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The election of members to serve on the CAA Board of Directors for the 2011–15 term has begun. To participate in the election, all you need is your member number and password. Visit the main board election page or click the candidates’ names below to read their statements and biographies—and to watch their video presentations—before casting your vote:

How to Vote

Log into your CAA account with your User ID# and password. Then click the Vote Now image at the center of the screen to begin the process. If you are already logged in, click the Home link at left, and then the Vote Now image.

You may vote for up to four candidates, including one write-in candidate, who will serve four-year terms on the board. Ballots that indicate more than four candidates will be void. The election ends at 5:30 PM (EST) on Friday, February 11, 2011.

Send a Proxy

CAA encourages you to attend the Annual Members’ Business Meeting at the 2011 Annual Conference in New York. If you cannot, please check the box appointing a proxy. By doing so, you appoint the CAA board officers named thereon—Barbara Nesin, Andrea Kirsh, Maria Ann Conelli, Sue Gollifer, Anne Goodyear, and DeWitt Godfrey—to vote, in their discretion, on such matters as may properly come before such a meeting.

A quorum of one hundred members is needed to hold the meeting; therefore CAA requests your proxy to ensure that it can take place. Please send your proxy by 5:30 PM (EST) on Friday, February 11, 2011.

Mac Users

If you use a non-Intel Mac that runs Tiger OS X 10.4, you will not see a Submit or Save button at the bottom of the voting form. To vote, please log into your CAA account on an Intel Mac or a PC.

Filed under: Board of Directors, Governance

CAA encourages schools, departments, museums, libraries, and art institutions to place a salutatory announcement in the Centennial Booklet, which will be distributed at Convocation, taking place on Wednesday, February 9, 5:30–7:00 PM, during the 2011 Annual Conference. Held in the East Ballroom at the Hilton New York, Convocation is free and open to the public.

The Centennial Booklet will contain the list of speakers for Convocation, which include Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Kate Levin, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The publication will also include a short profile of the Convocation speakers, the visionary ecoartists Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, and citations for the recipients of the special Centennial Awards, which recognize a handful of distinguished leaders who have vigorously and tirelessly supported the visual arts for many years (names to be announced soon). CAA will also present a Centennial Statement and acknowledge the many donors who have supported the organization this year.

Contributors have three options for their announcements: quarter, half, and full pages; the affordable prices are $250, $400, and $750 respectively. Please download the Centennial Booklet advertising form for full details. For more information on helping celebrate CAA’s past, present, and future, please contact Sara Hines, CAA development and marketing manager, at 212-691-1051, ext. 216. Deadline: January 3, 2011.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Centennial

CAA’s two Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts, covering MA, MFA, and PhD programs in art and art history, are now on sale: $15 for CAA members and $20 for nonmembers, plus $4 shipping.

Published in late 2008 and early 2009, the directories remain the most comprehensive resources available for prospective graduate students in the visual arts, listing hundreds of programs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere worldwide. CAA will introduce revised, online versions of the directories in fall 2011, with a price to be determined.

The directories come in two volumes, each sold separately: Graduate Programs in Art History includes art history, visual studies, museum studies, curatorial studies, arts administration, and library science; and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts comprises studio art, graphic design, applied arts and design, film production, art education, and conservation. An index lists schools alphabetically and by state and country for quick reference. An introductory essay presents a detailed description of the elements of a program entry, including explanations of the various kinds of programs and degrees offered, helping place your search and selection process in context.

CAA accepts online purchases from individuals only. If you are ordering on behalf of a school, department, library, museum, or other institution, please download and complete this form and submit it via mail or fax to: CAA, 275 Seventh Ave., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-2381.

Updated on February 23, 2011.

Filed under: Books, Education, Publications, Students

CAA will highlight intellectual property and copyright in two back-to-back sessions at the 2011 Annual Conference. First, CAA’s Committee on Intellectual Property will host an informal, participatory session on the rapidly changing world of copyright as it affects the work of contemporary artists and scholars. A second panel, part of the regular conference program, will trace the evolution of intellectual property since ancient times. Both sessions will take place on Friday, February 11, 2011, at the Hilton New York, the conference headquarters hotel. The first will be held in Petit Trianon, Third Floor (12:30–2:00 PM); and the second moves to Gramercy A, Second Floor (2:30–5:00 PM).

For the committee-sponsored “Copyright, CAA, and the Next Century,” the session cochairs—Ken Cavalier, an art historian and lawyer based in British Columbia, and Christine Sundt, editor of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation—will facilitate discussion about today’s critical issues. Open to the public, the session allows attendees to speak freely on issues they think CAA should address, or that are starting to brew regarding copyright in the United States and Canada. Cavalier and Jeffrey Cunard, CAA’s counsel, will serve as legal experts and guides, and committee members will be on hand to answer questions. CAA is especially interested in how it can improve coverage of intellectual-property issues on its website, in its conference sessions, and in outreach efforts, as well as how the organization can define its leadership role (and work with other groups) to advocate copyright legislation that benefits the artistic community.

