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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, Chris Ireland, associate professor of art and art appreciation instructor at Tarleton State University in Texas, and Charles Siegfried, adjunct professor at Clackamas Community College & Portland State University, discuss teaching Introduction to Art to non-majors.

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posted by CAA — Feb 16, 2018


Ellen Handy writes about Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s “Animal Locomotion” Nudes by Sarah Gordon. Read the full review at

Alice Correia reviews Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past, edited by Alison Smith, David Blayney Brown, and Carol Jacobi. Read the full review at

James Farmer discusses The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos by Carolyn E. Boyd and Kim Cox. Read the full review at

Katve-Kaisa Kontturi explores Drawing Difference: Connections between Gender and Drawing by Marsha Meskimmon and Phil Sawdon. Read the full review at

Megan Sullivan examines Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba by Abigail McEwan. Read the full review at

Richard Fletcher writes about Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint by Mary Jacobus. Read the full review at

Daniella Berman reviews Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant by Perrin Stein. Read the full review at

Ikem Stanley Ifejika Okoye writes about Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden. Read the full review at 

Jacquelyn Coutré explores Jan Lievens: Friend and Rival of the Young Rembrandt by Bernhard Schnackenburg. Read the full review at

Lauren Whitnah discusses The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia by Rebecca Pinner. Read the full review at

Heather Layton examines the exhibition catalogue Meleko Mokgosi: Pax Kaffraria by Jonathan P. Binstock and Malick Gaines. Read the full review at

Viêt Lệ looks at the exhibition catalogue Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, edited by Amy Brandt. Read the full review at

Corine Schleif reviews Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound, edited by Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly. Read the full review at

Anne Hilker writes about The City and the Young Imagination: Art from Studio in a School, an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York. Read the full review at

Heather McCune Bruhn explores Textile Bildwerke im Kirchenraum: Leinenstickereien im Kontext mittelalterlicher Raumausstattungen aus dem Prämonstratenserinnenkloster Altenberg/Lahn by Stefanie Seeberg. Read the full review at

Wendy Castenell examines Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago by Kymberly N. Pinder. Read the full review at

Richard Wittman reviews The Los Angeles Central Library: Building an Architectural Icon, 1872-1933 by Kenneth A. Breisch. Read the full review at

Danielle Joyner discusses the exhibition catalogue Art and Nature in the Middle Ages, edited by Nicole R. Myers. Read the full review at

Gunnar Swanson reviews The Philosophy of Design by Glenn Parsons. Read the full review at

Amelia Jones and David J. Getsy present Abstract Bodies and Otherwise: A Conversation with Amelia Jones and David Getsy on Gender and Sexuality in the Writing of Art History. Read the full conversation at

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Students in class at Tulane University. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In 2013 the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) launched the Measuring College Learning (MCL) project as a way to engage faculty in the effort to understand and improve student learning in their discipline through development of better tools for assessment in higher education. CAA recently partnered with the SSRC to create an MCL-Art History panel that would outline learning objectives for introductory art history courses, including identifying essential concepts and competencies that demonstrate foundational knowledge of the discipline. The MCL-AH panel convened in July and December 2017 to produce a draft document.

The MCL-Art History panel will host an open forum at the CAA Annual Conference from 2:00-3:30 PM on Friday, February 23rd in Room 511A of the Los Angeles Convention Center to collect CAA member feedback on its initial draft of core learning goals. The panel plans to share the draft document, solicit input and observations, and respond to questions from the community. CAA members are also invited to review the draft document and share observations before, during, and after the annual conference (until March 31, 2018).

Link to MCL-AH Document:

CAA Member Feedback to:
Background on the Measuring College Learning Project

In MCL projects faculty and other experts come together to consider what students should learn in their majors and how that learning should be measured. Panels of experts from six disciplines participated in the first iteration: biology, business, communication, economics, history, and sociology. Several national disciplinary associations—including the American History Association, the American Sociology Association, and the National Communication Association—were actively involved in this project. The culmination of this work was the publication of Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes & Assessments for the 21st Century (Jossey Bass, 2016). More information and resources from this project are available on-line for free download at:

MCL-Art History Panel Members:

Richard Arum, University of California-Irvine, SSRC Senior Academic Advisor
Cole Edick, SSRC Program Assistant
Christine Havice, Kent State University
Richard Lubben, Lane Community College, CAA Education Committee
Elisa Mandell, California State University Fullerton, CAA International Committee
Walter Meyer, Santa Monica College, CAA Professional Practices Committee
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University, CAA Board of Directors
Stephanie Smith, Youngstown State University

MCL-Art History Co-Chairs:

Virginia Spivey, Independent Scholar and Consultant, CAA Education Committee
Andy Schulz, Penn State University, CAA Board of Directors
Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University, CAA Board of Directors

The 2018 Annual Conference kicks off next week in Los Angeles! Here are some tips for first-time attendees:

  • We expect between 3,500 and 4,000 in attendance.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. The Convention Center is large and there is a lot of walking. Most people dress business casual.
  • Be sure to talk to other conference attendees. Making connections is one of the most important things about the Annual Conference.
  • 300 ninety-minute sessions on art making and art history topics – many have Q+A sessions at the end. You don’t need to reserve a space for a particular session, however, space may be limited in due to popularity.

