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RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals) has a new home! Moving forward, you can find all the resources you know and love here on our website at:

A project of CAA with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, RAAMP aims to strengthen the educational mission of academic museums and their parent organizations by providing a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news and information. RAAMP’s coffee gatherings and video practica cover a wide variety of topics including advocacy, engagement, curricula building, cross-disciplinary collaboration, technology, development, and censorship.


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For any questions regarding the RAAMP program, please contact Cali Buckley, grants and special programs manager, at:

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by July 29, 2020

A nearly empty Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 8, 2020. Photo: Tony Luong/NYT

US Rescinds Plan to Strip Visas From International Students in Online Classes

Since our last newsletter, the Trump administration said it would no longer require foreign students to attend in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic in order to remain in the country. (New York Times)

Pushed to Address Systemic Racism, Museums Face a Reckoning

The past month has been a period of reckoning for museums and art institutions across the United States and beyond. (Artsy)

The Job Market for Young Academics Was Already Bleak—Then the Pandemic Hit. Here’s How Art-History Grad Students Are Coping With the Fallout

Some universities are finding creative ways to aid students during this period of unprecedented hardship. (artnet News)

A Call to Action: Supporting Women Faculty in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

Already, there are signals that the current conditions will have a differential impact on women in academe. (Medium)

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CWA Picks for July 2020

posted by July 28, 2020

Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Native American, b. 1969) Mark, Polar Bear, 2019. Acrylic polymer, polar bear fur, fabric flag, metal brackets, 40 x 65 in. © 2019 Sonya Kelliher-Combs. Courtesy of the artist and Minus Space.

In response to COVID-19, artists, institutions, and organizations have initiated virtual exhibitions, presentations, screenings, and curated newsletters, among other innovative approaches, welcoming the public to online platforms and opening dialogues on a range of topics. May and June 2020 CWA Picks presented a number of initiatives that demonstrated ways in which social media channels and websites can be repurposed in light of social distancing measures currently in place; these Picks emphasized the social role of the arts as a healing positive force during these challenging times. As protests about systemic racism and structural injustices raged globally, museums and institutions were inclined to acknowledge their fundamental accountability and engagement in the misrepresentation or excision of Black and Indigenous histories from white imperialist and colonial narratives, including the prevalent or implicit use of racist language and practices. As the world witnesses and participates in “good trouble” and social unrest, our July Picks cover a range of online and in-person exhibitions and events and strike a balance between feminist ecologies of care and political activism. At this unprecedented historical juncture, some art spaces have opened their doors to audiences and slowly resumed activities, enforcing precautions and timed visits:  

  • ecofeminism(s) curated by Monika Fabijanska at Thomas Erben Gallery (7.19.20-7.24.20) takes us on a visual journey of the pioneering environmental art works of the 1970s and 80s through the present. Countering patriarchal and corporate structures and philosophies, many artists engage scientific and analytic approaches to experimental practices, utilizing photographic documentation, archives, time-based media, and ritual performances. Advancing principles of spiritual feminism, feminist metaphors of the Great Goddess and Cosmic Mother, and anti-nuclear activism, among other social and technological positions, the early ecofeminists underscore earth’s fragility and vulnerability—thinly veiling our fears and prophetically imagining our current global crises and pandemic—yet glimmers of care, community, and agency strikingly emerge.  As an intergenerational show presenting contemporary women artists making ecological art, Fabijanska proposes, “What makes today’s female environmental artists ‘ecofeminists’?” Artists include Andrea Bowers, Helène AylonEliza Evans, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Hanae Utamura, Betsy Damon, Aviva Rahmani, Jessica Segall, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Bilge Friedlaender, Carla Maldonado, Mary Mattingly, Cecilia Vicuña, Barbara Kruger, and Agnes Denes. Public programming with Zoom conversations between artists, art historians, and critics: July 8, July 15, and July 22.  
  • Earthkeeping, Earthshaking – art, feminisms and ecology (Earthkeeping/Earthshaking – arte, feminismos e ecologia), curated by Giulia Lamoni and Vanessa Badagliacca at Galerias Municipais (Galeria Quadrumin Lisbon (7.25.20-10.4.20) takes its title from the thirteenth issue of the pioneering US feminist art magazine called Heresies (1981) published by the feminist collective. Lucy Lippard, Ana Mendieta, and Faith Wilding, among other contributors to this issueraised complex points around the following question: ‘What can women do about the disastrous direction the world is taking?’ Curators Lamoni and Badagliacca return to this pressing question in a global 21st-century context by reframing ideas of capitalism, colonialism, and current environmental pressures, further exploring a Portuguese perspective. Earthkeeping, Earthshaking presents radical feminist artists from the 1970s through the present day:  Alexandra do Carmo, Alicia Barney, Ana Mendieta, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Cecilia Vicuña, Clara Menéres, Emilia Nadal, Faith Wilding, Gabriela AlbergariaGioconda Belli, Graça Pereira Coutinho, Irene Buarque, Laura Grisi, Lourdes Castro. Maren Hassinger, Maria José Oliveira, Mónica de Miranda, Rui Horta Pereira, Teresinha SoaresUriel Orlow. 
  • AWARE (Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions) has launched the podcast Woman House in response to the pandemic. Each episode invites a female narrator to read stories and texts by women writers on the broad theme of confinement. For example, hear Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse read by Julie WolkensteinCéleste Albaret’s Monsieur Proust read by Jeanne Balibar; and Marguerite Dumas’s Writing read by Camille Morineau 
  • Virtual Views: Faith Ringgold at MoMA explores Ringgold’s extraordinary position in the sixties as an African-American woman painter and offers personal commentary about cultural identity and documentation during the civil rights movement. Ringgold’s American People Series #20: Die, a masterpiece from the museum collection, visualizes the realities of race, police brutality, and violence, and makes direct references to Picasso’s Guernica 
  • Not Yet Written Stories is an online archival repository of avant-garde women artist practices (documentation, exhibitions, conferences, publications), supported by workshops and conferences.  Managed by the SCCA-Ljubljana Center for Contemporary ArtsArton Foundation, Warsaw, and Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (Riga), Office for Photography, Zagreb 
  • Whitechapel Gallery offers an instructional list of audio resources (podcasts and audiobooks) on Black Lives Matter. 
  • Carla Repice: The White Problem Redux, an online exhibition at Equity Gallery, highlights the “optics of whiteness and the ways in which white supremacy virally replicates itself in visual culture,” according to the accompanying online essay by Ronika McClain.  Repice’s intimate, gestural figurative paintings unveil quick glimpses into childhood, focused sharply on youth and education as primary source material for the formulation of implicit racism, symbols, and narratives. Public programming includes a series of poetry readings by Black writers, organized by poet Maya Pindyck.
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New in

