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The following sessions and events at CAA’s 104th Annual Conference, taking place February 3–6, 2016, in Washington, DC, are free and open to the public. Everything takes place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Media Lounge, all events and screenings
Wednesday, February 3–Saturday, February 6
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom West, Mezzanine Level

Looking Ahead: Changes to the CAA Annual Conference
Wednesday, February 3, 12:30–2:00 PM
Wilson B, Mezzanine Level

CAA Convocation, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address by Tania Bruguera
Wednesday, February 3, 5:30–7:00 PM
Salon 2, Lobby Level

The NEA and NEH at 50: NEA Chair Jane Chu and NEH Chair William “Bro” Adams in Conversation
Thursday, February 4, 12:30–2:00 PM
Salon 3, Lobby Level

The Power of Storytelling: Finding and Engaging New Audiences with Jarl Mohn, President and CEO, National Public Radio
Thursday, February 4, 5:30–7:00 PM
Salon 2, Lobby Level

Past, Present, and Future: NEH at 50
Friday, February 5, 2:30–5:00 PM
Salon 2, Lobby Level

Friday, February 5, 5:30–7:00 PM
Atrium, Exhibition Level

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Changes to the Annual Conference

posted by CAA

*** Proposal submission process for 2017 will open on March 1 and close on April 18 ***

For the CAA 105th Annual Conference, CAA will change the format of the conference as we look to liven up the experience for all our members.  The changes highlighted below are the result of a critical look at the event by the organization’s Annual Conference Committee.

  • New time grid: All sessions will be ninety minutes in length, allowing for more sessions during the conference’s four days
  • More types of submissions and therefore more ways to participate, such as: complete session proposals, with participants chosen in advance; proposals to chairs, who will solicit speakers through a call for papers; and independent proposals of papers
  • Individuals may participate in consecutive years, if their proposals are accepted
  • Other Annual Conference Events such as:
    • Alt/CAA:  Each morning conference participants can propose and vote on a panel that will be held during lunch or during an evening session
    • Day by Design: All day series of panels on subjects of importance to the membership such as design, museums, women in the arts, arts advocacy, digital technologies, international topics
    • Hot Topics:  Panels focusing discussion of critical time-sensitive issues in the field
    • Perspectives from Senior Scholars Series:  Panels led by senior scholars and artists with a view toward addressing key issues in the discipline
    • Global Seminar: Sessions that will have an international component through Skype or shared files, tweeting and discussions
    • Day of Art:  Individuals and groups are encouraged to propose one or more sessions to engage membership in projects to benefit the arts community

You can download and read the full report of recommendations by CAA’s Task Force on the Annual Conference.

Please remember all participants will have to be members and registered for the conference for 2017. (

Below you will find key dates and deadlines for the 2017 conference:

  • March 1 – Call for Annual Conference session and paper proposals begins
  • April 18 – Deadline for session and paper proposal submissions
  • June 3 – Annual Conference Committee meets to select sessions and papers
  • June 20 – Notification sent regarding approved sessions
  • July 1 – Call for Participation for approved sessions soliciting contributors
  • August 30 – Paper titles and abstracts due for sessions soliciting contributors
  • Mid-September – Online conference registration opens
  • September 15 – Deadline for chairs to choose speakers for sessions soliciting contributors; deadline for poster sessions
  • Late December – Online conference registration closes

Additional Notes on Affiliated Society submissions:

  • One session per Affiliated Society will be accepted with a note of approval from the chair of the group; subsequent submissions may be submitted separately by individuals and require peer review by the Annual Conference Committee; these submissions will not be labeled as an Affiliated Society panel.
  • Each Affiliated Society is still guaranteed one 90-minute session, as well as a business meeting, which will be tagged as an Affiliate Society meeting.
  • Sessions should be submitted in the proposal submission process above.

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The CAA 2016 App Is Live!

posted by CAA

If you are attending CAA 2016, you’ll want to have the official conference app on your mobile device. The app helps you navigate the conference schedule and allows you to create your own customized schedule within the app. In addition, you can follow the app activity feed to see posts from other attendees and follow conference news. The app allows for posting to social media accounts and connecting directly with other conference attendees. Check the conference maps in the app and bookmark items and sessions of interest.

The CAA 2016 app works on most mobile platforms, including iPhones and iPads, Android devices, and Blackberries.