For the program session, “Intellectual Property in the Visual Arts, Antiquity through Early Modern,” Beth Holman, an independent scholar and the session’s chair, will shift the focus from print and print privileges to shed light on other strategies of asserting and protecting intellectual property. Kristen Seaman of Kennesaw State University will talk about “Ancient Greek Theories of Authorship and the Creation of Art History,” and Giancarla Periti of the University of Toronto will speak on “Authorship and Early Modern Manuscript Collections of Antiquarian Artifacts.” Moving forward chronologically, C. Jean Campbell of Emory University will discuss “Working Knowledge: Ownership and the Representation of Inventive Capacity in Early Renaissance Art,” and Alexandra Hoare of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts will address “‘Né tocchi mai da nessuno’: Salvator Rosa’s Contribution to Seventeenth-Century Concepts of Intellectual Property.” Ken Cavalier will serve as the session’s discussant.

The Nominating Committee Seeks Members for 2011

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2011 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee nominates and interviews potential candidates for the CAA Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership’s vote. The candidates for the 2011–15 election have been announced, and voting begins on Wednesday, December 15.

The current Nominating Committee will choose the new members of its own committee at its business meeting, to be held at the 2011 Annual Conference in New York in February. Once selected, all committee members must propose a minimum of five and a maximum of ten people for the board in the spring. Service on the committee also involves conducting telephone interviews with candidates during the summer and meeting by conference call in September to select the final board slate. Finally, all Nominating Committee members attend the following business meeting, at the Los Angeles conference in 2012, to select that year’s committee.

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement of interest and a two-page CV. Please send all materials to: Maria Ann Conelli, Vice President for Committees, c/o CAA Executive Assistant, CAA, 275 Seventh Ave., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Materials may also be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to Vanessa Jalet. Deadline: December 30, 2010.

CAA has published full session information for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff in New York, taking place February 10–13, 2011. Along with the names of the sessions and their chairs, the conference website now offers the names and affiliations of all speakers, the titles of their papers or presentations, and the days, times, and locations of each panel.

The listings, which include regular program sessions (2½ hours) and shorter lunchtime and dinner sessions (1½ hours), are presented chronologically, from Wednesday morning to Saturday afternoon. This year’s conference will be plentiful and diverse and cover nearly every area of the practice, history, and teaching of art. Here are but five highlights among the two-hundred-plus sessions that conference registrants will have access to: “(Re)Contextualizing Precolumbian Art in the Twenty-First Century”; “Participation and Engagement: Curating Contemporary Art after New Media”; “Making a Living as an Artist: With or Without a Gallery”; “Emergent Practices: Arts-Based Research and Teaching”; and the two-part “Claiming Authorship: Artists, Patrons, and Strategies of Self-promotion in Medieval and Early Modern Italy.”

In celebration of its one-hundredth anniversary, CAA will present special Centennial sessions that address broad themes in the visual arts and gather top artists, scholars, and thinkers for invigorating debate. These sessions include “Feminism,” led by Norma Broude and Griselda Pollock; “Art/Technology Global Sample,” with Mark Tribe and Chris Csikszentmihalyi as chairs; and “Globalization,” guided by James Elkins and Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. Just added this week was “Against Acknowledgment: Sexuality and the Instrumentalization of Knowledge,” chaired by Jonathan Katz, cocurator of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, the controversial exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Poster sessions—which are live, informal presentations by individuals, aided by displays on poster boards and with an interactive audience element—take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Among the thirteen topics are: “Walt Disney: Undergraduate Research and Critical Thinking,” “How the Sausage Is Made: A Model of Graphic Design Practice and Teaching,” and “Analysis of University Press Production in Art and Art History, 1991–2007.”

CAA launched the website for the New York conference, headquartered at the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan, in early October. It expands on the 2011 Conference Information and Registration booklet that was mailed to all members; new material and information will continue to be added between now and February. Online registration is open. You can also buy tickets for special events, such as the Centennial Reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several postconference tours, and sign up for a professional-development workshop. Alternatively, you may download conference forms to fill out and send. If you are taking part in Career Services, please review what CAA offers for candidates and employers.

Advance registration can be made through January 21, 2011, before rates increase onsite. The deadline for early registration, December 10, 2010, has passed.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Centennial

The Executive Committee of the CAA Board of Directors adopted the following statement on December 7, 2010. At the bottom of the page is information about a special session at the upcoming CAA Annual Conference, chaired by Jonathan Katz, a scholar and the cocurator of Hide/Seek.

