CAA News Today

The annual CAA Board of Directors election has begun. To participate, all you need is your CAA member ID number and password. Visit the board election page or click the candidates’ names below to read their statements, biographies and endorsements —and to watch their video presentations—before casting your vote:

The six candidates are:

  • Dina Bangdel, Associate Professor and Director, Art History Program, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • Carma Gorman, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Dept. of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
  • N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University of Richmond Museums
  • Andrew Schulz, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor, College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
  • Roberto Tejada, Cullen Distinguished Professor, Departments of English and Art History, University of Houston
  • Anuradha Vikram, Lecturer, Graduate Public Practice, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

How to Vote

Log into your CAA account with your CAA User ID# and password. Then click the Vote Now image at the center of your 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 if you wish. Ballots that indicate more than four candidates will be void. The election ends at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Send your Proxy

CAA encourages all members to attend its Annual Business Meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. If you cannot attend, kindly check the box appointing a proxy. By doing so, you appoint the CAA board officers named thereon—DeWitt Godfrey, John J. Richardson, Charles A. Wright, Suzanne Blier, Gail Feigenbaum, and Doralynn Pines — to vote, in their discretion, on such matters as may properly come before such a meeting.

A quorum of 100 members is required to hold the Annual Business Meeting; therefore CAA requests your proxy to insure the Annual Business Meeting can take place. Please submit your proxy by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Thank you!

Filed under: Board of Directors, Governance

Each week CAA News publishes summaries of eight articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

What Is the Future of Higher Education?

A bachelor’s degree is more valuable than ever, yet college enrollment in the United States is declining. As the economy has improved and tuition has increased, more young adults have sought options outside higher education. The plight of for-profit colleges—which tend to enroll low-income students—has accounted for much of the enrollment drop. State support for higher education has also weakened. (Read more from the Atlantic.)

Five Legal Cases Changing the Art Market as We Know It

How is the law changing the art market, and what are the key problems to watch for in 2016? Here Artsy has considered five of the most significant issues for collectors and industry professionals alike. (Read more from Artsy.)

Taxing Times: Private Museums under Scrutiny by US Government

The United States government is scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of private museums and questioning whether some institutions benefit their wealthy founders more than the general public. The Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to eleven single-donor museums in November requesting information about attendance, opening hours, trustees, and grant-making activities. (Read more from the Art Newspaper.)

The Postdoctoral Applicant

Much of the advice for job applicants seems to focus on ABD candidates or on PhDs immediately after their defense. How different is the job market for someone like me—a postdoc with significantly more publications and experience? (Read more from Vitae.)

More Grads Have “Excessive” Debt

The growing public focus on student-loan debt in recent years has been driven by some numbers that really matter—like the passing of the $1 trillion threshold in the amount of total outstanding loan debt—and some that are less meaningful, such as anecdotal reports about baristas who accumulated $120,000 in debt. Exactly which data points tell the true story about the seriousness of the crisis is to some extent in the eye of the beholder. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

Options for Paying Down Debt during Grad School

Many graduate students are in one or more kinds of debt, be it student loans, an auto loan, credit-card debt, a mortgage, or personal loans. How a graduate student should manage debt depends on the ability to repay it, a personal disposition toward debt, and the type and terms of the debt. Students who can pay down debt during grad school must choose their repayment method and balance that goal with other financial priorities. (Read more from GradHacker.)

With Millennial Philanthropy Money Flowing, Arts Groups Miss Out

Though millennials are a generosity-minded bunch, their data-driven approach has left a traditional beneficiary of charitable giving out in the cold: the arts. Cultural institutions, which have historically been high on the list of those with flush pockets, as well as smaller arts nonprofits, are straining to attract a new generation of donors that demands a metric for each dollar spent. (Read more from the Seattle Times.)

How 2015 May Have Marked the End of the Art Market’s Boom Years

There are signs that the art market reached terminal velocity in 2015 but is now slowing down. This was a year of new records as billionaires battled for trophy works of art, spending enormous sums of money in the process. Yet buyers showed increasing discernment, balking at the obvious instances of auction-house greed and snubbing works that were simply not good enough for their price tags. (Read more from the Guardian.)

Filed under: CAA News

CAA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

CAA will formally recognize the honorees at a special awards ceremony to be held during Convocation at the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 5:30–7:00 PM. Led by DeWitt Godfrey, president of the CAA Board of Directors, the awards ceremony will take place in the Marriott Ballroom, Salon 2, Lobby Level, Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Convocation and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park is located at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008.

The 2016 Annual Conference—presenting scholarly sessions, panel discussions, career-development workshops, a Book and Trade Fair, and more—is the largest gathering of artists, scholars, students, and arts professionals in the United States.

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award
Krista Thompson
Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice
Duke University Press

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award
Stephanie Barron and Sabine Eckmann
New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919–1933
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions
Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko
Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s
Ukrainian Museum

Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize
Matthew C. Hunter
“Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Nice Chymistry’: Action and Accident in the 1770s”
The Art Bulletin, March 2015

Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism
Chika Okeke-Agulu
Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria
Duke University Press

Art Journal Award
Abigail Satinsky
“Movement Building for Beginners”
Art Journal, Fall 2015

Distinguished Feminist Award
Carrie Mae Weems

Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
Sabina Ott

Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
Patricia Berger

Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work
Arlene Shechet

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
Carmen Herrera

CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation
Debra Hess Norris

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art
Rosalind E. Krauss

Morey and Barr Award Finalists

CAA recognizes the 2016 finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards for their distinctive achievements:

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Finalists

  • Paul Binski, Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290–1350, Yale University Press, for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Elina Gertsman, Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Adam Herring, Art and Vision in the Inca Empire: Andeans and Europeans at Cajamarca, Cambridge University Press

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award Finalist

  • Jens M. Daehner and Kenneth Lapatin, eds., Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, J. Paul Getty Museum

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions Finalist

  • Timothy Verdon and Daniel M. Zolli, eds., Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral, Museum of Biblical Art, in association with D. Giles


For more information on the 2016 Awards for Distinction, please contact Emmanuel Lemakis, CAA director of programs. Visit the Awards section of the CAA website to read about past recipients.