CAA News Today

Meme Omogbai, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO, and Laura Anderson Barbata, Vice President for Annual Conference and Programs discuss the pivot to a virtual conference.


 

Dear CAA members,

First and foremost, we want to wish you a happy New Year and hope that you found a way to celebrate with loved ones during this challenging period of the pandemic. It’s essential that we continue to honor traditions, express gratitude, and maintain connections that are important to us.

As we continue to prepare for our Annual Conference beginning in February, the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. We prioritize member feedback and continue to be responsive to your needs and preferences in a way that is scalable. This past year, many of you expressed the desire for an in-person gathering in 2022, complemented by virtual components increasing accessibility. We have worked diligently to provide an experience that meets your expectations.

Focusing on meeting our commitment to members, based upon quantitative and qualitative analysis, surveys, and other feedback consistent with the fundamentals of our strategic repositioning, we have been closely monitoring the COVID pandemic and the rapidly developing Omicron strain as well as CDC guidelines. Given this information and the recent feedback we’ve received from you regarding concerns about convening in person, the travel advisory issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week, and the uncertainty of the weeks and months ahead, we have decided to make the CAA 2022 Annual Conference entirely virtual. All in-person sessions and activities scheduled for February 16–19 in Chicago will now become virtual on the same dates. Virtual sessions and activities scheduled for March 3–5 will remain the same. All recordings will also remain available through April 14 as previously planned and communicated.

Our history, as described in CAA’s centennial publication, The Eye, the Hand, the Mind, has shown that we can change and adapt. The pandemic has once again shown us how nimble we can be as we pivot for the future. CAA staff will work in the coming days to seamlessly shift programming to an all-virtual format.

If you have already registered for the conference at any paid level—all-access, presenter, or virtual-only—your registration will automatically be converted to all-access for all sessions at the current virtual rate.  Current all-access registrants may also choose to be credited or refunded for the difference between the prior all-access and current virtual rates. Alternatively, we would greatly appreciate your considering donating this amount to CAA to help offset the costs related to this change. Those currently registered for all-access will receive an email in the coming days with a form to select their credit, donation, or refund preference.

We continue to be committed to fulfilling your expectations and to providing a conference that suits your means of engagement, provides a wealth of scholarly content, and allows multiple ways to connect with others. In contrast with last year’s conference, all presentations during the 2022 conference will be presented live via Zoom, rather than prerecorded. This will allow for more questions and spontaneous discussions.

During the all-virtual conference, we will have three opportunities to share with you our vision for CAA as we continue to reposition the organization for the twenty-first century. The Town Halls will give us an opportunity to hear from you so we can continue to meet your needs and accommodate your preferences.

  • Convocation, on Wednesday, February 16, officially begins the 2022 conference. It will be a chance to hear from CAA leadership about where we are in the repositioning process and our vision for the future. We will also recognize the Distinguished Award recipients and hear from keynote speaker, Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, on improving education and economic opportunities for individuals in underserved communities.
  • The Town Hall, on Friday, February 18, will provide an opportunity to hear the financial report of the association, the results of board elections, and other important business matters, including plans for the publications redesign and our restructured membership.
  • The Town Hall on Saturday, March 5, will be another time to share information and address any outstanding items.

Please watch the short video discussion between Meme and Laura Anderson Barbata, Vice President for Annual Conference and Programs, which provides more information on the pivot to an all-virtual format.

Our website, registration portal, and FAQs will reflect the shift to an all-virtual format, and we will continue to update you through our newsletter and social media accounts. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. You may contact us with any questions or concerns at info@collegeart.org.

We look forward to when we can once again meet safely face-to-face. Until then, we will continue to make positive use of virtual platforms and integrate them in ways that will benefit CAA members in the years to come, allowing us to broaden our reach across geographic and technological borders, and to emerge as a stronger organization.

Sincerely yours,

Meme Omogbai
Executive Director and CEO

 

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

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Although CAA’s 110th Annual Conference has changed entirely to virtual, we still wanted to share a list of museum and gallery exhibitions that will be open this winter in Chicago.

