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People in the News

posted by CAA — Aug 17, 2017

People in the News lists new hires, positions, and promotions in three sections: Academe, Museums and Galleries, and Organizations and Publications.

The section is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

August 2017


Nika Elder has become assistant professor in the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC.

Amy Freund has received tenure and been promoted to associate professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Paul B. Jaskot, formerly professor of the history of art and architecture and director of Studio χ at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, has been appointed professor of art history and director of Wired! Lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Jenni Sorkin has received tenure in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She became associate professor on July 1, 2017.

May Sun, an artist and former lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, has become a 2017–18 artist in residence at the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Rebecca Uchill has left the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge for a position at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Lisa Young has resigned from her position in the College of Art and Design at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Museums and Galleries

William J. Chiego has become director emeritus for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, to acknowledge his twenty-five years of service.

Elizabeth Chodos, formerly executive and creative director of Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan, has been appointed director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Erin B. Coe, director of the Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, New York, has accepted the directorship of the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University in State College.

William L. Coleman, formerly NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, has been named associate curator of American art at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey.

Alexa Greist, previously at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, has been named assistant curator of prints and drawings for the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Tarah Hogue, formerly curator at Grunt Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first senior curatorial fellow at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wanda Nanibush has been named assistant curator of Canadian and indigenous art for the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Christina Olsen, previously director of the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has been appointed director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor.

Sylvie Patry has joined the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, as deputy director for curatorial affairs and collections. Previously she was deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

H. Alexander Rich, assistant professor of art history and director of the Melvin and Burks Galleries at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, has also been named curator and director of galleries and exhibitions for the Polk Museum of Art at his school.

Tina Rivers Ryan, formerly curatorial assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has become assistant curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

Stephanie Sparling Williams, previously John Walsh Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, has joined the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, as assistant curator and visiting scholar.

Daniel H. Weiss, president and chief operating officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been chosen to lead his institution as chief executive officer.

Cole Woodcox has been appointed director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a consortium of thirty North American universities based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Organizations and Publications

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, previously director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, has been appointed director and chief executive officer of the Biennale of Sydney in Australia.

Gilberto Cárdenas, executive director of the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture in South Bend, Indiana, has joined the board of trustees for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, based in Washington, DC.

John Davis, previously Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and executive director of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Global Academic Programs and Terra Foundation Europe, has been appointed under secretary for museums and research/provost at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has decided to retire in spring 2018.

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Exhibitions Curated by CAA Members

posted by CAA — Aug 16, 2017

Check out details on recent shows organized by CAA members who are also curators.

Exhibitions Curated by CAA Members is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

August 2017

Ellen Carey. Women in Colour. Rubber Factory, New York, August 19–September 27, 2017.

Rachel Epp BullerCrossing the Line. Mary Martin Gehman Art Gallery, Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 22–25, 2017.

Christine Giviskos. On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 5, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Donna Gustafson. Absence and Trace: The Dematerialized Image in Contemporary Art. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 5, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Donna Gustafson. Stanley Twardowicz: Color Field Paintings, 1962–1990. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 5, 2017–July 31, 2018.

Donna Gustafson. Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 5, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Nancy KarrelsProvenance: A Forensic History of Art. Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 13, 2017–June 9, 2018.

Nicole Simpson. Cats vs. Dogs: Illustrations for Children’s Literature. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 1, 2017–June 24, 2018.

Nicole Simpson. Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 5, 2017–February 11, 2018.

Rachel Stern. “Leben ist Glühn”: Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher / “To Live Is to Blaze with Passion”: The Expressionist Fritz Ascher. Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim, Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2017–March 11, 2018; and Potsdam Museum—Forum für Kunst und Geschichte, Potsdam, Germany, December 10, 2017–March 11, 2018.

Karen Wilkin. “Beauteous Strivings”: Fritz Ascher, Works on Paper. New York Studio School, New York, October 23–December 3, 2017.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 16, 2017

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

Conference Strategies for the Shy and Introverted

A comment on Twitter made me realize how many strategies I’ve developed over the past few years to deal with being shy and introverted in a conference environment. Caveats that these are a work in progress, they function best at small to midsized conferences, and I don’t always practice what I preach. (Read more from Jessica Otis.)