posted by July 24, 2020


David Haberstich considers the exhibition catalog Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop by Sarah L. Eckhardt. Read the full review at

Laurence Schmidlin discusses Christina Weyl’s The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York. Read the full review at

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FAQs for the 2021 Annual Conference

posted by July 16, 2020

We will update this page frequently. Thanks for your patience and flexibility! 

This information is current as of September 10, 2020.

Why are we changing the conference format? 

As we announced in our letter to CAA members, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, CAA’s prime consideration for planning the 2021 conference has been the health and safety of our membership and our communities. Even as parts of our world begin to “reopen,” we face many unknowns on what the state of health and safety will be in February.   

We had hoped to convene a fully in-person conference in New York this February 10–13, 2021. However, the pandemic and uncertainty of the months ahead—as well as increasing economic pressures on institutions and individuals, leading to diminished funds for professional development and travel—have caused us to rethink our plans.   

How did CAA come to this decision and why decide now?  

Our decision was informed by a robust response (almost 1,200 replies!) to a survey sent to members in May regarding their ideas about CAA hosting an online conference. Exceptionally useful feedback was provided in terms of what types of activities would be appealing to attend online, the value of in-person gatherings, and what price points seem reasonable. We are building on what you shared with us.  

There are many factors in determining the costs and benefits of going online; these are currently being evaluated by CAA staff and will continue to be addressed as we move forward. But making this decision now allows staff and the Annual Conference Committee time to plan for an iteration of the conference that will ensure the core benefits of the event are maintained: opportunities to share new research, listen to esteemed artists, designers, and scholars, and connect with peers.   

What will the conference look like?  

The program will include conference sessions online. We are also looking at ways to present other conference activities in person, depending on the state of the pandemic in early 2021.   

After the Annual Conference Committee selects sessions to be included in the program, we will build a four-day conference with the same basic structure as the usual in-person conference, possibly with fewer sessions per day. We are also considering an extended schedule for sharing virtual sessions; the details of this will be determined in August, after the sessions are selected.  

We are currently exploring options for other aspects of the conference (e.g., the Book and Trade Fair, Workshops, poster sessions, receptions) and will know more once the session content is scheduled.  

We are taking into account the many concerns members have expressed about virtual presentations, such as sharing scholarship online, the challenges of different time zones, and “Zoom fatigue.”   

Lastly, we will be surveying those whose sessions are accepted for the Annual Conference to understand technical and practical preferences for presenting their work so that we can address everyone’s particular needs and concerns.   

We thank you for your patience as we address these issues. Please stay tuned for more details.  

How has this affected the key dates for the conference?   

Our submissions timeline was affected by the spring COVID-19 crisis and pushed back the overall planning process by roughly a month. The updated key dates are posted on the conference website and can be found at the bottom of the proposals page.   

When will I know if my proposal has been accepted?  

The Annual Conference Committee is currently reviewing the 800-plus proposal submissions and is on schedule to select those that will be included in the conference program. This process will be completed by mid– to late August and members whose submissions have been accepted will be notified.   

Can I still submit a proposal/paper?   

Yes. While the portal has closed for session submissions for CAA 2021, there are still ways to submit.  

  1. Sessions inviting a call for participation (CFP) will be open from August 12 to September 16, 2020. A list of accepted sessions that are soliciting contributors and their abstracts will be posted at the beginning of August on the CAA website. VISIT HERE for more information. The chairs of accepted sessions that are soliciting contributors will accept proposals directly from submitters by September 23.  
  1. Visit Call for Proposals for posters sessions and Workshops and related deadlines and participation requirements.   

How will papers be delivered during CAA2021?  

