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Annual Conference Committee Seeks Members

posted by December 12, 2016

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for at-large members of the Annual Conference Committee to serve a three-year term, beginning February 2017, immediately following the 105th Annual Conference. We welcome all members to participation in the nomination process.  Working with the Programs Department staff, this committee selects the sessions and shapes the program of the Annual Conference. The committee ensures that the program will reflect the goals of the association and of the Annual Conference, namely, to make the conference an effective place for intellectual, aesthetic, and professional learning and exchange, and to provide opportunities for participation that are fair, equal, and balanced.

The Annual Conference Committee meets at least two times a year via conference call and once during the Annual Conference at the call of the vice president for Annual Conference and the committee’s chair. Members must be available throughout May and June to review a significant amount of material and select 2018 conference content from the submitted proposals.

Please send a 150-word letter of interest and a CV to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Notice of 105th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 12, 2016

College Art Association
Notice of 105th Annual Business Meeting
Annual Conference Convocation
February 15, 2017


The 105th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th, at the Convocation of the 2017 Annual Conference, in West/East Ballroom, 3rd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019.

CAA President, Suzanne Preston Blier, will preside. The Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts.


The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

  1. Call to Order and President’s Report – Suzanne Preston Blier
  2. Report by Annual Conference Chair and VP for Annual Conference – Judith Rodenbeck and N. Elizabeth Schlatter
  3. Report by Executive Director – Hunter O’Hanian
  4. Presentation of Annual Awards for Distinction – Suzanne Preston Blier
  5. Keynote Address – Mary Miller

After the Keynote Address, the Meeting will be recessed and will reconvene on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the East Ballroom, 3rd Floor at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019. The Agenda for the second part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of Minutes of 104th Annual Business Meeting, February 3, 2016 [ACTION ITEM] – see
  2. Financial Report: Teresa Lopez, Chief Financial Officer
  3. Old Business
  4. New Business
  5. Results of Election of New Directors: Suzanne Preston Blier
  6. MY CAA – Open discussion with members, board and staff regarding future growth of the Association.


If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, please complete a proxy online to appoint the individuals named thereon to (i) vote, as directed by you, for directors, and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting; and (ii) to vote in any and all adjournments thereof. CAA Members will be notified when the proxy for casting votes becomes available online in early January 2017. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. EST Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Next Meeting

The 106th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will take place on February 21, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Roberto Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

December 12, 2016

New in

posted by December 09, 2016

John Hawley visits Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture at the Frick Collection. The “more than one hundred paintings, drawings, and prints” by Anthony van Dyke and his contemporaries look “exclusively at portraiture, with special attention given to the way drawings (which account for nearly half the exhibited works) highlight Van Dyke’s inimitable process as a portraitist.” Read the full review at

Stephen J. Lucey reads The Apse Mosaic in Early Medieval Rome: Time, Network, and Repetition by Erik Thunø. Presenting “an alternative ‘non-diachronic’ art-historical interpretation of the Roman apse decorations from the sixth through ninth centuries,” the author “promotes the continuity of imagery as a ‘synchronic’ manifestation, which reflects a timeless ecclesiological essence.” Read the full review at

Jennifer Nelson reviews Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany, edited by Jeffrey Chipps Smith. The essays “consider German visual culture from the late fifteenth to early eighteenth centuries by means of healthy reliance on present-day creativity and hermeneutic skill” and put “productive pressure on its period’s blind spots.” Read the full review at

Amy F. Ogata discusses Marta Gutman’s A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850–1950. The author “explores the long tradition of benevolent concern for the poorest children in the rapidly urbanizing context of Oakland, California,” and argues that the structures “reveal a complex history of adaptive reuse against the drama of class and racial politics.” Read the full review at publishes over 150 reviews each year. Founded in 1998, the site publishes timely scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by the College Art Association. Publications and projects reviewed include books, articles, exhibitions, conferences, digital scholarship, and other works as appropriate. Read more reviews at

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CAA Member Tour of Greece and Italy

posted by December 07, 2016

CAA is excited to announce an exclusive offer to its members to spend two weeks exploring the art and art history of Greece and Italy, from June 2 to June 11, 2017. The trip includes stops in Athens, Rome, and Florence. Hosted by CAA Executive Director and CEO, Hunter O’Hanian, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore these majestic cities with fellow CAA members and lovers of art.

Local tour guides in each city will lead the group through numerous cultural and historic sites, museums, and galleries. The tour begins in Athens, where highlights include the National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, Zappio Gardens, the Acropolis and museum, and the Museum of Cycladic Art. In Rome, the tour will visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums, and the Borghese Gallery, among others. Ending in Florence, the tour will stop at the Duomo and Baptistery, Church of Santa Croce, Galleria dell’Accademia, Medici Chapels, Church of San Lorenzo, and the Uffizi Gallery.

