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Medias Res by Nick Herman on Art Journal Open

posted by November 30, 2017

Art Journal Open presents Medias Res by Los Angeles–based artist Nick Herman, with an introduction by Art Journal Open’s Former Web Editor, Gloria Sutton.

Medias Res is the second of two projects that Herman has created for Art Journal Open, and features Herman’s exploration of his artworks and texts related to his interests in static, rastering, layering, and other transmission processes. These interests have led Herman to create two new works to be viewed on Art Journal Open: Comm 1 (2017), which takes the shape of a unique and experimental pop-up GIF experience, and MERROR ERROR TERRIOR (2017), a downloadable image.

“Static or noise as a record of transmission becomes its own reward, reflecting its innate complexity and, in the process, some greater truth about its origin.” Herman writes, “To me, the GIF does something similar, capturing the unpredictable rhythms and constituent raster of their source.”

Visit Art Journal Open to explore Media Res.

Nick Herman, Comm 1, 2017, GIF file (artwork © Nick Herman)


Filed under: Art Journal Open (AJO)

The CAA Board of Directors comprises professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms. Please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments for more information on the process.

As of January 3, 2018, voting is open! Scroll down to meet the candidates and cast your vote.

The deadline for voting is 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Meet the Candidates

The 2017–18 Nominating Committee has selected a slate of six candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2018–22 term. Click the names of the candidates below to read their statements and resumes before casting your vote. The candidates are:

About the Board

The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.


CAA members may vote for up to four (4) candidates, including one write-in candidate (who must be a CAA member). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the board. CAA members may cast their votes and submit their proxies online beginning in early January 2018; no paper ballots will be mailed. Please have your CAA user/member ID# and password handy when you are ready to vote.

Please fill out the form below to cast your vote. (Use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to scroll down, make your choices, and submit.)

Create your own user feedback survey

The results of the 2018 Board of Directors election will be announced at CAA’s Annual Business Meeting from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Jalet, executive liaison, at (212) 392-4434 or

Filed under: Board of Directors, Governance

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by November 29, 2017

Malick Sidibé, (1978). Courtesy Magnin-A, ©Malick Sidibé, via Artnet News

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

Histories of 16th-Century French Art Have Overlooked Manuscript Illumination—Until Now

A new book is fruit of a lifetime’s research by the late Getty curator Myra Orth. (The Art Newspaper)

This New Algorithm Writes Perfect “Artspeak”

Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Artut has developed a tool to explore a familiar art world phenomenon. (Artsy)

Needed: A New Graduate Adviser-Advisee Relationship

How can graduate advisers think strategically about their advisees’ career preparation within the flawed system for PhDs? (Inside Higher Ed)

The Long Ethical Arc of Displaying Human Remains

A look at why museums exhibit Egyptian mummies, but not Native American bones. (Atlas Obscura)

At Colby College, an Honor for a Former Slave

Colby, like many colleges, is grappling with its complicated historical ties to slavery. (The Boston Globe)

Malick Sidibé’s Paris Survey Is an Electrifying Portrait of Mali in the Swinging Sixties

Mali Twist is the largest exhibition of the photographer’s work to date. (Artnet News)

Filed under: CAA News

Support the CAA Community on #GivingTuesday

posted by November 28, 2017

As we celebrate the spirit of generosity on #GivingTuesday, we’re highlighting LA-based organizations to consider giving to alongside CAA.

We thank you for your support!

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

This past year, we fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large. Your contribution helps to ensure that CAA continues our mission in promoting the visual arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. The larger our voice, the larger the impact we will have.


18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles.

One of our recommended 2018 conference stops, the 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top twenty artist residency programs in the US. They value art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society where the creative process is just as important as the outcome.


Cinco de Mayo celebration at MOLAA in Los Angeles.

Another one of our 2018 conference stops, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art, and serves the greater Los Angeles area.


Courtesy Promesa Boyle Heights.

Promesa Boyle Heights is a collective of residents, youth, schools, and community organizations united in lifting community voices and working together to transform conditions and improve opportunities for students and families in Los Angeles.


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2018-2019 Nominating Committee Seeks Members

posted by November 27, 2017

CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2018-2019 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee nominates and interviews potential candidates for the CAA Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership’s vote. The candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors’ election were announced on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

The Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee strive to find the best candidates that represent the broad sub-disciplines and practitioners represented in CAA’s membership. The 2017-2018 Nominating Committee will select new members of the 2018-2019 committee at its business meeting, to be held at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles in February. Once selected to serve on the 2018-2019 Nominating Committee, each member, in the spring of 2018, proposes 5 or more people to run for the board. Service on the Nominating Committee involves conducting telephone interviews with candidates during the summer and meeting with the Committee in the fall to determine a final slate for the 2019 Board of Directors’ election.  Nominating Committee members attend their own business meeting at the 2019 Annual Conference in New York to select the new members who will replace them on the next year’s Nominating Committee.

