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Take NAMTA’s Triennial Artists & Art Materials Survey

posted by Christopher Howard

The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA), an organization of more than 550 professional art-materials businesses, conducts a study of artists and art materials every three years and is asking all artists, art students, and art instructors to contribute by completing an online survey by Monday, April 2, 2012. The survey is open to American and Canadian artists, over the age of 18, working in any medium. CAA especially encourages art students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to participate.


For individuals: Two lucky survey participants are eligible to win $200 each in gift certificates to an art-supply store.

For schools: A gift box of art supplies will be awarded to the top five colleges that have the most students complete the survey. The gift box includes: Strathmore drawing pads, Golden and Liquitex acrylic paint sets, Winsor and Newton oil paint sets and brushes, a $100 gift certificate to Art Supply Warehouse, the Artist’s Magazine, and a book, Rethinking Acrylic.

Participants must register to receive the executive summary and to enter the drawing by clicking on the link on the thank-you page after submitting their completed survey. The drawing and executive summary sign-up is separate from the survey to keep the survey anonymous. All survey responses are anonymous and will only be reported as part of summary figures like totals or averages. Visit the website of Hart Business Research, which is administering the survey, to learn more about how to enter the drawing and competition.

NAMTA is donating $1 for each completed survey (for the first five hundred completed) to scholarships through the NAMTA Foundation for the Visual Arts.

About the Survey

The survey is the first phase of a larger study, titled Artists & Art Materials 2012, which will also include a questionnaire for retailers of art supplies. In the study’s second phase, Hart Business Research will analyze this survey data as well as data from the National Endowment for the Arts, various artist nonprofits, the United States Census, and individual artists’ websites to build a comprehensive picture of artists’ evolving activities. The report will be announced in summer 2012, accompanied by an executive summary that will be made available to all survey participants.

Thanks to Conference Attendees and Participants

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA warmly thanks the five thousand attendees, participants, exhibitors, and guests who made the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles a tremendous success.

In the next few issues of CAA News, you will read more about the conference—including summaries of ARTspace, the Distinguished Scholar session honoring Rosalind Krauss, the speakout sessions, and more—as well as reports from the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees, which all have full, exciting agendas for the coming year.

The 101st CAA Annual Conference will take place in New York, February 13–16, 2012. The 2013 Call for Participation, which solicits your papers and presentations for the event, will be published and mailed in March and also be available on the CAA website as a PDF for download.

Image: Graduate Public Practice from the Otis College of Art and Design presented “Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art” at the Los Angeles conference (photograph by Christopher Howard)

Filed under: Annual Conference

Results of the 2012–16 Board of Directors Election

posted by Christopher Howard

The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2012 to 2016:

Barbara Nesin, CAA board president, announced the election results during the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, held on Friday, February 24, at the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

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.

Contribute to a Journal Issue on Digital Art History

posted by Christopher Howard

In 2013, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation intends to publish a special issue dedicated to the topic of “Digital Art History.” For full details on the issue, please visit the Taylor and Francis webpage for the journal.

At present, the field of art history has amassed considerable knowledge concerning how to digitize texts and images and make them widely available in well-structured formats. However, the state of the field with respect to scholarship in the digital age is less clear. Visual Resources seek to answer the following questions and more:

  • What kind of art-historical scholarship is now possible in the digital environment that could not be done before?
  • What new types of questions can be posed now?
  • How might digitized resources (texts and images) be used to produce innovative scholarship?
  • How might the digital environment allow scholars to address existing or “traditional” questions with new evidence or conclusions?

While exploring what is now possible, it is also important to consider the challenges that the field of art history still faces with respect to scholarship in the digital age. Contributors might also ask what prevents the field of art history from widespread adoption of the new research tools and techniques associated with the digital humanities.

Visual Resources invites researchers and educators in art history and visual studies to submit proposals for this special issue. Abstracts should be 750 words in length and be accompanied by a one-page CV that includes up-to-date contact information for the proposed contributor(s). Abstracts and CVs should be sent to Murtha Baca and Anne Helmreich, coeditors for this special issue. Deadline: March 23, 2012 (5:00 PM PST).

Meet Baca, Helmreich, and representatives from Taylor and Francis at the upcoming CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, February 24, 2012, 2:30 PM, at the Routledge booth in the Book and Trade Fair. Refreshments will be served at the booth.