11 Studio Hacks That Will Save You Money in Art School  

Back to school season means spending all that money you earned at your summer job on art supplies. In this helpful guide, we’ll share some money-saving studio hacks that will get you through the school year without maxing out your credit card. And only one tip involves Dumpster diving! (Read more from Artspace Magazine.)

Why Shamanic Practices Are Making a Comeback in Contemporary Art

“Everyone always talks about how, in times of crisis, people start looking for God,” says Jeremy Shaw. “And I think that’s very synonymous with what’s happening now.” Since his days at art school, Shaw has been exploring the human pursuit of transcendental experience by way of altered states of consciousness. (Read more from Artsy.)

White Supremacists Are Waging a War against Public Space

The Charlottesville attack threatens public space, an amenity that is both scarce and necessary for democracy. The idea of the public square is under attack. And the extremist alt-right is waging a campaign to shut down the public square, using both violence and intimidation, especially under open-carry laws. (Read more from City Lab.)

Now Is the Time to Think about Accessibility

As a new semester approaches, the academic’s to-do list can fill up fast. That course planning you’ve been putting off now seems urgent. Your chair wants a copy of your syllabi by the end of the week. And there’s still the matter of those writing deadlines. I’m here to add one more item to your list. Now is the time—not later—to think about accessibility in your classroom. (Read more from Vitae.)

Sociology Panel Seeks Changes for Adjuncts

The American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Contingent Faculty released its interim report ahead of the association’s annual meeting this week. The report includes an overview of the existing literature on non-tenure-track faculty members and recommends various policy changes. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

The Highest Form of Flattery

Why risk being classified as a mere imitator? In a new book entitled, with quiet provocation, Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War, Elizabeth Prettejohn sets out to answer this question, even as she argues for a more expansive understanding of what counts as “modern art.” (Read more from the New York Review of Books.)

The 10 Best Artworks by Raphael, Seraphic Genius of the Renaissance—Ranked

To celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy, we surveyed ten of Raphael’s most popular paintings—determined by their presence on Google Images, the number of reproductions created, and our own aesthetic enthusiasms—and ranked them from one to ten, in order of their degree of accomplishment. (Read more from Artnet News.)

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Jack Hyland, CAA’s treasurer and close advisor for over 30 years, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 11, 2017. The CAA staff, board, and committees are saddened by this monumental loss. Hyland began his career in investment banking at major financial services firms, including Morgan Stanley, Warburg Paribas Becker, and PaineWebber/Young & Rubicam Ventures. In 2010, he founded Media Advisory Partners with several partners. Hyland was a strident advocate for CAA, ensuring the financial health of the organization and guiding it with sound input and wisdom through three decades.

Hyland was the author of two notable books, Evangelism’s First Modern Media Star, The Life of Reverend Bill Stidger and The Moses Virus. In the former title, Hyland examined the life of his grandfather, the famous preacher, Bill Stidger, who foresaw the possibilities of modern-day media to expand evangelical work. His second book, The Moses Virus, is a fictional thriller set in Rome.

Hyland was born in 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. He majored in Theoretical Physics at Williams College, graduating in 1959; and from Harvard Business School, graduating in 1961.

In addition to serving CAA, Hyland was Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, Columbia University. He was also Chairman Emeritus of the American Academy in Rome; and Vice President and Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Formerly, he was also a Trustee and Treasurer of the National Building Museum in Washington.

We offer our condolences to his partner, Larry Wente; to his former wife, Karen Conant Hyland; to his children, Liza, Jonathan and Susannah, and grandchildren.

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Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members

posted by CAA — Aug 14, 2017

See when and where CAA members are exhibiting their art, and view images of their work.

Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

August 2017


Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger. Accelerator Gallery, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia, May 27–June 10, 2017. Deception.


