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Amy Raffel

We are pleased to announce that Amy Raffel will be joining CAA as Head of Content. This newly created role is responsible for leading the development of a unifying digital-first content strategy for CAA and digital platforms. The role will define the overarching content mission, vision, and voice for CAA and ensure that the content strategy aligns with CAA membership needs. She will oversee CAA’s content and programs, intellectual property, professional training and skills, digital archiving, and publications.  She will begin on March 1.

Amy Raffel has broad expertise in art history with a PhD degree from the CUNY Graduate Center and a Master’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). Her research focuses on 1980s downtown New York City, with a concentration on Keith Haring. She recently published her first academic book, Art and Merchandise in Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, as an independent scholar with Routledge. Prior to CAA, Raffel worked at the Queens Museum, developing and leading interpretation initiatives to increase audience engagement. She produced digital content, including audio guides, art talks, and tours, and created onsite resources, including visitor guides, didactics, and a number of interactive spaces – all based on audience research and assessment. She has also written and edited for several educational and art-related digital platforms, and taught art history to undergraduates at Lehman College.

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CAA joins 22 other organizations in signing on to a statement by the American Historical Association registering concern about a new policy issued by India’s Ministry of Higher Education/Department of Higher Education that “requires Indian scholars and administrators to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of External Affairs if they want to convene online or virtual international conferences, seminars, or trainings.” The AHA states that this policy is likely to “affect a wide range of scholarly exchanges that are critical to the free international expression of ideas” and “strongly maintains that government agencies should not intervene in the content of scholarly exchange.” 

 

AHA Opposes New Policy on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India (February 2021) | AHA (historians.org) 

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Meet CAA’s New Board Members

posted by February 22, 2021

From left to right: Lara Evans, Roland Betancourt, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Kelly Walters, and Kelvin Parnell

The results of the 2021 CAA Board of Directors Election were presented at the CAA Annual Business Meeting on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 PM as part of the 109th CAA Annual Conference.

We are grateful to all the candidates who put forward their names for consideration this year. The 2020-21 Nominating Committee selected six candidates for election for four-year terms and two Emerging Professional candidates, who were eligible for a two-year term.⁠ Voters were asked to select four of the six candidates for four-year terms, and one candidate in the Emerging Professional category.

CAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

We congratulate Lara Evans, Roland Betancourt, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, and Kelly Walters on their election by CAA membership for four-year terms and Kelvin Parnell on his election for a two-year term as an Emerging Professional board member.

Learn more about the new members:

 

Lara Evans

Interim Director, Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

 

Roland Betancourt

Professor of Art History, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

 

 

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Associate Professor, Studio Art, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

 

Kelly Walters

Associate Director, BFA Communication Design Program, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY

 

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES (TWO-YEAR TERM, 2021-2023)

 

Kelvin Parnell

Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

 

 

 

The CAA Board of Directors is comprised of professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms (or, in the case of the Emerging Professional Board members, two-year terms). The Board is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures. For more information, please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments.

Thank you to all those who voted!

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This time of year, members have the opportunity to provide an important contribution to CAA’s four journals—either by serving as a volunteer member of an editorial board or by applying to be an editor-in-chief or reviews editor.

Below are 14 opportunities to help shape the editorial vision of CAA’s publications.

Any member may self-nominate for the following positions or (after ascertaining interest) nominate another member. For more information, please click on the links below. You may apply for more than one position. The deadline for all applications is April 15, 2021. Terms of service vary, but they all begin July 1, 2021.

