On March 29, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced funding for 208 humanities projects totaling $21.7 million. These grants include programs that support international collaboration, engage students in interdisciplinary courses, and help veterans.
Among the recipients are the following CAA members, all of whom received a $6,000 Summer Stipend to work on their various research projects:
- Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire of the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library in Winterthur, Delaware, for “Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopedia and the Color Printing Revolution: A Translation and Critical Study”
- Jennifer Germann of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for “A Study of the Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, an 18th-century British Artwork”
- Laura Morowitz of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, for “Art Exhibitions in Vienna, Austria, during the Nazi Occupation”
- Allie Terry-Fritsch from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, for “Cosimo de’Medici, Fra Angelico, and the Public Library of San Marco”
- Anne Verplanck of Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg for “The Business of Art: Transforming the Graphic Arts in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
These awards come just weeks after President Donald J. Trump’s administration released a budget proposal calling for the elimination of the NEH, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s international education programs, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Our attention now turns to Congress, which can fund these programs despite the administration’s proposals. We have been heartened that these programs—which have been supported by presidents of both parties—have seen growing support in Congress in recent years. Indeed, over the past two years, the Republican-controlled Congresses have supported increases for the NEH.
We want to get as many former members to rejoin in the month of April as we can. We’ve heard you, through surveys and our Annual Conference, through emails and phone calls. We know that the economy of higher education is changing. We know it can be hard to find a department position or a museum gig or publish your groundbreaking work. Rejoining the largest professional organization supporting art historians and visual artists is one step you can make to help you thrive in the field. Our impact as an organization and as a profession depends on our membership.
Rejoin during the month of April and we will take 25% off your CAA membership (offer excludes Life Membership level). That means you will be able to attend our next Annual Conference in Los Angeles in February 2018 for a reduced rate. You will receive our publications (Art Journal or The Art Bulletin) delivered to your home. You will have access to the online career center, with over 430 jobs and opportunities listed. You will get discounts on car rentals, health insurance, magazine subscriptions, and more.
But most importantly, you will be a member of the professional organization setting the lead on issues of fair hiring practices, academic freedoms, publishing standards, and connecting visual arts professionals across subjects, practice, and geography regions.
Offer valid from April 1-April 30, 2017 to individuals whose membership has lapsed in the past five years. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from April 1-April 30, 2017.
College Art Association
Notice of 105th Annual Business Meeting
Annual Conference Convocation
February 15, 2017
The 105th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th, at the Convocation of the 2017 Annual Conference, in West/East Ballroom, 3rd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019.
CAA President, Suzanne Preston Blier, will preside. The Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts.
The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:
- Call to Order and President’s Report – Suzanne Preston Blier
- Report by Annual Conference Chair and VP for Annual Conference – Judith Rodenbeck and N. Elizabeth Schlatter
- Report by Executive Director – Hunter O’Hanian
- Presentation of Annual Awards for Distinction – Suzanne Preston Blier
- Keynote Address – Mary Miller
After the Keynote Address, the Meeting will be recessed and will reconvene on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the East Ballroom, 3rd Floor at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019. The Agenda for the second part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:
- Approval of Minutes of 104th Annual Business Meeting, February 3, 2016 [ACTION ITEM] – see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2016-annual-business-meeting-minutes.pdf
- Financial Report: Teresa Lopez, Chief Financial Officer
- Old Business
- New Business
- Results of Election of New Directors: Suzanne Preston Blier
- MY CAA – Open discussion with members, board and staff regarding future growth of the Association.
If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, please complete a proxy online to appoint the individuals named thereon to (i) vote, as directed by you, for directors, and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting; and (ii) to vote in any and all adjournments thereof. CAA Members will be notified when the proxy for casting votes becomes available online in early January 2017. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. EST Thursday, February 16, 2017.
