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Thanks to 2014 Career Services Mentors and Leaders

posted by Emmanuel Lemakis


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 Interview Sessions, and the Professional Development Roundtable Discussions—during the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. The organization also appreciates the work of the leaders of the Professional-Development Workshops and the speakers at Orientation.

Orientation

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; and David M. Sokol, University of Illinois, Chicago (emeritus).

Artists’ Portfolio Review

Ivan Albreht, University of Miami; Elissa Armstrong, Virginia Commonwealth University; Marie Bukowski, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Susan Canning, College of New Rochelle; Brian Curtis, University of Miami; Sandra Dupret, Fleming College; Peter Kaniaris, Anderson University; Jason Lahr, University of Notre Dame; Suzanne F. W. Lemakis, Center for Culture: Department of Fine Art, Citibank; Craig Lloyd, College of Mt. St. Joseph; Sarah Richardson, Center for Culture: Department of Fine Art, Citibank; Greg Shelnutt, Clemson University; Steve Teczar, Maryville University of St. Louis; and David Voros, University of South Carolina.

Career Development Mentoring

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Brian Bishop, Framingham State University; Leda Cempellin, South Dakota State University; Kevin Concannon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Michelle Erhardt, Christopher Newport University; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University; Dennis Ichiyama, Purdue University; Mitch Kern, Alberta College of Art and Design; Elisabeth Leach; Craig Lloyd, College of Mount St. Joseph; Patrick Luber, University of North Dakota; Mary McInnes, Alfred University; Heather McPherson, University of Alabama, Birmingham; Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University; 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); David Raizman, Drexel University; Jack Risley, University of Texas at Austin; Ann M. Roberts, Lake Forest College; Dinah Ryan, the Principia; Paul Ryan, Mary Baldwin College; Greg Shelnutt, Clemson University; Gerald Silk, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Katherine Sullivan, Hope College; Larry Thompson, Samford University; Ann Tsubota, Raritan Valley Community College; and Charles Wright, Western Illinois University.

Professional-Development Roundtable Discussions

Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Nicola Courtright, Amherst College; Brian Curtis, University of Miami; Ira Goldberg, Art Students League of New York; Joseph Henry, TIAA-CREF; Peter Kaniaris, Anderson University; Suzanne F. W. Lemakis, Center for Culture: Department of Fine Art, Citibank; Leo Morrissey, Georgian Court University; and Norie Sato, Sato Service.

Mock Interview Sessions

Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University; Maria Ann Conelli, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Carole Garmon, University of Mary Washington; Joe Girandola, University of Cincinnati; Amy Hamlin, St. Catherine University; Kim Hartswick, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Dennis Ichiyama, Purdue University Andrea Kirsh, Rutgers University; Cory Knoedler, University of South Dakota; David LaPalombara, Ohio State University; David Lindsay, Texas Tech University; Brittany Lockard, Wichita State University; Carolyn Martin; Savannah College of Art and Design; Sally Packard, Texas Christian University; Sandra J. Reed, Savannah College of Art and Design; Kristin Ringelberg, Elon University; David Yager, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Megan Koza Young, Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University.

Brown Bag Sessions

Leda Campellin, South Dakota State University; Maria Ann Conelli, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Jacquelyn Coutré; Amanda Hellman, Emory University; Lauren Kilroy, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; David Lindsay, Texas Tech University; Laurel Peterson, Yale University; and Megan Koza Young, Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University.

Professional-Development Workshops

Susan Altman, Middlesex County College; Michael Aurbach, Vanderbilt University; Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University; Mika Cho, California State University, Los Angeles; Angela Faris-Belt, independent artist; Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Minerva Financial Arts; Gigi Rosenberg; David M. Sokol, University of Illinois, Chicago (emeritus); Jane Alden Stevens, University of Cincinnati; Suzanne E. Szucs, independent artist; and Blaise Tobia, Drexel University.




The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2014 to 2018:

  • Helen C. Frederick, Professor, School of Art and Design, George Mason University
  • Gunalan Nadarajan, Professor and Dean, Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan
  • Dannielle Tegeder, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • David C. Terry, Director of Programs and Curator, New York Foundation for the Arts

Anne Collins Goodyear, CAA board president, announced the election results during the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, held on Friday, February 14, at the 102nd Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.