The Art Bulletin: 2 Editorial Board members

The Art Bulletin: Editor(s)-in-Chief

Art Journal/AJO: 1 Editorial Board member

Art Journal: Reviews Editor

caa.reviews: 2 Editorial Board members

caa.reviews Council of Field Editors: 7 openings
Early Modern European Art (North)
Latin American Art
Medieval Art
Precolumbian Art
Exhibitions New York
Exhibitions Northwest US
Exhibitions Southeast US

CAA offers Annual Conference grants supporting international members, students, emerging scholars, practitioners, and artists. This year, we offered support grants to attend the 109th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2021, virtually.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE CAA MEMBER SUPPORT GRANTS

CAA has awarded a limited number of grants to international members, students, emerging scholars, practitioners, and artists who are CAA members participating in the conference to support their ability to take part in the Annual Conference.

2021 Annual Conference Support Grantees

  • Kristina Davis
  • Silas E. Fischer
  • Maria Garth
  • Keith D. Lee
  • Mai Yamaguchi
  • Xiaojing Yan

SUPPORT GRANTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 

CAA has awarded a limited number of grants to cover Annual Conference Registration for CAA 2021 to members in need. Annual Conference registration grants are supported by funds raised by the Presidents Council of CAA and the “Pay it Forward” initiative.

2021 Annual Conference Registration Support CAA Student Member Grantees:

  • Kristina Centore
  • Nicole Cochrane
  • Sophia Maxine Farmer
  • Alexa McCarthy
  • Andrea Morgan
  • Lauren Rosenblum
  • Sheri Michelle Schrader
  • Christine Suzanne Slobogin
  • Mariya Tsaneva

 

2021 Annual Conference Registration Support CAA Member Grantees:

  • Chava Krivchenia
  • Claudia Marion Stemberger
  • Daniela Naomi Molnar
  • Dell Marie Hamilton
  • Hong Zeng
  • Jasmine Graf
  • Roma Madan Soni
  • Silvia Massa
  • Tania Gutierrez-Monroy

 

ROYAL TALENS NORTH AMERICA – CAA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION GRANTS

For more than 100 years, Royal Talens has been stimulating creative expression by developing high-quality brands and products that inspire artists throughout the world. We seek to initiate and support efforts to increase cultural equity and inclusion in the arts community. We would like to announce the newly created Royal Talens CAA Cultural Equity Grant to provide support for studio art educators of color residing in the US or Canada to attend the national conference in 2021.

2021 Royal Talens North America –  CAA Annual Conference Registration Grantees:

  • Massa Lemu, Assistant Prof at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lizzy Martinez, Instructor at University of Missouri St. Louis
  • Kirk Maynard, Adjunct Instructor at Drew University, Madison NJ

 

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Attendees at CAA’s 108th Annual Conference in Chicago. Photo: Stacey Rupolo

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for one at-large member of the Annual Conference Committee to serve a three-year term. The Annual Conference Committee also invites applicants for Annual Conference Co-Chairs, two at-large members of the Annual Conference Committee that serve a two-year term. The terms begin late March 2021.

The Annual Conference Committee, working with the CAA staff, selects the sessions and shapes the program of the Annual Conference. The committee ensures that the program reflects CAA’s goals for the conference, namely, to make it an effective place for intellectual, aesthetic, and professional learning and exchange; to reflect the diverse interests of the membership; and to provide opportunities for participation that are fair, equal, and balanced. Committee members also serve to support sessions comprised of individual papers and projects where a formal chair has not been identified.

The Chair(s) oversees the Council of Readers and reports back to the Annual Conference Committee on session topics, including identifying possible areas of content and interest to members that are missing from the submissions received. With CAA staff, the Chair(s) recruits Council of Readers members to read, review, and rank proposals. The Chair(s) shapes the content to the Annual Conference from the submissions as reported back by the Council.