Following Florence, you may choose to extend your trip to Venice where the 57th Venice Biennale will be taking place, May 13 through November 26, 2017.

For more information, including rates and a day-by-day tour itinerary, please download and review the Greece & Italy Art and Art History Tour brochure.

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 Each week CAA News summarizes eight articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Art Must Admit the Lesson of Donald Trump’s Election or Face Irrelevance

By now, the shock of Donald Trump’s election is fading, leaving only the horror. But we need to reckon with the shock if we are to combat the horror effectively. Since election night, the cultural sphere has valiantly rallied its opinion-leaders, declaring that art must join the fight against whatever terrors a Trump presidency has in store for us. (Read more from Artnet News.)

Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom

A new website that accuses nearly two hundred college professors of advancing “leftist propaganda in the classroom” and discriminating against conservative students has been criticized as a threat to academic freedom. The site, Professor Watchlist, says it names those instructors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” (Read more from the New York Times.)

Activism and Professionalism in the Workplace

Activism to me was, by necessity, subtle. Once, one of my clients said something that made me think he was gay. To prove myself an ally, I wore a rainbow watch the next time I saw him. He saw it. Blushed. Looked away. I tell myself I helped him. Change comes slowly. One person can make a difference. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

The Urgency of Empathy and Social Impact in Museums

How we can start an empathy revolution in museums? How can we more fiercely recognize the meaningful work that museum professionals are doing to enact change around the relevant issues in our communities? How do we radically expand the work of museums in bringing people together and contributing to strong, resilient communities? (Read more from MuseumNext.)

Dealing with Difficult Art in Post-Election America

Over Thanksgiving weekend, an art exhibition at Salem State University was temporarily closed after a group of students complained that they found several of the works hurtful and offensive. After a closed-door meeting with fifty students, the university reopened the exhibition on November 30, but not before making “several modifications.” (Read more from the National Coalition against Censorship.)

How to Fix the Art World, Part 3

Last August ARTnews embarked on an epic project: finding out what inhabitants of the art world think is wrong with their world and how they would fix it. In the ensuing months, the magazine spoke with more than fifty individuals—artists and curators, critics and historians, art dealers and an art-fair director—to gather a range of perspectives. (Read more from ARTnews.)

Is the Destruction of Cultural Property a War Crime?

It is a settled principle in international law that the deliberate targeting or plundering of religious, historic, and cultural sites is prohibited during war. Prosecutors have discretion in the cases that they bring, but the law of war is clear about accountability in cases of cultural destruction. (Read more from Apollo.)

The Art Schools Fidel Castro Built—and Then Neglected

Designed by three architects, the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte were constructed in flamboyant, sinuous forms deliberately reflecting the local landscape. Built in brick and terracotta as a pragmatic response to the US embargo of imported steel and using the Catalan vault throughout, these were a confident repudiation of Western-style international modernism. (Read more from the Art Newspaper.)

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CAA Seeks Part-Time Program Assistant

posted by December 06, 2016

Job Title: Program Assistant Date: February 25, 2016
Department: Programs
Supervisor: Manager of Programs

Part-time position with approximately 20 hours per week, schedule may vary with flexible hours.


The College Art Association Annual Conference is the largest international gathering of professionals in the visual arts. The conference brings together 4,000 of its members to participate in over 250 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and special events on a wide range of topics on art scholarship and practice; to engage in in-depth discussions on new scholarship, innovative art, and issues in the arts today; and to connect with colleagues from across the country and around the world. The 105th annual conference will be held in New York, February 15- 18, 2017.


Reporting to the director of programs, the program assistant provides assistance to both the assistant director for annual conference and manager of programs with all daily operations of the department.


  • Assists with data entry support (e.g. NetFORUM membership database), detailed record keeping, database document production, and producing reports.
  • Assists with the coordination of the scheduling of the CAA conference sessions and events. This includes, but is not limited to, data entry, preparing spreadsheets, proof reading, and creating reports. Communicates with CAA departments on conference details as requested.
  • Corresponds with conference participants, service providers, book and trade fair exhibitors, and general membership on conference-related matters.
  • Provides internet research to source prospects for the CAA conference book and trade fair.
  • Prepare mailings sent to conference participants, exhibitors, advertisers, jurors, committee members, and volunteers. Document production and photo-copying.
  • Assist with the development of all conference publications.
  • Assists with the coordination of temporary conference staff including, scheduling, correspondence, and training.
  • Provides on-site conference support, including but not limited to assisting with all aspects of conference logistics, checking set-up arrangements, posting signs, and providing hospitality as needed.
  • Staffs Speaker Ready Room during the conference providing assistance to conference presenters and chairs as needed.
  • Provides post-conference support including compiling and summarizing event statistics.
  • Assists with financial recording keeping, including but not limited to, processing purchase orders and transactions, creating invoices, tracking expenses, and preparing ledgers and reconciliation reports.
  • Provides research and creates reports as requested.
  • Performs various administrative and clerical duties for the director of programs. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in art history or MFA preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, organize multiple concurrent tasks, work efficiently, and follow through on details.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, systems and database management, and generally accepted programs and office equipment required.
  • Excellent customer services skills, and writing and editing skills, and oral communication.
  • Should possess tact, discretion, and the ability to work confidentially.
  • The capacity to remain poised under pressure.
  • The ability and willingness to work on-site at annual conference as well as hours outside typical business day, as needed.

