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Travel Grants for the 2014 Annual Conference

posted by Lauren Stark


CAA offers Annual Conference Travel Grants to graduate students in art history and studio art and to international artists and scholars. In addition, the Getty Foundation has funded the second year of a program that enables twenty applicants from outside the United States to attend the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. Applicants may apply for more than one grant but can only receive a single award.

CAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant

CAA will award a limited number of $250 Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. To qualify for the grant, students must be current CAA members. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 13, 2013.

CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant

CAA will award a limited number of $500 International Member Conference Travel Grants to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be current CAA members. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 13, 2013.

CAA International Travel Grant Program

The CAA International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, provides funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. The grant covers travel expenses, hotel accommodations, per diems, conference registrations, and one-year CAA memberships. The program also includes a one-day preconference meeting to be held on February 11, providing grant recipients and their hosts with the opportunity to address their common professional interests and issues. Applicants do not need to be CAA members. Deadline extended: August 23, 2013.

Donate to the Annual Conference Travel Grants

CAA’s Annual Conference Travel Grants are funded solely by donations from CAA members—please contribute today. Charitable contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. CAA extends a warm thanks to those members who made voluntary contributions to this fund during the past twelve months.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Rain, Steam and Speed—The Great Western Railway, 1844, oil on canvas, 35⅞ x 49 in. National Gallery, London (artwork in the public domain).



Advertise in CAA’s Directories of Graduate Programs

posted by Virginia Reinhart


For the first time, CAA is offering advertising space in its annual directories of graduate programs in the arts. Promote your institution, program, product, or service in the go-to resource for prospective graduate students in the arts.

CAA’s directories are the most comprehensive resources available for new and incoming graduate students in fine art and design, art and architectural history, curatorial and museum studies, arts administration, art education, film production, conservation, and more in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

The directories provide prospective graduate students with the critical information they need to complete the application process and navigate the academic landscape, from availability of financial aid and fellowships to faculty and deadlines.



Filed under: Publications, Students

caa.reviews recently published the authors and titles of doctoral dissertations in art history and visual studies—both completed and in progress—from American and Canadian institutions for calendar year 2012. You may browse by listing date or by subject matter. Each entry identifies the student’s name, dissertation title, school, and advisor.

Each institution granting the PhD in art history and/or visual studies submits dissertation titles once a year to CAA for publication. The caa.reviews list also includes dissertations completed and in progress between 2002 and 2011, making basic information about their topics available through web searches.




CAA offers Annual Conference Travel Grants to graduate students in art history and studio art and to international artists and scholars. In addition, the Getty Foundation has funded the second year of a program that enables twenty applicants from outside the United States to attend the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. Applicants may apply for more than one grant but can only receive a single award.

CAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant

CAA will award a limited number of $250 Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. To qualify for the grant, students must be current CAA members. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 13, 2013.

CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant

CAA will award a limited number of $500 International Member Conference Travel Grants to artists and scholars from outside the United States as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be current CAA members. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary conference registration. Deadline: September 13, 2013.

CAA International Travel Grant Program

The CAA International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, provides funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 102nd Annual Conference, taking place February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago. The grant covers travel expenses, hotel accommodations, per diems, conference registrations, and one-year CAA memberships. The program also includes a one-day preconference meeting to be held on February 11, providing grant recipients and their hosts with the opportunity to address their common professional interests and issues. Applicants do not need to be CAA members. Deadline extended: August 23, 2013.

Donate to the Annual Conference Travel Grants

CAA’s Annual Conference Travel Grants are funded solely by donations from CAA members—please contribute today. Charitable contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. CAA extends a warm thanks to those members who made voluntary contributions to this fund during the past twelve months.

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Rain, Steam and Speed—The Great Western Railway, 1844, oil on canvas, 35⅞ x 49 in. National Gallery, London (artwork in the public domain)



2013 Regional MFA Exhibition at NYCAMS

posted by Christopher Howard


The New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS) will host the annual CAA Regional MFA exhibition, on view February 12–27, 2013. Coinciding with the 101st Annual Conference, this exhibition, called Make It Work, will bring together a selection of artists from some of the New York area’s brightest art programs. The opening reception will take place on Friday evening, February 15, 6:00–9:00 PM.