As a member of the Annual Conference Committee the Chair(s):

  • Works with CAA staff and oversees the execution of the overall goals of the conference
  • Ensures that the Annual Conference reflects the goals of the Association
  • Makes the Annual Conference an effective place for intellectual, aesthetic, and professional learning and exchange
  • Reflects the diverse interests of the membership
  • Suggests conference content based on member interest
  • Assists in scheduling the variety of chosen sessions, workshops, talks, etc.
  • Proposes ways to increase conference participation and attendance
  • Proposes new initiatives for the conference
  • Proposes candidates for distinguished speakers

The Annual Conference Committee meets three times a year:

February – during the Annual Conference to examine and discuss the operational aspects of the conference which recently concluded and ideas for the upcoming conference;

May/June – on a virtual call to review the recommendations by the Council of Readers for the upcoming Annual Conference;

October – on a virtual call to review final plans and any existing changes for the Annual Conference up to two years out.

Please send a 150-word letter of interest and a CV to Mira Friedlaender (mfriedlaender@collegeart.org), CAA Manager of Scholarly Content and Programs, by March 8, 2021, 11:59 PM (EST) (deadline extended).

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Honorees this year include Samella Lewis, Deborah Willis, Kenneth Frampton, and many other scholars, artists, and teachers, including special commendation for service to art historical scholarship to Gillian Malpass.

CAA Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2021 

We are pleased to announce the recipients and finalists of the 2021 CAA Awards for Distinction. Among the winners this year is Samella Lewis, recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime AchievementShe was the first African American to earn a PhD in art history at Ohio State University. Mentored by Elizabeth Catlett and Charles White, Lewis embodied the visual culture of the civil rights movement through her prints. In addition to her studio practice, Lewis advocated African American art by writing for and creating exhibition venues. Her book, African American Art and Artists, originally published in 1978, was updated in subsequent editions and remains an important examination of more than two centuries of Black art and artists in the United States. For decades Lewis was a committed educator and scholar. In addition to her Fulbright, Lewis has been honored with a Charles White Lifetime Award (1993), with a UNICEF Award for the Visual Arts (1995), by being named a Getty Distinguished Scholar (1997), and by being interviewed by the HistoryMakers Archives (2003).  

 


 

Deb Willis 

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Kenneth Frampton Photo credit: Alex Fradkin 

Deborah Willis and Kenneth Frampton are the recipients of the 2021 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art 

Deborah Willis has opened the field of African American photography. When the invention of photography coincided with the promise of abolition, a new arc of aspiration was combined. Its new pictures, thought to be the work of light itself, began to transmit images so that, as Frederick Douglass said, “Men of all conditions may see themselves as others see them.” From the first, photographs and photographic studios proliferated inside the Black community. It is the true extent of this practice that has been revealed by the lifework of Deborah Willis. In effect she has acted as its archaeologist, sifting through the layers from the time of Louis Daguerre to the surface of our present, retrieving the images and researching their histories. 

Kenneth Frampton, trained as an architect, is a prolific architectural historian and critic who has managed to face the behemoth of globalized capital with an enduring version of humane modernity. Frampton has been writing about architecture for over half a century. A model of the architect-scholar, Frampton not only opens new cosmopolitan perspectives on the work of widely influential architects from Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn to Zaha Hadid and Álvaro Siza Vieira with his scholarship but also gives due attention to transitional spaces and movements. 


 

Gillian Malpass 

Gillian Malpass is the recipient of aCAA Commendation for Service to Art Historical ScholarshipAs publisher of art and architectural history at Yale University Press, London, Gillian Malpass assembled a matchless list of titles over three decades that set the press apart from all others. She fostered projects that were gorgeously designed, accessibly written, and beautifully illustrated, including numerous now-classic books by both emerging and senior scholars. She worked on monographs, exhibition catalogs, reference, and biography, from books examining previously unexplored fields to bestsellers. Authors of many of the most important books published in art history over the past thirty years attest in their prefaces to the ways in which Malpass’s encouragement, expertise, and eye shaped their work. 

The Awards for Distinction will be presented during Convocation at the CAA Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. A free and open registration is required.