Session presenters will upload their prerecorded presentations, which conference registrants may access online shortly before and through the conference dates. Live Q&A will be scheduled for each session between February 10 and 13, providing the collegial, interactive, and accountable engagement created by attending sessions as a community. Questions about session presentations may be submitted to session chairs after viewing a session in advance of the scheduled live Q&A. Uploaded content will be accessible to registrants for a limited time after the conference dates. We will provide detailed information for presenters and attendees closer to the conference. 

I have questions and concerns about presenting virtually and sharing my work. If I’m accepted, what can I do to prepare?  

CAA and our technical support team will share guidelines for preparing for virtual sessions, including preconference webinars to walk both presenters and audience members through the technology of participation.  

CAA’s Annual Conference Committee, legal counsel, and staff are working on protocols and guidelines regarding best practices to protect the intellectual property of participants. This information will be made available on the CAA website in early fall.  

When will the conference website open and registration begin?  

The Annual Conference website will go live in November 2020. At that time, you will see the session listings and details on other conference programming. You may also register for the conference at that time.  

Will conference registration and fees change?  

Registration options and fees will be posted in early November 2020. Information provided by the conference survey will help determine the fee structure.   

In order to present at the Annual Conference, you must be a current CAA member and also registered for the conference.  

What will be free and open to the public for CAA2021?   

Programming by the Services to Artists Committee and the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee will be free and open to the public. A full list of free and open programming will be noted on the Annual Conference website when it opens in November 2020.  


For FAQs about Annual Conference Logistics, Submissions, Conference Registration, Membership, and Calls for Participation, VISIT HERE. 


We know we may not have answered all of your questionsPlease let us know! Email questions to  

We will update this page frequently. Thanks for your patience and flexibility! 

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An Update on the 2021 Annual Conference

posted by July 16, 2020

Dear CAA Members,

As you will hear Meme Omogbai, CAA executive director, say time and time again, “Mission first. People always.” So we start this letter with the wish that you are safe, healthy, and finding some time for self-care this summer.

We are writing to share where we are in planning the 109th CAA Annual Conference. We had hoped to celebrate the vast scholarship and practice of CAA members at a fully in-person conference in New York this February 10–13, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the months ahead—as well as increasing economic pressures on institutions and individuals, leading to diminished funds for professional development and travel—have caused us to rethink our plans.

We are now moving to a conference format that will include session content online. There are many factors in determining the costs and benefits to going online; these are currently being worked on by CAA staff and will continue to be addressed as we move forward. But making this decision now allows staff and the Annual Conference Committee time to plan for an iteration of the conference that will ensure the core benefits of the event are maintained: opportunities to share new research, listen to esteemed artists, designers, and scholars, and connect with peers. We are also looking at ways to present the in-person activities, dependent upon the state of the pandemic in early 2021. Thank you for your patience and flexibility over the next couple of months as the planning continues. We are creating a list to address your frequently asked questions; please email questions to or to us personally.


Our decision was informed by a robust response (almost 1,200 replies!) to a survey sent to members in May regarding their ideas about CAA hosting an online conference. Exceptionally useful feedback was provided in terms of what types of activities would be appealing to attend online, the value of in-person gatherings, and what price points seem reasonable. We are building on what you shared with us.

The Annual Conference Committee is currently reviewing the 800-plus proposal submissions and is on schedule to select those that will be included in the conference program. Our committees and staff are working hard to create a diverse and inclusive program and one that is broadly accessible.

While this time is filled with uncharted unknowns and anxieties, this is also an opportunity for us to build the organization that we want CAA to be. If you have the ability to give, we ask for your generosity. If you are able to give financially, wonderful—we need that help. Donations are not the only way to participate in our organization, however. We want your energy and your ideas. If you have connections and resources to share, we welcome them. If you know people who could benefit from our community, please spread the word. We are an organization of members. Join us.

CAA is an incredible coalition of individuals and institutions. If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that virtual platforms can allow us to communicate broadly and across borders. Difficult conversations can take place and together we can move forward and create an organization that advocates, shares, and brings others along with us.

Sincerely yours,

N. Elizabeth Schlatter
President, CAA
Deputy Director, University of Richmond Museums, Virginia

Meme Omogbai
Executive Director and CEO

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Coffee Gathering: Reimagining Engagement in Academic Art Museums

On Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT) CAA’s Cali Buckley will speak with Berit Ness, Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. To RSVP to this Coffee Gathering, please fill out this form

Berit Ness is the Assistant Curator for Academic Initiatives at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, where she oversees the museum’s active study room, manages curricular exhibitions, and serves as a specialist for the museum’s permanent collection. She regularly engages with UChicago faculty and students to foster interdisciplinary approaches for using the museum’s collections and exhibitions as a resource for teaching and learning. Berit has co-organized curricular-driven exhibitions such as Down Time: On the Art of Retreat and The History of Perception.

Since joining the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in 2009 Celka Straughn has worked to integrate the museum into the life of the university, and university teaching, learning, research and other activities into the life of the museum. This includes collaborative exhibition projects with faculty and students, such as American Dream, a student-generated exhibition with Dr. Ellen Raimond in conjunction with the 2016 KU Common Book (2017). Her teaching and scholarly work on museums explores collecting practices, museums and markets, colonial and global museum discourses, cross-disciplinary museum learning and engagement, and museum ethics. She regularly teaches courses for KU’s Honors Program, and is affiliate faculty in Museum Studies and German Studies. From 2012-2019 she served on the CAA Museum Committee and contributed to the formation of RAAMP.

