipients will be announced in January 2018.


Every year since 2012, the CAA-Getty International Program has brought between fifteen and twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend CAA’s Annual Conference. This program is funded on an annual basis by the Getty Foundation. Click here to meet the CAA-Getty International Program participants.

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Sophia Brueckner, assistant professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, and Byron Rich, assistant professor of Art at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, discuss science fiction as inspiration for design and innovation.

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New in

posted by CAA — Dec 01, 2017

Jessen Kelly discusses Jan Gossart and Invention of Nederlandish Antiquity by Marisa Anne Bass. Read the full review at

Jordan A. Fenton reviews The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo by Cécile Fromont. Read the full review at

Vivek Gupta writes on Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India by Heidi Pauwels. Read the full review at

Jane Tynan writes about The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora by Carol Tulloch. Read the full review at

Katherine Doniak discusses Terry Fox edited by Arnold Dreyblatt and Angela Lammert. Read the full review at

Allison Leigh reviews The Russian Canvas by Rosalind P. Blakesly. Read the full review at

SooJin Lee writes about Yayoi Kusama by Midori Yamamura. Read the full review at

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The CAA Board of Directors comprises professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms. Please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments for more information on the process.

Meet the Candidates

The 2017–18 Nominating Committee has selected a slate of six candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2018–22 term. Click the names of the candidates below to read their statements and resumes before casting your vote. The candidates are:

About the Board

The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.


CAA members may vote for up to four (4) candidates, including one write-in candidate (who must be a CAA member). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the board. CAA members may cast their votes and submit their proxies online beginning in early January 2018; no paper ballots will be mailed. Please have your CAA user/member ID# and password handy when you are ready to vote. Voting begins in early January 2018.

The results of the 2018 Board of Directors election will be announced at CAA’s Annual Business Meeting from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Jalet, executive liaison, at (212) 392-4434 or

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Nov 29, 2017

Malick Sidibé, (1978). Courtesy Magnin-A, ©Malick Sidibé, via Artnet News

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Histories of 16th-Century French Art Have Overlooked Manuscript Illumination—Until Now

A new book is fruit of a lifetime’s research by the late Getty curator Myra Orth. (The Art Newspaper)

This New Algorithm Writes Perfect “Artspeak”

Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Artut has developed a tool to explore a familiar art world phenomenon. (Artsy)

Needed: A New Graduate Adviser-Advisee Relationship

How can graduate advisers think strategically about their advisees’ career preparation within the flawed system for PhDs? (Inside Higher Ed)

The Long Ethical Arc of Displaying Human Remains

A look at why museums exhibit Egyptian mummies, but not Native American bones. (Atlas Obscura)

At Colby College, an Honor for a Former Slave

Colby, like many colleges, is grappling with its complicated historical ties to slavery. (The Boston Globe)

Malick Sidibé’s Paris Survey Is an Electrifying Portrait of Mali in the Swinging Sixties

Mali Twist is the largest exhibition of the photographer’s work to date. (Artnet News)

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