 


The full list of 2021 CAA Awards for Distinction Recipients:

Sampada Aranke

Art Journal Award  

Sampada Aranke, “Blackouts and Other Visual Escapes,” Art Journal, vol. 79, no. 4 (Winter 2020): 6275 


Katherine A. Bussard

 

Kristen Gresh Photo credit: Oswaldo Ruiz

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award  

Katherine A. Bussard and Kristen Gresh, eds., “Life” Magazine and the Power of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, 2020 

and

Louis Marchesano

Louis Marchesano, ed., Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics, Getty Research Institute, 2020 

 


 

Julieta Gonzalez

 

Tomás Toledo

 

Adriano Pedrosa

 

José Esparza Chong Cuy

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

Adriano Pedrosa, José Esparza Chong Cuy, Julieta González, and Tomás Toledo, Lina Bo Bardi: HabitatMuseu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) / DelMonico Books, 2020 

 


 

Nicole R. Fleetwood                                  Photo credit: Bayeté Ross Smith

Frank Jewett Mather Award  

Nicole R. Fleetwood, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Harvard University Press, 2020 

 


 

Charles L. Davis, II

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

Charles L. Davis, II, Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019 

and

Nicole R. Fleetwood                                  Photo credit: Bayeté Ross Smith

Nicole R. Fleetwood, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Harvard University Press, 2020 

 


 

Adam Jasienski

Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize

Adam Jasienski, “Converting Portraits: Repainting as Art Making in the Early Modern Hispanic World,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 102, no. 1 (March 2020): 7–30 

 

Jessie Park

Honorable Mention:
Jessie Park, Made by Migrants: Southeast Asian Ivories for Local and Global Markets, ca. 1590–1640,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 102, no. 4 (December 2020): 6689 

 


 

Maren Hassinger                          Photo credit: Ava Hassinger

Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work  

Maren Hassinger 

 


 

Nancy Odegaard

CAA/AIC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation 

Nancy Odegaard 

 


 

Samella Lewis

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement  

Samella Lewis 

 


 

Deb Willis

and

Kenneth Frampton Photo credit: Alex Fradkin

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art  

Deborah Willis and Kenneth Frampton 

 


 

Simone Leigh                                Photo credit: Kyle Kodel

Distinguished Feminist Award—Artist  

Simone Leigh

 


 

Katy Deepwell

Distinguished Feminist Award—Scholar  

Katy Deepwell

 


 

Dona Nelson

Distinguished Teaching of Art Award  

Dona Nelson

 


 

Kaori Kitao

Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award  

Kaori Kitao 

 


 

Margo Machida

Excellence in Diversity Award  

Margo Machida 

 


 

Gillian Malpass

CAA Commendation for Service to Art Historical Scholarship

Gillian Malpass 

Learn about the juries that select the recipients of the CAA Awards for Distinction. 

 

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CAA continues to stand in support of its members and our larger arts community to create, analyze, teach, and promote art within our higher educational institutions. In its role of responding to members’ concerns, particularly in relation to employment and various professional practices, CAA’s Professional Practices Committee (PPC) has drafted this short guide to existing CAA Standards and Guidelines to provide members with helpful vocabulary or needed disciplinary acknowledgment of standards that they may use as they are faced with institutional and economic challenges in the current environment. The below is not meant as an exhaustive list (and the PPC encourages all members to consult all of the approved Standards and Guidelines as well as the policies of the American Association of University Professors), but rather as a means of highlighting some key areas in which CAA members have come together to promote professional practices of use to us all. All of CAA’s standards are free and accessible to anyone via its website.

