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CAA wishes to thank the artists, scholars, curators, critics, educators, and other professionals in the visual arts who generously served as Career Services mentors—for the Artists’ Portfolio Review, Career Development Mentoring, the Mock Interviews, and the Professional Development Roundtables—during the 2015 Annual Conference in New York. CAA also appreciates the work of leaders of the Professional-Development Workshops and speakers at Orientation.


Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; and Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University.

Artists’ Portfolio Review

Virginia Fabbri Butera, College of Saint Elizabeth; Michael Bzdak, Johnson & Johnson; Susan Canning, College of New Rochelle; Brian Curtis, University of Miami; Peter Kaniaris, Anderson University; Jason Lahr, University of Notre Dame; Matthew LaRose, Park University; Preston B. Lawing, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; Suzanne Lemakis; Sharon Lippman, Art Without Walls; Craig Lloyd, College of Mount St. Joseph; Judith Pratt, Judith Pratt Studio; Habibur Rahman, Claflin University; Steve Teczar, Maryville University of St. Louis; and David Voros, University of South Carolina.

Career Development Mentoring

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Frances Altvater, University of Hartford; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Brian Bishop, Framingham State University; Colin Blakeley, Eastern Michigan University; Karen Carter, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University; Leda Cempellin, South Dakota State University; Jaia Chen, Shelton State Community College; Kevin Concannon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Anne D’Alleva, University of Connecticut; Rebecca DeRoo, Rochester Institute of Technology; James Farmer, Virginia Commonwealth University; Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University; Dennis Ichiyama, Purdue University; Carol Krinsky, New York University; Elisabeth Leach; Heather McPherson, University of Alabama, Birmingham; Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University; Jeff Nathanson, Arts Council of Princeton; Niki Nolin, Columbia College Chicago; Mark O’Grady, Pratt Institute; Christopher Olszewski, Savannah College of Art and Design; Morgan Paine, Florida Gulf Coast University; Doralynn Pines, Metropolitan Museum of Art, retired; Judith Pratt, Judith Pratt Studio; David Raizman, Drexel University; Jack Risley, University of Texas at Austin; Dinah Ryan, the Principia; Paul Ryan, Mary Baldwin College; Gerald Silk, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Andrew Jay Svedlow, University of Northern Colorado; Joe A. Thomas, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University; Larry Thompson, Samford University; Ann Tsubota, Raritan Valley Community College; Philip Van Keuren, Southern Methodist University; and Barbara Yontz, St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Professional Development Roundtables

Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Brian Curtis, University of Miami; Dennis Ichiyama, Purdue University; Peter Kaniaris, Anderson University; and Leo Morrissey, Georgian Court University.

Mock Interview Sessions

Dina Bandel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar; Colin Blakely, Eastern Michigan University; Maria Ann Conelli, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Jacqueline Coutré, Queens University; Stephanie Dickey, Queens University; Adam Fung, Texas Christian University; Carol Garmon, University of Mary Washington; Joann Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; Bertha Gutman, Delware County Community College; Kim Hartswick, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Rebecca Harvey, Ohio State University; Richard Heipp, University of Florida; Heidi Hogden, University of South Dakota; David Howarth, Zayed University; Eldred Hudson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Dennis Ichiyama, Purdue University; Matt King, Virginia Commonwealth University; Andrea Kirsch, Rutgers University; David LaPolambara, Ohio University; Brittany Lockard, Wichita State University; Carolyn Martin; Tamryn McDermott; Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University; Thomas Post, Kendall College of Art and Design; Lauren Puzier, Sotheby’s Institute of Art; David Yager, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Megan Koza Young, Prospect New Orleans.

Brown Bag Lunches/Sessions

Leda Campellin, South Dakota State University; Maria Ann Conelli, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Jacqueline Coutré, Queens University; Lauren Grace Kilroy-Ewbank, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Brittany Lockard, Wichita State University; Carolyn Martin; Tamryn McDermott; Lauren Puzier, Sotheby’s Institute of Art; Georgia Strange, University of Georgia; and Megan Koza Young, Prospect New Orleans.

Professional Development Workshops

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Barbara Bernstein, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and University of Virginia; Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University; Mika Cho, California State University, Los Angeles; Curtis Fletcher, University of Southern California; Amanda French, George Mason University; Gigi Rosenberg; and Blaise Tobia, Drexel University.

This past spring CAA restructured its membership program in order to provide more options and better serve its members. CAA added new benefits such as online access to The Art Bulletin and Art Journal as well as discounted access to JPASS. CAA also added new, discounted membership categories for part-time faculty and independent artists and scholars. These changes were made in direct response to important feedback from CAA members.

