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CAA 2012 Call for ParticipationThe 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles—which concludes CAA’s Centennial year—takes place February 22–25, 2012. Listing more than one hundred sessions, the 2012 Call for Participation will arrive in the mailboxes of all individual and institutional members in March; you can also download a PDF of the twenty-four-page document from the CAA website immediately.

The 2012 Call for Participation describes many of next year’s panels and presentations. CAA and session chairs invite your participation: please follow the instructions in the booklet to submit a proposal for a paper. This publication also includes a call for Poster Session proposals and describes the eleven Open Forms sessions.

The deadline for proposals of papers and presentations for the Los Angeles conference is Monday, May 2, 2011.

In addition to dozens of wide-ranging panels on art history, studio art, contemporary issues, and professional and educational practices, CAA conference attendees can expect participation from many area schools, museums, galleries, and other institutions. The Los Angeles Convention Center is the conference headquarters, holding most sessions and panels, Career Services and the Book and Trade Fair, receptions and special events, and more.

CAA is accepting applications for spring 2011 grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. Thanks to a generous bequest by the late art historian Millard Meiss, the twice-yearly program supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in any period of the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher but require further subsidy to be published in the fullest form.

The publisher, rather than the author, must submit the application to CAA. Awards are made at the discretion of the jury and vary according to merit, need, and number of applications. Awardees are announced six to eight weeks after the deadline. Please review and follow the application guidelines carefully, as some requirements have changed. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

Winter 2010 Art Journal Published

posted by Christopher Howard

The Winter 2010 issue of Art Journal, CAA’s quarterly of modern and contemporary art, has just been published. A benefit of CAA membership, the publication is mailed to those individual members who elect to receive it and to all institutional members.

Included is a collection of essays, called “Land Use in Contemporary Art,” that investigates a new genre of aesthetic practices that redefine and expand on earthworks. Organized by Kirsten Swenson and with texts by Janet Kraynak, Paul Monty Paret, and Emily Eliza Scott, “Land Use” won the 2011 Art Journal Award. In her editor’s introduction, Katy Siegel writes that the above contributors: “eschew the extremely long view taken by Land artists in the 1960s and 1970s…. The more recent generation considered here focuses on a shorter-term history, directly or obliquely addressing modern life’s interaction with nature: airports and the evacuation of rural America, economic injustice in communities along the highway, global tourism and utopia in rural Thailand.”

The Winter 2010 issue also features Kelly Baum’s short essay on Santiago Sierra that includes photographs of the artist’s project, Submission (formerly Word of Fire) from 2006–7, and Jordan Troeller’s exploration of Zoe Leonard’s photographic series, called Analogue. In addition, Chika Okeke-Agulu writes about Who Knows Tomorrow, an exhibition of projects by five African artists, sponsored by the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, that were shown in museums across the city. Okeke-Agulu also interviews Zarina Bhimji, a participating artist whose Waiting (2007) appeared in the Hamburger Banhof. Finally, Michel Oren writes about the activities of the USCO Group, a multimedia art collective from the 1960s.

The Winter 2010 issue publishes two artist’s projects: a centerfold by Fabian Marcaccio titled Black Hole $ Paintant and the final installment of Dailies, Kerry James Marshall’s comic for the inside front and back covers. Among the book reviews are Rachel Haidu’s assessment of Christine Mehring’s recent book on Blinky Palermo and Monica McTighe’s analysis of Kate Mondloch’s Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art.

Art Journal offers a pair of texts from the print publication—David Reed’s “Soul-Beating,” on his relationship to Philip Guston, and Lauren O’Neill-Butler’s review of Lee Lozano: Notebooks 1967–70—on its new website. In celebration of CAA’s Centennial year, the website also highlights Howard Singerman’s “Art Journal at Fifty,” an essay exploring the history of the publication, and “A Baker’s Dozen from the Archives,” thirteen selections from Art Journal and its predecessors, which you can download as PDFs and read.

Filed under: Art Journal, Publications

Thanks to 2011 Career Services Leaders

posted by Lauren Stark

CAA wishes to thank the artists, art historians, curators, critics, and educators who generously served as mentors in two Career Services programs at the 2011 Annual Conference in New York: the Artists’ Portfolio Review and Career Development Mentoring. The organization also thanks the leaders of the Roundtable Discussions, the presenters of the Professional Development Workshops, and the speakers at Orientation.