Hiring Contracts and Terms of Employment:

 

Faculty/Staff/Curator Roles:

 

Proposed Changes to the Structure/Content of an Academic Unit:

 

Teaching Load:

 

Job-Seeking Resources:

 

Status of Terminal Degrees:

 

 

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CAA Advocacy Statement

posted by February 03, 2021

In the past year we have experienced unprecedented changes in the social, economic, and interpersonal landscape: transformations in higher education; financial uncertainty; home-work imbalance; quarantine during a global pandemic; a divisive political climate; the US election cycle; and the Black Lives Matter and #SayHerName protests following the violent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many more. We have seen changes for us as teachers, scholars, makers, writers, and advocates for higher education and the place of academic arts discourse and development in this new world. We have seen great inequities in and serious changes to higher education that have affected faculty, staff, students, and the long-term support of art, art history, and design—as well as changes to our pedagogy, our community, and the very structure of who is cared for and how. We have suffered enormous losses and continue to mourn. These losses have had an immense impact on all of us, including underserved BIPOC communities, adjunct faculty, and arts communities unaffiliated with institutions. Significantly, this time has affected our greatest assets: connecting to, sharing with, and knowing our community.

How CAA offers service and support to our members has also changed as we work to become more inclusive, more diverse, and more equitable in the community at large. However, because so much of 2020 was spent “coping with” and “adjusting to,” we haven’t had the time to pause and reflect. We wonder what the future will look like, and as an organization, how to offer structure and support as we learn and grow together. As part of these changes we have been faced with the hard choice of what to do in the face of adversity. This community of artists, historians, and designers has risen to the moment, adapted, and supported one another. CAA has advocated for you by adapting in its greatest shift ever: to a fully online Annual Conference. Although this has sometimes felt like a pressure point, perhaps it is just a growing pain—and we will continue to show up for community more strongly and profoundly than ever before.

To ensure lasting change, we are committed to the following:

  • Expanding on the Annual Conference’s virtual format, becoming ever more accessible and globally inclusive
  • Expanding advocacy for underserved and BIPOC communities
  • Developing and offering free and open professional resources via collegeart.org
  • Increasing access to participation of our global community throughout the year
  • Including diverse voices and supporting new outreach and inclusionary initiatives, especially for populations and communities that we have not engaged before: geographically, culturally, and in socioeconomic diversity
  • Helping reshape the landscape of professional support via a strategic digital overhaul
  • Listening to member concerns and responding with thoughtful urgency, bringing ease to transitions

CAA will continue to regularly address the changing workforce conditions in academic and cultural institutions, including for students and for the trajectory of adjunct faculty; enhance equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives in higher education, including promoting best practices in the reduction of systemic barriers, in faculty and staff hiring, in the support and recruitment of first-generation students from diverse and underrepresented groups, and in the implementation of sound consultative processes involving the affected communities; and increase public awareness and institutional recognition regarding the value and importance of humanities scholarship and visual arts and design education within the academy and beyond it.

CAA, its board, and its staff continue to stand in support of its members and our larger arts community to create, analyze, teach, and promote art within our higher educational and cultural institutions.

Written in solidarity and as affirmation of CAA’s commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners we serve.

 

Related resources:

Guidelines from the Professional Practices Committee

Art Journal Winter 2020 Video Abstract, “Now’s the Time,” a message from Jordana Moore Saggese

Art Journal Winter 2020, Blackness Issue (free online until March 31, 2021)

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Attendees at CAA’s 108th Annual Conference in Chicago, 2020. Photo: Stacey Rupolo

Can you take a few moments to help CAA’s Professional Practices Committee in its efforts to develop guidelines on assessment and evaluation in art and design?

Assessment and evaluation are often thought of and valued (or not valued) in different ways, according to peoples’ diverse academic positions and purposes that these tools will serve. As CAA is not an accrediting agency, the Committee’s guidelines will, in part, focus on providing a broad framework for best practices, clarifying what is a common understanding of assessment and evaluation for art and design, and providing recommendations that will help educators and academic units focus on equity, student success, and improve instruction, research and curricular development.

Please consider replying to the questions that you find most important, timely, or needed to support your work and program. Your time and any feedback you can provide to help frame the Committee’s new guidelines are greatly appreciated.

Please submit your responses by 11:59 PM (EST) Monday, February 8, 2021.

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