Session times are: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM

  • Use the Annual Conference App or the printed program to make your selection as to which sessions you want to attend. Select sessions in your own field, but also attend a session that interests you but you don’t know that much about.
  • Key Conversation sessions- 12:30 to 1:30PM each day. These cover more topical and current art topics.
  • Printed programs are $10. The mobile App for phone is free. There is Wi-Fi throughout the convention center.
  • Book and Trade Fair: Approximately 90 exhibitors by publishers and art supply makers
  • Cultural and Academic Network Hall: Booths by 52 colleges and cultural orgs
  • Interviews between colleges and attendees
  • Idea Exchange
  • Candidate Center
  • Poster sessions
  • There are many off-site events, some of which are free and some of which have a fee. Check the conference website for the list and see if they are sold out.
  • There are professional development workshops and mentoring sessions. Check the conference website or the App for details.
  • Be sure to check out the Media Lounge and ArtSpace, where the Annual Distinguished Artist Interviews take place.
  • If you are a presenter, there is a Speaker Ready Room for you to prep.
  • The CAA Annual Meeting takes place on Friday at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.
  • Other services available include a Business Center, Quiet Room, and Lactation Room.
  • General CAA questions can be answered at the Welcome Booth in the Registration area in Concourse Foyer.
  • Bus service will run between the hotels and the Westin, Biltmore JW Marriott and the Convention Center – mostly in the morning and end of day. Check the Shuttle Bus Schedule icon in the App for service hours.

106th  CAA Annual Conference Schedule Highlights

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • Meet and Greet for early arrivals at the Convention Center

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  • Registration open 8:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Sessions run at Convention Center
  • 6:00 – 7:30PM – Convocation, Awards for Distinction, and keynote speech by Charles Gaines. Reception will follow in the Registration Area.
  • Tour of the Broad Museum – Jasper Johns exhibition (sold out)
  • Hauser & Wirth after party (sold out)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • Registration open 8:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Book and Trade Fair opens, 9:00AM-6:00PM
  • Cultural and Academic Network Hall opens, 9:00AM-6:00PM
  • Sessions run at the Convention Center
  • Distinguished Scholar Award and Conversation, 4:00-5:30PM
  • Board of Directors Voting ends, 6:00PM
  • Getty Center Reception at 7:00PM – buses will be provided

Friday, February 23, 2018

  • Registration open 8:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Sessions run at Convention Center
  • Distinguished Artist Interviews, 3:30-5:30PM
  • CAA Annual Business Meeting 2:00PM at Convention Center
  • Receptions run at night at hotels for reunions

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • Registration open 8:30AM to 2:30PM
  • Sessions run at Convention Center

Click here to see more tips for first-time attendees.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Feb 14, 2018

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama stand next to their newly unveiled portraits during a ceremony Monday at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump’s Budget Plan Again Calls for Slashing Arts, Public Media Funding

For a second year, President Trump has proposed the elimination of federal funding for public media and the arts. (Billboard)

Paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama Unveiled at Portrait Gallery

The paintings, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively, are a historic first. (NPR)

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: a Pre-Photographic Guide for Artists and Naturalists

A look at the preeminent guide to color for artists, scientists, naturalists, and anthropologists in the 19th-century. (Colossal)

The Greatest Lovers in Art History, from Frida Kahlo and Auguste Rodin to Nan Goldin

Love it or hate it, get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with these artworks. (Artsy)

One of the Earliest Illustrated Medical Books Offers a Lens Into Medieval Health

Originally published in 1491, Fasciculus medicinae quickly proved popular, and dozens of editions followed until 1522. (Hyperallergic)

Meet the Brooklyn Puppet Designer Behind the Fantastical Olympics Opening Ceremony

A five-minute performance represented a year of hard work for artist Nicholas Mahon. (artnet News)

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The Humanities Indicators project, an Andrew E. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative, just released the most recent numbers on salaries for those entering the the humanities professions. CAA has been an active participant in the initiative for the past few years.

Their survey shows that as of 2015, for arts graduates in the workforce, the median earnings for art history majors in the workforce with just a bachelor’s degree were $45,000, while those who had gone on to earn an advanced degree (which could be in any discipline) had median earning of $65,000. Graduates who majored in the arts had median earnings of $48,000 (with just a bachelor’s degree) and $60,000 (with an advanced degree). In all cases, these were slightly below the average for all fields.

These updates about earnings are tied to a new report on humanities majors in the workforce, which tries to look beyond earnings, and finds that when it comes to job satisfaction and perceived well-being, humanities majors are pretty much the same as graduates from every other field (including art majors).