 

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
Free admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Daily (except Thursday), 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
On view: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago, Subscribe: Artists and Alternative Magazines, 1970-1995

Aspect/Ratio
864 N. Ashland, Chicago IL 60622
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Discounted admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Daily, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Exhibits open at 9:30 a.m.
On view: Housing for a Changing Nation; Chicago Gallery; Chicago City Model; From Me to We: Imagining the City of 2050

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
On view: Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott

Columbia College Chicago, Student Center
754 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
On view: Soft Allergy (Closes February 18)

Columbia College Chicago, Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Monday—Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
On view: Soft Allergy (Closes February 18)

DePaul Art Museum
935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
On view: A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino, and Kelly Sinnapah Mary, (Closes February 19), Solo(s): Krista Franklin, Closes February 19)

Field Museum
1400 South Lakeshore Drive, Chicago IL, 60605
Discounted admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Daily, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:00 p.m.)
On view: Permanent Exhibition Highlights: Evolving Planet and SUE the T. rexMaximo the TitanosaurInside Ancient EgyptAncient AmericasLions of TsavoHall of Gems. Ticketed Exhibitions: Pokagon Potawatomi Black Ash Baskets: Our Storytellers

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Easily accessible by Number 6 bus from the South Loop
On view: Dream

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Free admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Monday
On view: The Life and Death of Charles Williams

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Daily (except Thursday and Sunday), 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
On view: American Epidemic: Guns in the United States

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Free admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Tuesday– Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
On view: Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Collection

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Free admission for CAA Annual Conference attendees with badge
Hours of operation: Open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On view: William H. Bradley and The Chap-Book from the Collection of Richard H. Driehaus

Riverside Arts Center
32 E Quincy St, Riverside IL 60546
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00—5:00 p.m.
Easily accessible by Metro BNSF train or car
On view: Muse, an exhibition of photography and costumes by Niki Grangruth and James Kinser

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
72 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Daily (except Monday and Thursday), 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
On view: All Together Now: Sound × Design

Sullivan Galleries
33 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60603, 7th Floor
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

VGA Gallery
2418 West Bloomingdale Avenue, Unit 101, Chicago, IL 60647
Free and open to the public
Hours of operation: Thursday, 5:00 p.m.­–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

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The upcoming Annual Conference this winter and spring will feature a number of sessions that discuss issues related to pedagogy, education, and professional development. See below for links to explore these topics in the conference schedule, as well as a selection of sessions.

Note: As of January 7, all in-person sessions and activities scheduled for February 16-19 in Chicago are now virtual on the same dates. Virtual sessions and activities scheduled for March 3-5 will remain the same. This change will allow for more access and engagement, regardless of location.

See the rest of this year’s conference schedule online! Register for CAA’s upcoming conference and learn more at our registration page. After you register, sign into the app and create your own custom schedule using the tools and filtering options on the side (switch time zones in the upper left of the app: CST for in-person and your own time zone for virtual).

Selection:
Pedagogy Sessions, February 17-19

Teaching Longform Scholarship in a Shortform World
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 11:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST

Post-Pandemic Reflections: Making Change in the Studio and Art History Classroom
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST

Creative Practice as Pedagogical Practice III
Friday, February 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST

Pedagogy Sessions, March 3-5

Centering Latina/x & Chicana/x Art Pedagogies
Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST (5:30 – 7:00 PM EST)

Revisioning Pedagogical Practices through Ecoart: Provocations
Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST (5:30 – 7:00 PM EST)

F.A.T.E. Affiliate Session: Strategies for Inclusive Studio Art Pedagogy
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST)

 


Selection:
Pedagogy Sessions, February 17-19

Post-Pandemic Reflections: Making Change in the Studio and Art History Classroom
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST

How to Get Published
Friday, February 18, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST

Professional Practice: Hard and Soft Skills
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CST

