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Affiliated Society News for July 2014

posted by CAA — Jul 09, 2014

Association of Art Editors

Sponsored by the Association of Art Editors (AAE), the session “Did You Read That? Art Editing on the Web,” to be held at CAA’s 2015 Annual Conference in New York, will explore the current state of art editing on the web. Panelists will discuss the varying levels of work and practices involved in editing texts for publication online, from the mechanical and technical aspects (research, fact checking, making corrections after publishing) to larger conceptual and ethical matters (changing attitudes toward quality). Writers and editors today have access to a wide range of resources—from Google searches and Wikipedia to JSTOR and Oxford Art Online—that were unavailable (and even unimaginable) twenty or thirty years ago. How has the advent of such resources affected the editorial process?

This session, whose format will be a roundtable conversation, with the chair serving as an active interviewer rather than a passive moderator, will focus on specific examples and case studies rather than on generalizations and abstractions. Speakers, who may include authors, critics, editors, or publishers, will address personal and academic websites, online versions of printed publications, born-digital journals, and blogs; they may also consider the training of younger writers, critics, historians, and editors.

The chair seeks four participants for the session. Speakers are not required to present a paper prepared in advance, although a brief presentation of five to ten minutes can be accommodated. Please send a letter of interest, a CV, and your area(s) of professional interest and expertise to Christopher Howard. Deadline: July 31, 2014.

Community College Professors of Art and Art History

The Community College Professors of Art and Art History (CCPAAH) will host two sessions at conferences next year. “Foundations Flipped? Active Learning in Art History and the Studio” will be the topic of the 2015 session at the CAA Annual Conference in New York. Join CCPAAH for this session and its business meeting, which will be a “Project Exchange” that offers a chance to share best practices and ideas to use in your studio and art-history classes. “Beyond Good, Bad, and ‘I Like It’: A New Take on Critique” will be presented at next year’s Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) conference. For more details and to submit proposals, please see CCPAAH’s Facebook page. To become more involved in the organization, or if you have questions, please email

Historians of Islamic Art Association

The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) will hold its fourth biennial symposium at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario, from October 16 to 18, 2014. The HIAA conference, a forum to present and discuss papers on various aspects of Islamic art history, is open to all regardless of nationality or academic affiliation. The overarching symposium theme will be “Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art.”

International Association of Word and Image Studies

The 2014 conference of the International Association of Word and Image Studies / Association Internationale pour l’Etude des Rapports entre Texte et Image (IAWIS/AIERTI) will be hosted for the first time by the Scottish Word and Image Group, fronted by the University of Dundee’s English program in the School of Humanities, as well as the school’s Museum Services. The conference, whose theme is “Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image,” will examine representation of science and technology in text, poetry, art, popular culture, film, print and digital media, and more. Dundee has a particular history and reputation for both science and art and is thus an ideal venue for the theme. The conference will specifically invoke Dundee’s scientific and cultural history through the foundational work of D’Arcy Thompson and Patrick Geddes, both polymathic visual thinkers with international reputations. It will also showcase the city’s history of polar exploration and technological innovation. The conference’s approach to “science,” however, is in no sense limited to the Anglophone tradition—defining the discipline in the narrow sense of the natural sciences—but will restore and celebrate the full range of science’s original humanistic associations. Keynote lecturers will include Martin Kemp (University of Oxford) and Murdo McDonald (University of Dundee). For further details and a provisional program, please visit the website.

International Sculpture Center

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) has recently launched re:sculpt, the rebranded and expanded ISC Blog. Thirteen new writers from Europe, Canada, and the United States will continue to bring fresh and timely sculpture news to readers every month. New categories—such as Public Art, Art & Action, and Environmental Art—will broaden coverage of art and sculpture around the world. For two years, posts on ISC Blog have sparked conversations with readers from all corners of the world. The new authors are excited to join the team and bring their vibrant arts communities to you!

National Art Education Association

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) offers practical curriculum resources and texts for your classes, including Exploration in Virtual Worlds: New Digital Multi-Media Literacy Investigations for Art Educators; Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment; Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Art Teacher Researchers; and Purposes, Principles, and Standards for School Art Programs. Visit the NAEA’s online bookstore to learn more about these titles.

