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Rejoin CAA This November and Get 25% Off

posted by October 31, 2017

Rejoin CAA during the month of November and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.


We believe in strength in numbers. This past year, CAA fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large.

We released statements against the Trump administration’s Immigration Ban and attempts to defund federal arts and humanities agencies that have a demonstrable public good. We joined an Amicus Brief with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, and over 100 other cultural institutions raising our voices against the Immigration Ban.

In a public survey, our members shared their nuanced ideas on monuments and statues in this politically charged moment.

We added new benefits, like reduced memberships, discounted legal services, and discounts to leading academic publishers, to support our members in their professional careers and daily lives.

And we launched a new advocacy-focused Monday newsletter, ensuring that our audience is informed about the latest news, jobs, and opportunities in the field. The CAA News Monday also features our new CAA Conversations Podcast series.

Rejoin CAA now and take part in the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21–24, featuring over 300 sessions and special events at The Getty, LACMA, and The Broad.


Now it’s time to join those who fight for you.


Offer valid from November 1–November 30, 2017 to all individual lapsed members. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from November 1–November 30, 2017.

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Mentorship at 2018 CAA Conference

posted by October 30, 2017

We invite you to participate in our mentorship programs at Career Services during the 106th Annual Conference, taking place February 21-24, 2018, in Los Angeles.


CAA members are invited to apply for one-on-one discussions with dedicated mentors during the annual conference, either as part of the Artists’ Portfolio Review or Career Development Mentoring.

Whenever possible, CAA matches mentees and mentors based on medium or discipline. Sessions are filled by appointment only and scheduled for 8:30 AM–noon and 1:30–5:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not necessary to participate; appointments are offered free of charge.

Participants are chosen by a lottery of applications received by the deadline; all applicants are notified of their scheduled date and time slot via email in January 2018.

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2017 

Contact Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference, if you have any questions.


The Artists’ Portfolio Review offers CAA members the opportunity to have images of their work reviewed by artists, critics, curators, and educators in personal twenty-minute consultations. You must bring a charged battery-powered laptop or hard copy of your portfolio to present your work.

To apply, complete and submit the Artists’ Portfolio Review Enrollment Form.


Career Development Mentoring offers CAA members the opportunity to receive candid advice on how to conduct a thorough job search; present cover letters, CVs, and digital images; and prepare for interviews in personal twenty-minute consultations. You must bring your résumé or CV, your other job-search materials, and your specific career goals to discuss during these appointments.

To apply, complete and submit the Career Development Mentoring Enrollment Form.


Participating as a mentor is an excellent opportunity for you to meet, influence and engage the next generation of emerging artists, scholars, and art professionals. CAA seeks mentors from all areas of studio art, art history, art education, film and video, graphic design, the museum professions, and other related fields. All mentors must demonstrate significant experience in their fields.

Interested candidates must be current CAA members with experience mentoring or advising and be prepared to give between four and nine successive twenty-minute critiques in a three-hour period. Reviewing shifts may occur between Wednesday, February 21, and Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:30 AM to noon and from 1:30 to 5:00 PM each day. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not required to be a mentor. Preference will be given to mentors able to serve multiple shifts or multiple days.


Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest (outlining your specialty or field and your scheduling availability during the conference) to Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference.


Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest (outlining your specialty or field and your scheduling availability during the conference) to Michelle Stanek, CAA manager of the annual conference.

Career Development Mentoring is not intended as a screening process by institutions seeking new hires. CAA does not accept applications from individuals whose departments are conducting a faculty search in the field in which they are mentoring. Mentors should not be attending the conference as candidates for positions in the same field in which mentees may be applying.

Filed under: Annual Conference

Valerie Powell and Jeffie Brewer

posted by October 30, 2017

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Valerie Powell, Assistant Professor of Art & the Foundations Coordinator at Sam Houston State University, and Jeffie Brewer, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Stephen F. Austin State University, discuss collaborative student learning using public art projects.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

New in

posted by October 27, 2017


Carolyn Dean reviews The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach edited by Izumi Shimada. Read the full review at

Kelly Presutti discusses Wasteland: A History by Vittoria Di Palma. Read the full review at

Allison Miller reads Beyond the First Emperor’s Mausoleum: New Perspectives on Qin Art edited by Liu Yang. Read the full review at

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Introducing CAA News Monday

posted by October 26, 2017

Protest wall at CAA 105th Annual Conference New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

We’re excited to introduce you to CAA News Monday, a new weekly newsletter that takes a different approach to the start of your week. The Monday newsletter will embrace advocacy as its raison d’être, with a lead story each week and a round up of advocacy-related stories and news. Along with hot topics from the art, higher education, and advocacy worlds, we’ll be highlighting noteworthy jobs and opportunities from CAA’s network, and spotlighting a new weekly podcast as part of the CAA Conversations series. The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast seeks to continue the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field. The CAA Conversations Podcast will also be posted each Monday to the CAA website.

