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Photo courtesy the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of artist, collector, historian, and lifetime CAA member Dr. David C. Driskell this week at the age of 88. In addition to being a lifetime member, Driskell also served on the CAA Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1980-1984. His art and scholarship centered African-American art history and had a tremendous impact on the field.

In his honor, we’ve made a selection of articles by him or related to his work available to access for free on Taylor & Francis online until the end of April. Explore below.

Articles from Art Journal and The Art Bulletin

David C. Driskell, “Margaret Webster Plass, African Miniatures: Goldweights of the Ashanti,” Art Journal, 1968 (link)

Jody B. Cutler, Debra Wacks, John P. Bowles, Craig Saper, Michèle C. Cone & Daryl Chin, “Reviews,” Art Journal, 2000 (link)

Monica Blackmun Visonà, “Agent Provocateur? The African Origin and American Life of a Statue from Côte d’Ivoire,” The Art Bulletin, 2012 (link)

Krista Thompson, “A Sidelong Glance: The Practice of African Diaspora Art History in the United States,” Art Journal, 2011 (link)

Read more about Driskell’s life and legacy in ARTnews.

Filed under: Art History, Obituaries

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posted by CAA — Apr 03, 2020

A. Victor Coonin explores Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies by Christian K. Kleinbub. Read the full review at

Christina Yuen Zi Chung writes about Boundless: Stories of Asian Art at the newly renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum. Read the full review at

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Support. Resources. Community. Advocacy. 

At CAA, these have always been our goals.

We know the art world and higher education (and world, in general) have shifted dramatically over the last month. At CAA, we view this as a moment to reinforce our dedication to our members to provide support, resources, community, and advocacy.

We’d love for you to rejoin CAA’s community of artists, scholars, and arts professionals. For the month of April, lapsed members receive 25% off their membership.


Many of our members are adapting to changes to the ways in which they teach and interact with colleagues. Others are trying to manage cancelled events, meetings, and exhibitions. We have compiled online resources  here, but we are also sharing information on emergency grants for artists, curators, and other COVID-19-related news on our Twitter feed.

CAA also has a new leader at the helm! Isimeme Omogbai started at CAA earlier this week, and we look forward to an exciting future under her leadership.

Finally, we continue to plan for CAA 2021! Our staff (working remotely) is still putting plans in place and moving forward. Don’t forget that the portal for submissions closes April 30, 2020.


CAA is growing and changing all the time, working to support the arts and humanities and all professionals in the field. We hope you’ll rejoin our community.

Questions? Contact Member Services at

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET, to individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Discount applies only to those whose membership has lapsed between January 1, 2015 and February 29, 2020. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code.
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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Apr 01, 2020


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Anonymous Was a Woman Announces $250,000 in Emergency Grants for Female Artists Over 40 in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Eligible women artists can apply for up to $2,500 in emergency grants. (artnet News)

Have Federal Student Loan Debt? Read This.

Federal student loan borrowers can now be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. (US Dept of Education)

As New York and California Hospitals Face Critical Equipment Shortages, Museums and Schools Step Into the Breach

Art handlers and conservators are boxing up supplies and shipping them to area hospitals. (ARTnews)

82 Grad Teaching Assistants Fired During University of California Strikes

The emergence of COVID-19 has made the situation more complicated, though organizers have pledged to continue a digital picket online. Read CAA’s statement in support of the strikers. (Hyperallergic)

Spreadsheet for Museum Staff Impact During COVID-19

This spreadsheet is tracking layoffs, furloughs, and related labor updates for museum staff during COVID-19. (via Michelle Moon on Twitter)

What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Means for the Arts, Struggling to Stay Afloat

While its explicit arts funding falls profoundly short of advocates’ goals, there are still important opportunities that freelancers, small businesses, and nonprofits can take advantage of. (Hyperallergic)

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CAA is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant.

This program, which provides financial support for the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States.

The four Terra Foundation grantees for 2020 are:

  • Monica Bravo, Greater American Modernism: U.S. Photographers and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, Yale University Press
  • José E. Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, Brook, translation from English to French
  • Craig Owens, Craig Owens: The Indignity of Speaking for Others. Selected Essays, Même pas l’hiver, translation from English to French
  • Mona Schieren, Transcultural Translation in the Oeuvre of Agnes Martin: The Construction of Asianistic Aesthetics in American Art after 1945, Columbia University Press and Transcript Verlag, translation from German to English

The International Author Conference Subventions confer two non-US authors of top-ranked books travel funds and complimentary registration to attend CAA’s 2021 Annual Conference in New York, February 10-13; they also received one-year CAA memberships.

The two author awardees for 2020 are:

  • Gaëtan Thomas
  • Alice Wambergue

Learn More About the Terra Publication Grant

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Isimeme Omogbai.

CAA is pleased to announce Isimeme (Meme) Omogbai as its next executive director in an executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. Omogbai succeeds David Raizman, who has served as CAA’s interim executive director since July 2019. Omogbai begins at CAA on March 30, 2020.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Meme Omogbai to CAA as Executive Director,” says Jim Hopfensperger, President of CAA. “The Search Committee conveyed its confidence that Meme will apply her unique administrative experiences, striking energy, and clear vision to the important work ahead at this key moment in the Association’s history.”

