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Affiliated Societies

CAA welcomes as affiliated societies groups of art professionals and other organizations whose goals are generally consonant with those of CAA, with a view toward facilitating intercommunication and mutual enrichment. To be recognized by CAA as an affiliated society, a group must be national in scope and must present evidence that: 

  • It is primarily, or in large part, committed to the serious practice and advancement of the visual arts or to the study of some broad, major area of the history of art 
  • It possesses a formal organizational structure, that is, elected officers, an identifiable membership, and signs of ongoing activity such as a newsletter, periodical, exhibition record, or other documentation 


Applications for affiliated society status will be screened by the Executive Committee of the CAA Board of Directors. The committee’s rulings may be appealed to the board. 


An annual membership category has been created for affiliates, which must be in good standing in order to receive the benefits described on this page. Please download, complete, and return the membership form. Member dues correspond to the size of the affiliated society: 

  • Up to 100 individual members: $100 
  • 101 to 1,000 individual members: $200 
  • 1,001 to 5,000 individual members: $300 
  • Over 5,000 individual members: $450 


CAA publishes an online Directory of Affiliated Societies that includes the following information as provided by the societies: name, date of founding, size of membership, annual dues, name and address of president and/or corresponding secretary, and a statement of twenty-five to fifty words on the society’s nature or purpose. Each year, affiliates will receive a reminder about the directory, at which time the above information, as well as a current list of individual affiliate members, should be submitted to with the subject line “AS Online Directory.”


Information and articles about affiliated societies appear every two months in Affiliated Society News. Let the CAA community know about the new and exciting things your organization is doing—activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibition announcements are all accepted. 

Affiliated society members can also submit longer pieces on work in their organization. We encourage affiliates to write about their organization’s programs—perhaps a new or existing project, or a spotlight on a fellow or scholar in their organization. We welcome images with these stories as well. We feature these stories in CAA News and on the website and spread the word through social media. These stories should be submitted to with the subject line “AS CAA News.”  

In addition, all affiliated societies are welcome to post, at any time, their calls for papers, conference notices, and award applications to CAA’s Opportunities.  


CAA welcomes each affiliated society to participate in the CAA Annual Conference and year-round programs. CAA provides one business meeting during the Annual Conference and the opportunity to hold one 90-minute session at the Annual Conference or participate in year-round programming. Proposals for Annual Conference sessions must be submitted in the call for proposals. This gives the Annual Conference Committee an opportunity to review content for the conference and create a balanced program. In conference materials, the session and business meeting will be identified with the name of the affiliated society.  

Additional session proposals may be submitted separately by individual members of the society in the open call to be peer reviewed by the Council of Readers and Annual Conference Committee. These are not guaranteed and if accepted, will not be labeled as affiliated society sessions.  
Affiliated societies are responsible for requesting and covering costs related to audiovisual equipment and services for their session and/or business meeting above and beyond the standard session or meeting setup.  
All affiliated society session participants must have individual CAA memberships and be registered for the conference. Affiliated society members who wish to attend sessions, including their affiliated society session, must register for the conference. Attendance at the affiliated society business meeting does not require CAA membership or conference registration. Conference registration options will be listed on the conference website when online registration opens.  


The CAA Community is an online forum for affiliated societies and other groups to post announcements, press releases, and other information, as well as to enhance communication among the groups and with CAA staff. All affiliated societies are encouraged to participate actively. 


Liaison between affiliated societies and CAA is maintained by CAA membership and the officers of the affiliated societies. The executive officer of an affiliated society or their representative may be invited to a CAA board meeting to act as a resource person when, in the opinion of the CAA President, issues arise in which his or her expertise is needed. 


Download an application to become an affiliated society. For further information, please email For membership questions, contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1, or email