The guest curator, Barbara Pollack, is an artist and critic whose writings have been published in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, ARTnews, and Time Out New York. Her essay for the exhibition appears below.

The artists come from seven area schools: Brooklyn College, City University of New York; New Jersey City University; the New York Academy of Art; Parsons the New School for Design; Pratt Institute; Stonybrook University, State University of New York; and the School of Art and Design at Purchase College, State University of New York.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM or by appointment. NYCAMS 
is located at 44 West 28th Street, Seventh Floor,
 New York, NY 10001. Contact the gallery at 212-213-8052.

Make It Work

Art making is a long and difficult journey, with practitioners balancing the need for mastering a range of techniques against the desire to achieve unique expression. Nowhere is this tension felt more acutely than in art school, where the individual is often pitted against the group and, indeed, against authorities figures, on their way to making work that truly is self-expressive. I watch my own students struggle between the need for approval—am I doing this right?—and the courage to embark on their own path, between perfecting skill and defying convention.

The artists in this exhibition are still enrolled in graduate school—Brooklyn College, New Jersey City University, the New York Academy of Art, Parsons, Pratt, Stony Brook, and Purchase—all esteemed programs that have produced many of New York’s leading artists. But even though they are students, these individuals have already become full-fledged artists, experimenting and creating as all artists do on their way to realizing fully formed concepts and productions. Using a variety of media—sculpture, painting, photography, video, and digital printmaking—they manage not only to “make work,” but also to make work that challenges ideas about what work is.

In this exhibition you find diverse practices even within a single academic program. John Ros from Brooklyn College creates a landscape of drywall and fluorescent lights, laid out on the floor, while his classmate Kate McGraw combines abstraction and folk art in her brightly patterned drawings. Sergio Villamizar from New Jersey City University takes inspiration from comic-book depictions of superheroes as his colleague Darren Fisher constructs a hostile, aggressive contraption in a work called Surface Tension. The contributions of two students from the New York Academy of Art, Elizabeth Glaessner and Robert Fundis, make a strong case for the vitality of realist painting. But check out Spidey by Ezra Thompson from Stony Brook, a hauntingly suggestive canvas of a boy trick-or-treating.

There are captivating videos on view: Christine Howard Sandoval (Parsons) films a walk along the city’s waterfront, and Judith Shimer (Pratt) is hysterically funny in her Ugly Video. In One Act Video in Several Scenes, Samantha Harmon (Purchase) dissects the moving-images aspect of video by depicting a sequence of still photographs of tiny maquettes of buildings. Sculpture also is particularly strong: Jonathan Stanish (Pratt) displays an assemblage, titled Leisure, comprising a mannequin and silkscreen print; Elianna Mesaikos (Purchase) presents Filthy Gorgeous, made on the spot in the gallery with melted sugar; and Ryann Slauson (Purchase) offers Portrait, a witty replica of a construction site, made from cardboard, plastic, wood, and clay. Slauson is one artist who directly examines the meaning of “work,” but you can discern a similar inquiry in the jagged line of photographs, unframed and tacked to the wall, in Artifacts, an installation by Nicholas Warndorf (Stony Brook), and in the way traditional sculpture is challenged through photographs by the duo Kaitlynn Redell and Sara Jimenez (Parsons).

Make It Work is, of course, the encouraging admonition of Tim Gunn on the television series Project Runway. And I share with him the sense of wanting everyone to do well, everyone to do his or her best. But this exhibition is not a competition, not a Work of Art, the name of another television show that turns contemporary art into a contest. The sixteen participants here are not contestants who approach art making as a competition. In fact, by bringing the artists together in one exhibition, I find an interesting dialogue among them, a shared inquiry into the necessary tools, processes, and attitudes that go into making an artwork—especially one that challenges traditional notions of what an artwork should be. That takes real work, and for that, each participant in this show should be congratulated.



New Editions of Graduate Programs in the Arts

posted by Betty Leigh Hutcheson


CAA has updated its directories of graduate programs in the arts, revising current entries and adding new ones. CAA’s comprehensive guides—listing 650 programs across five countries—provide prospective graduate students with the information they need to begin the application process. Graduate Programs in Art History covers four program types: History of Art and Architecture, Arts Administration, Curatorial and Museum Studies, and Library Science. Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts presents program listings in Studio Art and Design, Art Education, Film Production, and Conservation and Historic Preservation.