The four income-based levels of membership that CAA used for many years were replaced by two general categories: Basic and Premium. The Basic level ($125 a year) provides a lower-cost option for members who aren’t planning to attend the Annual Conference. If they do attend, Basic members receive a 20 percent discount on registration. The Premium level ($195 a year) costs a bit more but offers a much greater value for conference attendees: a 55 percent registration discount.

CAA communicated this information through letters, eblasts, a presentation on CAA’s YouTube Channel, and an Individual Member Guide and member FAQs posted on the website. We have since learned from members, however, that some confusion has arisen over the new membership categories and their respective benefits related to conference discounts.

We are in the process of reviewing and updating the Membership section of the website, and we will aim to be clearer in member correspondence throughout the year. Please keep in mind that if you are renewing your membership and you know at that time that you will attend the Annual Conference, the Premium membership with its larger conference registration discount will provide you with the greatest overall value when combined with the conference cost.

If you ever have any questions about your membership, please do not hesitate to contact us at Thank you for your continued support of CAA.



John Richardson, CAA Vice President for External Affairs
Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University

Filed under: Annual Conference, Membership

Find discounts and special offers at CAA’s booth in the Book and Trade Fair at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York.

Don’t miss these opportunities:

Ticket Prices

Exhibit Hall tickets are available onsite in the Registration area on the Second Floor Promenade.

  • Conference registrant: FREE Admission with your conference registration badge
  • Member: $15, with credit card, check, or cash
  • Nonmember: $25, with credit card, check, or cash

The Book and Trade Fair is open on Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM, and on Saturday, February 14, 9:00 AM–2:30 PM, in the Americas Exhibit Hall, Levels I and II, New York Hilton Midtown.

The College Art Association (CAA) has published the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts professionals. It will be a vital resource for everyone working in the field, including artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors. Initiated by CAA in 2012, the multi-year effort has been led by the Code’s authors, Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, professors of law and communication studies respectively at American University and the leading experts on the development of codes for communities that make use of copyrighted materials in their professional practices.

Linda Downs, CAA executive director, said, “The Code is a crucial contribution to the field as a clear statement on best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials that directly reflects a consensus from the visual-arts community. CAA is grateful to all of the artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors, among others, who participated in the project so generously with their time and collective knowledge.”

The Code describes the relevance of fair use in five broad areas of the visual arts field:

  • Analytic Writing: When may scholars and other writers about art invoke fair use to quote, excerpt, or reproduce copyrighted works?
  • Teaching about Art: When may teachers invoke fair use in using copyrighted works to support formal instruction in a range of settings, including online and distance teaching?
  • Making Art: Under what circumstances may artists exercise fair use to incorporate copyrighted material into new artworks in any medium?
  • Museum Uses: When may museums and their staffs invoke fair use in using copyrighted works—such as images, text, and time-based and born-digital material—when organizing exhibitions, developing educational materials (within the museum and online), publishing catalogues, and other related activities?
  • Online Access to Archival and Special Collections: When may such institutions and their staffs claim fair use to create digital preservation copies and/or enable digital access to copyrighted materials in their collections?

DeWitt Godfrey, CAA president and professor of art and art history at Colgate University, said, “The research undertaken in this project demonstrated that a significant amount of creative and scholarly work has been stunted by a lack of understanding or clear consensus on fair use. This Code provides a straightforward set of principles that will allow those working in the visual arts to determine when they can assert fair use in their work with confidence.”

In January 2014, CAA published Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report, a summary of one hundred interviews with art historians, artists, museum curators, editors, and publishers describing issues related to the use of third-party images in creative and scholarly work. The Issues Report—which revealed significant challenges to creating and disseminating new work because of actual and perceived limitations of copyright—was the subject of ten discussion groups held last summer throughout the country with visual-arts professionals who deal with fair use and copyright issues on a daily basis. The Code is a result of this extensive research.

Peter Jaszi, professor of law in the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law, explained that “Although the visual-arts community is impressively diverse, including art-makers, individual scholars, and institutional users, its members came together determined to reach a useful consensus. The Code reflects the range of perspectives and expertise the participants brought to the process.”

Coauthor Patricia Aufderheide, university professor in the School of Communication at American University and director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, said, “Codes of best practices have proven enormously successful in enabling members of other creative communities to do their work well and effectively. They allow individuals to make judgments knowing where they fall in relation to the thinking of their peers—and that lowers risk. Further, codes give museums, broadcasters, insurers, publishers, educational institutions, and their lawyers a new and valuable tool to use in making better, more reasonable assessments of risk.”