 


Selection:
Museum Education Sessions, March 3-5

New Age of Teaching the Art of the Islamic World
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)

Reconsidering Art History Through Access
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)

New Perspectives in Art, Design, and Art History: Supporting and Showcasing Emerging Voices from Marginalized Communities
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CST (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST)

 


ACLS recently share a list of professional development resources for K-21 education opportunities:

New York State Association of Independent Schools Virtual Job Fair to Promote Diversity

Association of Independent Schools of New England Careers

California Association of Independent Schools Careers

Independent Schools Association of the Central States Careers

National Association of Independent School Careers

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools Careers

New York State Association of Independent Schools Careers

SchoolSpring (Public School Teaching Careers)

The Association of Boarding Schools Careers

The New Teacher Project

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See below for information on CAA’s virtual Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) session and a list of other sessions with museum topics, organized by the two conference components, the first from February 17-19 and the second March 3-5. 

Note: As of January 7, all in-person sessions and activities scheduled for February 16-19 in Chicago are now virtual on the same dates. Virtual sessions and activities scheduled for March 3-5 will remain the same. This change will allow for more access and engagement, regardless of location.

See the rest of this year’s conference schedule online! After you register, sign into the app and create your own custom schedule using the tools and filtering options on the side (switch time zones in the upper left of the app: CST for in-person and your own time zone for virtual). Register for CAA’s upcoming conference and learn more at our registration page.

 


CAA’s RAAMP Session and Talks

New and Improved: Using Recent Experiences to Inform the Future of Museums  
Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST)

Walking the Talk: New Low Carbon Curatorial and Educational Structures that Amplify Impact and Reduce Costs
Natalie Marsh, ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists
Amanda Potter, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists

Lessons Learned from a Year of Virtual Teaching
Ellen M. Alvord and Kendra Weisbin

Speculative Annotation at the Library of Congress: A Web-Based Annotation Tool that Invites Virtual Engagement with the Library’s Collection
Courtney Lynn McClellan and Jaime Mears, Library of Congress

 


Museum Sessions, February 17-19

Canonizing the Intangible: Aromatic Strategies in the Making of the U.A.E.’s National Identity
Friday, February 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST
Francesca Bacci, Zayed University

Economies of Discipline and Display: Curating Conflict in Israel/Palestine
Friday, February 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST
Michelle Facos, Indiana University

Instrumentalizing Memory and the Politics of Commemoration
Friday, February 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST
Iro Katsaridou, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece
Eve Kalyva, University of Kent

Reassessing the Art Biennial
Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Paloma Checa-Gismero, Swarthmore College

Recent Perspectives in the Philosophy of Curatorial Practice
Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Rossen Ventzislavov

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Rutgers University’s Douglass College: A 50 Year History of Exhibition and Space Making for Woman-Identifying Artists through the Voices of the Artists Themselves
Friday, February 18, 2022. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Julia E. Marsh, Cedar Crest College

The Practice of Care: Trauma Informed Pedagogy
Education Committee

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Jenna Ann Altomonte, Mississippi State University

TFAP Feminist Solidarities and Kinships, Panel 3 – Exhibitions and Curatorial Spaces
The Feminist Art Project (TFAP)
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Erina Duganne, Texas State University
Susan E. Richmond, Georgia State University – School of Art and Design
Tatiana E. Flores, Rutgers University

New Frontiers: Creating, Collecting, Preserving and Displaying Digital Based Art of Russia and Eastern Europe
Saturday, February 19, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST
Natalia Kolodzei. Kolodzei Art Foundation

 


Museum Sessions, March 3-5

Curatorial Care: Feminist and Queer Practices
Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)
Nomusa Makhubu, University of Cape Town

The Global Rise of Traveling Exhibitions at Mid-Century
Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)
Agata Justyna Pietrasik
Magdalena Moskalewicz, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Activist Exhibitions
Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST)
Rebecca J. DeRoo, Rochester Institute of Technology