The COVID-19 pandemic and greater awakening of museums to the pandemic of structural racism have further pushed museums to rethink how they engage with their communities. For museums embedded within colleges and universities, this has brought a reexamination of the fundamental ways they act as sites for teaching and learning on campus. As educational institutions are pivoting to new curricular models for socially-distanced and remote learning, campus museums also have to envision new ways to support teaching with art. How can academic museums learn from these experiences to strengthen their missions for inclusion and accessibility, meet emerging academic and community needs, and catalyze structural change?

This participatory conversation is designed to bring colleagues together in discussion. The bulk of the session will take place in smaller break-out rooms for participants to individually share and learn from each other. Below are some prompts for generating conversations.


  1. What is the landscape of teaching at your institution this the fall?
  2. How is your museum reimagining engagement with your academic and public audiences?
  3. Are there any pedagogical methods, programs, or projects that felt successful last spring?
  4. What are some strategies you are planning/developing?
  5. What are your persistent challenges and what further resources are needed?
  6. How might this moment inform your future practice?
If you have examples of class sessions, assignments, or other resources that you are willing to share with colleagues, RAAMP can host them. We will also have a shared document for models and ideas as well as questions during the breakout sessions. 

RAAMP Coffee Gatherings are monthly virtual chats aimed at giving participants an opportunity to informally discuss a topic that relates to their work as academic art museum professionals. Learn more here.

Submit to RAAMP

RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals) aims to strengthen the educational mission of academic art museums by providing a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news and information. Visit RAAMP to discover the newest resources and contribute.

RAAMP is a project of CAA with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.


Red and White Plum Blossoms, Ogata Kōrin, early 18th century, via Wikimedia Commons


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 Spring 2020 are:

  • Sarah BetzerAnimating the Antique: Sculptural Encounter in the Age of Aesthetic Theory, Penn State University Press 
  • Peter ChametzkyTurks, Jews, and Other Germans in Contemporary Art, The MIT Press 
  • Pamela Corey, The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia, University of Washington Press 
  • Christina Crawford, Spatial Revolution: Architecture and Planning in the Early Soviet Union, Cornell University Press 
  • Frank FeltensOgata Kōrin: Art in Early Modern Japan, Yale University Press 
  • Andrew FinegoldVital Voids: Cavities and Holes in Mesoamerican Material Culture, The University of Texas Press 
  • Marika KnowlesRealism and Role-Play: The Human Figure in French Art from Callot to the Brothers Le Nain, University of Delaware Press 
  • Ginger Nolan, Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Racial Science and Twentieth-Century Design, University of Minnesota Press 
  • Joanna PawlikRemade in America: Surrealist Art, Activism, and Politics 1940–1978, University of California Press 

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 Cali Buckley, Grants and Special Programs Manager, at

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Affiliated Society News for Summer 2020

posted by July 06, 2020

Affiliated Society News shares the new and exciting things CAA’s affiliated organizations are working on including activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibitions.

Interested in becoming an Affiliated Society? Learn more here.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

ARLIS/NA will be holding its 2021 Annual Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 9 through May 15 at the Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal. For update information please see  

On June 8, 2020 ARLIS/NA issued its Statement Against Anti-Black Racism and Violence which can be accessed here: 

Nominations are open for the following Executive Board positions: Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, Advancement Liaison, and Chapters Liaison; nominations must be received by July 13, 2020 for terms beginning at the Montreal Conference in May 2021. For more information please see the official announcement here: 

BSA (Bibliographical Society of America)

  1. Applications due September 8 for BSA’s 2021 New Scholars Program: The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined. The New Scholars selection committee welcomes new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media. In addition, the committee welcomes scholarly submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives. The committee particularly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects.International applicants are welcome to apply. New: Joint applications will be accepted in 2021. For more information, see 
  2. Applications due November 1 for BSA Fellowships: To foster the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, and in keeping with the value which the Society places on the field of bibliography as a critical interpretive framework for understanding such artifacts, the BSA funds a number of fellowships designed to promote bibliographical inquiry and research. For more information see
  3. Community Subtitling Project: The BSA records many events to offer free, virtual programming to a broader public. These videos are accessible through the BSA’s YouTube channel. To improve accessibility, as of Spring 2020 we are working to provide edited English and other language subtitles, with a focus on Spanish. We need English speakers to edit automated transcriptions, and speakers of other languages to translate them in YouTube. We are pleased to offer free one year memberships to all who submit complete translations of edited English transcripts of individual videos. We created a guide to editing English subtitles and to adding foreign language translations that you can view on our website, here 

La guía también está disponible en españolaquí. 