During CAA’s 103rd Annual Conference in New York (February 11–14, 2015), the principal investigators of this project and authors of the Code, Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, will speak publicly with Judy Metro, editor-in-chief at the National Gallery of Art and chair of CAA’s Committee on Intellectual Property; Jeffrey Cunard, cochair of CAA’s Task Force on Fair Use; and Christine Sundt, editor of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation and former CAA board member. The session, which will take place on Friday, February 13, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at the New York Hilton Midtown, is free and open to the public.

CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

About CAA

The College Art Association is dedicated to providing professional services and resources for artists, art historians, and students in the visual arts. CAA serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals and institutions nationally and internationally by offering forums to discuss the latest developments in the visual arts and art history through its Annual Conference, publications, exhibitions, website, and other programs, services, and events. CAA focuses on a wide range of advocacy issues, including education in the arts, freedom of expression, intellectual-property rights, cultural heritage and preservation, workforce topics in universities and museums, and access to networked information technologies. Representing its members’ professional needs since 1911, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism, and teaching.

For more information please contact Janet Landay, CAA fair use initiative project manager, at 212-392-4420. To contact Patricia Aufderheide or Peter Jaszi, please contact Kelly L. Alexander, director of public relations, American University, at 202-885-5952.

2015 Annual Conference Registrant Information

posted by Christopher Howard

conference-squareThank you for registering for CAA’s 103rd Annual Conference in New York, taking place February 11–14, 2015. This text will provide you with helpful resources and tips to make your conference experience easier and more enjoyable. For a more comprehensive guide, visit the Conference Registrant Information page by logging into your CAA account, where you can access the Conference Program and Abstracts for this year and search or download the Directory of Attendees.

Onsite Check-in

As a preconference registrant, please proceed to the Third Floor West Promenade at the Hilton New York Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, where you will receive your Conference Program, badge, and tote bag at the registration booths on that floor. If you purchased special event or workshop tickets in advance, they will be included in your registration packet. Depending upon availability, you can buy special event and workshop tickets onsite in the registration area on the Second Floor Promenade.

Conference Website

The Annual Conference website is the best resource for everything related to the conference. There you can find everything from travel discounts and a searchable list of events and sessions to a list of exhibitors in the Book and Trade Fair and the Career Services Guide.

Free Mobile App

CAA is once again offering a free mobile app to help you navigate the conference. The app, which works on most mobile platforms—including iPhones and iPads, Android devices, and Blackberries—allows you to:

  • Search and browse sessions and events
  • Create a personalized schedule
  • Find your way with maps of the conference venue
  • Browse exhibitors in the Book and Trade Fair
  • Share events on Twitter and Facebook

Visit to download the app.

First-time Attendee?

Visit the conference website for a list of practical tips and advice on how to make the most of the four-day event. And watch last year’s preconference Google+ Hangout, which covers conference basics and answers frequently asked questions, from how to choose among the hundreds of sessions and events to what to wear.

Thanks to Attendees and Sponsors

This year’s Annual Conference promises to be our best yet—thank you for being a part of it. We look forward to seeing you in New York next week. Safe travels!

CAA appreciates the support of the 2015 Annual Conference sponsors: the Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blick, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Alberta College of Art and Design, Artstor, Bloomsbury, Laurence King Publishing, Pearson, Prestel, Yale University Press, Richmond University, IDSVA, and Art in America.

Filed under: Annual Conference

On February 9, 2015, in time for the Annual Conference, CAA will publish the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts professionals. It will be a vital resource for all those working in the field, including artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors.

Printed copies of the Code will be available at Registration at the conference and at the CAA booth in the Book and Trade Fair throughout the week. It will also be available online beginning February 9.

If you are attending the conference, please come to an introductory presentation about the Code on Friday, February 13, 12:30–2:00 PM, in the Trianon Ballroom, Third Floor, New York Hilton Midtown.

CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Media Lounge Workshops at the Annual Conference

posted by Christopher Howard

Alternative Economies
A Project of Media Lounge and ARTspace
103rd Annual Conference
February 11–14, 2015
New York Hilton Midtown, Gibson Room

During the 2015 Annual Conference, the Media Lounge and ARTspace will host programming with the shared theme of “Alternative Economies.” These programs will consider models of social, cultural, and technological economies that transform the conditions for critical discourse and art making. The following workshops organized by Jenny Marketou and Stacy Miller are part of the event which take place at the Media Lounge; they are free and open to the public.

