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Affiliated Society News for November 2013

posted by CAA — Nov 09, 2013

Appraisers Association of America

The Appraisers Association of America (AAA) has published Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts, a 450-page, color-illustrated book that covers all aspects of appraising the fine and decorative arts, including connoisseurship, the marketplace, legal considerations, and more. Edited by the late Wendell Garret along with Helaine W. Fendelman, David A. Gallager, and Jane C. H. Jacob, Appraising Art will serve as an excellent resource for professionals in the arts, legal, insurance, and financial communities, as well as for private and corporate collectors. The book addresses nearly ninety topics, such as: the Appraisal Procedure; Comparables; The Effect of Regional Concerns on Value; Conservation Issues; Due Diligence and Authenticity; Appraising Works of Art for Tax Purposes; and Resolving Art Disputes. Among the fifty connoisseurship topics are: Old Master Paintings; American Paintings and Drawings; Contemporary Art; Photography; Arts and Crafts Furniture; Pottery and Porcelain; Gems and Jewelry; Historic Documents; and Entertainment Memorabilia. Appraising Art was designed by Patrick Seymour with Elena Penny and Tsang Seymour. The consulting editor was Margaret L.Kaplan, editor-at-large for Abrams Books. The Avery Group at Shapco Printing of Minneapolis, Minnesota, produced the book.

Art Historians of Southern California

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Art Historians of Southern California (AHSC) held its 2013 annual symposium at the museum on October 19, 2013. Longstanding partnerships with the schools of anthropology, humanities, and especially art history were integral to the Fowler’s dynamic collection of world art. This partnership provided a context for discussion considering the much-pondered valuation of the humanities. The Fowler’s development exemplified the expansion of art history in Donald Preziosi and Claire Farago’s Grasping the World: The Idea of the Museum (2004). A panel discussion, “The Art Academy: The Museum, Art History, and the Art Association,” addressed the classification of cultural objects within “world art” genres and asked the question “Can a humanities perspective be differentiated from scientific models?” The panel, chaired by Jane Chin Davidson of California State University, San Bernardino, and Sandra Esslinger of Mt. San Antonio College, included the following participants: Donald Preziosi, UCLA; Claire Farago, University of Colorado, Boulder; Selma Holo, University of Southern California; Lothar Von Falkenhausen, UCLA; and Gemma Rodrigues, Fowler Museum.

Association of Academic Museum and Galleries

The Association of Academic Museum and Galleries (AAMG) invites you to attend the AAMG/Kellogg Academic Museum and Gallery Leadership Seminar Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management from Sunday evening, June 22, through Friday afternoon, June 27, 2014. Piloted in 2012, the seminar has two main goals: to have an impact on the professional lives of the participating museum professionals and, though them, on the field as a whole. Dynamic, engaging, highly interactive by design and interspersed with team and individual problem-solving exercises in leadership and management, this intensive five-day certificate program will allow attendees to learn from one another and be guided and inspired by nationally recognized scholars drawn principally from Kellogg’s renowned faculty. Email your expression of interest to to receive updated information about the program.

AAMG is excited to welcome our new Western regional representative: Meg Linton, director of galleries and exhibitions of the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.

Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art

The Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) will sponsor two sessions, hold its annual business meeting, and conduct a special offsite visit at the CAA Annual Conference in Chicago in February 2014. Please visit AHNCA website and look under “AHNCA at CAA 2014” for the program details.

Peter Trippi, president of AHNCA, has organized a truly unique offsite visit for Friday, February 14, 2014. Both National Historic Landmarks, the American Arts and Crafts Second Presbyterian Church and the Glessner House Museum, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, are located within two miles of the conference hotel (the Hilton Chicago). The total cost is $14 per person, payable on the day of the visits. If you would like to participate in this outing, please email Trippi before January 15, 2014, to confirm.