As executive director, Omogbai is an employee of the CAA Board of Directors and serves as the Association’s chief executive officer. In this role, she will work with board members, committees, and task forces to develop the Association’s strategic plans. Omogbai’s experience in resource management and the museum world will greatly benefit the membership and the larger visual arts, design, education, and cultural communities with whom CAA works. Omogbai will oversee a wide variety of initiatives, including the CAA Annual Conference, an advocacy program, member services activities, the career center, fellowships, grants and opportunities offered by CAA, and the publications program, which includes The Art Bulletin, Art JournalArt Journal Open, and

“I am joining CAA at an unprecedented period in world history as people across the globe are trying to understand what COVID-19 means for their families, communities and organizations. As I embark on this new role, I want to emphasize that maintaining the health, well-being, and safety of our staff, membership, and stakeholders is and will always be a top priority,” says Omogbai. “We have seen examples of the indomitable human spirit overcome adversity. Art inspired by challenging experiences is a common thread for many of the world’s most distinguished creative minds. Now more than ever there is a need to provide access to robust edifying visual arts experiences that are inclusive of diverse practices and practitioners for every adult and child, professional and student, nationality and race across the globe. Together we can achieve these objectives. With CAA as the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promoting these arts and their understanding, we will have the opportunity to perform an invaluable service to humanity.”

Before joining CAA, Omogbai served as a member and past Board Chair of the New Jersey Historic Trust, one of four landmark entities dedicated to preservation of the state’s historic and cultural heritage and Montclair State University’s Advisory Board. Named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Omogbai arrives with over 25 years of diversified experience in corporate, government, higher education, and museum sectors.

As the first American of African descent to chair the American Alliance of Museums, Omogbai led an initiative to rebrand the AAM as a global, inclusive alliance. While COO and Trustee, she spearheaded a major transformation in operating performance at the Newark Museum and achieved four consecutive years of 4-star ratings for superior management. During her time as Deputy Assistant Chancellor of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education, Omogbai received Legislative acknowledgement and was recognized with the New Jersey Meritorious Service Award for her work on college affordability initiatives for New Jersey families.

Omogbai received her MBA in Finance & Management Consultancy from Rutgers University and holds a CPA. She did post-graduate work at Harvard University’s Executive Management Program and has earned the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She studied global museum executive leadership at the J. Paul Getty Trust Museum Leadership Institute, where she also served on the faculty.

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posted by CAA — Mar 27, 2020


B. Deniz Çalış Kural considers the book Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul by Ünver Rüstem. Read the full review at

Valérie Kobi discusses Charlotte Guichard’s La griffe du peintre: La valeur de l’art (1730–1820)Read the full review at

Itay Sapir writes about The Neapolitan Lives and Careers of Netherlandish Immigrant Painters (1575–1655) by Marije Osnabrugge. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Mar 25, 2020

As Art Schools Cancel Student Shows, One Instagram Account Pledges to Give Them Life

A new Instagram account is highlighting work from now-canceled BFA and MFA thesis shows, and students and faculty are encourage to submit. (ARTnews)

Curators Impacted by COVID-19 Can Apply for This Emergency Grant

The Kinkade Family Foundation grants will award up to $5,000 for “unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 epidemic.” (Hyperallergic)

Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19

Artwork Archive has compiled a list of emergency resources and crowdfunding efforts. (Artwork Archive)

New York Foundations Create $75 M. Fund to Support Arts Nonprofits and Social Services Impacted by Coronavirus

A consortium of 18 foundations has created a $75 million fund to support small and midsize nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. (ARTnews)

As Curricula Moves Online, Yale Art Students Demand Tuition Refund

Over one hundred MFA students from the Yale School of Art have called for a partial tuition refund. (Artforum)

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public

JSTOR Open Access has over 6,000 ebooks and over 150 journals accessible without the need for an online login. (University Times)

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posted by CAA — Mar 20, 2020


John Muse writes about Dread Scott’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a contemporary recreation of the 1811 German Coast Uprising. Read the full review at

Catherine Spencer explores the immersive traveling exhibition Nick Cave: UntilRead the full review at

Alison Singer discusses three recent shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art; Melvin Edwards: Crossroads; and Every Day: Selections from the Collection. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by CAA — Mar 18, 2020

Screenshot via Google Arts & Culture, one of MCN’s recommendations for virtual museum resources.

The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life

“I think of students whose identities needed the entirety of spring to play out. What will they face when sent abruptly home? They’d just got started.” (The New Yorker)

Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Two Women for the First Time

Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the recepients of the 2020 Pritzker Prize, making them the first two women to share the profession’s highest honor. (New York Times)

Opinion: Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online

“You are NOT building an online class. You are NOT teaching students who can be expected to be ready to learn online…Release yourself from high expectations right now, because that’s the best way to help your students learn.” (Rebecca Barrett-Fox)

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

A comprehensive guide to resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. (Museum Computer Network)

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