CAA’s 100th Annual Conference takes place this week: Wednesday–Saturday, February 22–25, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Checking In

Early, advance, complimentary, exhibitor, and press registrants can check in at the registration area in Concourse Foyer, Level 1, at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00 PM. Each registrant is entitled to a conference tote bag, the Conference Program, the Directory of Attendees, online access to Abstracts 2012, and entry to the Book and Trade Fair (open Thursday–Saturday). Your tickets to special events and workshops will be included in your registration packet. If you have not yet purchased tickets for the Centennial Reception and for professional-development workshops, you can do so at registration. These tickets are subject to limited availability.

Registration days and hours are:

  • Tuesday, February 21, 5:00–7:00 PM
  • Wednesday-Friday, February 22–24, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 8:30 AM–2:30 PM

Plan Ahead

Two large, non-CAA events—ceremonies for newly naturalized US citizens—will take place on Wednesday, February 22, at 9:00 AM and at 1:30 PM. Approximately ten thousand new citizens and their guests are expected to attend each ceremony. CAA strongly recommends that you check in at registration on Tuesday evening. If you arrive on Wednesday, please allow yourself ample time before your first session.


Parking at the convention center is available in either the West Hall or the South Hall parking lots. The West Hall parking is closest to the conference and located off LA Live Way, between 11th Street and Pico Boulevard, The entrance to South Hall parking is off Venice Boulevard, west of Figueroa Street. Convention-center parking costs $12 per day (subject to change). Overflow parking areas can be found nearby—please download and review this map. Parking rates vary from $10 to $25 per day, and most lots have a daily rate of less than $20 per day. All parking is first-come first-served. For more information, contact the Los Angeles Convention Parking Office at 213-741-1151, ext. 5850.

Hotel Discounts and Shuttle

The Millennium Biltmore has a few rooms left in the CAA block. Prices start at $120 per night for students. Call 800-245-8673 to make your reservation. CAA offers a free shuttle-bus service between the convention center and the Westin Bonaventure and the Millennium Biltmore. The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and the Figueroa Hotel are within easy walking distance of the convention center.


Your conference registration includes access to the Abstracts 2012, which is available online as a PDF. This publication is not available in print. Log into your CAA account using your CAA User/Member ID# and password and click the Abstracts 2012 icon on the welcome screen to download the 1.9 MB document. If you do not know your User/Member ID# or password, follow the help instructions on the log-in screen.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Publications

Download Abstracts 2012

posted by Christopher Howard

Registrants for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles can now download Abstracts 2012. This publication, available as a PDF, summarizes the contents of hundreds of papers and talks that will be presented in program sessions.

Reading the abstracts in advance can help you plan your daily schedule at the conference. Program sessions are alphabetized by the chair’s last name and appear in the contents pages (4–10). An index in the back of the publication names all the speakers. Alternatively, use your Adobe Reader to conduct a keyword search for terms relevant to your interests.

After conference registrants log into their CAA account, they can click the “Abstracts 2012” image in the middle of the screen to download the PDF (1.9 MB). Abstracts 2012 is part of the registration package; there is no added cost to paid or complimentary registrants for this publication.

Conference attendees who purchase single-time slot tickets, or those who want Abstracts 2012 but are not coming to Los Angeles, may attain the document for a charge: $30 for CAA members and $35 for nonmembers. Abstracts 2012 will remain on the CAA website for download or sale through July 31, 2012.

Beginning with the 2010 conference in Chicago, CAA offers its Abstracts exclusively as a PDF download. Past issues of the printed publication from 1999 to 2009 are also available. The cost per copy is $30 for CAA members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information and to order, please contact Roberta Lawson, CAA office coordinator.


Filed under: Annual Conference, Publications

Free Los Angeles Art Apps for Your Smart Phone

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA encourages you to look into a handful of free and low-cost smart-phone apps to help you navigate museums, galleries, and other art-related events, enhancing your conference experience in Los Angeles. Most of the apps, which offer an abundance of exhibition information for the Hammer and Fowler Museums and for Pacific Standard Time, are designed for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches; several work with mobile devices using Android. A few of these apps assist with travel and transportation around the city, and with finding restaurants. The apps are available in the iTunes Store and in the Android Market.

Art Openings and Events

ArtConcierge is a free guide to galleries, art fairs, and art-related exhibits, including programming for the Getty Center’s Pacific Standard Time and to independently organized events. GPS navigation is available for all selections. ArtConcierge is produced by Fabrik Media Group, which publishes the magazine Fabrik.