  1. June 2020 (vol 114:2) issue, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America:


Sonia Hazard, “The American Tract Society and the Refinement of the Evangelical Book, 1825–1861”
David Atkinson, “Distribution of Street Literature in the Later Eighteenth Century: Some Imprint Evidence from the West of England”
MacDonald P. Jackson, “Two Variants in Poems by Keats: Textual and Literary Evidence” 

Book Reviews
Jung, Sandro. The Publishing and Marketing of Illustrated Literature in Scotland, 1760–1825
Reviewed by Kristin Bluemel
Stephens, Walter, and Earle A. Havens, eds. Literary Forgeries in Early Modern Europe 1450–1800
Reviewed by Linda Isaac
Duncan, Sara Jeanette. A Social Departure: How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves. Ed. Linda Quirk, with Cheryl Cundell
Reviewed by Kathryn James
Lallier, Monique. Monique Lallier: A Retrospective
Reviewed by Kevin M. O’Sullivan 

Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey

CFP: Modern Art in the Arabian Peninsula: A collection of essays to be published in collaboration with Barjeel Art 

Foundation and the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) 

Over the last two decades, the Arabian Peninsula has been the subject of critical attention regarding the rapid development of art initiatives and institutions, notably blockbuster transnational partnerships and attendant labor inequities. Less attention, however, has been given to the longer history of modern art in the region and the Peninsula’s artistic practices in comparative perspective. This publication brings together scholarly voices from across disciplines to consider the various movements, schools, collectives, manifestos, and debates that emerged in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen throughout the 20th century. Contributions might address the following subjects: artists’ monographs, aesthetic debates in the press, artists’ collectives, exhibition histories, role of public sculpture, and the contextualization of art movements within regional histories. Themes may also consider the international scope of exhibitions and events that have molded the Arabian Peninsula into a global art capital. This call for essays welcomes scholarly explorations centered on the exchange of art and ideas between Gulf countries and their neighbors (e.g, Iran, South Asia, East Africa, and other Arab States) and how those dialogues have informed modern art in the Arabian Peninsula. We encourage submissions that consider the ways in which studies of modern art in the Arabian Peninsula might challenge conventional regional studies of modern Arab art or serve as a catalyst for broader disciplinary concerns with decolonizing art history.  

We welcome abstracts for proposals addressing but not limited to the topics listed. Please submit a 500-word abstract along with a brief, one-page CV by September 15, 2020. Up to three accompanying images may be included in the body of the word document (optional). Abstracts should be submitted in MS office format (any recent version). Proposals in both English and Arabic will be accepted. Send your abstract to:  

The book will be edited by Nada Shabout, Sarah Rogers and Suheyla Takesh. Accepted contributions due on June 1, 2021. All essays will undergo a double-blind, peer-review process before final acceptance. Papers will be accepted in either English or Arabic and may include up to 7 images.  

Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation

2020 Mentorship Program Applications Open June 30 

Due July 14 at 12PM ET 

Up to 10 Mentees with a required minimum of at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience in the field will be selected through a competitive application process for a career advancement experience.  The program’s goal is to advance the skills, experience and knowledge needed to succeed in a curatorial career. 

The program incorporates three main pillars: 

  • An immersive Virtual Learning Residency creating a peer to peer cohort held online; 
  • Digital engagement with a Mentor establishing one on one connections for feedback and guidance; and 
  • Attendance at the 2021 Art Curators Conference furthering expansion of the Mentee’s network (pending confirmation in early 2021 due to COVID-19). 

Past program participants and additional program details and benefits are outlined in detail here. 

All applicants must: 

  • Be art curators at nonprofit organizations in any country around the globe, with direct responsibility for works of art. In addition, independent curators and others that work a minimum of 50% of the time for/with nonprofit organizations will be considered. 
  • Have a minimum of 3-5 years of direct working curatorial experience in the field, excluding internships. 
  • Commit to all program requirements at the time of application, including all deadlines (non-negotiable), timelines, and travel. All Mentees are provided funding to accommodate travel, which will be disbursed in early 2021. 


Applications open June 30 and are due by noon ET on July 14. 

Questions/Concerns? Email

This program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Futter, Catherine Futter, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. 

Society for the History of Collecting 

The Society for the History of Collecting is pleased to announce a series of lectures that will take place online via Zoom. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Charles Sebag Montefiore on Jewish British Art Collectors. It will take place on Thursday, July 2 at 1:30pm (EDT) (see below for further details). 

Stacey Pierson of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, will deliver a lecture Art in China/Chinese art in Europe: a comparative study of approaches to collecting in China and Europe, 1500-1900 the following week (Thursday, July 9 at 1:30pm (EDT)) 

This illustrated lecture will explore almost 250 years of Jewish collecting in Britain, from the opening of Bevis Marks Synagogue in 1701 to the start of World War II. It will explore the role of prominent individuals, such as Sampson Gideon, Ralph Bernal, Ludwig Mond, the Rothschilds, Sir Philip Sassoon and Sir Percival David. The talk will cover a wide range of works of art from Old Master paintings and drawings to Classical sculpture and bronzes, as well as silver, Delftware, Hebraica and oriental ceramics. It will conclude by seeking to answer whether or not differences of religious background have any bearing on the way that people collected. 

Charles Sebag-Montefiore is a Trustee of the National Gallery. He has served for many years as Treasurer of the Friends of the National Libraries, the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and The Walpole Society, and is a former trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust and the Art Fund. He is joint author of The British as Art Collectors: From the Tudors to the Present (2012) and of A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924 (2013). 