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) will host two events this year at the CAA Annual Conference in Chicago. The affiliated-society session is “A Hybrid Practice: Getting Rid of Digital Media Courses,” and FATE will use its business meeting to host a regional conference, “Project Share.” The projects that are presented specifically use digital tools in the classroom and will be related to the affiliated-society session topic.

The presenters on “A Hybrid Practice” are: Elissa Armstrong, assistant professor and director of art foundation at Virginia Commonwealth University; Jenna Frye, coordinator of electronic media and culture at Maryland Institute College of Art; Mark Schatz, assistant professor and foundations coordinator at Kent State University; and Chris Yates, associate professor and director of foundation studies at Columbus College of Art and Design.

The “Project Share” presenters are: Heather Deyling, professor of foundation studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design; David Fobes, instructor in foundations at San Diego State University; Deborah Hall, associate professor in studio art at Skidmore College; Norberto Gomez, artist and independent scholar; and Harry St.Ours, professor of communication arts at Montgomery College.

Historians of Netherlandish Art

The next formal deadline for submitting manuscripts to Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, the peer-reviewed, open-access ejournal published by the Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), is March 1, 2014. In addition to longer articles, the journal now welcomes shorter notes on archival discoveries, iconographical issues, technical studies, and rediscovered works. For submission guidelines, see or contact Alison Kettering (, senior editor, for more information.

HNA will hold its next conference June 5–7, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts. The event will be held in cooperation with the American Association for Netherlandic Studies (AANS) and involve sessions and workshops with focus on Netherlandish art from 1350 to 1750. For submissions on art from 1750 to the present, please contact Henry Luttikhuizen, president of AANS. For the call for papers and more information, visit

International Sculpture Center

International Sculpture Center (ISC) has launched Search Feature for Web Special. Since April 2007, a new article not featured in Sculpture magazine has been posted in Web Special in the Online Member Area each month. Topics are aimed at assisting artists and include resource links, when applicable. With the new search feature, members can now find articles posted in Web Special by keywords, tags, or authors. Take a look at the comprehensive information and perspectives offered in Web Special today!

Each year ISC presents an award competition to its member colleges and universities as a means of supporting, encouraging, and recognizing the work of young sculptors and their supporting schools’ faculty and art program. The student-award winners participate in an exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture and in a traveling exhibition hosted by arts organizations across the country. Their work is also featured in Sculpture. Each winner receives a one-year ISC membership; all winners are eligible to apply for a fully sponsored residency to study in Switzerland. To nominate students for this competition, the nominees’ university must first be an ISC university-level member. University memberships cost $200 for institutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico ($220 for international universities) and include a number of benefits. Students who are interested should talk to their professors about getting involved. To find out more about the program, please visit or email Nomination deadline: January 1, 2014; University membership form due: March 17, 2014; online student nomination form deadline: March 24, 2014; online student submission form due: April 14, 2014.

Italian Art Society

The Italian Art Society (IAS) seeks proposals for papers for the annual IAS/Kress Lecture Series in Italy, which will take place in Pisa on May 29 or June 16, 2014 (deadline: January 4, 2014). The distinguished scholar selected will speak on a topic related to art of any period from Pisa or Tuscany and will receive an honorarium and lecture allowance.

At the 2014 CAA Annual Conference, IAS invites members to attend its breakfast business meeting at 7:30 AM on February 14, 2014, as well as its sessions on the same day: “Periodization Anxiety in Italian Art: Renaissance, Baroque, or Early Modern” at 9:30 AM and “‘Futuro Anteriore’: Cultural Self-Appropriation as Catalyst in the Art of Italy” at 12:30 PM.

The Program Committee is looking for submissions for IAS-sponsored sessions at the Society for Architectural Historians (Chicago, April 2015; deadline to IAS: December 1, 2014); and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (New Orleans, October 2014; deadline to IAS: March 2014). Like IAS on Facebook, visit the website and popular Italian art blog, and follow the IAS at and on Twitter. All who are interested in Italian art history are welcomed to join IAS.