For the annual board election, CAA members vote for no more than four candidates; they also cast votes for write-in candidates (who must be CAA members). The four candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the board.



Board of Directors Election Ends on Friday

posted by Vanessa Jalet


The annual CAA Board of Directors election will end at 5:00 PM (CST) on Friday, February 14, 2014. To participate, all you need is your CAA member ID number and password. Visit the board-election page or click the candidates’ names below to read their statements, biographies, and endorsements—and to watch their video presentations—before casting your vote.

  • G. James Daichendt, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Azusa Pacific University
  • Helen C. Frederick, Professor, School of Art and Design, George Mason University
  • Jim Hopfensperger, Professor of Art, Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University
  • Gunalan Nadarajan, Professor and Dean, Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan
  • Dannielle Tegeder, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • David C. Terry, Director of Programs and Curator, New York Foundation for the Arts

Amendment to By-laws

At the October 27, 2013 Board of Directors meeting, a resolution was presented and approved to bring to a vote a change in the CAA By-laws in order to streamline the membership categories and provide a more equitable structure. CAA members are encouraged to review the proposed By-laws change and to vote on the amendment in the upcoming election.

How to Vote

CAA members may vote for up to four candidates, including one write-in candidate (who must be a CAA member). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the board. CAA members may cast their votes and submit their proxies online beginning in early January, 2014; no paper ballots will be mailed. Please have your CAA user/member ID# and password handy when you are ready to vote. All voting must take place by 5:00 PM (CST) on Friday, February 14, 2014. CAA will provide a computer dedicated to the election in the registration area at the upcoming 102nd Annual Conference in Chicago.

 

 

Anne Collins Goodyear, CAA board president, will present the election results at the close of the next Annual Members’ Business Meeting, to be held on Friday, February 14, 2014, 5:30–7:00 PM (CST) in the International South Ballroom, 2nd Floor of the Hilton, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605.

Contact

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Jalet, CAA executive liaison.



CAA Appoints New Committee Members

posted by Vanessa Jalet


CAA’s nine Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees welcome their newly appointed members, who will serve three-year terms (2014–17). In addition, three new chairs will take over committee leadership. New committee members and chairs will begin their terms at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. CAA warmly thanks all outgoing committee members for their years of service to the organization.

A call for nominations for these committees appears annually from July to September in CAA News and on the CAA website. CAA’s president, vice president for committees, and executive director review all nominations in November and make appointments that take effect the following February. CAA’s vice president for committees is an ex officio member of all nine groups.

New Committee Members and Chairs

Committee on Diversity Practices: Amanda Cachia, University of California, San Diego; Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University; Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College; and Barbara Mendoza, Santa Clara University.

Committee on Intellectual Property: Susan Bielstein, University of Chicago Press; Nathan Budoff, University of Puerto Rico; and Mary DelMonico, DelMonico Books/Prestel. The new committee chair is Judy Metro of the National Gallery of Art.

Committee on Women in the Arts: Christine Filippone, Millersville University; and Cecilia Mandrile, University of the West of England.

Education Committee: Denise Amy Baxter, University of North Texas; Katherine Brown, Walsh University; Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College; and Andrew Hairstans, Auburn University.

International Committee: Jennifer Griffiths, American University of Rome; Abayomi Ola, Spelman College; Miriam Paeslack, University at Buffalo, State University of New York; Judy Peter, University of Johannesburg; and Sarah Smith, Glasgow School of Art. Rosemary O’Neill of Parsons the New School for Design is the new committee chair.

Museum Committee: Antoniette (Toni) Guglielmo, Getty Leadership Institute, Claremont Graduate University; Anne Manning, Baltimore Museum of Art; and Leslee Katrina Michelsen, Museum of Islamic Art.

Professional Practices Committee: Paul Catanese, Columbia College Chicago; Michael Grillo, University of Maine; Bruce Mackh, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ellen Mueller, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Katherine Sullivan, Hope College; and Joe A. Thomas, Kennesaw State University. Anne McClanan of Portland State University is the new committee chair.

Services to Artists Committee: David J. Brown, Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University; Zoe Charlton, American University; Darren Douglas Floyd, Davidson College; and Stacy Miller, Parsons the New School for Design.