The 106th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will take place on February 21, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Roberto Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association
December 12, 2016
CAA is excited to announce an exclusive offer to its members to spend two weeks exploring the art and art history of Greece and Italy, from June 2 to June 11, 2017. The trip includes stops in Athens, Rome, and Florence. Hosted by CAA Executive Director and CEO, Hunter O’Hanian, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore these majestic cities with fellow CAA members and lovers of art.
Local tour guides in each city will lead the group through numerous cultural and historic sites, museums, and galleries. The tour begins in Athens, where highlights include the National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, Zappio Gardens, the Acropolis and museum, and the Museum of Cycladic Art. In Rome, the tour will visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums, and the Borghese Gallery, among others. Ending in Florence, the tour will stop at the Duomo and Baptistery, Church of Santa Croce, Galleria dell’Accademia, Medici Chapels, Church of San Lorenzo, and the Uffizi Gallery.
Following Florence, you may choose to extend your trip to Venice where the 57th Venice Biennale will be taking place, May 13 through November 26, 2017.
For more information, including rates and a day-by-day tour itinerary, please download and review the Greece & Italy Art and Art History Tour brochure.
posted by Janet Landay, Program Manager, Fair Use Initiative — October 18, 2016
In late September, Hunter O’Hanian and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to attend two CAA events hosted by Anne Goodyear, codirector of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and a former CAA president. We arrived at the picturesque New England campus on a beautiful fall day. The college’s art museum, one of the oldest in the country, anchors the western edge of the quad, its neoclassical façade presiding gracefully over green lawns and majestic trees where students played Frisbee, read, or walked across campus. It was a perfect weekend to welcome CAA members to campus.
The first group arrived that Saturday afternoon to attend a CAA member reception, the first of several Hunter has planned around the country to provide an opportunity for him to meet with members in a relaxed setting and talk about CAA. The event began with a tour of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art given by Anne and her husband, the museum’s codirector, Frank Goodyear. Immediately following, we all walked a block away to Anne and Frank’s house to enjoy some wine and cheese on their back patio. The fifteen or so participants hailed from several schools and museums in addition to Bowdoin—Colby College, Bates College, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Art Museum—and included art historians, artists, librarians, and independent scholars.
Members spoke in turn about their most memorable CAA experiences: attending a first conference, interviewing and getting a job, meeting old friends, or networking with scholars in their fields. Hunter then shared thoughts about his goals for CAA based on what he has learned from members since he became executive director in July. He observed the importance of connectivity—how to keep CAA members in touch with issues in the field, but especially how to keep them in touch with each other. And he described many of the changes members will experience at the next Annual Conference, including a focus on personal experience, captured by a new theme for the meetings, myCAA.
On Sunday morning, several of the same CAA members returned, joined by others from around the state, for a half-day workshop about copyright and fair use. Peter Jaszi, a co–lead investigator on CAA’s Fair Use Initiative, came from Washington, DC, to Bowdoin to lead the program, which focused on how visual-arts professionals can use CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts in their work. Following an introduction to copyright and fair use, the workshop began with a look at how museum professionals can use the Code when employing copyrighted materials in their work.
Participants had been asked to bring real-life questions with them. Thus, a museum director wanted to know whether his museum could allow photography in the galleries of works still protected by copyright. A curator described a challenge she had in getting an image for a catalogue from a museum in central China. When she received no reply from the museum, she resorted to scanning the image from another book. Is that fair use? Other questions involved loan forms, credit lines, and online projects.
As the day continued, the program moved on to address questions from professionals in other areas: librarians and archivists, professors and teachers, artists and independent scholars. Can a faculty member use images in class that she got from a flash drive she had received from a foreign museum? What kind of credit information is necessary for a blog about films? Is Shepard Fairey’s image of Obama a good case study for students learning about fair use? How should the institutional repository on a college campus view the copyright protection of yearbook photographs? By the end of the afternoon, a remarkable range of questions had been discussed, and the forty participants came away with a much greater understanding of fair use and how to rely on it in their work.