If you already receive CAA News on Wednesday you will automatically receive CAA News Monday. You don’t need to do a thing.

If you don’t get our Wednesday newsletter, sign up below for both.


Filed under: Advocacy, CAA News

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 25, 2017

Judy Chicago in front of The Dinner Party. Photograph: Donald Woodman

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

Judy Chicago: ‘In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist’

An interview with the trailblazing artist as the Brooklyn Museum explores the process behind The Dinner Party. (The Guardian)

Artist Omer Fast’s Take on Chinatown Angers Community Organizations

Omer Fast’s exhibition at the Chinatown branch of James Cohan Gallery has drawn ire from local groups. (Hyperallergic)

The Professor Is In: 4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File

Helpful advice from Karen Kelsky, former tenured professor at two universities, and founder and president of consulting service The Professor Is In. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Artist and Art Materials Artist Survey 2018

Take NAMTA’s 2018 survey and help artist associations, websites and art supply businesses serve practicing artists better. (International Art Materials Association)

Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Invaluable resources for organizations, museums and collections facing the threat of natural disasters. (American Alliance of Museums)

Artsy and the Rise of the Matchmaker Market

The online art market has been transforming how art is sold at auction. (The Art Newspaper)

Filed under: CAA News

Indigenous Futures in Art Journal

posted by October 23, 2017

Postcommodity, Repellent Fence, 2015, installation view (artwork © Postcommodity; photograph by Michael Lundgren provided by Postcommodity)

Recent years have seen a boom in the creation of new art by Indigenous artists across North America—and a concomitant surge in scholarship about this art. The recently published issue of Art Journal is devoted to both the art and the research. In addressing the theme “Indigenous Futures,” editor-in-chief Rebecca M. Brown turned to the scholars Kate Morris and Bill Anthes as guest editors.

Works by dozens of Indigenous artists are featured in the issue, among them Kay WalkingStick, Kent Monkman, Shan Goshorn, Rebecca Belmore, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Will Wilson, and Edgar Heap of Birds. The artist collective Postcommodity created a project for the issue that includes the covers. Two artists wrote substantial texts: Jolene Rickard explores the theme of sovereignty in Indigenous art, while Marie Watt enjoys a frank chat with Joseph Beuys’s Coyote—who is amazingly au courant about today’s art.

In addition to Morris and Anthes, the scholars Jessica L. Horton, Dylan Robinson, and Sherry Farrell Racette provide insights into bodies of work by specific artists. A strong curatorial thread runs through the issue as well, with essays by Candice Hopkins and Heather Igloliorte; a magisterial essay by the curators Kathleen Ash-Milby and Ruth B. Phillips traces the history of critical exhibitions in North American museums and galleries since 1992, the year of the controversial “celebration” of the Columbus quincentennial.

The Reviews section of the issue features a 2015 book by W. J. T. Mitchell (reviewed by Caroline A. Jones), a substantial anthology on the postwar avant-garde in Scandinavia (by Karen Kurczynski), the exhibition and catalogue of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium (by Camila Maroja), a multiauthor and -artist volume on the Indian city of Chandigarh (by Tracy Bonfitto), and the exhibition and catalogue of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 (by Erica DiBenedetto).

CAA sends print copies of Art Journal to all institutional members and to those individuals who choose to receive the journal as a benefit of membership. The digital version at Taylor & Francis Online is currently available to all CAA individual members regardless of their print subscription choice.

Filed under: Art Journal

New in

posted by October 20, 2017


In addition to the wrap-up below of our content from this week, you might also notice the site got a little update. We made it easier to navigate and balanced the look and feel of the site. More changes are coming soon. Happy reading!

Phil Lee discusses Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method by Joan Kee. Read the full review at

Erin Schoneveld reviews Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hōgai and the Search for Images by Chelsea Foxwell. Read the full review at

Jessica Locheed visits Degas: A New Vision at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read the full review at

Mio Wakita reads A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Early Yokohama Photography by Luke Gartlan. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 18, 2017


Catherine Opie, Cathy (London), 2017. ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

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

An Interview with Catherine Opie

In this interview, artist Catherine Opie discusses her new portrait series, portrait aesthetics, misogyny in the current political climate and the art world, and more. (Read more from Artnet).