Send resume and cover letter to

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.

The College Art Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or political affiliation.


Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, will deliver the keynote address during Convocation at the 2017 Annual Conference, to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. Free and open to the public, Convocation takes place on Wednesday, February 15, 5:30–7:00 PM. The event will include the presentation of the annual Awards for Distinction and be followed by the conference’s Opening Reception.

Miller earned an AB in 1975 at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Six years later she completed her PhD at Yale, joined the faculty there, and has remained at the school ever since. Miller was recently appointed as senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale. She also served as dean of Yale College from 2008 to 2014 and has taken many other professorial and administrative roles over the years.

Miller is the author of The Murals of Bonampak (1986), The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec (1986), and Maya Art and Architecture (1999). A frequent collaborator, she wrote The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (1993) with Karl Taube and edited A Pre-Columbian World (2006) with Jeffrey Quilter and The Aztec Calendar Stone (2010) with Khristaan D. Villela. In recent years Miller edited Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City (2012), a study of a rare indigenous map in Yale’s Beinecke Library, with Barbara Mundy and completed The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (2013) with Claudia Brittenham.

Miller has written essays for both of CAA’s scholarly print publications. In “A Re-examination of the Mesoamerican Chacmool,” published in The Art Bulletin in 1985, Miller proposed Maya sources for “the form, location, variety, and iconography” of the chacmool, the Mesoamerican stone sculptures of reclining male figures associated with war and sacrifice; previous scholarship had assumed they were of Central American origin and introduced to the Maya during the Toltec era.[1] In “Shaped Time,” published in Art Journal in 2009, Miller considered George Kubler’s 1962 landmark study The Shape of Time, “so rich in its textured treatment of the ways that streams of history and art-making intersect.”[2] She drew on her deep knowledge of ancient Mesoamerica to contextualize the book in relation to both Kubler’s research and other postwar scholarship in the field.

In 1988 Miller and Linda Schele accepted CAA’s Alfred H. Barr Award for museum scholarship for The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (1986). The book, with photographs by Justin Kerr, was the catalogue for a traveling exhibition organized by Schele and Miller for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Among Miller’s many accolades are a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 she gave the fifty-ninth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC—one of the highest honors in American art history.

CAA communicated with Miller via email last month. Here’s what she had to say.

How has teaching art history changed over the last twenty years?

Well, that takes us back to 1996, and just about then I volunteered to be the departmental pioneer (or guinea pig, take your pick) for digital images. I had to wrestle with the visual resources department to be allowed to build my own PowerPoints in that first iteration! And before I knew it, the slide cabinets had departed for remote storage. But that is the technical change. There are other changes that come along, especially in terms of what it is students bring to the class, and how the visual image is beginning to be the center for most of them.

What were the most important lessons you learned while serving as a dean?

You don’t want to know most of them! But, seriously, I gave a lot of thought to grading while dean. I also paid attention to learning outcomes, especially the importance of short assignments and detailed feedback early in the term. And I committed to developing opportunities for public speaking for students in class—a critical part of education but rarely intentionally instructed these days.

What does your current research concern?

My current research is focused on the gold disks of the Sacred Cenote at Chichén Itzá. The only serious study of the full set of them was published in 1952, although everyone knows them. Or thinks they know them. They’ve turned out to be even more fascinating than I though they’d be: the material—gold—was entirely new to the Maya of the ninth century, the technique of executing imagery on it entirely new as well. And then the imagery itself quite distinct. All but one of the disks were burned, ripped into pieces, crumpled, stomped upon, and then hurled into the Cenote (and the “one” is distinct only in not having been torn apart). There is meaning embedded in that dramatic ending! But three other projects have been developing along the edges. I keep all the files and notes for one of them—a history of the dealers, collectors, and materials that are critical to the formation of pre-Hispanic art as a field in the United States, 1940 onward—in a folder I call “The Rabbit Hole,” which tells you it is a wild and winding journey.

What was your first CAA Annual Conference experience like?