New Age of Teaching the Art of the Islamic World
Museum Committee
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)
Xenia Gazi, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Reconsidering Art History Through Access
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST)
Sara Catherine Woodbury, College of William and Mary

Curating Craft: Contemporary Making in Global Museums of Islamic Art
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST)
Leslee Michelsen, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art at Shangri La

New Perspectives in Art, Design, and Art History: Supporting and Showcasing Emerging Voices from Marginalized Communities
Committee on Diversity Practices
Saturday, March 5, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CST (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST)
Stefanie Snider, Kendall College of Art and Design
Rachel Lynn de Cuba, Clemson University

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Please join us February 16th at CAA’s Annual Conference Convocation for a keynote speech by Chancellor Juan Salgado. As Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, Salgado oversees Chicago’s community college system, serving 68,000 students across seven colleges. Seventy-four percent of credit students are Black and Latinx students. His initiatives have helped to stress the importance of the arts and the humanities to these audiences, such as the development of City Colleges’ partnership with the Joffrey Ballet Company, securing free access to Chicago’s cultural gems, including the Art Institute of Chicago, for City Colleges students and faculty, and supporting a Center of Equity in the Creative Arts at Kennedy-King College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago.

Under Salgado’s leadership, City Colleges of Chicago has seen an increase in student graduation rates to the highest level on record, an unprecedented systems-level partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, the launch of Fresh Start, a first-ever debt forgiveness program, the creation of Future Ready, which offers short-term programs at no cost, the completion of two new major state-of-the-art facilities, a re-energizing of fundraising for student supports, and campus specific plans focused on equity in student outcomes, among other efforts.

Salgado’s career has focused on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. Chancellor Salgado is a community college graduate himself, earning an associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College, prior to earning a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

From 2001 to 2017, Salgado served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs that led to sustainable employment and economic stability.  He has been nationally recognized for his work, including as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.  Among his civic commitments, he serves as a board member of the Obama Foundation.

 


Register for CAA’s upcoming conference and learn more at our registration and program schedule pages.

Note: As of January 7, all in-person sessions and activities scheduled for February 16-19 in Chicago are now virtual on the same dates. Virtual sessions and activities scheduled for March 3-5 will remain the same. The virtual Book and Trade Fair will be accessible from February 16 to April 14. Registrants can view recorded content until April 14, 2022. This change will allow for more access and engagement, regardless of location.

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110th Annual Conference Designs

posted by December 13, 2021

This year, CAA partnered with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) College Arts Access Program (CAAP), which held a design competition for CAA’s upcoming Annual Conference. This three-year college bridge program provides Chicago Public Schools students who are dedicated to studying art and design with the skills and preparation needed for admission to and success at SAIC, art and design schools, or post-secondary institutions. Eight CAAP students participated in a graphic design workshop to produce designs for the CAA Annual Conference. Led by SAIC Alum Jenna Russo, students designed work based on the prompt “Chicago: City in a Garden.”

We are excited to share the winning design for the conference’s tote bag by Betty Leisen. It will be available at the Annual Conference, made possible by SAIC.

This second design was created by Ethan Rodriguez and will be presented at the conference digitally.

 

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Our series of coffee talk conversations continues with a follow up chat between Meme Omogbai, our executive director and CEO, and Theresa Avila, the Program Chair of the 110th Annual Conference. In this video, they address questions from international participants, safety protocols and more details. Check it out and send us your thoughts for the next installment! Please send us your questions: programs@collegeart.org . 