Student and Emerging Professionals Committee: Brittany Lockard, Wichita State University; Tamryn McDermott, University of Missouri, Columbia; Carrie Pavel, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Lauren Puzier, Sotheby’s Institute of Art.



Recipients of the 2014 Awards for Distinction

posted by Emmanuel Lemakis


CAA has announced the recipients of the 2014 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 102nd Annual Conference in Chicago, on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014, 5:30–7:00 PM. Led by Anne Collins Goodyear, president of the CAA Board of Directors, the awards ceremony will take place in the Hilton Chicago’s Grand Ballroom. Convocation and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. The Hilton Chicago is located at 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

The 2014 Annual Conference—presenting scholarly sessions, panel discussions, career-development workshops, art exhibitions, a Book and Trade Fair, and more—is the largest gathering of artists, scholars, students, and arts professionals in the United States.

Yvonne Rainer, Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement

Yvonne Rainer has been instrumental in the movement to merge the visual arts with dance, performance, and filmmaking. As a founder of the Judson Dance Theater (1962) and of the improvisational group Grand Union (1970), Rainer choreographed major dance works for many decades. She has also produced films that have been hailed globally, and her videos have dissolved the barriers between art forms and revealed a new unified vision of the arts. The author of four books and recipient of prestigious fellowships, Rainer was a longtime professor at the University of California, Irvine, where her prodigious talent and innovation has greatly influenced numerous generations of creative people.

John Berger, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art

Over a career spanning some sixty years, John Berger has considered the visual image from the point of view of a painter, an art critic, a filmmaker, a novelist, a poet, and a human being, with the act of writing as central and significant to his many endeavors. His interdisciplinary approach has allowed him to expand exposition and argument into a more episodic, often lyrical form of writing that juxtaposes imagery—both photographic and drawn—with language that is clear, rooted in acute observation, and personal and passionate. Throughout his career Berger has invested himself in the idea of looking, of seeing past convention and rhetoric, to find a truth that resonates both historically and in the present, and to find words that in their analytical and storytelling cogency refuse subservience to the power of images. Radical in his politics, he has always stressed that art and writing are about relationships, that in their workings they illuminate how we connect with one another and with the world.

Kay Rosen, Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work

Kay Rosen uses words and letters to examine the ways in which language structures knowledge—particularly an awareness of self and place. She first gained prominence in the 1980s alongside more pointedly feminist artists such as Nancy Dwyer, Jenny Holzer, and Barbara Kruger, all of whom used language to address issues of gender and power. Rosen’s art, however, is less concerned with enlisting words as a tool for political messaging than with demonstrating what language can do on its own, through its structure and letters, which the artist thinks of as “body parts.” For Rosen, language can subvert verbal systems of power and offer alternative ways of reading and constructing meaning without being filtered through the intentional voice of the artist. In her work, as seen in her recent exhibition Kay Rosen at Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 28–November 3, 2013), viewers encounter language as an object to be seen as well as a text to be read—at once, a page, a sign, an object, and a painting.

Margaretta M. Lovell and W. J. T. Mitchell, Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award

Margaretta M. Lovell is the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has worked since 1981. In addition to her great accomplishments as a scholar of American art, Lovell has taught and mentored generations of students who are full of praise for her extraordinary selflessness, generosity, and dedication. Her creativity and imagination as a teacher and scholar are well matched by her open-minded approach to intellectual and professional issues, free of the binding orthodoxies of theory and political cant, which is regarded as a most welcome breath of fresh air. Lovell deals with students and colleagues with a sense of humanity and idealism, but her approach to mentoring is guided equally by firm grasp of the realities that young people face when moving forward in the field, which she has addressed through myriad imaginative solutions, including an innovative pedagogy seminar that has become her trademark.

W. J. T. Mitchell is not only a distinguished voice in contemporary discourse on the history and theory of art, but he is also a beloved teacher at the University of Chicago, where he is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History. His students praise him for the openness of intellectual inquiry that he nurtures both in and outside the classroom. Many speak of the lasting impact that a simple teaching device of his had on them, called a “show and tell” (a short critical analysis of a manmade object from our daily life), in which the forms of critical thinking come alive as exploratory and experimental process. Mitchell’s classes transcend disciplinary singularity, shining forth with an ecumenical approach to learning that makes the study of images accessible to students in many fields. Unpretentious and deeply humane, Mitchell has carried forward his genuine and inspirational spirit of inquiry and love of knowledge to his students across the spectrum of art history and visual culture.