On Monday, Hunter, Peter, and I were in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to join Kyle Courtney, a copyright specialist in Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication, for a fair-use town hall on the campus of Harvard University. As in Maine, Peter began the program with an introduction to fair use, and I followed with a description of CAA’s Fair Use Initiative. Kyle spoke about a program he directs at Harvard that trains librarians to be “first responders” to users’ questions about fair use. Although relatively new, the program has proven to be an effective way to support and teach visual-arts professionals about fair use. It is now being replicated on other university campuses. The event was then opened to questions from the sixty-five members of the audience, which Peter and Kyle discussed in depth.
Many of the topics were similar to those that had been addressed at the Bowdoin workshop, but a new subject emerged as well: advocacy. Does a professor who has had a manuscript accepted have any recourse when her publisher requires signed author agreements stating that all images had been cleared for publication and all fees paid? The answer is yes; she can ask her publisher to read CAA’s Code and explain that many, if not all, of her uses of images comply with the doctrine of fair use. While the effort may not succeed (though CAA has several success stories on file), over time it will familiarize publishers with the principles outlined in the Code. Changes have already taken place, in large part due to this kind of challenge from users. Yale University Press now accepts fair-use defenses from its authors who are publishing monographs; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation embraced a fair use policy for that artist’s work; and CAA not only encourages its authors to consider whether or not their uses are fair, but it also indemnifies authors against lawsuits about works used under fair use.
The program concluded with a reminder that CAA is happy to answer questions about fair use; please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later on Monday, Hunter and I joined another group of CAA members at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for a wine-and-cheese reception at the school’s President’s Gallery and Bakalar and Paine Galleries. Attendees included a wide range of members, from professors who have belonged to the association for thirty years to new members just graduating from MFA programs. Lisa Tung, the gallery’s director and curator, kicked off the event with a tour of two exhibitions currently on view, Encircling the World: Contemporary Art, Science, and the Sublime and Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence, and Discrimination. Hunter, who is a former vice president for development at MassArt, then invited participants to speak about how CAA is valuable to them. He emphasized the importance of hearing from members so that CAA can support them as fully as possible in this rapidly changing world.
CAA’s road trip continued in early October with another member’s reception in Portland, Oregon. Later this month we will convene a fair-use workshop in Seattle, Washington. More events are planned for early next year in Georgia and Virginia. Stay tuned!
The Bowdoin College fair-use event was organized by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and CAA, with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Harvard University fair-use event was organized by Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication, thanks to the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, and by CAA, with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation.
With the opening of conference registration for the 2017 Annual Conference in New York, February 15-18, you might have seen us mention our new campaign, myCAA.
myCAA is a way for us to tell our members, and even those outside our membership in the arts and culture field, that we are listening. And that we want to hear from you! myCAA is about opening up the channels of communication member to member and between the CAA staff, board, committees, and affiliates. We are all in this together, each and every person involved in CAA. From the administrative and staff side of CAA, we know the organization exists because of the support of our members and those working in the visual arts field. Your support helps us in turn support you in your professional teaching, scholarship, and art making. We see this circle as vital to the impact that art historians, artists, and scholars have on the field of visual arts and on society as a whole.
We want to hear from you on CAA Connect, our new digital discussion and resource library platform. The myCAA community is where members should post any and all thoughts they have about how to make CAA an organization that serves the profession at the highest level. How to log in to CAA Connect.
At the conference, we want to hear from you. Stop a CAA staff member, board member, or committee member in the hallway, in sessions, or in the Hilton lobby! Say hello and tell us how we can make CAA the best organization it can be to support your efforts and your work.
We know that our members and those working in the visual arts contribute to and improve society every single day. myCAA is the call for our members to use their voices and to tell us how we can help so you can push forward and change the world.
Students are crucial to CAA and the work we do. Support and interest from student members allows us to provide fellowships, professional development, mentorships, and job placement services to those very same students. In the coming months, CAA is visiting several local New York colleges and universities in order to connect with our youngest and one of our most vital constituencies. Below is our upcoming schedule. We hope to see you there.
