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CAA in Review

posted by CAA — Jan 11, 2016

The College Art Association advances the highest standards of instruction, knowledge and practice in the visual arts to stimulate intellectual curiosity and advance skills that enrich the individual and society. Below is a sampling of CAA’s recent work on Fair Use, Standards and Guidelines in the Visual Arts, international scholarship programs, publishing grants, and professional development fellowships for artists and scholars. For more information and updates, visit

CAA Project on Fair Use in the Visual Arts

  • Conceived with guidance of over 60 members of the CAA governing community
  • Directly reached nearly 2,000 people through talks and webinars
  • Publication of groundbreaking Code of Best Practices in the Visual Arts
  • Endorsed and supported by the American Library Association, Art Libraries Society of North America, Association of Art Museum Curators, Association of College and Research Libraries Association of Research Libraries, Society of Architectural Historians, Visual Resources Association, American Alliance of Museums, and Association of Art Museum Directors

Standards and Guidelines for the Visual Arts

  • Development of workplace practices, pedagogical guidelines, official statements, and establishment of professional ethics in the visual arts
  • From 2014-2015, CAA issued the following Standards and Guidelines:
  1. Statement On Terminal Degree Programs in The Visual Arts and Design (2015)
  2. Guidelines for CAA Interviews (2015)
  3. Guidelines for Part-Time Professional Employment (2015)
  4. Standards for Professional Placement (2015)
  5. Standards for the Practice of Art History (2014)
  6. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, CAA (2015)
  7. Fine Art Print Publication Guidelines for Artists (2015)
  8. Standards for the Practice of Art History (2014)
  9. General Principles for Academic Arts Administrators (2015)

Publishing Toward the Future

  • Sharp increase in readership after co-publishing contract with Taylor & Francis
  1. 2014-15 Art Bulletin full text downloads: 37,631
  2. 2014-15 Art Journal full text downloads: 29,891
  3. CAA Reviews website visits: 88,131
  • Joint Task Force between CAA and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) to developing guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship in art and architectural history.
  • Art Journal Open launches new features including Bookshelves of art historians, artists, curators, and designers and discussions between curators and artists
  • Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts published in two volumes for the fifth consecutive year

CAA International Reach

  • In its first four years the CAA-Getty International Program has had 75 Participants from 37 Countries hosted by 46 CAA members
  • Launch of the International News Desk on CAA website
  • Organized CAA Member International Tour to Cuba for the Havana Biennial
  • Expansion of membership to art critics, art historians, and artists based abroad

Increasing Digital Footprint

  • 2014-15 visitors to CAA website over 6.5 million
  • Continued growth in social media reach: Facebook (6,462 likes) and Twitter (13.7K)
  • Launch of Instagram account and Flickr image archive
  • Launch of Social Media Wall for 2016 Annual Conference

Grants Awarded to CAA

  • CAA projects and initiatives funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Getty Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, and Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust

Fellowships, Grants, and Support Offered by CAA

  • CAA offered to artists, authors, and art historians grants and fellowships including the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award, CAA Getty International Program, the Millard Meiss Publications Fund, the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, CAA Professional Development Fellowships, and travel grants supporting graduate students and international members of CAA.
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