Artists’ Portfolio Review

Pam Aloisa, US Air Force Academy; Aaron Bible, Robischon Gallery; Michael Bzdak, Johnson & Johnson; Susan Canning, College of New Rochelle; Brian Curtis, University of Miami; Les Joynes, TransContemporary; Peter Kaniaris, Anderson University; Jason Lahr, University of Notre Dame; Julie Langsam, Rutgers University; Suzanne Lemakis, Citigroup; Sharon Lippman, Art Without Walls; Craig Lloyd, College of Mt. St. Joseph; Margaret Murphy, New Jersey City University; Judith Pratt, Judith Pratt Studio; Jeannene Przyblyski, San Francisco Art Institute; Habibur Rahman, Claflin University; John Silvis, New York Center for Art and Media Studies; Katherine Smith, Agnes Scott College; Steve Teczar, Maryville University; and Midori Yoshimoto, Jersey City University.

Career Development Mentoring

Edward A. Aiken, Syracuse University; Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Roann Barris, Radford University; Ruth Bolduan, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jeffery Cote de Luna, Dominican University; Michelle Erhardt, Christopher Newport University; James Farmer, Virginia Commonwealth University; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University; Courtney Grim, Medaille College; Amy Hauft, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University; Simeon Hunter, Loyola University; Dennis Y. Ichiyama, Purdue University; Sue Johnson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Arthur Jones, University of North Dakota; Carol Krinsky, New York University; Seth McCormick, Western Carolina University; Heather McPherson, University of Alabama, Birmingham; Mark O’Grady, Pratt Institute; Morgan Paine, Florida Gulf Coast University; Pamela Patton, Southern Methodist University; Doralynn Pines, Metropolitan Museum of Art (emerita); Andrea Polli, University of New Mexico; David Raizman, Drexel University; Martin Rosenberg, Rutgers University; Paul Ryan, Mary Baldwin College; Betsy Schneider, Arizona State University; Gerald Silk, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; David Sokol, University of Illinois, Chicago (emeritus); Kim Theriault, Dominican University; Larry Thompson, Samford University; Ann Tsubota, Raritan Valley Community College; Jenifer K. Ward, Cornish College of the Arts; and Barbara Yontz, St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Roundtable Leaders

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; John Silvis, New York Center for Art and Media Studies; and Annie V. F. Storr, Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Professional Development Workshops

Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Barbara Bernstein, Rhode Island School of Design and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University; Mika Cho, California State University, Los Angeles; Kim Potvin, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC; Susan Schear, ArtIsIn; and David M. Sokol, University of Illinois, Chicago (emeritus).


Emmanuel Lemakis, College Art Association; Sheila Pepe, Pratt Institute; Harriet Senie, Graduate Center and City College, City University of New York; and David Sokol, University of Illinois, Chicago (emeritus).

Support for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff, which took place February 9–12, 2011, in New York, was provided by: American Airlines; the American Folk Art Museum; the Art Institute of Atlanta; ARTstor; Blick Art Materials; Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology; the Courtauld Institute of Art; D.A.P. Distributed Art Publishers; Design Technology and Industry; the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Hunter College, City University of New York; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; McVicker and Higginbotham; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, Bethel University; Pearson Higher Education; Prestel; the School of Visual Arts; Troy University; and the University of North Texas.

The organization is deeply grateful to Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for hosting the Centennial Reception.

CAA also extends special thanks to the Annual Conference Committee, whose members were responsible for the 2011 program: Sue Gollifer, University of Brighton, chair and vice president for Annual Conference; Sharon Matt Atkins, Brooklyn Museum; Brian Bishop, Framingham State University; Connie Cortez, Texas Tech University; Ken Gonzales-Day, Scripps College and CAA board; Randall Griffin, Southern Methodist University and CAA board; Norie Sato, independent artist, Seattle; Judith Thorpe, University of Connecticut and CAA board; and William Wallace, Washington University in St. Louis and CAA board. Regional representatives for the committee were: Nicola M. Courtright, Amherst College; and Sheila Pepe, Pratt Institute.