Instructions for Downloading:

App Information Page and Download Instructions

CAA’s conference app is available through the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. To download the app onto your mobile device, search for “CAA 2016” in the Apple or Google app stores and download the app, allowing for permissions requested by the app. The HTML5 web-based version of the app is available for attendees who have Windows or Blackberry phones or do not have a smartphone.

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CAA has designed the Career Services Guide to inform job seekers and employers about placement activities at the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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 Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information about job searching, professional-development workshops, and more, visit the Career Services section of the conference website.

Interested in attending the 2016 Annual Conference but find the registration fees prohibitory? Working as a projectionist, room monitor, or registration attendant at this year’s event is a great way to save on conference expenses. All temporary workers who agree to twelve hours of work and a paid training meeting are given complimentary full-conference registration; they will also receive $12 per hour upon the completion of their shifts.

CAA is still accepting applicants for the following positions and shifts.

Registration Attendants

CAA seeks registration attendants to work in the registration area between Tuesday afternoon, February 2 and Saturday afternoon, February 6. Registration attendants are required to work a minimum of twelve hours, registering conference participants, checking membership statuses, and monitoring registration compliance in various session rooms. Registration attendant shifts are full-day shifts (8:00 AM–7:00 PM) and best for people who would like to complete their work commitment in a single day.

**Registration attendants must attend a training meeting on Tuesday afternoon, February 2, between 3:30 and 5:00 PM.

**Workers are still needed for shifts on Wednesday, February 3, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM, and Thursday February 4, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM.


CAA seeks projectionists to work in the various conference session rooms between Wednesday, February 3, and Saturday February 6. Projectionists are required to work a minimum of eleven hours and must be familiar with digital projectors and laptops.

**Projectionists must attend a training meeting on Wednesday morning, February 3, 7:30–8:30 AM.

**Many shifts still available between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5.

Room Monitors

CAA seeks room monitors to work in the various conference session rooms between Wednesday, February 3, and Saturday February 6. Room monitors are required to work a minimum of eleven hours checking in session participants, monitoring membership compliance in various rooms, and taking attendance in the session rooms.

**Room monitors must attend a training meeting on Wednesday morning, February 3, 7:30–8:30 AM.

**Many shifts are still available between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5.

To Apply

Send a two-page CV and a brief letter of interest to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs. In your letter of interest, please include the following details: (1) the maximum number of hours you can work (minimum twelve, maximum forty); (2) what days you will be in attendance and available to work (Tuesday afternoon, February 2, through Saturday night, February 6); (3) any days or session times you absolutely cannot work (when you plan on attending an important event or presenting a paper); (4) an order of preference for positions, if applying for multiple availabilities; (5) your CAA user/member ID#.

All candidates must be US citizens or permanent US residents.

Image: Working the registration booths at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York (photograph by Bradley Marks)

Conference Message from the CAA President

posted by DeWitt Godfrey

I want to share my excitement about the offerings at the upcoming 2016 annual conference, taken together we think they represent the diversity of areas on which CAA is focused.  We are thrilled to be in Washington DC, home to so many excellent museums and cultural institutions. The conference kicks off with a keynote by Tania Bruguera, an artist whose work, specially relevant in this election year, explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change. Our Distinguished Artists’ Interviews feature MacArthur Fellows Rick Lowe (2014) with LaToya Ruby Frazier (2015) and Joyce Scott with George Ciscle from the Maryland Institute College of Art. We have Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA, and William “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the NEH, to discuss their organizations half a century of supporting the arts and humanities. Jarl Mohn, National Public Radio CEO and President, will speak on the visual arts and the public. We will honor scholars Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History and Dean of Humanities, Duke University and Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University, in two special panel sessions. With sessions ranging from Latin American artists, design, artists working with data, public art, workshops on job hunting, portfolio and résumé preparation, there is something for everyone. I hope you can join us.

One of CAA’s annual Distinguished Artists’ Interviews at the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC—the artist Rick Lowe in conversation with the photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier—is among the first events of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s year-long series of performances, discussions, and other events to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of its iconic fellowship program. The MacArthur Foundation will collaborate with a diverse set of partners for 2016 programming, including Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Most events will be open to the public for free or at low cost. Video of many events will be published online.

