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posted by December 22, 2017


Sarah J. Scott discusses Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art edited by Brian A. Brown and Marian H. FeldmanRead the full review at

William Truettner reviews A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians by Sascha T. Scott. Read the full review at

Kathryn Simpson writes on The Face of Medicine: Visualising Medical Masculinities in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris by Mary Hunter. Read the full review at 

Fred S. Kleiner discusses Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii edited by Elaine K. Gazda and John R. Clarke. Read the full review at

Jennifer P. Kingsley writes about A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe edited by Martina Bagnoli. Read the full review at

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Meet the Meiss Fund Recipients for Fall 2017

posted by December 22, 2017

Eric Huntington’s Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism is a Fall 2017 Meiss grantee. Image: The life of the Buddha (detail), 1700–1800. Tibet. Ink and colors on cotton. Courtesy Asian Art Museum.


Twice a year, CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.

Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA began awarding these publishing grants in 1975.

The Millard Meiss Publication Fund grantees for Fall 2017 are:

  • Cranston, Jodi, The Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice (Pennylvania State University Press)
  • Drimmer, Sonja, The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of Middle English Literature, 1403-1476 (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Gaziambide, Maria C., Retrograde Modernity: The Deliberate Anachronism of Venezuela’s El Techo de la Ballena (University Press Florida)
  • Huntington, Eric, Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism (University of Washington Press)
  • Lakey, Christopher, Sculptural Seeing: Relief, Optics, and the Rise of Perspective in Medieval Italy (Yale University Press)
  • Lerner, Jullian, Graphic Culture: Illustration and Artistic Enterprise in Paris, 1830-1848 (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • O’Neal, Halle, Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art (Harvard University Press)
  • Romberg, Kristin, Gan’s Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism (University of California Press)
  • Sturgeon, Justin, Text and Image in Rene d’Anjou’s Livre des tournois, c. 1460: Constructing Authority and Identity in Fifteenth Century Court Culture (Boydell & Brewer)

Read a list of all recipients of the Millard Meiss Publication Fund from 1975 to the present. The list is alphabetized by author’s last name and includes book titles and publishers.


Books eligible for a Meiss grant must currently be under contract with a publisher and be on a subject in the arts or art history. The deadlines for the receipt of applications are March 15 and September 15 of each year. Please review the Application Guidelines and the Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist for complete instructions.


Questions? Please contact Aakash Suchak, CAA grants and special programs manager, at 212-392-4435.

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Scripting A Smeary Spot on Art Journal Open

posted by December 21, 2017

The late Jack Doroshow performs as Mother Flawless, a clairvoyant psyche. In this scene she recites an excerpt from Joanna Russ’ sci-fi novel We Who Are About To. . . , A.K. Burns, video still from A Smeary Spot, 2015, four-channel video installation, HD color, six-channel sound, TRT 53:13 (artwork © A.K. Burns; image provided by the artist, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY, and Michel Rein Gallery, Paris/Brussels)

In this annotated commentary, artist A.K. Burns and art historian and critic Melissa Ragain explore the script, performances, and citations in Burn’s video installation A Smeary Spot (2015), which is the first episode in her five-part Negative Space film cycle.

From Ragain’s introduction: “In this annotated commentary, A.K. and I discuss the first episode of Negative Space titled A Smeary Spot, a fifty-three-minute, four-channel video installation that premiered in September 2015 at Participant Inc. in New York. We walk through selections from the script, which A.K. constructed out of appropriated and altered excerpts from poetry, philosophy, and fiction. Feminist sci-fi by writers like Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and the new materialist philosophy of Karen Barad were starting points for Negative Space though its cultural touchstones are far more wide-ranging.”

Visit Art Journal Open to explore Scripting A Smeary Spot.


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by December 20, 2017

An MIT student perusing works available through the school’s Student Loan Art Program (courtesy MIT List Visual Arts Center, photo by John Kennard)

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

8 US Colleges Lending Their Art Collections to Students

Making art collections available to students has grown in popularity on campuses across the country. (Hyperallergic)

Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public?