Artcards gives you free instant access to a comprehensive list of current art openings, talks, performances, screenings, and related events in greater Los Angeles. Galleries are grouped by neighborhood or city. Artcards provides names of artists, titles of shows, event day and time, and links to maps and to each gallery’s website.

The free LA Weekly app offers content from the printed newspaper and its website. Updated events listings include: live music, art openings, comedy clubs, theater, and dining options. Search for a particular event or use a GPS device to find events near you. More than two thousand restaurant listings and write-ups by the celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold. Get it for Apple or Android devices.

Museums and Exhibitions

Learn all about the Los Angeles art world from the 1940s to today with The Getty: Art in LA, Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. This free app for both Apple and Android devices highlights all four Pacific Standard Time exhibitions held at the Getty Center. See paintings, sculptures, photographs, and archival material, listen to audio, and read the stories behind the artworks.

Getty Goggles will help you explore and learn more about paintings in the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Simply photograph a work of art you are interested in and click the Getty result to hear insightful commentary from artists, curators, and conservators. Getty Goggles works with Apple products and mobile devices using Android.

This free app for Apple and Android can help you plan a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to learning about the museum’s collection, you can reserve tickets for film screenings, concerts, lectures, and gallery talks. Video interviews with artists and curators are also available. The museum has also created an Apple-only app for its exhibition, California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way.”

Use the free Hammer Museum app to plan your visit and to experience in-depth content about the Hammer’s exhibitions and collections. Features include: interviews with artists and curators discussing specific works of art, videos of artists describing their practices, and excerpts from exhibition catalogues. The Hammer app is compatible with Apple products and mobile devices using Android.

The free Fowler Museum Guide app provides visitors with a tour of the Fowler Museum’s permanent collection of more than 150,000 art and ethnographic objects and 600,000 archaeological objects representing ancient, traditional, and contemporary cultures of Africa, Native and Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific. The app also gives information on temporary exhibitions.

Designed to help you learn more about the Norton Simon Museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions and events, this free app lets you browse the collections, listen to podcasts and audio stops, watch videos, and learn about the museum’s history. The app also lists the museum’s hours, admission fees, and directions.

Listen to the award-winning Norton Simon Museum Audio Tour. More than four hundred stops are featured in English and Spanish, including tours for adults and children. Look for the audio-tour icon and stop number on the labels of many of the museum’s artworks.

Navigating the City

Mappity Los Angeles, available for $.99, offers a map of Los Angeles with features such as street-level map details and custom mapping for door-to-door travel.


The free Beat the Traffic app for Apple, Android, and BlackBerry tells you about the road and traffic conditions in your desired city. Its features include: real-time traffic maps, GPS displays of traffic jams in your area, and weather information. Beat the Traffic HD Plus+ is an ad-free version that is available for $4.99 in the iTunes Store and $3.99 in the Android Market.

The California Traffic Report, a free app produced by the University of California, San Diego, delivers real-time traffic reports, including approximate commute time, traffic speeds, and maps. It covers greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego.

Yes, public transportation does exist in Los Angeles. Use the free Go-Metro Los Angeles app to help you navigate the city’s bus system. Features include: maps, timetables, fare information, and a trip planner.


Eat Like a Native

The Los Angeles Street Food app ($1.99) covers cheap eats in the city, from Vietnamese pho houses to Mexican taco stands to grilled-cheese food trucks. The interactive maps will help you navigate the city, while listings are organized into categories and publish in-depth reviews, Twitter links, and picture slideshows. This app, though, does not track food trucks.

Vegan Los Angeles supports a healthy vegan lifestyle in Los Angeles. Find recipes and vegan restaurants and watch cooking demonstrations using this free app for Apple and Android mobile devices.


Revised on February 16, 2012.

Wireless Internet at the 2012 Conference

posted by Emmanuel Lemakis

Please visit the website for the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles for complete details about obtaining access to wireless-internet connections at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the four conference hotels.

Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts produces a curated list, called CWA Picks, of recommended exhibitions and events related to feminist art and scholarship in North America and around the world.

The CWA Picks for February 2012 include four solo shows of women artists at museums and galleries across the United States. The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, presents Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will exhibit the work of Maya Lin. Kathryn Spence: Dirty and Clean is on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington has organized a survey of work by the celebrated children’s book author and illustrator, Katharine Pyle (1863–1938).