Lowe received a MacArthur fellowship in 2014, and Frazier won the prize in 2015. The Distinguished Artists’ Interviews will take place on Friday, February 5, 2:30–5:00 PM, in the Thurgood Marshall Ballroom East/South, Mezzanine Level, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Preceding their conversation will be another interview: the artist Joyce Scott interviewed by George Ciscle of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Both talks will be live streamed on CAA’s YouTube page.

“Working across every field imaginable, MacArthur fellows capture the public imagination and inspire people to nurture creativity in their own lives and communities,” said Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, during a luncheon at the City Club of Chicago that also featured the labor organizer Ai-Jen Poo and the artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, both MacArthur fellows. “This year-long celebration will showcase fellows’ work, foster new collaborations, and enable these highly creative people to further inspire us all.”

Programming is under development and subject to change; but it is expected to include the following events:

  • Lowe will deliver a lecture on “Art in the Social Context” at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service in California, as part of the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor program(February 4)
  • In conjunction with an exhibition of her work, the Whitney Museum of American Art will host a discussion with the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (New York, February).
  • Sixth & I, a historic synagogue and cultural event space in Washington, DC, will present a panel discussion featuring MacArthur fellows (March)
  • The 92nd Street Y in New York will present a panel discussion featuring MacArthur fellows (March)
  • The Economics Club of Chicago will feature two conversation pairings with the arts entrepreneur Claire Chase and the music educator Aaron Dworkin, as well as the computational biologist John Novembre and the historian Tara Zahra (May 25)
  • MacArthur fellows will be featured in a plenary session at the annual convention of Americans for the Arts in Boston (June)
  • The Chicago Humanities Festival will incorporate MacArthur fellows into its regular annual programming (September)
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, will host two free public performances by MacArthur fellows through its Millennium Stage series (October)

The anniversary celebration will also include an online component, featuring one MacArthur fellow each month responding to public questions on Reddit as well as interviews with fellows on popular YouTube channels.

The MacArthur fellowship—called “genius grants” by the media—recognizes exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future. Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, which comes with no stipulations or reporting requirements and allows recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions. Since 1981, 942 people have been named MacArthur fellows. Fellows are selected through a rigorous process that has involved thousands of expert and anonymous nominators, evaluators, and selectors over the years.

CAA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

CAA will formally recognize the honorees at a special awards ceremony to be held during Convocation at the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 5:30–7:00 PM. Led by DeWitt Godfrey, president of the CAA Board of Directors, the awards ceremony will take place in the Marriott Ballroom, Salon 2, Lobby Level, Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Convocation and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park is located at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008.

The 2016 Annual Conference—presenting scholarly sessions, panel discussions, career-development workshops, a Book and Trade Fair, and more—is the largest gathering of artists, scholars, students, and arts professionals in the United States.

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award
Krista Thompson
Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice
Duke University Press

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award
Stephanie Barron and Sabine Eckmann
New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919–1933
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions
Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko
Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s
Ukrainian Museum

Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize
Matthew C. Hunter
“Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Nice Chymistry’: Action and Accident in the 1770s”
The Art Bulletin, March 2015

Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism
Chika Okeke-Agulu
Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria
Duke University Press

Art Journal Award
Abigail Satinsky
“Movement Building for Beginners”
Art Journal, Fall 2015

Distinguished Feminist Award
Carrie Mae Weems

Distinguished Teaching of Art Award
Sabina Ott

Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award
Patricia Berger

Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work
Arlene Shechet

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
Carmen Herrera

CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation
Debra Hess Norris

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art
Rosalind E. Krauss

Morey and Barr Award Finalists

CAA recognizes the 2016 finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards for their distinctive achievements:

Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Finalists

  • Paul Binski, Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290–1350, Yale University Press, for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Elina Gertsman, Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Adam Herring, Art and Vision in the Inca Empire: Andeans and Europeans at Cajamarca, Cambridge University Press

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award Finalist

  • Jens M. Daehner and Kenneth Lapatin, eds., Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, J. Paul Getty Museum

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

  • Timothy Verdon and Daniel M. Zolli, eds., Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral, Museum of Biblical Art, in association with D. Giles


For more information on the 2016 Awards for Distinction, please contact Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs. Visit the Awards section of the CAA website to read about past recipients.


The clock is ticking! Early Conference Registration Rates end December 21, 2015! Submit your Individual Registration Information to attend the largest gathering of visual arts professionals! This year, don’t miss Tania Bruguera, the chairs of the NEA and NEH, MacArthur Fellows LaToya Ruby Frazier and Rick Lowe, and much more!