The National Core Arts Standards are intended to be voluntary standards for adoption or adaption by states or districts. They consist of resources in relation to five artistic disciplines: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The 2014 standards are web-based and include a series of supporting documents such as the Conceptual Framework for Arts Standards and Research by the College Board.

New Media Caucus

Artist Organized Art has published a conversation in which Pat Badani and Joshua Selman discuss proceedings from New Media Caucus (NMC) participation at the 2014 CAA Annual Conference as it applies to Media-N Journal, the NMC’s scholarly publication. The discussion relates to NMC panels and activities at the Hilton Chicago, as well as special NMC offsite events and exhibitions concurrent with the conference. Selman is president of Artist Organized Art, and Badani is NMC’s executive board officer and editor-in-chief of Media-N Journal.

Public Art Dialogue

The winter 2014 issue of the Public Art Dialogue Newsletter is now online and contains an interview with Public Art Dialogue (PAD) award recipient, Jack Becker, by Natasha Khandekar, as well as Marisa Lerer’s article “Staying In and Out of the Loop: Chicago’s Public Art.”

Volume four of PAD’s journal Public Art Dialogue, a special issue on murals, has been guest edited by Sarah Schrank and Sally Webster. It features the following articles: Kathryn E. O’Rourke, “Science and Sex in Diego Rivera’s Health Ministry Murals”; Monica Jovanovich-Kelley, “The Apotheosis of Power: Corporate Mural Commissions in Los Angeles during the 1930s”; Andrew Wasserman, “Beyond the Wall: Redefining City Walls’ ‘Gateway to Soho’”; Carolyn Loeb, “West Berlin Walls: Public Art and the Right to the City”; Rachel Heidenry, “The Murals of El Salvador: Reconstruction, Historical Memory, and Whitewashing”; Lu Pan, “Writing at the End of History: Reflections on Two Cases of Graffiti in Hong King”; Sierra Rooney, “What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation”; and Patricia C. Phillips, “Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied Information.”

Society for Photographic Education

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) seeks curators, professors, gallerists, art historians, and scholars to review student and/or professional member portfolios at SPE’s fifty-second national conference, taking place March 12–15, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Portfolio reviewers receive discounted admission to the four-day event in exchange for their participation. For more information on the conference offerings, visit the SPE website. To express interest in serving as a portfolio reviewer, please send a message to

Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) elected board officers during the organization’s recent annual conference, which took place April 9–13, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Ken Breisch, assistant professor in the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, is SAH president. Ken Oshima, associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, is first vice president. Sandy Isenstadt, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Art History Department at the University of Delaware, has become second vice president. The new secretary is Gail Fenske, a professor in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University. Jan M. Grayson will serve as treasurer.

SAH has also appointed board members to serve 2014–17 terms: Christopher D. Armstrong, assistant professor and director of architectural studies, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh; Luis M. Castañeda, assistant professor, Syracuse University; R. Scott Gill, PhD student, University of Texas at Austin; Greg Hise, professor of history, University of Nevada; and Cynthia Weese of Weese, Langley, Weese Architects.

Randall Mason, chair of the graduate program in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, has agreed to chair the SAH Heritage Conservation Committee. Patricia Morton, associate professor and chair of the Department of the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside, is editor designate of JSAH.

Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture

The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) invites proposals for its session, titled “Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon,” for CAA’s 2015 Annual Conference in New York. As researcher-educators in specialized fields, how do we effectively incorporate the content of our scholarly work into our everyday teaching? In many art-history departments, opportunities to teach upper-division courses focused on our research are rare. This session invites papers on incorporating culturally specific art into standard art-history curricula, practical examples of curricular innovations involving global and transnational perspectives, and case studies of noncanonical objects or contexts that encourage discussions of both local and global perspectives. Submissions may deal with any chronological period. Submit abstracts of 500 words or less with a CV of 1–2 pages via email to Marie Gasper-Hulvat of Kent State University in Stark by July 14, 2014.

SHERA’s board now offers sponsored memberships for up to twenty students and unaffiliated scholars (such as retirees) from Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russia. Sponsored memberships were established thanks to a generous initiative from a SHERA member that has been matched by funds from SHERA. To join at this level, go to the organization’s website, click “Join SHERA,” and scroll down to the line that says Sponsored Member.

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