Imagining an Alternative School of Art
OWS Arts & Labor | Alternative Economies Working Group
Wednesday, February 11
9:00 AM–1:00 PM

The economic and structural realities of art schools as they exist today can often be a source of anxiety and frustration for students, faculty, and staff alike, so what might an alternative school of art look like? In this workshop the participants will familiarize themselves with over thirty alternative economic models that are in practice throughout the world today. After analyzing the current economic and structural issues apparent in our places of work and study, participants will be asked to imagine and consider the implications of using these alternative models to augment, remedy, or perhaps replace the current structure altogether.

About: Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group is focused on researching alternative economic models that can be used to create and nurture more equitable and sustainable art worlds. Believing that vibrant creative communities come from the bottom up, they encourage relationships based on mutual aid rather than competition and advocate for cultural institutions rooted in a framework of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Facilitation: Melissa Liu, Daniel Tuss, Antonio Serna, Yana Dimitrova, and James Douglas Whitman.

Beyond Faxes with Clip Art: Connective Technology and Art Making
Saturday, February 14
9:30–11:00 AM

This hands-on workshop will move beyond social media as a simple broadcast media for artists and examine how technologically engaged creation and collaboration can enhance, enable, and disrupt established models for art-making practice and interaction. In this workshop, participants will use open-source and/or free tools to connect with artists and create works; they will also discuss relevant issues in practice and pedagogy.

Facilitation: David Hart (MA, Art and Art Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University) is a producer, writer, and educator with an emphasis in the museum field. He has taught in afterschool settings, corporate workshops, museum programs (in-person and virtually), and undergraduate and graduate programs. Hart worked in the Department of Education and the Department of Digital Media at the Museum of Modern Art and currently is a producer for Acoustiguide, partnering with such institutions as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New York Botanical Garden, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Art2Drone Catalogue Exhibition

posted by Christopher Howard

Art2Drone is a catalogue exhibition, published in conjunction with ARTspace at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York, that brings together the work of artists who investigate drone technology and its cultural implications. The artworks will highlight political, social, scientific, and artistic impacts of drone technology. The catalogue is distributed by CAA and v1b3 as a printable PDF. Each project will link to a website to view additional media. Included in the catalogue is a critical essay by Meredith Hoy.

The curators of Art2Drone are Chris Manzione, Conrad Gleber, Gail Rubini, and Mat Rappaport. The online and downloadable catalogue can be found at

Service as a Mock Interviewer

posted by Lauren Stark

For the 2015 Annual Conference in New York, the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee seeks established professionals to volunteer as practice interviewers for the Mock Interview Sessions. Participating as an interviewer is an excellent way to serve the field and to assist with the professional development of the next generation of artists and scholars.

In these sessions, interviewers pose as a prospective employer, speaking with individuals in a scenario similar to the Interview Hall at the conference. Each session is composed of approximately 10–15 minutes of interview questions and a quick review of the application packet, followed by 5–10 minutes of candid feedback. Whenever possible, the committee matches interviewers and interviewees based on medium or discipline.

Interested candidates must be current CAA members and prepared to give six successive twenty-minute interviews with feedback in a two-hour period on one or both of these days: Thursday, February 12, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM and 3:00–5:00 PM; and Friday, February 13, 9:00–11:00 AM and 1:00–3:00 PM. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not required to be a mock interviewer. Desired for the sessions are art historians, art educators, designers, museum-studies professionals, critics, curators, and studio artists with tenure and/or experience on a search committee. You may volunteer for one, two, three, or all four Mock Interview Sessions.

Please send your name, affiliation, position, contact information, and the days and times that you are available to Megan Koza Young, chair of the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee. Deadline: January 31, 2015.

The Mock Interview Sessions are not intended as a screening process by institutions seeking new hires.

CAA has designed the Career Services Guide to inform job seekers and employers about placement activities at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York. The publication, available as a PDF, will help you navigate Career Services events and provides answers to frequently asked questions. Study this guide carefully so that you will know what to expect from conference interviewing and how best to prepare for a successful experience.

Job candidates can review the basics of the conference employment search. Read about the Candidate Center, your home base at the conference, as well as Orientation, an introduction to Career Services where you can ask questions. In addition, learn more about the Online Career Center, where you can search for position listings, post application materials, and arrange interviews. The publication includes tips for improving your CV, portfolio, and supplemental application materials.

Employers will find details in the guide for renting interview booths and tables as well as recommendations for posting jobs and conducting interviews at the conference. You can begin preparations now for Career Services through the Online Career Center or onsite at the Interviewer Center.

Printed copies of the Career Services Guide will be distributed onsite at Orientation and in the Candidate Center. All conference Career Services will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown. For more information about job searching, professional-development workshops, and more, visit the Career Services section of the conference website.

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