National Council of Arts Administrators

The forty-first annual meeting of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) convened September 25–28, 2013, in Richmond, Virginia. The organization owes a debt of gratitude to Richard Roth, Joe Seipel, and Kelly Kerr of VCUarts for organizing a first-rate affair. Speakers included Adam Gopnik, essayist and staff writer for the New Yorker; Jessica Stockholder, sculptor and installation artist; Ben Katchor, cartoonist and MacArthur fellow; and Richard Shiff, Director, director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Three new board members were elected at the meeting: Leslie Bellavance (Alfred University), Tom Berding (Michigan State University), and Nan Goggin (University of Illinois). They join returning directors Steve Bliss (Savannah College of Art and Design), Cora Lynn Deibler (University of Connecticut ), Andrea Eis (Oakland University, Treasurer), Amy Hauft (University of Texas at Austin, president), Jim Hopfensperger (Western Michigan University, past president), Sergio Soave (Ohio State University), Lydia Thompson (Texas Tech University), and Mel Ziegler (Vanderbilt University).

Activities at CAA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago will include the annual NCAA reception (Thursday, February 13, 5:00–8:00 PM); an affiliated-society session, “Hot Problems/Cool Solutions in Arts Leadership”; and a fast-paced series of five-minute presentations on leadership (Friday, February 14, 5:30–7:00 PM). NCAA enthusiastically welcomes new members, current members, and all interested parties to attend its events.

Public Art Dialogue

Public Art Dialogue (PAD) has several special thematic issues of its scholarly journal, Public Art Dialogue, in progress. “Perspectives on Relational Art,” guest edited by Eli Robb, is in production. The call for submissions for “The Mural Issue,” which will be guest edited by Sally Webster and Sarah Schrank, just closed. There are two current calls for submission. The first is for an “Open Issue” (Fall 2014), to be coedited by Cher Krause Knight and Harriet F. Senie; the submission deadline is March 1, 2014. The second will be on “Digital Art” and guest edited by John Craig Freeman and Mimi Sheller; the submission deadline is September 15, 2014. PAD is published by Taylor and Francis, and for more information, consult the journal’s homepage, which provides detailed descriptions of the forthcoming journal and instructions for submissions. The fall 2013 PAD Newsletter features an interview with Senie and an article on Banksy.

Society for Photographic Education

Registration is now open for the fifty-first national conference of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), titled “Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue” and taking place March 6–9, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland. Join 1,600 artists, educators, and photographic professionals for programming and dialogue that will fuel your creativity. Explore an exhibits fair featuring over seventy vendors showing the latest equipment, processes, publications, and schools with photo-related programs. Participate in one-on-one portfolio critiques and informal portfolio sharing and take advantage of student volunteer opportunities for reduced admission. Other conference highlights include a print raffle, silent auction, film screenings, exhibitions, tours, receptions, and a dance party. Preview the conference schedule and register online.

Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) seeks session proposals for the sixty-eighth annual conference, taking place April 15–19, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of its founding, SAH will offer six concurrent paper sessions, in six modules over two days, for a total of thirty-six paper sessions. The society invites both members and nonmembers to chair a session. Since the principal purpose of the conference is to inform attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every period in the history of architecture and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged. Session proposals are to be submitted via email by January 15, 2014, to Ken Tadashi Oshima, general chair of the SAH sixty-eighth annual conference, with a cc to Kathy Sturm, SAH director of programs.

Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture

The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) has planned an active schedule at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), to be held November 21–24, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. The society will host nine sessions ranging from the imperial era to the present day, including panels that focus on textiles, performance art, artist associations, and collectives, as well as sessions devoted to Russia in the 1890s and Prague in the 1920s. Please join SHERA for its business meeting, scheduled for Friday, November 22, 3:00–4:45 PM.

Since the launch of its website in August 2013, SHERA’s membership has nearly doubled. Members can contribute items to the news blog by sending them to SHERA is pleased to welcome the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a new institutional member.

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