Among the key findings in the new report:

  • Almost 87% of workers with a bachelor’s degree in the humanities reported they were satisfied with their jobs in 2015, comparable to graduates from almost every other field.
  • Over three-quarters of humanities graduates saw themselves at or approaching “the best possible life,” which was similar to the shares among engineering and natural science graduates. Education majors had the highest level on this measure.
  • The academic fields were quite similar with respect to their graduates’ level of satisfaction with their personal financial situations in 2014. Among graduates from engineering, barely 50% reported “I have enough money,” while among humanities and education graduates, the share was 42%. (Arts majors had the lowest share on this question.)
  • More than a million graduates with bachelor’s degrees in the humanities were employed as managers in 2015, and almost 60% of humanities graduates report managing or supervising employees as part of their job (which was equal to the share of all graduates).
  • While much of the report points to similarities, there was one notable difference: only 30% of graduates with a bachelors in humanities perceived a close relationship between their job and their degree in 2014, while more than a third saw no relationship. Fine and performing arts majors were similar on this score. This differed substantially from graduates with science and professional degrees.

Earlier this afternoon, the White House released its 2019 Budget Proposal. The $4.4 trillion budget outlines deep cuts in domestic programs that fund education, arts, and humanities initiatives, while increasing military spending.

“By zeroing out the budgets for the NEH, NEA and similar agencies that support the arts, humanities and education, the President has shown again that he cares more about tax cuts for the wealthy than supporting an American cultural heritage, funded though these agencies,” said Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director. “Thankfully, a bipartisan group of Congressional members, those with the real financial authority, have Americans interests at heart and they will reject the President’s draconian proposals.”

The entire budget proposal adds $984 billion to the federal deficit in the next year and in total adds $7 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.

Partial list of programs slated for elimination:

  • NEA
  • NEH
  • IMLS
  • CPB
  • Corporation for Travel Promotion (Brand USA)
  • Delta Regional Authority
  • Denali Commission
  • Northern Border Regional Commission
  • Woodrow Wilson Center
  • S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Chemical Safety and Hazard Inspection Board
  • Under SNAP: “Proposals are also included to eliminate funding for State performance bonuses and for SNAP nutrition education grants…”
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Contingency Fund

We call on our members and those who believe in the importance of the arts, humanities, and education to act now. The most effective way to make your voice heard is through your local representatives. Call. Email. Write letters.

Congress has this budget in their hands and now is the time to let them know you support the programs it seeks to eliminate.

Click here to access the CAA Arts and Humanities Advocacy Toolkit.

We look forward to discussing budget advocacy at our Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21-24.

Read about Advocacy News from CAA.

As you know, CAA is a non-profit organization.  Last fall, our beloved Treasurer Jack Hyland passed away after more than twenty years of service to the Association. Board Member Peter Lukehart has agreed to serve as Interim Treasurer until a permanent new treasurer is found.

If you know someone, perhaps a spouse or friend of an existing CAA member, who knows their away around numbers (i.e., budgets, annual financial statements, etc.) who would be willing to serve the Association as its Treasurer, please contact Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian ( Elected by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer is a non-paid position and sits on the Board of Directors.  He or she works closely with the Association’s CFO to review financial statements.  It is estimated that this role takes approximately 5 hours of volunteer time per quarter, in addition to attendance at the Board of Directors meetings which are usually in February, May and October.

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, Joe Lupo, associate professor and graduate coordinator at West Virginia University, and Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University at St. Louis, discuss what makes a successful educator from the perspective of an administrator.

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posted by CAA — Feb 09, 2018


Geoffrey Batchen reviews Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph edited by Philomena Mariani. Read the full review at

Daniel R. Quiles discusses the exhibition catalogue Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, with contributions by Lynne Zelevansky, Elizabeth Sussman, James Rondeau, Donna De Salvo, and Anna Katherine Brodbeck. Read the full review at

Victoria Rovine writes about The Art of Life in South Africa by Daniel Magaziner. Read the full review at

Patrick Salland explores the exhibition catalogue Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. Read the full review at

Jeffrey Abt examines The Invention of the American Art Museum: From Craft to Kulturgeschichte, 1870–1930 by Kathleen Curran. Read the full review at

Francesca Balboni reviews Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015 edited by Jennifer Liese. Read the full review at

Saisha Grayson discusses Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance by Uri McMillian. Read the full review at

Johanna Függer-Vagts writes about Paul Klee: The Visible and the Legible by Annie Bourneuf. Read the full review at

Dorothy Hoogland Verkerk evaluates Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art by Benjamin Anderson. Read the full review at

Joseph Salvatore Ackley reviews The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages by Ittai Weinryb. Read the full review at

Carol Ann Dixon discusses the exhibition catalogue Wifredo Lam: The EY Exhibition, edited by Catherine David. Read the full review at

Anna Tahinci writes about the exhibition catalogue Nina Katchadourian: Curioser, edited by Veronica Roberts. Read the full review at

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