Nancy Azara. Picture Gallery at the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, Cornish, New Hampshire, July 22–September 10, 2017. Passage of the Ghost Ship: Trees and Vines. Wood sculpture and scroll/collages.


Diane Burko. Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 4–September 30, 2017. Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives: Bearing Witness to Climate Change. Painting and photography.

Tyrus Clutter. Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida, June 10–September 17, 2017. Con-Text: The Word Based Images of Tyrus Clutter. Color viscosity intaglio prints.


Rachel Epp Buller. Galeria Zapatista at Mission Grafica, San Francisco, California, May 12–June 16, 2017. A Hidden Garden. Monotype prints.

Ken Gonzales-Day. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, September 9–October 28, 2017. Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River. Photographic project.

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CAA Receives NEA Grant for ARTspace

posted by michaelh — Aug 11, 2017

CAA has been awarded a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the next installment of ARTspace, taking place during the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Spearheaded by CAA’s Services to Artists Committee, ARTspace is a forum for programming designed by artists for artists that is among the most vital and exciting aspects of the conference. Held at each Annual Conference since 2001, ARTspace is intended to reflect the current state of the visual arts and arts education. The grant is the NEA’s ninth consecutive award to CAA for this event.

ARTspace offers free program sessions and includes diverse activities such as the annual Distinguished Artist Interviews—most recently with Coco Fusco and Katherine Bradford at the Annual Conference in New York last February—and screenings of film, video, and multimedia works in the Media Lounge. Also hosted in ARTspace are live performances and panel discussions that facilitate a conversational yet professional exchange of ideas and practices designed to engage CAA’s artist members as well as the general public.

ARTspace programming for 2017 included sessions on economic fairness and internet activism, artists who collaborate with their families, alternative career paths for artists outside the studio and academia, and a roundtable on artist-run institutions. CAA’s 106th Annual Conference will take place February 21–24, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and at schools, museums, and other institutions throughout Southern California.

Jane Chu, chairman of the NEA since 2014, has approved over $84 million to fund nearly 1,200 projects and partnerships in all fifty US states in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The Art Works category focuses on funding the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthening of communities through the arts. Through grants to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

For the full list of 2017 Art Works grants visit the NEA website.

New in

posted by CAA — Aug 11, 2017

Deanna Pytlinski visits Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum. “There is much to celebrate about the exhibition,” and “the mood of the show was decidedly exuberant in its design and content.” “Paying overdue attention to the presence of women in a movement long understood to be inherently masculinist,” it makes “the reasons for Abstract Expressionism’s success come alive once again.” Read the full review at

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi reviews Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures: Double Trouble, Twice Blessed, edited by Philip M. Peek. The book challenges “existing African arts and culture scholarship’s disproportionate attention on how twin births constitute a problem to parents and communities,” instead taking “a dialectic approach to show how twins embody ambiguity” and “complementary duality.”  Read the full review at

Eric M. Frank discusses the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy, which opened in 2015. The “spectacular new” institution is “a modern manifestation” of the “same Enlightenment principles that inspired the creation of the public museum,” as well as “an extensive pedagogical installation focused on historical context and religious belief that intentionally aspires to educate and spiritually transform each visitor.” Read the full review at

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Books Published by CAA Members

posted by CAA — Aug 09, 2017

Publishing a book is a major milestone for artists and scholars—browse a list of recent titles below.

Books Published by CAA Members appears every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.

August 2017

David S. Areford. La nave e lo scheletro: Le stampe di Jacopo Rubieri alla Biblioteca Classense di Ravenna (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2017).

Alexis L. BoylanAshcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).

Marilyn R. Brown. The “Gamin de Paris” in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture: Delacroix, Hugo, and the French Social Imaginary (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Clarence C. Cook. A Description of the New York Central Park, intro. Maureen Meister (New York: New York University Press, 2017).

Diana GisolfiPaolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

D. Gustafson and A. M. Zervigón. Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2017).

Rebecca Peabody. Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race (Oakland: University of California Press, 2016).

Corine Schleif and Volker Schier, eds. Manuscripts Changing Hands (Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, 2016).