To Join the lecture Please follow the zoom instructions below 

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Renaissance Society of America

RSA 2021 Dublin 

The Renaissance Society of America warmly invites submissions for its 67th Annual Meeting, to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 7-10 April 2021. The Convention Centre Dublin will serve as the site of our conference headquarters, with sessions also held at premier cultural and scholarly institutions such as the Chester Beatty , Marsh’s Library , and the Royal Irish Academy . We are delighted to announce that the Dublin conference has been expanded to four days instead of three, to accommodate more presenters and allow plenty of time for special events and visits to the city’s museums and archives. Submissions are due 15 August 2020. For more information about RSA 2021 Dublin and details on how to submit CfPs and sessions for the conference, please click here

New Media Caucus

In response to worldwide protests mobilizing for Black Lives, the New Media Caucus, in collaboration with the Queer Caucus for Art, has created a sale of Digital Artifacts. 100% of all sales go to the Movement for Black Lives. Please visit 

The New Media Caucus recently launched the Header/Footer Gallery, a digital exhibition space curated by NMC members. Flesh Spaces, opening in July, examines the challenges that cyberfeminists in the 1990s posed against a male-dominant technoculture. Via, installations and DIY publications, these artists interjected their bodies into cyberspace to celebrate physical presence, gender, and sexuality, challenging the dominate notion of cyber as disembodied and transcendent. However, despite the group’s efforts for coalition, cyberfeminism remained predominantly white and cisgender. 30 years later, H/F Gallery’s exhibition, curated by Constanza Salazar, champions work by WOC and members of the LGBTQ+ community – work that interrogates recent issues surrounding online spaces and digital technologies. 

NMC continues to feature member spotlight on our website including a recent interview with Shawné Michaelain Holloway. A new media artist and poet, Holloway creates critical software, video installations, and real-time performances to initiate conversations about power and control. Her work re-shapes the rhetorics of technology and sexuality by critically engaging the technical language of instruction, specifically from queer feminist BDSM communities, to direct viewers to read, play, or listen their way through narratives that guide them in and out of visceral memories. Her work leverages both tech and poetic mechanisms to navigate through and/or away from abuses of power. This choreography of viewership is constructed through a decidedly black, queer, feminist discipline, forefronting agency and consent within the experience. Read KT Duffy’s interview with Holloway: 

NMC’s journal Media-N is seeking proposals for a special issue – No Template: Art and the Technicity of Race. Updated deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2020. A decade ago, Beth Coleman and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun introduced the concept of race and/as technology.* Turning to Heidegger’s notion of techne as prosthesis or skill, Coleman and Chun imagine race itself as a technology that can be leveraged, a tool for navigating systems of power. This distances race from its mythological status as biological fact, creating a critical framework that returns historical agency to the individual and helps us understand how race and ethnicity function in the visual–and technological–world. Recently, the concept has received renewed attention as the intersections between race and ethnicity and the technological have come to the fore in popular discourse, raised by issues ranging from representation in film to bias in facial recognition. Critical work by scholars such as Simone Browne and Lisa Nakamura and the Precarity Lab has also continued to interrogate the technicity of race and its relationship to other technologies, both historical and contemporary. Artistic research and practice on the subject, however, has often been either neglected or instrumentalized as illustrative of a larger debate. This special issue of Media-N responds to the urgent need to examine the state of dialogue on race and/as technology in art practice, history, and criticism. It will feature a ten years on reflection on the concept by Beth Coleman, opening discussion onto the way this framework has shaped, and has been shaped by, art of the past and present. The guest editor for this issue is Megan Driscoll. For more information and guidelines: 

*See Beth Coleman, “Race as Technology,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 24, no. 1 (70) (May 1, 2009): 176-207; and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “Race and/as Technology, or How to Do Things to Race,” in Race After the Internet, eds. Lisa Nakamura, Peter Chow-White, and Alondra Nelson (New York: Routledge, 2012), 38-60. 


The NCHA announces that the quadrennial CIHA congress scheduled this year for Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been postponed one year until August 2021. We hope to see many of our CAA colleagues there! In addition, NCHA has elected new officers who begin their terms July 1, 2020: Paul Jaskot (President-Elect, beginning his term officially at the August 2021 CIHA), Anne Collins Goodyear (Vice President), Jesús Escobar (Treasurer), and Suzanne Blier (Secretary). Finally, NCHA is pleased to inform CAA members that the last CIHA colloquium, organized by the Japanese committee at the National Museum of Tokyo (March 2019, has published its papers which are available for download. The title of the conference was Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia. We are grateful to the Otsuka Museum of Art’s for making the publication available for free download on its Home Page at the following address : . 

Design Incubation

CFP: the 2020 Design Incubation Communication Design Awards 

Call for Nominations and Entries for the 2020 Design Incubation Communication Design Awards for Educators and Graduate Students 

2020 Jury 

  • Gail Anderson, School of Visual Arts, United States 
  • Audrey G. Bennett (Chair), University of Michigan, United States 
  • Fatima Cassim, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
  • Denise Gonzales Crisp, North Carolina State University, United States 
  • Paul Nini, Ohio State University, United States 
  • Maria Rogal, University of Florida, United States 
  • Teal Triggs, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom 

Design Incubation announces a call for nominations and entries for the 2020 awards for communication design educators and graduate students in the areas of scholarship, teaching, service. The aim of the awards program is to discover and recognize new scholarship (creative work and publications), teaching, and service in our broad and varied discipline. We hope to expand the design record, promote excellence and share knowledge within the field. 

This year, the jury also will be considering commendations for work covering the area of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in communication design. We encourage submissions of work that relate to these areas for consideration. 