Organized alphabetically by school name within each program type, entries describe curricula, class size, faculty and specializations, admission and degree requirements, library and studio facilities, opportunities for fellowships and assistantships, and the availability of health insurance. To get a better sense of the content, look at these sample entries.

Individual programs types can be purchased separately as ebook or print volumes. You can also purchase individual entries in two ways: search the directories by program type, faculty specialization, awarded degrees, country, region, state, availability of health insurance, and whether or not part-time students are admitted, or browse by institution name to download individual entries as PDF files.

The directories also serve as key professional references for career-services representatives, department chairs, graduate and undergraduate advisors, librarians, professional-practices educators, and professors interested in helping emerging generations of artists and scholars find success.

For more details and to order the directories, please contact Roberta Lawson at 212-392-4404.



Filed under: Education, Publications, Students

Cassone Subscriptions for Student Members

posted by Christopher Howard


Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books is offering a free one-year subscription to all first-year students at any level (BA, MA, BSc, diploma, PhD, etc.) and in any subject. But time is running out—this offer is running only until December 31, 2012. Please pass the information below to your friends, colleagues, and students.

To obtain your free Cassone subscription, please go to
www.cassone-art.com/subscription/register. Enter your email address in the box on the left and click the “Begin registration” button immediately underneath it. On the next page, type in your personal details. By the time you get to the page’s footer, a validation code email should have turned up in your email inbox (if not, check your junk folder). Copy and paste the code into the box marked with this phrase: “Please copy and paste the validation code just emailed to you into the box below.” Tick the two boxes under that (legal requirement) and the third box (optional) if you wish and click “Complete registration.” Then follow the onscreen instructions. On the page titled “Step 2: Activate your subscription,” you will see a box headed “Got a gift voucher or discount code?”
 In that box, copy and paste the code: STUDent12. Then click on “Apply voucher.” Your yearlong subscription has begun.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassone at production@cassone-art.com. For students beyond their first year, a subscription is only £5 per year and for nonstudents £10.



Filed under: Membership, Students

THATCamp CAA: An Unconference on Digital Art History

posted by Christopher Howard


Registration for CAA’s THATCamp has now closed.

CAA invites interested participants to attend its first Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) “unconference” on digital art history, taking place on the two days immediately preceding the Annual Conference: Monday, February 11, NOON–5:00 PM, and Tuesday, February 12, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM. The event will take place at Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York, located at 35 West 67th Street in Manhattan.

CAA’s THATCamp is free and open to graduate students and scholars at all career stages. The only requirements for attendance are an active interest in how digital technology is affecting the discipline of art history and the humanities in general and a willingness to share your questions and ideas. Space is limited! Register today to secure your place. Graduate students may apply for a limited number of fellowships funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to lessen the cost of travel expenses to New York.

The purpose of the CAA unconference is manifold: to increase awareness of existing digital projects in art history, architectural history, and archeology; to foster a community of scholars invested in digital art history; to identify digital tools that may be used to improve future CAA conferences; to facilitate technology workshops and training sessions; and to provide support for art-history professionals pursuing nontraditional career paths.

“Unconference” is a term that may be new to people in art and academia but has, in fact, been around since the late 1990s. It is used to describe a participant-driven meeting that in many respects is the opposite of a traditional academic conference. Formal presentations or a set program of speakers are not determined beforehand. Unconferences generate productive encounters among diverse groups of people, an experience that can be compared to being a member of an improvisational acting troupe.

THATCamp itself, however, is a recent invention, founded in 2008 at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as a meeting for technology and humanities professionals—including professors, librarians, and museum curators—to share ideas and collaborate on projects. The camps have since sprung up in locations across the United States and internationally.




CAA, in partnership with Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), will present its next National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The one-day event, called “Art and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Community,” will explore the necessity of entrepreneurship coexisting with creativity for those artists who strive to have their work seen and heard by a larger public.

