CAA publishes scholarly journals in art and art history—The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and caa.reviews—as well as Art Journal Open, a weekly email newsletter, directories of graduate programs, and more. The publications program also provides grants to subsidize the publication of scholarly manuscripts in art, art history, and visual studies.
In a fundamental change in scholarly publishing practice, the College Art Association has announced new standard contracts with contributors to its lead journals. These new contracts encourage scholars and artists contributing to its journals to employ fair use for third-party works in copyright (such as images and quoted text) according to the principles and limitations outlined in CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. These changes are described in CAA News.
CAA’s Publication Agreements
The Art Bulletin
The foremost journal for art historians in English, The Art Bulletin was established in 1913 to publish original scholarly research in all areas of the history of art and architecture. The Art Bulletin is published in print and online and is available as a benefit of membership in CAA.
Published since 1941, the quarterly Art Journal, devoted to twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and visual culture, is one of the most vital, intellectually compelling, and visually engaging periodicals in the field. Art Journal is published in print and online and is available as a benefit of membership in CAA.
Art Journal Open
Art Journal Open is an independently-edited, open access website. Taking advantage of the unique qualities of the web, Art Journal Open publishes artists’ projects, scholarly essays, conversations and interviews, artifacts of materials and process, and news items.
Founded in 1998, the born-digital caa.reviews is devoted to critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies, with new reviews posted continuously. caa.reviews is now open access at www.caareviews.org.
Taylor & Francis Online
In addition to their print subscription(s), CAA members receive online access to current and back issues of Art Journal and The Art Bulletin. To access these journals, please log into your CAA account and click the link to the CAA Online Publications Platform, hosted by Taylor & Francis Online.
Taylor & Francis also provides complimentary online access to Word and Image, Design & Culture, and Public Art Dialogue for CAA members.
Published annually since 2011, Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts list over 650 programs in fine art and design, art and architectural history, curatorial studies, arts administration, and more.
CAA published a book on the history of the organization, called The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association (New York: College Art Association; New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011). Edited by a former executive director, Susan Ball, the book features the efforts of fourteen additional authors.
This Annual Conference publication, exclusively available online beginning with the 2010 conference in Chicago, provides a record of session statements and abstracts from session chairs and speakers. Abstracts contains summaries of current research on varied topics by leading artists, scholars, curators, and other professionals in the visuals arts.
Monographs on the Fine Arts
From 1944 to 1999, CAA published fifty-six scholarly works by leading art historians and emerging scholars in a series of Monographs on the Fine Arts. Many titles are available through the ACLS Humanities E-Book project.
US and Canadian PhD Dissertations
Dissertations in art history and visual studies from US and Canadian institutions, both completed and in progress, are published annually in caa.reviews.
CAA’s print journals, The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, are available online (up to the three most recent years) in the JSTOR digital archive. JSTOR is accessible through many institutional libraries. Individual CAA members without an institutional affiliation may subscribe to JSTOR (for CAA’s journals only) for $20 annually, payable when you join CAA or renew your membership. Log into your CAA account for JSTOR access.
ACLS Humanities E-Book
CAA offers individual annual subscriptions and discounted institutional subscriptions to the ACLS Humanities E-Book, an online, cross-searchable database of over 4,300 monographs in the humanities, including many CAA monographs.
Standards and Guidelines
Several of CAA’s Standards and Guidelines relate to publishing in the arts:
- Statement on Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality
- Copyrights and Permissions in Scholarly and Educational Publishing (under review)
- Standards for Retention and Tenure of Art Historians
- Peer Review in Publications
- Statement on the Importance of Documenting the Historical Context of Objects and Sites
CAA has made available the summary of an editorial workshop held in summer 2008, where the advantages and legal risks of publishing—journals, websites, conference sessions, publications, and the like—in an international environment were discussed, and where protective practices and policies that could be considered by CAA in the future were explored.
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
From this fund, CAA awards grants from the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of 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.
Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant
Through a generous gift from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, CAA awards Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grants support to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art and visual studies, and in related subjects, that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.
Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $60,000 to CAA to administer the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award in 2013. This program provided grants to emerging scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing and reproduction for monographs in art history and visual studies. Awards were made in the spring and fall over two years for print and digital publications.
A similar award (SAH-Mellon Author Awards) for emerging scholars publishing monographs on architectural history and the built environment was administered by the Society for Architectural Historians. Both the CAA and SAH awards provided leading authors in the early stages of their careers with the financial resources to acquire images for scholarly publications.
CAA Publication Grant
The CAA Publication Grant gave awards in 2006 and 2007.
Intellectual Property and the Arts
Intellectual Property in the Arts provides links to CAA’s activities on intellectual-property matters as well as to useful websites and resources of other organizations. Read about artists’ copyrights, issues in publishing, and CAA’s involvement in orphan works.