CAA also thanks all volunteers and staff members who made the conference possible. Additional acknowledgments for those serving as mentors in Conference Mentoring Sessions, as well as participants in other programs and events, are forthcoming.

Anne-Imelda Radice Joins the Board as Appointed Director

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA has named Anne-Imelda Radice, a senior consultant for the Dilenschneider Group, to the Board of Directors as an appointed director. Radice has a strong record of public service, serving in all three federal cultural agencies: the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Prior to joining the Dilenschneider Group, Radice was director of the IMLS from 2006 to 2010. Previously acting assistant chairman for programs at the NEH, she served as chief of staff to the secretary of the United States Department of Education. In the early 1990s she was acting NEA chairman and senior deputy chairman. From 1989 to 1991, Radice was chief of the Creative Arts Division of the United States Information Agency and also served as the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1983–89). Before that she worked as a curator and architectural historian for the Architect of the Capitol and as an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art.

Radice earned a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an MBA from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in art history from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She also holds an MA from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.

About CAA Appointed Directors

In addition to the areas of art, art history, museums, law, and finance that currently are represented on the board, CAA seeks expertise in marketing, technology, and philanthropy, among other areas. In February 2010, CAA members approved an amendment to Article VII, Section IV, of the organizational By-laws to establish a new category of appointed director to serve this function. Read more about the amendment.

Challenges to membership societies have increased a great deal in the last decade. Even before the recent financial downturn, membership societies became more complex and expensive to operate. Fund raising, strategies to make the organization structure more efficient, and advice on offering member services in new ways, such as through digital technologies, are just some of the areas that are increasingly important to address and could aid our organization in its mission. CAA will benefit enormously from a variety of views and skills, brought by appointed directors, that will contribute to the organization’s growth and stability.

Image: photograph by Dennis Brack

Results of the Board of Directors Election

posted by Christopher Howard

The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2011 to 2015:

  • Leslie Bellavance, Dean, School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University
  • Denise Mullen, President, Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Saul Ostrow, Chair, Visual Arts and Technologies, Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Georgia Strange, Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia

Barbara Nesin, CAA board president, announced the election results at the conclusion of the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, held on Friday, February 11, at the 99th Annual Conference in New York.

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.

For the annual board election, CAA members vote for no more than four candidates; they also cast votes for write-in candidates (who must be CAA members). The four candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the board.

Art Journal Unveils Website

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA has introduced a new website for Art Journal, its quarterly publication of modern and contemporary art. The launch coincides with the start of CAA’s Centennial year.

Katy Siegel, editor-in-chief of Art Journal, writes that the website “both acknowledges current material conditions of art and publishing, and honors the journal’s unique nature…. Rather than attempting to be another rapidly changing aggregator of information, the site will make visible and maintain the dense artistic and scholarly content of Art Journal in print, hopefully serving a need in the international arts community.”

The debut site features free selections from the print journal as well as content created specifically for the site. An essay by the painter David Reed, “Soul-Beating,” relates his first encounters with his mentor and friend Philip Guston and explores their shared fascination with the work of Piero della Francesca. Also from the print edition, a review by the writer and critic Lauren O’Neill-Butler examines the recently published notebooks of the artist Lee Lozano.

The initial web-only offerings are an essay by Howard Singerman, the journal’s reviews editor, on the history and shifting identity of Art Journal, and selected features from its extensive archive, each with a short introduction by a member of the journal’s editorial board. In coming months, the Art Journal site will grow to include time-based art discussed in articles, online artists’ projects, and more conversational modes of scholarship and discourse.

The Art Journal site was generously funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Katherine Behar, an artist and assistant professor of new media at Baruch College, will oversee the site. Lauren Cornell of Rhizome advised the organizers, and Brendan Dugan of Supervision Art Service designed the site.

Filed under: Art Journal, Centennial, Publications

Speak Your Mind about CAA’s Future

posted by Christopher Howard

With its Centennial in mind, CAA invites members to discuss the future of the organization in three conference forums. The Board of Directors is hosting two Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussions on Thursday and Friday mornings on topics in communication and career enhancement. A third opportunity, the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, takes place on late Friday afternoon.

Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion Part I: Communication

This first Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion, led by Sue Gollifer, CAA vice president for Annual Conference, will explore new forms of communication using innovative and improved technology. The session will take place on Thursday, February 10, 7:30 AM–9:00 AM in the Madison Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York.

After presentations by invited participants, who will talk about new forms of CAA communication. The informal panel will be straightforward, quick moving, and guided in the spirit of conversation and sharing. Next, the floor will open to discussion, enabling CAA members to give their input and to raise concerns of their own. The ideas from this session will then feed the Annual Members’ Business Meeting (see below).

CAA’s Nia Page and Christopher Howard will talk about the organization’s traditional and digital communications, and Randall Griffin of Southern Methodist University and Paul Jaskot of DePaul University will discuss e-publishing. Two speakers on social media, Bonnie Mitchell of Bowling Green State University and Cora Lynn Deibler of the University of Connecticut, will close the introductory presentations. Andrea Kirsh, CAA vice president for external affairs, and Judith Thorpe of the University of Connecticut will also be present.

Strategic Plan Focus Group Discussion Part II: Career Enhancement

Jean Miller of the University of North Texas and a CAA board member will lead a conversation about how CAA can improve its advocacy efforts, career-development activities, and workforce issues in order to assist professional growth. The focus group takes place on Friday morning, February 11, 7:30–9:00 AM in Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York.

Participants include these leaders from leading nonprofits and arts organizations: Steve Bliss, a former board member of the Society for Photographic Education; Sally Block, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Curators; Michael Fahlund, CAA deputy director; Jim Hopfensperger, 2011 president of the National Council of Art Administrators; and Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director. Randall Griffin of CAA’s board will also be present.

Annual Members’ Business Meeting

CAA invites all members to attend the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, taking place on Friday, February 11, 2011, 5:30–7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor, Hilton New York. Barbara Nesin, CAA board president will lead the meeting and welcome discussion on new organizational business and projects in progress.

In addition, the meeting’s agenda will include summaries of ideas presented in the two Strategic Plan Focus Groups, a financial report from Teresa Lopez, CAA’s chief financial officer, and an update on the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles from Ruth Weisberg. At the end of the meeting, Nesin will announce the results of the current board election. To celebrate CAA’s Centennial, a reception will follow the business meeting.

The CAA three journals have launched special projects to coincide with the yearlong celebration of CAA’s Centennial. Each publication—The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and—has created an online anthology of articles from its back archive. The editorial boards of the journals determined the shape, structure, and content of the anthologies, and the three projects are fascinating in their distinct approaches. All are available to the wider web-browsing public.

The Art Bulletin

The Art Bulletin Editorial Board chose to feature thirty-eight essays and reviews from the journal, which has been in print since 1913, for its Centennial anthology. As Natalie Kampen notes in her introduction to the project, the articles are “the ones that made a difference to us as art historians and as people.” The articles are listed chronologically, with author, title, and a link to a PDF of the full text. Among the authors are Meyer Schapiro, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Linda Nochlin, James S. Ackerman, and Griselda Pollock.

Art Journal

Art Journal’s project is in two parts. The first is an extended essay by Howard Singerman that traces the history and shifting identities of the journal and its predecessor titles, Parnassus and College Art Journal. The author of Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University, Singerman is current reviews editor of Art Journal. To complement the essay, members of the editorial board selected texts and artists’ projects from past issues and wrote brief introductory texts to them. As editor-in-chief Katy Siegel writes, “Some feature familiar names attached to much-cited touchstones, while others, we hope, will come as a surprise.” Both projects can be seen at the journal’s new website.

The editorial board of took a different tack, one that reflects the journal’s born-digital nature. Current and past editors of the journal penned texts to introduce statistically relevant reviews. For each of the dozen years of publication, the Centennial anthology includes the one review that was read the most over a three-year period. Though statistics were not available for the journal’s infancy, some early reviews had the largest overall readership. The topics of the reviews in the anthology vary from installation art to Islamic architecture and reflect the diverse range of expertise of the journal’s numerous commissioning editors.

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