New public opinion data suggest that despite significant concerns about prices, most Americans (and many Republicans) believe a postsecondary education is essential. (Inside Higher Ed)

Culture Track ’17 Finds American Definition of Culture Changing

A new study shows the distinction between fine art and pop art becoming blurred, as Benjamin Millepied, 2018 CAA Keynote Speaker Charles Gaines, and other city arts leaders discuss the implications for museums and creators. (The Hollywood Reporter)

On Neuroaesthetics, or the Productive Exercise of Looking at Art

Jonathan Fineberg is director of an emerging art-science PhD program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. (Hyperallergic)

Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection

How does a museum end up deciding to sell off substantially all of its most valuable artworks? (Artnet News)

CEOs Are Going to Art School to Think More Creatively

RISD launched a continuing education program in 2016 aimed at today’s global leaders. (Artsy)

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Meet the 2017 Wyeth Award Winners

posted by December 19, 2017

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, A view on Mount Vernon with the Washington family on the terrace, 1796, watercolor, pen and ink on paper, 16 3/8 x 24 inches. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Meet the Grantees

Since 2005, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art has supported the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA. The 2017 grantees are:

  • Fryd, Vivian, “Against Our Will”: Representing Sexual Trauma in American Art, 1970–2014 (Penn State University Press)
  • Moore, Emily, For Future Generations: Tlingit, Haida, and American Art in Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks (University of Washington Press)
  • Naeem, Asma, Out of Earshot: Sound and Technology in American Art, 1850–1900 (University of California Press)
  • Sienkewicz, Julia, Epic Landscapes, Benjamin Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor (University of Delaware Press)
  • Weyl, Christina, The Women of Atelier 17: Craft, Creativity, and Modernist Printmaking (Yale University Press)

Read a list of all recipients of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from 2005 to the present.


For the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Eligible for the grant are book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. The deadline for the receipt of applications is September 15 of each year.

Process, Materials, and Checklist


Questions? Please contact Aakash Suchak, CAA grants and special programs manager at 212-392-4435.

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The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Ray Yeager, associate professor of Art at the University of Charleston and Katherine Barnes, adjunct professor at Columbia College, discuss teaching art appreciation to non-majors.

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posted by December 15, 2017

Elena Phipps discusses The Andean Science of Weaving: Structures and Techniques for Warp-Faced Weaves by Denise Y. Arnold and Elvira Espejo. Read the full review at

Courtney Pedersen reviews the Cindy Sherman exhibition at the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art. Read the full review at

Mechtild Widrich writes about Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography by Susan Best. Read the full review at

Nathan Arrington and Carolyn Yerkes discuss The Plaster Cast Gallery at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Read the full review at 

Gillian Elliot reviews Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe: Architecture, Ritual and Urban Context edited by Gerardo Boto Varela and Justin E. A. Kroesen. Read the full review at

Alison Syme writes on John Singer Sargent and the Art of Allusion by Bruce Redford. Read the full review at

David Pullins reviews Les Jombert: Une famille de libraires parisiens dans l’Europe des Lumières (1680–1824) by Greta Kaucher. Read the full review at

Philip Kelleher writes about the exhibition Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project. Read the full review at

Aaron Slodounik discusses The Deaths of Henri Regnault by Marc Gotlieb. Read the full review at

Hanneke Grootenboer reviews Rembrandt: The Painter Thinking by Ernst van de Wetering. Read the full review at 


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Notice of CAA 106th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 15, 2017

College Art Association
Notice of 106th Annual Business Meeting
Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, February 21 and Friday, February 23, 2018

The 106th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21st, during Convocation at the 2018 Annual Conference, in Room 502A and B at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California.

CAA President, Suzanne Preston Blier, will preside. The Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts.


The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:
I. Welcome – Hunter O’Hanian, CAA Executive Director and CEO
II. Presentation by Suzanne Preston Blier, CAA President
III. Executive Director’s Report – Hunter O’Hanian
IV. Presentation of CAA Awards for Distinction – Suzanne Preston Blier
V. 2018 Professional Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History
VI. Keynote Address – Charles Gaines, CalArt, School of Art.

After the Keynote Address, the Meeting will be recessed and will re-convene on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Room 403B, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Agenda for the second part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

VII. Approval of Minutes of 105th Annual Business Meeting, February 15 and 17, 2017 – see: 

VIII. Financial Report: Teresa Lopez, CAA Chief Financial Officer
IX. Old Business
X. New Business
XI. Results of Election of New Directors: Suzanne Preston Blier
XII. Open discussion with members, Board and staff

If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, please complete a proxy online to appoint the individuals named thereon to (i) vote, as directed by you, for directors, and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting; and (ii) to vote in any and all adjournments thereof. CAA Members will be notified when the proxy for casting votes becomes available online in early January 2018. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. PST Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Next Meeting – 2019
The 107th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in New York in 2019, and again take place in two parts — with a call to order on February 13, and a second meeting and open discussion on February 15.