Reni Gower, Distinguished Teaching of Art Award

Reni Gower is a professor of art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she has taught since 1981. Her dedicated instruction in painting includes complex material processes and innovative approaches and safe practices with encaustic that are widely disseminated through her instructional website and videos. Gower has also been a sought-after leader and national authority in professional practices; her Senior Seminar course has been widely modeled at other institutions. In addition, Gower has maintained a rich art career and developed an extensive body of work with an exemplary exhibition record of sustained quality. Her students and colleagues speak highly and enthusiastically of her influence in the classroom, where she challenges her students to push beyond familiar solutions and be open to experimenting with new technologies and formats.

Lorraine O’Grady, Distinguished Feminist Award

CAA recognizes Lorraine O’Grady for her considerable and important service to the feminist art community, especially in her determined efforts to underscore discrimination and bias through her performance art, photo-based work, writing, teaching, and activism. O’Grady has worked to expand the political content of art, persistently returning to a complicated place that she describes as “where the personal intersects with the historic and cultural.” As part of a small group of women of color in the Women’s Action Coalition, she has used this platform to accentuate the involvement of black women artists in contemporary culture and the perpetual disregard for their contributions. Essays such as “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity” (1992) demonstrate her powerful voice in robustly considering the disinterest in the black female. In the 1990s O’Grady turned to the visual investigations of miscegenation, and in the last decade her art has continued to challenge the marginalization of racially and socioeconomically hybridized artists.

Yukio Lippit, Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

In Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in 17th-Century Japan (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012), Yukio Lippit pursues three questions: What is the nature of artistic production before the advent of the category of art? What was the status of the artist as a social entity and discursive category prior to the transplantation of the European concept of the artist in the late nineteenth century? And what constitutes the “Japaneseness” of painting prior to the consolidation of the nation-state? Focusing on the Kano House of painters over the course of the seventeenth century, Lippit develops answers to these questions by eschewing more conventional methodological approaches and exploring instead a sequence of strategies employed by artists within the Kano House, or operating in tension with it, that helped to formalize a canon for painting conceived as a discrete field of practice with an identifiable national character.

Jeff L. Rosenheim, Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

Jeff L. Rosenheim’s catalogue for the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013) is not only a major contribution to American art history, but also an equally important addition to Civil War studies and to the historiography of the United States in general. While Rosenheim clearly explains the technical aspects of photographic processes and convincingly addresses the formal and aesthetic contributions of photography to art history, he also tells a fascinating story about how photography developed as a viable art form in this country. Matching the breadth and quality of the magisterial exhibition, the catalogue masterfully chronicles the Civil War itself, seen, literally, through the eyes of the photographers and presented in the guise of the people who experienced it directly, including those who did not survive it.

Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions

Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai’s exhibition catalogue The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China (Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art; New York: Delmonico/Prestel, 2012) presents a probing study of how the painting, calligraphy, and poetry of the “artist recluse” intersected during the Ming-Qing Cataclysm. Entering the seemingly inaccessible physical and mental worlds of the mountain hermit and mist-covered huts of the recluse, The Artful Recluse dispels the notion that such material is inherently obscure and impenetrable to all but the learned scholar. Sturman, Tai, and other contributing authors step beyond well-worn notions of the timeless qualities of this figure in Chinese art and press deep into the tumultuous social, historic, and political context of the Ming-Qing era, revealing in particular the contradictions of artists who disengage from a world that they recognized was in rapid change while engaging it directly with their art and inviting others of a similar reclusive mindset to respond and engage.