“Art and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Community” will take place on Saturday, November 10, from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with a lunch break from NOON to 1:00 PM. An open-studio reception for all participants for networking and sharing is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The sessions take place at the Canzani Centeron the CCAD campus at 60 Cleveland Avenue (at East Gay Street), Columbus, OH 43215 (map). Registration is free for all CCAD students and faculty; $35 for all other participants. Lunch is not included and can be purchased across the street at the market. A limited number of stipends are available for those who register in advance. Please contact Susan Schear, CAA national workshop project consultant, at 973-482-1000 for more information.

The workshop will begin at 8:00 AM with check-in and a complimentary continental breakfast. At 9:00 AM, Bill Strickland, president of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and recipient of the White House’s Coming Up Taller Award, will give the keynote speech, “The Economic Value of the Creative Community.“ Strickland will also address the idea of Columbus as a unique creative community by sharing his unshakable message of leadership, self-worth, and the intrinsic ability in all of us to achieve remarkable transformation in our lives. At 10:00 AM, participants may choose between two sessions to attend. In the first, “Enhancing Your Creative Studio – Life in the Studio,” Rebecca Ibel, owner of the former Rebecca Ibel Gallery and current curator for the Pizzuti Collection, will discuss the ingredients that artists need to stimulate their practice, support their work, and push their professional interest. The second, called “Enhancing Your Creative Design Practice – The New Entrepreneur,” will be led by Beverly Bethge, the founder of Ologie, a national branding agency based in Columbus. She will talk about changes in the design industry, becoming a collaborative design entrepreneur, and learning what you need to do to develop your teamwork skills and build your personal brand.

After lunch, Jonathan Politi, a lawyer based in Youngstown, Ohio, will lead a session titled “Understanding the Value of Intellectual Property,” from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Politi will cover several fundamental issues of law as it applies to an artist’s professional practice. “Management and Leadership – Take Charge Collaboration” will be presented from 2:30 to 3:30 PM and led by Elaine Grogan Luttrull, founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company that provides financial services to artists and arts organizations. Her session will explore the nature of collaboration from a management and leadership perspective and demonstrate that building an effective team is often the key to working creatively. The final session of the day, taking place from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, will be led by Kevin Gadd, founder of Venture Highway, an integrated online platform for teaching entrepreneurship. His presentation, “Entrepreneurship – Taking Your Creativity to Market,” will examine how different opportunities result in different organizational structures and how understanding the unique requirements of these structures can serve a variety of ideas. After the workshop, participants are invited to attend an open-studio reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Registration for the workshop is first-come, first-served. Because space is limited, CAA encourages you to register in advance. To pay by credit card, debit card, or PayPal, please go to www.collegeart.org/registercolumbusworkshop. If paying by check, make it payable to College Art Association and mail to: Kevin Conlon, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Columbus College of Art and Design, 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Please include your name, complete mailing address, email, and phone number and also write “Art and Entrepreneurship Workshop” on the outside of the envelope. If paying by cash at the door, you must still register in advance by contacting Susan Schear.

Workshop Partners

Columbus College of Art and Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelors and masters degrees in fine arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design, and cinematic arts.

As a leading professional organization in the visual arts, the College Art Association serves the needs and interests of 12,000 individual and 2,000 institutional members. Founded in 1911, CAA publishes two scholarly journals in art history, an online reviews journal for books and exhibitions, a weekly email newsletter, and a website with news about the organization, its members, and the larger art and academic worlds. CAA also hosts an Annual Conference for 4,000 to 6,000 artists, scholars, and students, provides career services, and advocates the visual arts on a national level.



Filed under: Career Services, Students, Workshops

Help Spread the Word about CAA Travel Grants

posted by Christopher Howard


Many of you began your CAA membership as students, so you know how important the Annual Conference is for young artists and scholars breaking into the field. From networking to interviewing to attending panels, the conference enables them to get more involved in the visual-arts community and fosters their professional aspirations. Every year, students apply for CAA’s travel grant to help them cover the costs of getting to the conference. In the past three years, though, CAA has only assisted about 30 percent of those who apply. Please help CAA’s student members to reap the benefits of the Annual Conference by increasing our travel-grant fund through Indiegogo, a crowd-funding website! Make a contribution yourself or share our campaign via Facebook, Twitter, or other social media by reposting this link: http://igg.me/p/230278?a=1266837. Every share increases the chance that we’ll meet our goal of raising $4,000!

We at CAA greatly appreciate your membership and commitment.




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