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Call for 2011 Dissertation Titles

posted by October 10, 2011

Dissertation titles in art history and visual studies from US and Canadian institutions, both completed and in progress, are published annually in, making them available through web searches. PhD-granting institutions may send a list of their doctoral students’ dissertation titles for 2011 to The complete Dissertation Submission Guidelines regarding the format of listings are now available. CAA does not accept listings from individuals. Improperly formatted lists will be returned to sender. For more information, please write to the above email address or visit the guidelines page. Deadline: January 16, 2012.

Open House at CAA’s New Office

posted by October 07, 2011

CAA invites members to attend a special Open House of the organization’s new office on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. The office is located at 50 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Many CAA staffers will be on hand to give informal tours of the office and to answer questions about day-to-day work. Members of the Board of Directors, in town for its fall meeting taking place the next day, can talk to you about the larger issues CAA is facing.

The new office, which CAA has called home since July, is located in a rich historical district near Wall Street, Bowling Green, Battery Park, and Trinity Church. The National Museum of the American Indian and Arturo Di Modica’s famous bronze sculpture of the Charging Bull are both a stone’s throw away, and Zuccotti Park and Occupy Wall Street are a few blocks to the north.

Light refreshments will be served. A photo ID is required to enter the building. Please RSVP for the Open House by Thursday, October 20, 2011.


Filed under: Board of Directors, Membership

Quote for Hope Campaign

posted by October 07, 2011

If CAA members receive a quote on automobile, home, or renter’s insurance from Liberty Mutual, a CAA membership partner, by November 30, 2011, the company will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support the fight against breast cancer. To participate in the campaign, visit the CAA page on the Quote for Hope website or call 888-437-2147.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a leading breast-cancer organization with the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to fighting the disease.

Please have your current policy and driver’s license on hand when completing the website form or calling. You do not need to purchase a policy to take part in Quote for Hope.

This offer is not available to existing Liberty Mutual customers or to residents of Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, or Utah. CAA members may get one quote per policy type (auto, home, or renter’s). To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Liberty Mutual may obtain a consumer report from a consumer reporting agency and/or a motor vehicle report, on all drivers listed on your policy, where state laws and regulations allow. Coverage is underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Filed under: Membership

Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts produces a curated list, called CWA Picks, of recommended exhibitions and events related to feminist art and scholarship in North America and around the world.

The CWA Picks for October 2011 comprise nine exhibitions on view in the United States and Australia. Of special note are solo museum shows by the celebrated painters Charline von Heyl in Philadelphia and Dana Schutz in Purchase, New York, and a gallery exhibition of work by the sculptor Harmony Hammond. This month the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, wraps up an exhibition, Furniture Divas, of recent functional creations by women artists and designers; and A Different Temporality examines feminism and art in Australia from 1975 to 1985.

Check the archive of CWA Picks at the bottom of the page, as several museum and gallery shows listed in previous months may still be on view or touring.

Image: Vivian Beer, Anchored Candy No. 1, 2008, steel, automotive finish, and patina (photograph by Allison Swiatosha and provided by the artist and the Fuller Craft Museum)

Filed under: Committees, Exhibitions

2012 Annual Conference Registration Opens

posted by October 05, 2011

Registration is now open for the 100th Annual Conference, taking place February 22–25, 2012, in Los Angeles. Register before the early deadline, December 16, 2011, to ensure the lowest rate and your place in the Directory of Attendees.

Registration includes access to all conference sessions and to the Book and Trade Fair. Each registrant will receive a copy of the Conference Program and the Directory of Attendees, along with online access to Abstracts 2012 and free admission to selected museums and galleries in southern California during the conference.

Those interested in Career Services should sign up now to secure a place in several high-demand activities. Register for a variety of Professional Development Workshops covering topics ranging from grant writing to tenure issues to marketing your art. Sign up for Mentoring Sessions that include the Artists’ Portfolio Review and Career Development Mentoring. Employers can rent a booth or table in the Interview Hall or post an ad in the Online Career Center.

You may also purchase tickets for a variety of Special Events taking place in southern California, including:

  • Centennial Reception at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • An Evening at UCLA, which includes an open house at the Hammer Museum, followed by a reception at the Fowler Museum
  • Santa Monica and Venice Art Tour
  • Tour to the Getty Villa
  • Tour to the Getty Center

Space is limited, so please register early.

In honor of the host city, a new Art in LA section on the conference website will provide a window on the Los Angeles art scene from now through the conference. Take a look at works recently included in Pulse Los Angeles, an art fair that took place this past weekend.

Making travel plans and hotel reservations? Check out the special discounts available to conference attendees. Students can take advantage of further reductions on accommodations at select conference hotels.

CAA will regularly update the conference website over the next few months, with additional details on the program, awards, tours, and more. A list of session names and chairs will be posted shortly.