Ai Weiwei’s Sculptures Now on View Throughout New York City

Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors brings new sculptures by the artist to many public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. (Read more from The New York Times).

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s Presidential Portraits

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their official portraits. (Read more from Vanity Fair).

Frankenstein’s Monster and Queer Art

Charlie Fox looks at Frankenstein’s Monster in relationship to queer art, including artist Alex Da Corte’s 2017 film, Slow Graffiti. (Read more from  The New York Times).

Yayoi Kusama Book for Kids

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki, with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein, is a new children’s book about the life and artwork of artist Yayoi Kusama. (Read more from Artsy).

The Art of Violet Oakley

Carrie Rickey takes a close look at muralist Violet Oakley (1874–1961), who is the focus of the exhibition A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance, currently on view at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia. (Read more from Hyperallergic).

Rodin in New Jersey

Auguste Rodin’s bust of Napoléon Bonaparte, which had been lost since the 1920s, has been found in a borough in suburban New Jersey. (Read more from The Art Newspaper).

A New Podcast from Paddy Johnson and Willam Powhida

Art F City’s founding editor Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida have started a new contemporary art podcast called “Explain Me.” (Read more from Art F City).


Filed under: CAA News

Curator and anthropologist Niama Safia Sandy at the CAA 105th Annual Conference New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

Change has been an ongoing topic of conversation in planning the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21-24, 2018. In our meetings with LA-based civic and cultural organizations, the topic came up over and over again. From the new museums opening in downtown, housing astonishing collections, to the protests in Boyle Heights over gentrification, LA is undergoing a metamorphosis. The parallels to CAA, which is undergoing its own transformation, were hard to ignore. We held close these discussions about changes, both CAA’s and LA’s, in designing the content and experience for the Annual Conference. We look forward to bringing together the international visual arts community once again to connect and learn in the great city of Los Angeles.

Register Online 

Registration form for mailing for faxing.

Book your hotel room at the lowest rates and take advantage of travel discounts

For registration rates and deadlines visit the registration page.

View the schedule for the 2018 Annual Conference.

The 2018 Annual Conference will include over 300 themed sessions, covering discussions on medieval tapestry, contemporary issues in Latinx art, and community engagement through the arts, among many other topics. The Annual Conference will include its Annual Artist Interviews, as part of ARTspace, made possible in part with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Past interviewees have included Coco Fusco, Katherine Bradford, Joyce Scott, and Rick Lowe. The schedule for the 2018 Annual Conference is packed with more professional-development workshops than ever, a long list of LA-museums and cultural institutions our attendees can visit for free with their conference badges, and Special Events like a reception at The Getty, guided tours of “Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth” at The Broad, and breakfast at LACMA, to name a few.

Register for Special Events

We are thrilled to welcome Charles Gaines and Wu Hung as our Keynote Speaker and our Distinguished Scholar for 2018.

Convocation Keynote Speaker

Charles Gaines, 2018 Keynote Speaker, Photo by Katie Miller

Charles Gaines is an LA-based artist whose complex grid-work and mapping pulls from conceptual art and the field of philosophy. More on Charles Gaines and his 2015 solo show at the Hammer Museum, “Charles Gaines: Gridwork: 1975-1989.”

2018 Distinguished Scholar

Wu Hung, 2018 Distinguished Scholar, Photo by Kuni Takahashi

Wu Hung is the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations at The University of Chicago. Wu is a scholar of traditional and contemporary Chinese art and a curator. See the 10 artworks to see China differently that Wu Hung chose for CNN.

The remainder of the CAA Awards for Distinction will be announced later in the fall, as well as the inaugural recipient of CAA’s new Excellence in Diversity Award.

Also new this year is the Cultural and Academic Network Hall, an opportunity for participating museums, colleges, and universities to reserve a full booth to promote academic or cultural programs to conference attendees, as well as the general public. It will be a great way for department leadership and alumni offices to connect with past students and faculty and to meet new students and instructors. Participants will be able schedule time in one of the sixteen interview booths that will be created adjacent to the booth area within the Network Hall.

As always, we thank all our sponsors at all levels who help make this amazing conference possible.

We look forward to seeing you in LA!

Filed under: Annual Conference