Rachel Stern. The Expressionist Fritz Ascher: To Live Is to Blaze with Passion / Der Expressionist Fritz Ascher: Leben ist Glühn, ed. Ori Z. Soltes (Cologne: Wienand, 2016).

Athena TachaVisualizing the Universe: Athena Tacha’s Proposals for Public Art Commissions 1972–2012, ed. Richard E. Spear (Washington, DC: Grayson, 2017).

Nancy Um. Shipped but Not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2017).

Phoebe WolfskillArchibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017).

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 09, 2017

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

Professors as Targets of Internet Outrage

Many professors who have expressed their views about race and politics this year have found themselves targets of both the left and right. Nothing is too abstrusely academic, it seems, to seed an attack campaign fueled by websites that surveil social media to find gotcha-worthy gems. (Read more from the New York Times.)

Demands to Cancel Dana Schutz’s ICA Exhibit Don’t Help the Cause for Social Justice

A small group of Boston activists demand as much in their passionate opposition to the current Dana Schutz exhibition at ICA Boston. Should an artist be blacklisted and blocked from showing their work at museums around the nation because one of their recent paintings tackled the painful topic of the history of racial violence? (Read more from the National Coalition against Censorship.)

Upstart Co-Lab Wants Businesses to Hire More Artists

We’re used to the common narrative of the artist as someone so inspired that they simply can’t stomach a drab office job, preferring to ditch the cubicle for the white cube. And yet research has found that employers almost universally report creativity is of increasing importance in the “traditional” workplace. (Read more from Artsy.)

The Letters of Picasso’s Dealer and a Century’s Worth of Impressionist Archives Are Going Online

Art historians and dealers researching works of art will soon have a new trove of materials to work with, courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute. A century’s worth of documentation—stock books from galleries, artists’ correspondence, annotated sale catalogues—will be digitized to develop online catalogues raisonnés for Manet, Morisot, Monet, and more. (Read more from Artnet News.)

The Multifarious Book

A few years ago the director of a university press told me that her goal was “to save the monograph.” “Which one?” I responded. It was an impolitic remark, but it helped to make the point that books perform all kinds of tasks, and when we say we want to “save” the book, it is reasonable to ask if some of those tasks could usefully be performed in better, faster, and cheaper ways. (Read more from the Scholarly Kitchen.)

Cindy Sherman Takes Selfies (as Only She Could) on Instagram

For the most part artists use Instagram like the rest of us: as a document of everyday fascinations, a bit scrubbed up for public consumption. But Cindy Sherman—who knows more than most about the deceptions of selfies—has quietly been exploring Instagram’s potential for something more than self-promotion. (Read more from the New York Times.)

Performance Piece Featuring Witches Raises Questions at Seattle Art Fair

On Thursday evening, at the end of the first day of the Seattle Art Fair, I went on a witch hunt. Ten women wearing black hooded cloaks were wandering the aisles. Amid booths housing galleries from around the world, the dark figures walked, carrying battle axes, reading poetry, playing music, and taking pictures on their phones. (Read more from the Observer.)

Philippe de Montebello on How the Metropolitan Museum Can Reclaim Its Glory

Philippe de Montebello is an institution in his own right—as venerable and encyclopedic as would befit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he led for three decades. Recently, Artnet News’s editor-in-chief sat down with de Montebello to discuss the changes and opportunities at the Met, and his new role in the gallery world. (Read more from Artnet News.)

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Work with us at CAA

posted by CAA — Aug 04, 2017

Last week at CAA we announced a restructuring of the organization and the departure of several staff members who took advantage of a buyout program. As part of the restructure we also find ourselves with the opportunity to hire new staff at CAA. Below are seven positions we are hiring for immediately. Please feel free to share these postings with colleagues and friends who might be a good fit. Click on the linked title of the position to learn more about the role and for application submission details.

Programs Assistant

Media and Content Manager

Manager of Annual Conference

Sponsorship and Partnership Manager

Publications and Programs Editor

IT Manager

Grants and Special Programs Manager


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