Check the archive of CWA Picks at the bottom of the page, as several museum and gallery shows listed in previous months may still be on view or touring.

Image: Alina Szapocznikow with her work Naga (Naked), 1961. Alina Szapocznikow Archive/Piotr Stanislawski/National Museum in Kraków (photograph by Marek Holzman and provided by the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw)

Filed under: Committees, Exhibitions

Rosanne Gibel, a professor of graphic design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida and chair of CAA’s Education Committee, has catalogued all design-related sessions and events taking place at next week’s 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Below is a chronological list by day.

Wednesday, February 22

Deconstructing Costume Histories: Rereading Identities in Fashion Collections and Exhibitions
Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Concourse Meeting Room 409AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Ian McDermott, ARTstor; Consuelo Gutierrez, independent scholar

Citizen Designer: Authoring a Definition
Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 AM–12:00 NOON
West Hall Meeting Room 515A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Gary Rozanc, Columbia College Chicago; Alyson Beaton, Columbia College Chicago

Design Studies Forum Business Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 12:30–2:00 PM
West Hall Meeting Room 515B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center

CAA Education Committee
Who Do We Teach? Challenges and Strategies in Recognizing Our Students, and Developing and Supporting Curriculum for Multiple Constituencies
Wednesday, February 22, 12:30–2:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 403A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; Cindy Maguire, Adelphi University

Design, from “California Dreamin’” to “Designed in California,” ca. 1965–2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2:30–5:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 406AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: James Housefield, University of California, Davis; Stuart Kendall, California College of the Arts

Art History Open Session: Renaissance Art
Form and Function: Art and Design?
Wednesday, February 22, 2:30–5:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 405, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Antonia Madeleine Boström, J. Paul Getty Museum

Thursday, February 23

SPEAKOUT! CAA’s Strategic Plan for the Annual Conference and You
Thursday, February 23, 8:00–9:00 AM
Concourse Meeting Room 402AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
Foundations in Literature: Developing a Culture of Reading within the Art and Design Foundations Program
Thursday, February 23, 12:30–2:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 404A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Sara Dismukes, Troy University

Critical Craft Forum
What Is Contemporary about Craft?

Thursday, February 23, 5:30–7:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 408A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft; Elizabeth Agro, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, February 24

Design Education 2.0: Teaching in a Techno-Cultural Reality
Friday, February 24, 9:30 AM–12:00 NOON
Concourse Meeting Room 404A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Ashley John Pigford, University of Delaware

Centennial Session
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: CAA Town Hall Meeting
Friday, February 24, 9:30 AM–12:00 NOON
West Hall Meeting Room 515B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Margaret Lazzari, University of Southern California

AIGA Business Meeting
Friday, February 24, 12:30–2:00 PM
West Hall Meeting Room 502A, Los Angeles Convention Center

Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
Windgate Fellowship Program: A Case for Funding Professional Development Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
Friday, February 24, 12:30–2:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 408A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Stephanie Moore, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, University of North Carolina, Asheville

Is It Time to Question the “Privileging” of Visual Art?
Friday, February 24, 2:30–5:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 409AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Greta Berman, Juilliard School; Ellen K. Levy, independent artist, New York

Centennial Session
Connections: Architecture and Design in Los Angeles at Midcentury
Friday, February 24, 2:30–5:00 PM
Bing Theater, Plaza Level, Bing Center, Los Angeles Times Central Court entrance, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Chair: Ruth Weisberg, University of Southern California

CAA Annual Members’ Business Meeting and Reception
Friday, February 24, 5:30–7:00 PM
West Hall Meeting Room 503, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Keynote address: April Greiman

New Media Caucus
Code as Craft: Programming in the Art and Design Curriculum
Friday, February 24, 5:30–7:00 PM
Concourse Meeting Room 402AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Michael Salmond, Florida Gulf Coast University

Saturday, February 25

Design Studies Forum
Design, Thing Theory, and the Lives of Objects
Saturday, February 25, 12:30–2:00 PM
West Hall Meeting Room 503, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chair: Leslie Atzmon, Eastern Michigan University

CAA Committee on Intellectual Property
Give and Take: Copyright’s Balancing Act
Saturday, February 25, 12:30–2:00 PM
West Hall Meeting Room 515B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Christine L. Sundt, Visual Resources; Doralynn Pines, Metropolitan Museum of Art, emerita

Filed under: Annual Conference, Design

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