Oh, gosh. I think I was the driver of a group of Yale graduate students to DC [in 1979] and I am almost certain that George Shackelford was in the car. I’d had the bad fortune to have my wallet relieved of folding bills while I snoozed in the Yale Art and Architecture Library, so I scrounged together $40 to make the trip. I slept in the basement of a house some of my college friends shared near the Washington Cathedral, and then I hiked down Mass Ave to the Hilton—a good distance, I can assure you. I attended a session chaired by Joel Snyder that thrilled me. I watched a grad-school colleague give a presentation on African time, among other talks, and I had a lot of fun.

What are two or three pressing issues that both artists and academics share?

We all share the problem of the Google search: no matter what I am looking for, once I start searching for images, by page three the algorithm is offering me pictures of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. If I am looking for a work of art, then surely I must want Sunflowers!

Seriously, I think the most pressing issue we share is that of conservation and preservation. How can the past—or the present—be preserved for the future?

Can you give us a teaser of what you will discuss at Convocation?

Well, last year I gave a talk at the Clark Art Institute in which I said art history can play a different role in twenty-first-century humanities than it did in twentieth-century humanities. I’ve developed these ideas more fully—and I hope I have some interesting things to say to the community of art historians, and the community of artists!


[1] See Mary Ellen Miller, “A Re-examination of the Mesoamerican Chacmool,” The Art Bulletin 67, no. 1 (March 1985): 7–17.

[2] See Mary Miller, “Shaped Time,” Art Journal 68, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 71–77.

New CAA Standards and Guidelines

posted by December 05, 2016

At the most recent meeting of CAA’s Board of Directors, which took place on October 23, 2016, the following statements and guidelines were revised and approved:

saggesePhoto Credit Maxwell Leung, Ph.D., CCA

The 2017 Annual Conference in New York, taking place February 15­–18, boasts a number of presentations addressing the intersections of race and contemporary art, colonialism in art history, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are a few highlights:

Deborah Willis of New York University and Cheryl Finley from Cornell University will provide a historical overview through a session titled “Picturing Social Movements from Emancipation to Black Lives Matter.” Kellie Jones, an art historian at Columbia University and winner of a 2016 MacArthur fellowship, is among the speakers. Public Art Dialogue, one of CAA’s many affiliated societies, will host a discussion on “Public Art in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” The first presenter will be Evie Terrono from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, who has researched “Symbolic Interventions, New Narratives: Challenging the Authority of the Confederate Flag.”

The session “Race and Labor in the Art Worldwill be chaired by Hayes Peter Mauro of Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. The scheduled speakers—Sarah Cervenak, John Ott, and LaTanya Autry—teach in North Carolina, Virginia, and Connecticut, respectively. Elsewhere, four panelists will offer case studies of race and representation in nineteenth-century art, and another collection of scholars will examine “Blackness, Violence, Representation.” The Arts Council of the African Studies Association, also a CAA affiliated society, has given the tantalizing title of “Flesh” to its session, while another panel will give form to “Post-Black and Liquid Blackness” in contemporary African American art.

Richard Hylton from University for the Creative Arts in England will lead a panel that sheds light on British perspectives regarding “Contemporary Art, Ethnography, and the Western Museum,” while scholars from Italy and South Africa will lead a session called “Writing Art History in the Margins: Rethinking Centers and Peripheries in ‘Non-Western’ Art Historiography.” Finally, the Association for Critical Race Art History, another CAA affiliate, will present “Riff: Black Artists and the European Canon.” Among the artists to be examined are Robert Colescott, Carrie Mae Weems, and Moe Brooker.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Uncategorized

New in

posted by December 02, 2016

Sarah-Neel Smith reviews Walid Raad, an exhibition and catalogue produced by the Museum of Modern Art. The museum “should be applauded for its impeccable staging of this rich exhibition,” while the volume “will undoubtedly serve as the go-to resource on the artist for years to come,” despite being “colored by a set of historiographic problems that Raad himself works over in his artistic production.” Read the full review at

Mark Alan Hewitt reads Lost Mansions: Essays on the Destruction of the Country House, a book of essays edited by James Raven. The publication “takes up the subject of how England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland have dealt with the destruction of county houses during the past several decades,” noting that today’s keepers “must squarely face the reality of multiculturalism, diminishing resources, and indifferent politicians.” Read the full review at

Theresa Leininger-Miller discusses the catalogue Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, edited by Lowery Stokes Sims. Featuring one hundred works by African American artists, all of which were acquired by the museum over the past forty years, the “large, handsome” book “is part of a trend of museums publishing and showcasing their growing collections of African American art.” Read the full review at publishes over 150 reviews each year. Founded in 1998, the site publishes timely scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by the College Art Association. Publications and projects reviewed include books, articles, exhibitions, conferences, digital scholarship, and other works as appropriate. Read more reviews at

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