CAA Statement

The College Art Association regrets the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly (1987) from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, on display at the National Portrait Gallery. It was taken out on November 30 by G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in response to outside pressure. CAA further expresses profound disappointment that the House speaker–designate, John A. Boehner of Ohio, and the incoming majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, have used their positions to question future funding for the Smithsonian Institution.

CAA applauds the National Portrait Gallery for its groundbreaking exhibition, which presents the long-suppressed subject of same-sex orientation. Furthermore, CAA commends the thorough, pioneering scholarship and the challenging curatorial judgment made by the organizers of Hide/Seek—David C. Ward, a historian at the museum, and Jonathan Katz, director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. That the work of everyone involved has been heedlessly compromised is deeply troubling. The pressure brought to bear on the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian sounds a familiar note from 1989, when direct federal funding to artists was ended due to political pressure. Then as now, CAA strongly protests such tactics.

Government has a long tradition of supporting universities, museums, and libraries—institutions that have produced research that expresses a variety of positions on all subjects. Freedom of expression is one of the great strengths of American democracy and one that our country holds up as a model for emerging democracies elsewhere. Americans understand that ideas expressed in books and artworks are those of their makers, not of the institutions that house them, and certainly do not represent public policy.

CAA urges all members to let your senators and representatives know of your support for the exhibition, its curators, and the National Portrait Gallery. You may also use advocacy tools provided by the National Humanities Alliance or Americans for the Arts.

Special Conference Session

This week CAA invited Jonathan Katz, cocurator of Hide/Seek, to chair a special Centennial session at the 2011 Annual Conference in New York. He will present “Against Acknowledgement: Sexuality and the Instrumentalization of Knowledge” on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 9:30 AM–NOON in the Rendezvous Trianon Room at the Hilton New York. Please check the conference website soon for a list of panelists, their institutional affiliations, and topics of discussion.

In the past week, numerous art and museum associations, advocacy groups, nonprofit and commercial galleries, art critics, and newspapers have spoken out against the removal of an artwork by David Wojnarowicz that was on view in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. CAA is compiling a list of organizations, companies, and people who have published official statements, editorials, and letters to the editor.


Critics, Journalists, Scholars, and Curators

Museums and Galleries

Press and Publishing

Social Networking and Web Resources

The above list will be cumulative. If you would like to send CAA a link to an official or organizational statement, please write to Christopher Howard, CAA managing editor.

CAA Celebrates Its Fifty-Year Members

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA warmly thanks the many contributions of the following dedicated members who joined CAA in 1960 or earlier. This year, the annually published list welcomes nine new members. Seven are distinguished scholars whose teaching and publications have shaped the history of art over the last fifty years. The other two are celebrated artists with deep roots in the Great Plains: Dan Howard, a painter and longtime professor and department chair at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; and Edward Navone, a draftsman and painter who taught for many years at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

1960: Shirley N. Blum; David C. Driskell; Mojmir S. Frinta; Dan F. Howard; W. Eugene Kleinbauer; Ruth Mellinkoff; Edward W. Navone; Linda Nochlin; and J. J. Pollitt.

1959: Adele M. Ernstrom; Geraldine Fowle; Edith M. Hoffman; Carol H. Krinsky; James F. O’Gorman; Charles S. Rhyne; and Ann K. Warren.

1958: William D. Badgett; Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jr.; Damie Stillman; Eric Van Schaack; and Clare Vincent.

1957: Marcel M. Franciscono; Bruce Glaser; William C. Loerke; Susan R. McKillop; John F. Omelia; and Frances P. Taft.

1956: Svetlana L. Alpers; Norman W. Canedy; John Goelet; Joel Isaacson; John M. Schnorrenberg; and Jack J. Spector.

1955: Carroll W. Brentano; Lola B. Gellman; Oleg Grabar; Irving Lavin; Marilyn A. Lavin; Suzanne Lewis; and Leo Steinberg.

1954: Franklin Hamilton Hazlehurst; Patricia C. Loud; Thomas McCormick; Alfred K. Moir; Jessie J. Poesch; Jules D. Prown; Jane E. Rosenthal; Irving Sandler; Lucy Freeman Sandler; and Harold E. Spencer.

1953: Dorathea K. Beard; Margaret McCormick; Seymour Slive; John W. Straus; and Jack Wasserman.

1951: Wen C. Fong; J. Richard Judson; and Carl N. Schmalz Jr.

1950: Jane Dillenberger; Alan M. Fern; and Marilyn J. Stokstad.

1949: Dario A. Covi; Norman B. Gulamerian; and Ann-Sofi Lindsten.

1948: William S. Dale; Clarke H. Garnsey; and Peter H. Selz.

1947: Dericksen M. Brinkerhoff; David G. Carter; Ellen P. Conant; Ilene H. Forsyth; and J. Edward Kidder, Jr.

1946: Mario Valente.

1945: James Ackerman; Paul B. Arnold; and Rosalie B. Green.

1940: Creighton Gilbert.

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