Sascha Scott, Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize

Sascha Scott’s article “Awa Tsireh and the Art of Subtle Resistance,” published in the December 2013 issue of The Art Bulletin, ambitiously walks a fine line between the demands of scholarship and the ethics of exploitation. Using the example of Awa Tsireh’s work from the early twentieth century, Scott shows that Pueblo paintings promoted and displayed by Anglos as authentically Native American in fact withheld cultural knowledge, while also offering a new framework for the study of modern Pueblo paintings that restores agency to the artists who made them. In addition, the author elucidates the balance Awa Tsireh found between two philosophical systems of knowledge—an Anglo one that seeks to share knowledge versus a Native American one that aims to control it—and convincingly identifies the artistic methods of evasion, misdirection, coding, and masking as subtly resisting Anglo regimes.

T. J. Demos, Frank Jewett Mather Award

T. J. Demos’s The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013) eloquently analyzes contemporary art that engages the current political reality of continual humanitarian crises while maintaining an open-ended appeal to the imagination. Writing politically and polemically, he offers well-articulated studies of works by artists such as Ursula Biemann, Emily Jacir, Lamia Joreige, Steve McQueen, the Otolith Group, Ahlam Shibli, and Hito Steyerl that take us deep into a South African gold mine, Palestinian refugee camps, Guantanamo Bay, Beirut, Baghdad, Gujarat, and the Sahara, and along other political, economic, and artistic borders. Through a series of incisive readings Demos builds a compelling case for the significance of current artistic practices that employ nontraditional documentary strategies (for which he identifies appropriate precedents) to “construct imaginative possibilities that await potential realization … to mobilize energy that will help bring about reinvented possibilities.”

Glenn Wharton, CAA/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation

The work of Glenn Wharton, an outstanding archaeological conservator, a sensitive conservator of outdoor sculpture, and a leader in the conservation of contemporary art and time-based art, has brought about a major shift in the ethics and approaches to his discipline. After serving as editor of the journal Field Notes: Practical Guides for Archaeological Conservation and Site Preservation, he devoted almost three years of research for the conservation of the monumental painted brass statue of King Kamehameha I in Honolulu, conducting the treatment as a public event in which community input influenced technical decisions. The project became the subject of Wharton’s PhD dissertation and a well-received monograph, and his subsequent publications and lectures on the treatment of the Kamehameha monument have changed the way conservators preserve sensitive cultural objects. In 2006, he took up two positions: one as conservator for time-based art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the second as a faculty member in New York University’s museum-studies program. In that same year he founded the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America and served as its executive director until 2010. Wharton’s career has been distinguished by unceasing growth and commitment to thoroughness, as demonstrated in his rigorous publications, in the dissemination of his work, and, perhaps most important, in his exceptional generosity and dedication to teaching.

Art Journal Award

Jeanne Dunning’s “Tom Thumb, the New Oedipus,” published in the Winter 2013 issue of Art Journal, creatively and cleverly melds aspects of narrative storytelling, visual research, and textual analysis to cast new light on the enduring value of psychoanalytic models through a close reading of the folk-tale character Tom Thumb. It does so with humor and clarity, and is at once a pleasure to read and a careful prod to the imagination. The pairing of the text with the veritable archive of Tom Thumb imagery supports and illustrates the artist’s thesis; it also encourages the reader to creatively speculate about the place and importance of the visual details within these images. In this, the piece provides an excellent model of the best artist projects imaginable for a print publication.

Morey and Barr Award Finalists

CAA recognizes the 2014 finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for their distinctive achievements:

Morey Finalists

Barr Finalist

Barr Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions

Contact

For more information on the 2014 Awards for Distinction, please contact Emmanuel Lemakis, CAA director of programs. Visit the Awards section of the CAA website to read about past recipients.



Meiss Grant Winners for Fall 2013

posted by Alex Gershuny


This fall, CAA awarded grants to the publishers of eight books in art history and visual culture through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA gives these grants to support the publication of scholarly books in art history and related fields.