Roberto Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

December 15, 2017

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CAA 105th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 15, 2017

The College Art Association 105th Annual Business Meeting Minutes
New York Hilton Midtown Hotel
1335 Avenue of the Americas
NY NY 10019

February 15, 2017: Convocation, 5:30 p.m.
West/East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

February 17, 2017:  MY_CAA, 12:15 p.m.
East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Part One

CAA’s President, Suzanne Preston Blier, welcomed attendees to CAA’s Convocation and to the Association’s 105th Annual Meeting of its members. While the Annual Meeting was scheduled to be held in two parts, Blier advised attendees that official items of the meeting would be covered on Friday, February 17th, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the “My-CAA meeting, hosted by Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s new Executive Director and CEO.

Convocation proceeded with the President’s opening comments followed by the Awards ceremony, the Keynote Address with Mary Miller, and cocktails next to the East Ballroom.

CAA’s President, Suzanne Preston Blier addressed Convocation with the subject “Art Matters.” Here follows the link to President Blier’s comments:

Part Two

I. Call to Order – President’s Report – Suzanne Preston Blier
On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:15 p.m., President Blier called to order Part Two of the Annual Meeting in the East Ballroom.

II. Blier introduced Judith Rodenbeck the Annual Conference Chair who spoke of the success of the changes to the Annual Conference instituted by the Annual Conference Committee and other parties. Rodenbeck had received much positive feedback on the new, shorter session times (90 minutes) and the multitude of session options available to Conference attendees.

III. Report by Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO

IV. President Blier asked for the approval of the minutes of the February3, 2016 Annual Business Meeting held in Washington, D. C. A motion was made to approve the 2016 minutes. The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

V. Blier/Hunter called on Teresa Lopez, CAA’s Chief Financial Officer, to give her financial report for Fiscal Year 2016.

Due to reduced membership enrollment, as well as lower attendance in at 2016 Washington DC annual conference, the Association ended fiscal year 2016 with a deficit of $326,000 including one-time expenses of $125,000.

As of the end of the last fiscal year, there were 9,027 individual members and 1,311 institutional members, including 735 library subscribers handled through Taylor & Francis. Last year’s deficit was funded from the Association’s reserves. The fair market value of CAA’s investment portfolio decreased from $9,644,074 on July 1, 2016 to $9,399,572 on June 30, 2016. CAA drew down $925,000 in that period.

In July 2016, the CAA Board of Directors hired a new executive director, Hunter O’Hanian. In the current year, we have seen an increase in total membership numbers and revenue. Registrations for this year’s annual conference have not only exceeded last year, but have also exceeded paid registrations from the 2015 annual conference in New York. The number of attendees for this Annual Conference stands at 3,236 as of this afternoon.

Over the next few months CAA staff and board will be working on budgets on for future years which will better match projected expenses to projected revenues.

Copies of the audited financial statements for FY2016 compared with FY2015 are available here and as a pdf on our website.

VI. President Blier called for Old Business. There was none.

VII. President Blier called for New Business. There was none.

VIII. Results of Board Election
President Blier stated that official business was completed and announced the results of the election of new directors. The following members have been elected to CAA’s Board of Directors:

Colin Blakely
Peter Lukehart
Melissa Hilliard Potter
Julia Sienkewicz

President Blier thanked all the candidates for their willingness to serve CAA.

Respectfully submitted,

Roberto J. Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

March 22, 2017


Next CAA Annual Business Meeting  – 2018

The 106th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association will take place during Convocation on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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CAA Art Book Holiday Gift Guide

posted by December 15, 2017

The holiday season is here and we’re celebrating with two of our favorite things—art and books!

CAA members get 25% off ARTBOOK | D.A.P. titles, 25% off MIT Press titles, and 20% off University of Chicago Press titles, with options for everyone on your list.

Access your discounts through the member log-in on the My Benefits page of your CAA account. 


 Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, Zoé Whitley. Contributions by Linda Goode Bryant, Susan E. Cahan, David Driskell, Edmund Barry Gaither, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Samella Lewis

Bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers.



Design is Storytelling

Ellen Lupton

The award-winning author of Thinking with Type and How Posters Work demonstrates how storytelling shapes great design.




Interviews on Art

Robert Storr

Edited with interview by Francesca Pietropaolo

Collected for the first time in a single volume, read interviews conducted by museum curator, academic, editor and writer Robert Storr.



Browse the 2017 ARTBOOK | D.A.P Holiday Gift Guide


Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and Humanity

Ben-Ami Scharfstein

Acknowledging that art is a universal part of human experience leads us to some big questions: Why does it exist? Why do we enjoy it?




John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage

Andrés Mario Zervigón

Exploring the evolution of photomontage from an act of antiwar resistance into a formalized political art in the Weimar Republic.



Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

The 2006 collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press combines affordable paperback prices, good design, and impeccable editorial content.

Browse the 2017 MIT Press Holiday Gift Guide

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