We kindly ask colleagues and mentors to identify outstanding creative work, publications, teaching, and service being done by design educators and graduate students in our field and to nominate these individuals for an award. Nominations will be accepted from April 15 to July 31, 2020. 

Entry Guidelines 

Entries will be accepted from June 1–August 31, 2020. Complete the online entry form with the following: 

  • Title: Description of project and outcomes (not to exceed 500 words) 
  • Supporting Materials (limited to 5-page medium resolution pdf of artwork; web links to websites, videos, other online resources; published documents or visual documents) 
  • Bio of applicant/s (150 words per applicant) 
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant/s 

New Initiative for the 2020 Design Incubation Awards: Graduate Student Work 

Beginning this year, Design Incubation is accepting entries in a new juried area of Graduate Student Work. The future of communication design education begins with the work of future faculty and researchers in the field of Communication Design. Recognition of graduate student work will be grouped and reviewed in the categories of scholarship, creative projects, and service. Graduate students currently enrolled in graduate design programs are invited to submit scholarship, creative projects, and service projects they completed during graduate study or up to one year after graduation.


The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) has been awarded a grant from the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations funding program. These NEH grants were distributed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and roughly 14% of applicants were funded. A press release offers full information. The ICMA will use the award to support a Coordinator for Digital Engagement who will develop and oversee online offerings that serve the needs of scholars, instructors, museum professionals, and other enthusiasts and specialists in medieval art history at a time when we cannot gather in person. 

Due 31 August 2020: ICMA-Kress Exhibition Development Grant ( and the ICMA-Kress Research and Publication Grant ( 

Visual Resources Association News 

The VRA invites proposals for papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops for the 2021 Conference program. The VRA’s 2021 Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, from Tuesday, March 23th through Friday, March 26th, 2021 at the Westin, Michigan Avenue. Hybrid (in-person and online) conference options are being explored, so please consider ways to present materials to both physical and virtual audiences.  

Presenting at the VRA Conference provides opportunities to see how your ideas, research, work, and passion connect to those of other dedicated professionals while building networks and friendships in an open, collaborative environment.  

Presentation Types: 

  • Individual Paper- A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board’s proposal and selection process. 
  • Session – A session is typically a 60-minute moderated panel with 3 presenters, speaking for 15 to 18 minutes, followed by a brief facilitated question and answer period. If you feel your session topic requires more time, consider dividing it into two sessions, consisting of a Part I and a Part II. 
  • SIG/SUG- A special interest/user group is a 60-minute informal, community -driven, facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific segment of the VRA membership. 
  • Workshop- A workshop is a 2, 4, or 8-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources with hands-on activities. 

All proposals are welcome, and if you have other conference ideas or suggestions that do not fit the conference proposal form, please reach out to the Vice President for Conference Program, Sara Schumacher at  

To Apply: 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 27, 2020. Program submissions received after this date will not be considered for the 2021 conference. 

Preview the Paper, Sessions, Special Interest/User Groups Submission Form. Preview the Workshop Submission Form

Submit your proposal here:

All speakers/presenters must register for the conference and may register under the Conference Speaker rate for the full conference (same as member rate) or under the one-day rate. Speakers/Presenters may apply for Travel Awards through the VRA Travel Awards Committee or through select VRA Chapters. 

Suggested topics: 

  • Challenges and Lessons Learned from Remote Work 
  • The Workplace, Institutional Transitions, Personnel Issues 
  • Copyright & IP in Education and Beyond 
  • Teaching & Research Needs, Visual Literacy 
  • Equity, Ethics, Privacy, Advocacy 
  • Metadata 
  • Best Practices and Standards (VRA Core 4, CCO, etc.) 
  • Critical Cataloging, Alt-Text, Rights Statements, Geolocation Data 
  • Crowdsourcing 
  • Managing Collections 
  • Digital Asset Management, Digital and Institutional Repositories 
  • Preservation, Planning for Collections Growth 
  • Outreach and Instruction 
  • Instruction using Materials, Special, and Digital Visual Collections 
  • Accessibility, Universal Design, Open Educational Resources, Online Exhibitions, Social Media  
  • Emerging Technologies and Applications 
  • 3D Photography Imaging and Digitization, Audio and Video Editing 
  • Coding, GIS, IIF, Omeka S, Story Maps 
  • Digital Humanities/Scholarship Tools, Projects, Research Processes 

The Visual Resources Association is a multidisciplinary organization, founded in 1982, dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. Since its foundation and even earlier, VRA has been affiliated with or had committee ties to CAA For more information about the important work and professional development activities sponsored by the Visual Resources Association or the VRA Foundation, please contact Maureen Burns, VRA’s CAA Affiliate Representative at or 310-489-3792. 


SECAC 2020. Following a survey of members and a subsequent affirmative vote of the full Board, SECAC 2020 will be moving online, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University with Carly Phinizy, Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor of Art History, as Conference Director. To volunteer to assist in this endeavor and to thank the VCU team for the immense work that they have done so far – and that lies ahead – in order to sustain professional development opportunities for so many members this year, Carly can be reached at   

Equity and Inclusion. The recent killings of countless unarmed Black people have brought renewed attention to systemic racial inequity in the United States. With support from the Executive Committee, members of the Board are conducting a review of SECAC practices from the perspective of racial justice, equity, and inclusion. The intent is to gain an empirical view of SECAC’s record as a baseline for identifying areas for improvement and an action plan, which will be developed collaboratively with our members. As a preliminary step, SECAC will waive institutional membership dues for HBCUs. 