Monday Oct. 10, 10AM-12PM at Parsons Fine Arts
Tuesday Nov. 1st at Pratt Institute (Time TBD)
Wednesday Nov. 2nd at Pratt Institute (Time TBD)
Friday Nov. 18th, 12PM-4PM at School of Visual Arts
This fall, CAA will visit local New York colleges and universities and host a number of wine and cheese receptions throughout the country, connecting professionals in the visual arts within their communities. Taking place at many art institutions in major U.S. cities, these meet-and-greets are a great opportunity to join arts scholars and art makers in your area. Whether you are an existing or former CAA member, work in some capacity in the arts, or are just curious about what we do, we hope you will be able to join us.
CAA’s new executive director, Hunter O’Hanian, will attend many of the receptions and will discuss his ideas and vision for the future of CAA. Come meet new CAA members and reconnect with fellow members.
Upcoming Receptions and Meet and Greets
Brunswick, ME Sept. 24, 3:30PM Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Please RSVP to the Brunswick, ME event here.
Boston, MA Sept 26, 5:30PM Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Paine & Bakalar Galleries
Please RSVP to the Boston, MA event here.
Nashville, TN Sept. 26, 6:30PM Vanderbilt University, Sarratt Center Gallery
Please RSVP to the Nashville, TN event here.
Portland, OR Oct. 5, 6:00PM Yale Union
Please RSVP to the Portland, OR event here.
September is a busy month for CAA and its members. Classes start again. Campuses buzz with activity. Registration opens for the 2017 Annual Conference in New York, February 15-18, 2017, and we will launch CAA Connect (stay tuned for that announcement). Before these announcements, we wanted to let you know we have updated and streamlined your CAA account experience.
Effective immediately, the web pages for your CAA Account will look and navigate a little differently. In addition to a more contemporary look, the pages are designed to work with devices of any screen size (smart phone, tablet, desktop/laptop) and use familiar web page techniques on smaller devices that you may see elsewhere.
Please take a moment to log in to your CAA Account and familiarize yourself with where to find content including:
- Contact information
- Membership status
- Member benefits with specific codes for redemption
- Payment receipts, printable as PDF files
- Communication preferences
You may log in using your user ID# or primary email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you may reset it using your primary email address. If you have any comments or questions regarding the new CAA Account web pages, please contact Member Services.
CAA seeks a Membership Specialist to support membership growth at the organization.
Approximately 10 to 20 hours per week – flexible hours with some nights and weekend hours available. $16 per hour – September through December 2016
Founded in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promoting the field through intellectual engagement, advocacy, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. Each year, CAA offers an Annual Conference, publishes three scholarly journals, and offers a variety of other programs. Visit www.collegeart.org for a complete description of programs and offerings.
CAA has more than 9,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are curators, art historians, scholars, visual artists, and designers. Each year, members renew their membership to CAA. The Membership Specialist will reach out to CAA members whose membership has lapsed and seek to renew that individual’s membership. Selected applicant(s) will receive a one-year complimentary CAA student membership.
- Understanding the core mission, purpose, and programs offered by CAA
- Understanding the various membership levels offered by CAA
- Understanding the benefits assigned to membership levels offered by CAA
- Telephoning members and requesting they renew their annual memberships
- Recording meaningful feedback (both positive and negative) about CAA
- Imparting current information about CAA and its Annual Conference to the individuals called
- Updating objective information (i.e., address, phone, email, etc.) in CAA’s database about the individual
- Processing the payment for renewal of the individual’s membership
- Transmitting information to supervisors with feedback from Members about CAA
- Minimum of two years of college, preferably in the visual arts, art history, or related fields
- Ability to speak in a pleasant professional manner over the phone
- Ability to type with speed and accuracy
- Sufficient computer knowledge (PC) to allow for the successful processing of membership renewals
- Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
- Ability to convey to the individuals the value of renewing Membership with CAA
- Flexibility, creativity, and initiative
The College Art Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or political affiliation.
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Denise Williams via email at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Please include the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your ability to perform the tasks requested.