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the College Art Association’s Annual Conference. The 104th Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from Wednesday, February 3 to Saturday, February 6, 2016. As the world’s largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts, the conference offers more than 200 sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and meetings on topics in current art scholarship and practice. Join more than 4,000 artists, art historians, designers, museum directors and curators, arts administrators, and educators in networking opportunities and the exchange of ideas and information between colleagues from across the globe. We invite you to join us.

This year’s highlights include Convocation Keynote address by Cuban installation and performance artist, Tania Bruguera; Opening Night Reception at the Katzen Center at American University; and the Fourteenth Annual Distinguished Scholar session honoring Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History and Dean of Humanities at Duke University.

Additional highlights include the NEA and NEH 50th Anniversary Presentation Lecture with Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA, in conversation with William “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the NEH; the Annual Distinguished Artists’ Interviews with Joyce Scott, artist of social commentary on racism, sexism and violence, in conversation with George Ciscle, Curator-in-Residence of MICA; and conversation between two MacArthur “genius” fellowship recipients, Rick Lowe (2014) and LaToya Ruby Frazier (2015); Jarl Mohn; National Public Radio CEO and President, will speak on the visual arts and the public; a special tribute to Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University; and the Book and Trade Fair with over 120 publishers, art materials manufacturers, and services in the arts, and much more.

The 2016 CAA conference will also host ARTspace, a conference within the conference. ARTspace is programmed by artists, and tailored to the interests and needs of artists. It is open to all attendees and includes the Annual Artists’ Interviews mentioned above, Media Lounge, and ARTexchange.

CAA has arranged for a curator-led tour of “Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture From Paris to New York” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; a US Capitol Building Tour; a tour of the Kogod House and Art Collection (Donor Circle and Life Members only); a tour of the Glenstone Museum, a Charles Gwathmey-designed private museum housing prime examples of Post-WWII works; and tours of DC-based artist studios and galleries.

CAA members receive substantial discounts on conference registration. For those members who are not eligible for CAA’s discounted memberships, the best overall value on combined membership and conference registration is with the Premium or Donor Circle level membership. CAA members at the Basic level planning to attend the Annual Conference are encouraged to upgrade to the Premium level, which when combined with the discounted conference registration will provide the greatest value. To upgrade your membership please email us or call 212.691.1051, ext. 1 with any feedback or questions.

CAA’s partners are offering exclusive discounts on airfare, car rentals, train travel, and hotel rooms to all conference attendees. Book now and save even more. It is strongly encouraged that you reserve your accommodations at one of the official Conference Hotels. Please note that CAA commits to a block of rooms at these hotels on behalf of its members and has a financial obligation to fill those blocks. Please help us avoid potential penalties and control costs for future events by staying at one of the official hotels.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!


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The New #CAA2016 Social Media Wall

posted by CAA

We are very excited to announce a new digital platform for this year’s Annual Conference that will bring together the online conversations taking place before, during, and after the big event. The new platform is part of CAA’s strategic plan for better serving the membership and offering improved communications.

We are pleased to introduce the #CAA2016 Conference Social Media Wall.

The Social Media Wall will be a space where attendees and the public can make contributions and follow the conversation on a single, updating page. The Social Media Wall will gather any Twitter or Instagram posts using any of the #CAA2016 conference hashtags below.

Conference Hashtags:
#caa2016 [Official Conference Hashtag]
#caabtf [Book and Trade Fair]
#caacareers [Mentoring, Workshops, and Interview Hall]
#caaarttspace [ARTspace]
#caainternational [Getty Travel Fellowship and International News]
#caasepc [Student and Emerging Professional Committee]
#caafairuse [Fair Use Code of Conduct]
#caaadvocacy [Advocacy Work]

How your posts will appear on the #CAA2016 Social Media Wall:

  • Post a witty observation or proclaim your excitement about the conference to your Twitter or Instagram account using one of the hashtags above
  • Wait a few minutes…
  • Watch your post appear alongside the collection of other amusing and astute comments about the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, February 3-6, 2016.
  • Repeat!

Lastly, our Instagram account is new, so please do follow us and tag us in posts.

We are happy to bring this improved communication feature to the CAA membership, and we hope you enjoy using it.

We look forward to seeing you in DC!

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