The grantees for fall 2013 are:

  • Claudia Brittenham, The Cacaxtla Paintings, University of Texas Press
  • Georges Didi-Huberman and Harvey Mendelsohn, trans., The Surviving Image: Phantoms of Time and Time of Phantoms: Aby Warburg’s History of Art, Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Cécile Fromont, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo, University of North Carolina Press
  • Kristina Kleutghen, Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in Eighteenth-Century China, University of Washington Press
  • Wei-Cheng Lin, Building a Sacred Mountain: The Buddhist Architecture of China’s Mount Wutai, University of Washington Press
  • Maria Loh, Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portraits of the Old Masters, Princeton University Press
  • T’ai Smith, Writing on Weaving: A Bauhaus Craft, a Bauhaus Medium, University of Minnesota Press
  • Laura Weigert, Late Medieval Visual Culture and the Making of Theater in France, Cambridge University Press

Books eligible for Meiss grants must already be under contract with a publisher and on a subject in the visual arts or art history. Authors must be current CAA members. Please review the application guidelines for more information.



Recent Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard


In its regular roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, historians, curators, dealers, collectors, and others whose work has significantly influenced the visual arts. Notable deaths in fall 2013 include the artist Anthony Caro, the photographer Saul Leiter, the philosopher and critic Arthur C. Danto, and the scholar and curator Karin Higa.

  • Kirk Alexander, an art historian, civil engineer, and educational-technology expert who worked at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley, died on October 1, 2013. He was 63
  • Charles Cajori, an artist who was part of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists in New York, passed away on December 1, 2013, at the age of 92
  • Anthony Caro, a British modernist artist who created colorful, welded steel sculptures, died on October 23, 2013. He was 89 years old
  • Arthur C. Danto, a philosopher and art critic who taught at Columbia University and wrote for the Nation, died on October 25, 2013, at age 89
  • Wanda Ewing, an artist, printmaker, and associate professor of art at the University of Nebraska, died on December 8, 2013. CAA has published a special obituary for Ewing, who was a member of CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts, written by Maria Elena Buszek
  • Günther Förg, a German artist who worked in painting, sculpture, and photography commented on modernism, died on December 5, 2013. He was 61
  • Michael Harvey, a pioneer in the craft of lettering and the development of typefaces, died on October 18, 2013, at the age of 81
  • Karin Higa, a scholar of Asian American art and a curator for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, passed away on October 29, 2013. She was 47. Higa had been a member of the editorial board for Art Journal, which has published a series of remembrances
  • Jenny Hoon, a lecturer on textile design at the Derby School of Art (now the University of Derby) for many years, died on October 15, 2013, at age 79. She also served as an administrator and examiner for numerous schools
  • Saul Leiter, a pioneering photographer of images using color film, died on November 26, 2013. He was 89 years old
  • Georgina Livingston, an English landscape architect whose projects included the visitor’s center at Stonehenge and the Cambridge University Centre for Mathematical Sciences, died in October 2013. She was 72
  • Brian MacDermot, a London stockbroker who became a dealer of nineteenth-century Orientalist painting, died on September 12, 2013, age 82
  • Gridley McKim-Smith, an art historian who specialized in seventeenth-century Spanish art and a longtime professor at Bryn Mawr College, passed away on October 19, 2013. She was 70 years old
  • Samuel Clifford Miller, director of the Newark Museum from 1968 to 1993, died on November 7, 2013, at the age of 83
  • José Esteban Muñoz, a queer theorist and a professor in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, died on December 4, 2013. He was 46 years old
  • Hajime Nakatani, a professor of East Asian art history who worked in Canada and Japan, died in June 2013. He was 46
  • George Ortiz, a French collector of antiquities from Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, passed away on October 8, 2013. He was 86
  • George Rodrigue, a New Orleans–based artist beloved for his paintings of the Blue Dog, died on December 14, 2013. He was 69
  • Leslie Sacks, a Californian art dealer with galleries at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and in Brentwood, died in October 2013. She was 61 years old
  • Àngeles Santos, a Catalan artist who was often called the Spanish Rimbaud, died on October 3, 2013. She was 101 years old
  • Martin Sharp, a psychedelic artist who designed album covers in the late 1960s and who founded Oz magazine, died on December 1, 2013, age 71
  • Michael Sullivan, a historian of Chinese art who taught at Stanford University from 1966 to 1984, died on September 28, 2013. He was 96
  • Deborah Turbeville, a fashion photographer and a contemporary of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin whose images appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, died on October 24, 2013. She was 81 years old
  • David Vestal, a photographer and professor at Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute, died on December 4, 2013. Born in 1924, he received two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in photography in 1966 and 1973
  • Ian White, an artist, curator, and writer who performed his works at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, died on October 26, 2013, at the age of 41
  • Victor Zamudio-Taylor, a Mexican curator, art advisor, and promoter of contemporary art, has died. Born in 1956, he was once a Rockefeller Foundation senior associate researcher at the National Museum of American Art and the Archives of American Art

Read all past obituaries in the arts in CAA News, which include special texts written for CAA. Please send links to published obituaries, or your completed texts, to Christopher Howard, CAA managing editor, for the next list.