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES 

Theresa Avila is a curator and an Assistant Professor of non-Western Art History at California State University, Channel Islands. She earned a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of New Mexico with a focus on Modern Latin American and Latin@x art. As a scholar and curator her work focuses on the intersections between the visual and political, as she interrogates historiography, empire and nation building, and systems of differentiation. Published works include “Echoing the Call for Revolution: Emiliano Zapata in Chican@x Art” for the exhibition catalogue Emiliano Zapata despues de Zapata (2019), the book Making and Being Made: Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture (2017), as well as the forthcoming “The History of the Barrio Mobile Art Studio, a vehicle for creative transformations” for the fifty-year anthology of Self Help Graphics (2023) and the project “Dialogos: on Landscapes of the Americas” for Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal. (2023). As the Director of the Broome Library Gallery at CSUCI she curated Magnetic Currents: Art charged by the U.S. and Mexico Border (2020); Colecion de Lucha, Desde Santa Paula a las Americas: The Personal Archive of Luzma Espinosa (2019); and Tracing History: Mapping California (2018). Dr. Avila firmly believes we must activate art in meaningful and engage art as a tool for change. 

Meme Omogbai, CAA Executive Director and CEO: Before joining CAA, Meme Omogbai served as a member and past board chair of the New Jersey Historic Trust, one of four landmark entities dedicated to preservation of the state’s historic and cultural heritage, and Montclair State University’s Advisory Board. Named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Meme has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate, government, higher education, and museum sectors. As the first American of African descent to chair the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Omogbai led an initiative to rebrand the AAM as a global, inclusive alliance. While COO and trustee, she spearheaded a major transformation in operating performance at the Newark Museum. During her time as deputy assistant chancellor of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education, Omogbai received legislative acknowledgment and was recognized with the New Jersey Meritorious Service award for her work on college affordability initiatives for families. Omogbai received her MBA from Rutgers University and holds a CPA. She did postgraduate work at Harvard University’s executive management program and has earned the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She studied global museum executive leadership at the J. Paul Getty Trust Museum Leadership Institute, where she also served on the faculty.  

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Participants in CAA 2020 ARTexchange. Photo by Stacey Rupolo.

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee seeks proposals for interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops for CAA’s 2022 ARTexchange and ARTexchange Online.

Originally formatted as a pop-up exhibition and meet-up event for artists and curators, ARTexchange provides an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, and cultural producers.

This year, Columbia College Chicago will host ARTexchange, a dynamic exhibition of participatory projects and/or workshops, in their C33 Gallery. Located on the bustling corner of Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) and Wabash Avenue. Artists should be available February 15 or 16 for delivery and installation of their projects, and are highly encouraged to provide engaging and collaborative workshops or interactions with the public on February 17 or 18. The gallery will also be open to the public on Saturday, February 19, and ephemera will remain on exhibition through February 25.

Additionally, ARTexchange will include an online component. The virtual ARTexchange, a day of interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops accessed via Zoom, will take place on Saturday, March 5.

The Services to Artists Committee encourages applications that engage issues of social justice, inclusivity and intersectional discourses in the arts. Proposals that include community engagement and meaningful interaction with CAA and larger communities will be prioritized.

Please email any questions to <a href=”mailto:servicestoartists@gmail.com”>servicestoartists@gmail.com</a>. Include CAA ARTexchange or CAA ARTexchange Online in the subject line.

Apply for the in-person ARTexchange here.

Apply for the virtual ARTexchange Online here.

 

We’re delighted to introduce CAA members to a new series of coffee talk conversations between Meme Omogbai, our executive director and CEO, and Theresa Avila, the Program Chair of the 110 Annual Conference. In this first video, they discuss the format of the Conference and how this key program is part of CAA’s response to members, both domestic and international, and vital to positioning our organization for sustainable growth. Upcoming conversations will address questions sent by members. Check it out and send us your thoughts for the next installment! 