The CAA Annual Conference is the world’s largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts, offering more than two hundred stimulating sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and meetings. CAA anticipates more than five thousand artists, art historians, students, curators, critics, educators, art administrators, and museum professionals to attend the meeting, which brings CAA’s Centennial year to a close.

Filed under: Annual Conference

Recent Deaths in the Arts

posted by October 04, 2011

In its semimonthly roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, filmmakers, curators, and other men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. Of special note are two texts written for CAA: Amalia Nelson-Croner writes about her mother, Karin Christine Nelson; and Janis Bergman-Carton pays tribute to Karl Kilinski II, her colleague at Southern Methodist University.

  • Jordan Belson, a Californian experimental filmmaker who created groundbreaking work in nonobjective cinema, died on September 6, 2011. He was 85
  • Bernhard Blume, a German artist who worked in photography with his wife Anna, passed away on September 1, 2011. He was 73
  • Nicolas Djandji, an artist born in Egypt who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art and worked for the Dia Foundation in New York, died on September 2, 2011. He was 24 years old
  • John Dobbs, an award-winning New York–based painter who taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School for Social Research, and John Jay College, passed away on August 9, 2011. He was 80
  • Paul Gardère, a Haitian artist who emigrated to the United States in 1959, died on September 2, 2011. Born in 1944, the artist had been showing at Skoto Gallery in New York
  • Hugh Gumpel, a New York artist who taught for many years at the National Academy School and at Purchase College, State University of New York, passed away on May 2, 2011, at the age of 85
  • Richard Hamilton, an influential British artist who inspired Pop art and whose diverse oeuvre comprises works in painting, found objects, collage, printmaking, graphic design, typography, and digital images, died on September 13, 2011. He was 89
  • Michael Hart, a computer engineer who founded Project Gutenberg, which has digitized more than 36,000 books in 60 languages, died on September 6, 2011. He was 64 years old
  • Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, a prominent Iraqi sculptor who emerged in the 1960s and who was instrumental in the recovery of looted artworks from the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, died on September 12, 2011. He was 82
  • John Hoover, an Alaskan artist who drew on indigenous traditions, died on September 3, 2011, at the age of 91. The Anchorage Museum held a retrospective of his work in 2002
  • Budd Hopkins, an Abstract Expressionist painter and sculptor who became obsessed with unidentified flying objects and alien abductions, left this earth for a higher plane on August 21, 2011. He was 80 years old
  • Jeanette Ingberman, a curator who cofounded and led Exit Art, an important nonprofit art space in New York, died on August 24, 2011. She was 59 years old
  • Harry Jackson, an artist who traded his Abstract Expressionist style for realist depictions of the American West, passed away on April 25, 2011. He was 87
  • Beverly Whitney Kean, a Hollywood film star who wrote several books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian art and art patrons, died on July 9, 2011. She was 89 years old
  • Karl Kilinski II, a specialist in Greek vase painting and a longtime professor of art history at Southern Methodist University, died on January 6, 2011, at age 64. His colleague Janis Bergman-Carton has written a special text on him
  • Wlodzimierz Ksiazek, a Polish artist who lived, worked, and showed his work in the northeastern United States for thirty years, died under mysterious circumstances in May 2011. He was 59
  • George Kuchar, an experimental filmmaker who had taught at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1971, died on September 6, 2011, at the age of 69. Among his best-known films are Sins of the Fleshapoids, Hold Me While I’m Naked, and Thundercrack!
  • Stephen Mueller, a New York–based Color Field painter whose mystical work drew on the art of India, Persia, and Mexico, died on September 16, 2011, at the age of 63
  • Vann Nath, a Cambodian painter who survived the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in Security Prison 21, known as S21, died on September 5, 2011. He was 65 years old
  • Karin Christine Nelson, a Bay Area author, administrator, and curator who specialized in textiles, passed away on June 22, 2011, at the age of 64. Her daughter Amalia Nelson-Croner has contributed an obituary that is published in the CAA website
  • Anne Odom, a curator and historian of imperial Russian art who worked for more than thirty years at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens in Washington, DC, died on August 25, 2011. She was 75 years old
  • Margaret Olley, an Australian painter and a generous patron of the arts, died on July 26, 2011. She was 88 years old
  • Efrén Ordoñez, a Mexican artist who worked in painting, sculpture, and stained glass, passed away on August 21, 2011. He was 84
  • Damian Priour, a Texan sculptor who created public monuments, died on September 14, 2011, at the age of 61. He was also known for his community involvement in Austin
  • Phillip Renaud, a Chicagoan artist and teacher who illustrated articles for Playboy in the 1960s, died on June 27, 2011. He was 77 years old
  • Susan Shatter, a painter who specialized in watercolor and a regular colonist at Yaddo, died in July 2011. Born in 1953, she had served as secretary and president of the National Academy in New York
  • Keith W. Tantlinger, an engineer who invented the modern cargo container, an object that has become increasingly popular with artists and designers, died on August 27, 2011. He was 92
  • June Wayne, an accomplished artist who founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, which drew artists from around the world, passed away on August 23, 2011. She was 93 years old

Read all past obituaries in the arts in CAA News, which include special texts written for CAA. Please send links to published obituaries to Christopher Howard, CAA managing editor, for the November listing.