Filed under: Obituaries, People in the News

Jessica Stockholder Is CAA’s Convocation Speaker

posted by Emmanuel Lemakis


The artist Jessica Stockholder will deliver the keynote address during Convocation at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, February 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in Hilton Chicago’s Grand Ballroom.

Free and open to the public, Convocation will also include the presentation of CAA’s 2014 Awards for Distinction, overseen by Anne Collins Goodyear, codirector of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and president of the CAA Board of Directors.

An internationally exhibiting artist whose work has transformed the traditional conception of sculpture, Stockholder creates genre-defying multimedia installation pieces composed of commercially produced objects and referencing the bold, vibrant colors of painting. She is also an educator who spent twelve years at Yale University’s School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, most recently as director of graduate studies in sculpture. Stockholder joined the University of Chicago in 2011 as professor in the Department of Visual Arts, which she also leads as chair. Stockholder said the university’s lively intellectual atmosphere, as well as the building of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, were key factors in her decision to join the faculty.

Stockholder works at the intersection of painting and sculpture, often incorporating the architecture in which her work has been conceived, blanketing the floor, scaling walls and ceiling, and spilling out of windows, through doors, and into the surrounding landscape. Her work is energetic, cacophonous, idiosyncratic, and formal—tempering chaos with control. She orchestrates an intersection of pictorial and physical experience, probing how meaning derives from physicality. Best known for her temporary site-specific installations, Stockholder has created work that has been discussed in relationship to the works of Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Henri Matisse, and Paul Cézanne, as well as artists of the Cubist and Minimalist traditions.

Stockholder’s work has been shown in top museums, including the Dia Art Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in the United States, and the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Europe. She has also participated in numerous important group exhibitions, such as SITE Santa Fe, the Whitney Biennial, and the Venice Biennale. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago exhibited her installation Skin Toned Garden Mapping in 1991. In North America, Stockholder is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, 1301PE Gallery in Los Angeles, California, and Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Toronto, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta. Barbara Edwards is currently showing new sculpture and work on paper in the Calgary gallery, on view through February 1, 2014.

Stockholder studied art at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1982 and earned an MFA from Yale University in 1985. Both Emily Carr College of Art and Columbia College Chicago have awarded her honorary doctorate degrees, in 2010 and 2013 respectively. In 2007, she received the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Before that Stockholder won a National Endowment for the Arts grant for sculpture in 1988 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996.

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2013 Wyeth Grant Recipients

posted by Alex Gershuny


CAA is pleased to announce the five recipients of the annual Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, established in 2005. Thanks to a generous grant from the Wyeth Foundation, these awards are given annually to publishers to support the publication of one or more book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico through 1970.

Receiving 2013 grants are:

  • Ross Barrett, Rendering Violence: Riots, Strikes, and Upheavals in Nineteenth-Century American Art, University of California Press
  • Craig Burnett, Philip Guston: The Studio, Afterall Books
  • Sarah Hamill, David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture, University of California Press
  • Sascha T. Scott, A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians, University of Oklahoma Press
  • Karen Stanworth, Visibly Canadian: Imaging Collective Identity in the Canadas, 1820–1910, McGill-Queens University Press

Eligible for the grant are book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Authors must be current CAA members. Please review the application guidelines for more information.




CAA is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award for fall 2013. Thanks to a grant of $60,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CAA is supporting the work of emerging authors who are publishing monographs on the history of art and related subjects.

The fall 2013 grant recipients are:

  • Sarah Hamill, David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture, University of California Press
  • Ara H. Merjian, Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City, Yale University Press

The purpose of the Meiss/Mellon subventions is to reduce the financial burden that authors carry when acquiring images for publication, including licensing and reproduction fees for both print and online publications.




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