SECAC Member Opportunities Deadline: August 31, 2020 

  • Submission for the William R. Levin Awards for Research in the History of Art (minimum amount of $5000 each). 
  • Submission for the SECAC Artist’s Fellowship ($5000) and Artist’s Fellowship Honorable Mention ($1000). 
  • Nominations for the SECAC Awards. 
  • Outstanding Artistic Achievement 
  • Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design 
  • Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials 
  • Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials 
  • Excellence in Teaching 
  • Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication 
  • Nominations for SECAC Board seats in Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia, and At-Large #2. Submit nominations, with nominee’s CV, to

Please consider nominating colleagues and peers for SECAC Awards and Board Seats, particularly those individuals who have been underrepresented historically. 

Association of Print Scholars

The Association of Print Scholars (APS) has awarded the 2020 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize to Dr. Elizabeth Savage, Senior Lecturer in Book History and Communications, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Now in its sixth year, the award is given to an article published by an early-career scholar that features compelling and innovative research on prints or printmaking. Dr. Savage’s article, “Identifying Hans Baldung Grien’s Colour Printer, c. 1511-12” was published in Burlington Magazine, Volume 161 (October 2019): 830-839.  

Additionally, Honorable Mentions have been awarded to Tomasz Grusiecki, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, Design & Visual Studies, Boise State University, and Erin Sullivan Maynes, Assistant Curator, Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for their articles, “Michal Boym, the Sum Xu, and the Reappearing Image” in Journal of Early Modern History, Volume 23, issue 2-3 (May 2019): 296-324 and “Making Money: Notgelt and the Material Experience of Inflation in Weimar Germany” in Art History, volume 42, number 4 (September 2019): 678-701, respectively. APS is now accepting submissions until January 31, 2021 for the 2021 Schulman and Bullard Article Prize, which carries a $2,000 prize and is generously sponsored by Susan Schulman and Carolyn Bullard, both private print dealers. Further submission information can be found on the APS website.  

The Association of Print Scholars is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major grant in the amount of $120,000 from the Getty Foundation to fund a series of two hands-on intensive printmaking workshops for emerging scholars and curators in the field. The grant is funded through The Paper Project, an initiative focused on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings. This grant will go toward two intensive four- and five-day long workshops in 2021 and 2022, respectively, that will invite participants to learn about a specific technical area from talented printmakers, master printers, and curators from around the country. The first workshop is dedicated to intaglio techniques (etching, engraving, and drypoint) and will be hosted at the esteemed Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 21-26, 2021. The second workshop, dedicated to lithography and monotype, will be hosted at the renowned Tamarind Institute and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, and 10 Grand Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico in May 2022. A formal call for applications for the first workshop will be sent out in Fall 2020. 

Women’s Caucus for Art

Board members of the Women’s Caucus for Art gathered in early June via videoconference. Their work included welcoming Laura Morrison as incoming President of the WCA. Past President Margo Hobbs is now in the process of forming an Art Writers Committee as part of the WCA. Anyone interested in joining should contact Margo at

Association for Latin American Art (ALAA)

ALAA COVID Relief Fund 

The Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) is pleased to announce that over the course of this summer we will be launching an emergency relief grant program in support of our colleagues who are suffering financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. There is no doubt that the current public health crisis has rippled and negatively impacted those of us working in museums and higher education. Many of our colleagues are facing furloughs, non-renewed/terminated contracts, decreased pay, or the dire consequences of hiring freezes. 

ALAA plans to offer micro-grants of up to $500 to contingent professionals, graduate students, and independent scholars of Latin American and/or Latinx art who are most vulnerable to economic precarity. 

Given our organization’s very modest budget, we will need to finance this program through voluntary donations. For more information please visit our website: Also, you can direct any inquiries to our Secretary-Treasurer, Lesley Wolff at 


The next IAWIS conference in Luxembourg, due to take place in early July has been postponed due to the corona virus pandemic. 

The conference will now take place from the 12th to the 16th of July 2021. 

Here is the link to the new website 

Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association (CRSA)

CRSA is embarking on a new initiative to strengthen its connections with other Affiliated Societies. We hope to increase the visibility and value of catalogues raisonnés to educators, art historians, and artists by engaging in conversations with our CAA colleagues about how  catalogues raisonnés can respond and contribute to evolving methodologies of art history research and analysis that can be applied to broad cultural studies as well as monographic subjects. We look forward to reaching out directly to our fellow Affiliated Societies–and welcome inquiries–as we work to develop future programs that encourage greater exchange among our membership and the larger CAA community. 

The CRSA website is also hosting a new online feature that offers reflections from the community of scholars on the inevitable gaps in documentation faced within the field of art research as well as the common experience of pause during the pandemic: “The Catalogue Raisonné and the Ellipsis”

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Valerie Gonzalez reviews Building the Caliphate: Construction, Destruction, and Sectarian Identity in Early Fatimid Architecture by Jennifer A. Pruitt. Read the full review at

Francesca Balboni virtually explores the Amon Carter Museum exhibition The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion. Read the full review at

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