Filed under: Obituaries, People in the News

Karl Kilinski II: In Memoriam

posted by October 04, 2011

anis Bergman-Carton is associate professor and chair of art history in the School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Karl Kilinski II

Karl Kilinski II

Karl Kilinski II, University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University (SMU), died on January 6, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kilinski came to SMU in 1976 after completing a PhD in classical art and archaeology at the University of Missouri. He taught classes on the visual culture of Egypt and Greece, informed by his experiences as a land and underwater archaeologist, as a research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and as board member of the Society for the Preservation of Greek Heritage. His dynamic lectures attracted students from almost every department at SMU, as well as dozens of lifelong learners from the Dallas and Fort Worth communities.

A specialist in Greek vase painting, Kilinski published widely in scholarly journals and authored several books, including The Flight of Icarus through Western Art (2002) and Boetian Black Figure Vase Painting of the Archaic Period (1990). Cambridge University Press had recently accepted The Presence of the Past: Greek Myth in Western Art, the culmination of decade-long research and a teaching project that engaged several generations of MA students in art history, for publication.

Kilinski also served as guest curator for several exhibitions at the Kimbell Art Museum and SMU’s Meadows Museum. He held visiting appointments at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen and at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. He was also the recipient of summer grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ford Foundation.

Filed under: Obituaries

Karin Christine Nelson: In Memoriam

posted by October 04, 2011

Amalia Nelson-Croner is the daughter of the deceased.

Karl Kilinski II

Karin Christine Nelson

Karin Christine Nelson, a Salt Lake City native and a thirty-seven-year resident of the Bay Area, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2011, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Nelson worked an independent curator, author, editor, and registrar for several San Francisco museums; was a respected and beloved career counselor for City College of San Francisco; and served on the Alameda County Arts Commission for many years. She was also a brave world traveler with a passion for art, as well as a selfless mother, sister, daughter, and friend.

After graduating with a double major in art history and sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1969, Nelson opted to explore the globe, traveling widely through India, Indonesia, and several countries in Europe. She lived in Japan for three years, teaching English and learning Japanese. During her time in Asia, she studied and documented traditional weaving and dyeing and amassed a stunning photographic portfolio of traditional textiles, which was later exhibited in the United States. She published articles on Okinawan textiles and was invited to speak at many textile exhibitions.

Upon moving to the Bay Area, Nelson did graduate coursework in museum studies at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, and later earned her master’s degree in career development at the same institution. In 1983 she began working for the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, an organization with which she was associated for the rest of her life. While there she curated the exhibition Craft Traditions of Okinawa and authored the accompanying essay, “On the Brink: Okinawan Textiles in the 21st Century,” which appeared in the museum’s scholarly journal, A Report, in the fall of 1996. It was also at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art that she and her friend, Delphine Hirasuna, first produced The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942–1946. Due to their continued efforts, the hugely successful show has toured four museums since 2006, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. It will continue traveling across the United States and will also appear in Japan.

Besides working for the Museum of Performance and Design in recent years, Nelson had been a career counselor for City College of San Francisco since 1992. She took pride in helping credit and noncredit students, alumni, and community members and was amazingly successful in assisting them in job placement. A member of the community in Albany, California, for two decades, Nelson served on the Albany Arts Committee, the Albany Waterfront Committee, and the Alameda County Public Art Advisory Committee. She was instrumental in creating the exhibition program at the Albany Community Center and volunteered at Albany public schools to help students experience all sorts of artistic expression. While her children attended Albany High School, she also worked to organize the school’s annual Job Shadow Day.

Nelson was a tireless supporter of several organizations relating to the arts, education, and the environment. She was a generous friend and colleague; a dedicated mother and daughter; and an extremely capable, intelligent, and passionate individual. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service was held on August 7, 2011, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Karin Christine Nelson is survived by her mother, Ingeborg Nelson; her brother, Kenneth Nelson Jr.; and two daughters, Katarina and Amalia Nelson-Croner.

Karin Nelson Legacy Scholarship

In honor of Nelson’s commitment to students at City College of San Francisco, the Career Development Counseling Department is accepting donations for the Karin Nelson Legacy Scholarship, which can be mailed to: Karin Nelson Legacy Scholarship, Scholarship Office, MUB 130B, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.

Karin C. Nelson Memorial Fund

In honor of Nelson’s contributions to the Bay Area arts community, the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Foundation for the Arts in Alameda County have created the Karin C. Nelson Memorial Fund, which will support special projects for arts education and community art programs that were important to her. You can make an online donation or mail one to: Karin C. Nelson Memorial Fund, Foundation for the Arts in Alameda County, PO Box 29004, Oakland, CA 94604-9004.

Filed under: Obituaries