Please send us your questions: programs@collegeart.org 

Speaker Biographies 

Theresa Avila is a curator and an Assistant Professor of non-Western Art History at California State University, Channel Islands. She earned a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of New Mexico with a focus on Modern Latin American and Latin@x art. As a scholar and curator her work focuses on the intersections between the visual and political, as she interrogates historiography, empire and nation building, and systems of differentiation. Published works include “Echoing the Call for Revolution: Emiliano Zapata in Chican@x Art” for the exhibition catalogue Emiliano Zapata despues de Zapata (2019), the book Making and Being Made: Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture (2017), as well as the forthcoming “The History of the Barrio Mobile Art Studio, a vehicle for creative transformations” for the fifty-year anthology of Self Help Graphics (2023) and the project “Dialogos: on Landscapes of the Americas” for Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal. (2023). As the Director of the Broome Library Gallery at CSUCI she curated Magnetic Currents: Art charged by the U.S. and Mexico Border (2020); Colecion de Lucha, Desde Santa Paula a las Americas: The Personal Archive of Luzma Espinosa (2019); and Tracing History: Mapping California (2018). Dr. Avila firmly believes we must activate art in meaningful and engage art as a tool for change. 

Meme Omogbai, CAA Executive Director and CEO: Before joining CAA, Meme Omogbai served as a member and past board chair of the New Jersey Historic Trust, one of four landmark entities dedicated to preservation of the state’s historic and cultural heritage, and Montclair State University’s Advisory Board. Named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Meme has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate, government, higher education, and museum sectors. As the first American of African descent to chair the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Omogbai led an initiative to rebrand the AAM as a global, inclusive alliance. While COO and trustee, she spearheaded a major transformation in operating performance at the Newark Museum. During her time as deputy assistant chancellor of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education, Omogbai received legislative acknowledgment and was recognized with the New Jersey Meritorious Service award for her work on college affordability initiatives for families. Omogbai received her MBA from Rutgers University and holds a CPA. She did postgraduate work at Harvard University’s executive management program and has earned the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She studied global museum executive leadership at the J. Paul Getty Trust Museum Leadership Institute, where she also served on the faculty.  

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Announcing the CAA 2022 Distinguished Scholar

posted by October 26, 2021

Kirsten Pai Buick

Kirsten Pai Buick

We’re delighted to announce the Distinguished Scholar session at the 110th CAA Annual Conference will honor Kirsten Pai BuickThis session will highlight her career and provide an opportunity for dialogue between and among colleagues. It will be held virtually during the 110th Annual Conference on February 17, 2022.  

Established in 2001, the Distinguished Scholar Session illuminates and celebrates the contributions of senior art historians. The Annual Conference Committee identifies the distinguished scholar each year and each session typically brings together the distinguished scholar and a group of colleagues. The honoree’s involvement is fundamental to the series as a way of demonstrating a living tradition that gives voice to the continuities and ruptures that have shaped art-historical scholarship from the twentieth century into the new millennium. 

Access to this program requires registration and is included with an All Access registration. Recordings will be accessible to registrants after the event. Register here. 

I identify as a scholar of the visual and material culture of the first British Empire, and the British diaspora in the US, Caribbean, and India. My teaching encompasses topics such as surveys of British Colonial and U.S. Art, American Landscape representation, African American Art, Pro- and Anti-Abolitionist Images in the Atlantic World; and seminars such as Photographing Jim Crow, 1890-1965, Patronizing Women: Taste and Collecting in the 19th and 20th Centuries, and The Victorian Nude: Representing Women, Men, Intersex, and Children. My research and teaching interests encompass histories of science, medicine, religion, as well as monuments, and the use of public space. Increasingly, I am interested in the racialization of mobility—what I characterize as critical mobility studies. I publish primarily in the realm of the history of African American art and its roots in US cultural formations. My first book, “Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject,” is a good example of how I wed my teaching and publication imperatives together with my challenge to art history and visual studies to be more and to do better. Ultimately, teaching is my passion; and I tell my students that job # 1 is surviving the damage, and job # 2 is to never concede the center. 

Kirsten Pai Buick is a professor of art history at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Michigan and was a SAAM Predoctoral Fellow and a Charles Gaius Bolin Fellow at Williams College. Buick is a recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize for African American Art and has published extensively on African American art, including her book Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject (Duke Univ. Press, 2010). Her second book, In Authenticity: “Kara Walker” and the Eidetics of Racism, is in progress.  

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