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement of interest and a 3–4 page condensed CV. Please email a statement and your CV as Word attachments, with the subject line “2018-2019 Nominating Committee,” care of Vanessa Jalet, CAA executive liaison. Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017  

Filed under: Board of Directors

Jessie Van der Laan and Melissa Haviland

posted by November 27, 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, Jessie Van der Laan, an instructor of art at Walters State Community College, in Morristown, TN, and Melissa Haviland, an artist and professor living in Athens, OH, discuss teaching online.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

New in

posted by November 24, 2017


Christina Neilson discusses Lorenzo Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” by Amy Bloch. Read the full review at

Sarah Gordon reviews Nature’s Truth by Anne Helmreich. Read the full review at

Nancy Scott on The Civil War in Art and Memory edited by Kirk Savage can be found in full at

Judah Cohen writes about Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean, an exhibition at the Wyatt Gallery. Read the full review at

Audrey Goodman discusses Enchanting the Desert by Nicholas Bauch. Read the full review at

Sarah Cohen reviews The Cry of Nature by Stephen Eisenman. Read the full review at

Diana Kleiner writes about The Genesis of Roman Architecture by John North Hopkins. Read the full review at

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The CAA Board in Action

posted by November 22, 2017

CAA board members at the 105th Annual Conference in New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

This has been a busy time for the CAA Board of Directors. In the end of October, they attended a two-day meeting and retreat, addressing a variety of issues facing the organization and the field.

Under the leadership of President Suzanne Preston Blier, the Board looked at potential changes to the governance structure, updates on finances and membership enrollment, the impact of the Annual Conference, the recent staff reorganization and progress on our 2015-2020 strategic plan.

In addition to hearing detailed reports from the various committees, the Board spent time on the process to rebrand and rename the Association. We have narrowed down the choices and members will be asked for their input in the coming weeks. Many thanks to the 800 members who responded to the survey this summer. That survey feedback was valuable in directing our thinking. We are hopeful that a new name and identity will be launched at the 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles in February 2018.

The board also elected new officers: Jim Hopfensberger was elected to succeed Suzanne Blier. She finishes her term as president in Spring 2018. Melissa Potter was elected secretary and Peter Lukehart was elected treasurer.

Roberto Tejada was elected to serve in the newly created office of vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.

Filed under: Board of Directors

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by November 22, 2017

Salvator Mundi on view at Christie’s. Image: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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

Why A $450 Million Painting Attributed To Leonardo Da Vinci Worries Art Historians

The artwork has been hotly debated for years, but its sale signals one thing absolutely. (Huffington Post)

Arts Alumni Deeply Engaged in Their Communities

A report released by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project demonstrates that arts majors – whether they went on to work in the arts or not – continue to strengthen the arts in their local communities. (SNAAP)

Olga Viso, Embattled Leader of Walker Art Center, Steps Down

In a surprise announcement, the Walker said Viso will leave by year end. (The New York Times)

Paying for the Job Search

Fordham’s English department is giving those finishing doctorates $4,500 each. (Inside Higher Ed)

Explore Guernica with a Sprawling Visual Timeline

A website launched by Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum serves as an interactive library. (Hyperallergic)

How Picasso Bled the Women in His Life for Art

“For [Picasso] there are only two kinds of women: goddesses and doormats.” (The Paris Review)

Found: The Last Piece of a Jigsaw Masterpiece by René Magritte

The fourth and final part of a painting ends an 80-year mystery. (Atlas Obscura)


Filed under: CAA News

For many years, CAA’s Annual Conference has been a good place for prospective academic employers and job candidates to meet and talk about working together.

Over the years, CAA has developed standards and guidelines for candidates and interviews. Those guidelines were last updated in 2015.

At the Annual Conference in 2018 and going forward, interviewing will take place in our newly created Cultural and Academic Network Hall. There will be plenty of spaces for interviews to be conducted.

As a supporter of the highest standards in professional practices, CAA does not condone or support employment interviews occurring in hotel guest rooms. If presented with the possibility of a professional interview in a hotel guest room, candidates should feel free to inform prospective employers that CAA has created interview rooms in the Cultural and Academic Network Hall and express their preference that the interview be conducted there.

UPDATE, November 28, 2017: If anyone doesn’t feel comfortable raising the issue with a prospective employer, they can reach out in confidence to Hunter O’Hanian, executive director of CAA, who will contact the employer and let them know that we have received a general concern about a hotel room interview and offer the prospective employer the opportunity to conduct the interview in the Cultural and Academic Network Hall.

The 2018 Annual Conference takes place February 21-24, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. Click here to explore the conference schedule.