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posted by April 29, 2019

ARTexchange at CAA 2018 in Los Angeles. Image by Rafael Cardenas.

Call for applicants to CAA’s Professional Committees (for term 2020-2023)

The Professional Committees address critical concerns of CAA’s members set out in the goals of CAA’s Strategic Plan. CAA invites members to apply for service on one of these working groups.

Committee members serve three-year terms (2020-2023), with at least one new member rotating onto a committee each year. Candidates must be current CAA members and possess expertise appropriate to the committee’s work. All committee members volunteer their services without compensation. It is expected that once appointed to a committee, a member will involve himself or herself in an active and serious way.

The following vacancies are open for terms beginning in February 2020:

UPDATE (8/8/19): We’re pleased to announce the creation of two new professional committees: a Committee on Research and Scholarship, and a Services to Historians of Visual Arts Committee. Concurrent with our annual call, we’re seeking applicants to form the inaugural teams for these two new committees. Learn more.

CAA’s President, Vice President for Committees, and Executive Director review all candidates in the fall, and announce the appointments in late October, prior to the Annual Conference. New members are introduced to their committees during their respective business meetings at the Annual Conference.

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement (no more than 150 words) describing your qualifications and experience and an abbreviated CV (no more than 2–3 pages). Please send all materials to Vanessa Jalet, CAA executive liaison at

Deadline: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kindly enter subject line in email: 2020 Professional Committee Applicant


Scroll down to learn about the charge of each of the Professional Committees, along with their current objectives and projects.


The Committee on Design promotes and advances issues in design practice, design history/theory/criticism, and design education through advocacy, engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners.

The Committee on Design invites you to join its current members in proposing programming for annual conference sessions, drafting best-practices guidelines, developing teaching resources for design and design history, and, in general, building infrastructures within CAA that serve the professional needs of designers and design historians.


The Committee on Diversity Practices supports the development of global perspectives on art and visual culture. The committee promotes artistic, curatorial, scholarly and institutional practices that deepen appreciation of political and cultural heterogeneity, as educational and professional values. To that end, the committee assesses and evaluates the development and implementation of curricular innovation, new research methods, curatorial and pedagogical strategies, and hiring practices that contribute to the realization of these goals.

The Committee on Diversity Practices continues to address how CAA as an association can positively address diversity awareness, training and implementation and maintain a site for resources on diversity practices:


The Committee on Intellectual Property monitors and interprets copyright legislation for the benefit of CAA’s various constituencies. In so doing, it seeks to offer educational programs and opportunities for discussion and debate in response to copyright legislation that affects educators, scholars, museum professionals, and artists.

The Committee on Intellectual Property organizes conference sessions on the Fair Use Code and maintains a resource cite on intellectual property:


The Committee on Women in the Arts (CWA) promotes the scholarly study and recognition of women’s contributions to the visual arts and to critical and art-historical studies; advocates for feminist scholarship and activism in art; develops partnerships with organizations with compatible missions; monitors the status of women in the visual-arts professions; provides historical and current resources on feminist issues; and supports emerging artists and scholars in their careers.

Inclusive and international, comprising members from all professional backgrounds, the Committee on Women in the Arts is dedicated to the study, visibility and support of women in the arts, as well as feminist art and scholarship, with an expansive combination of initiatives that include: organizing panels and interviews of feminist artists and the recipients of the Distinguished Feminist Award during the annual conference; collaborations and events that take place beyond the conference venue; the monthly selection of international highlights of exhibitions known as the CWA Picks:; and its support of two nominees for the Distinguished Feminist Award.


The Education Committee promotes the visual arts as essential human activity; as a creative endeavor and subject of cultural and historical inquiry and critical appreciative activity, and encourages excellence in teaching at all levels.  Its focus is on pedagogy at the higher education level in art history, visual culture, studio, aesthetics, and art criticism, and on the interface between arts teaching and learning research and practice.

The Education Committee supports initiatives that acknowledge the importance of teaching and learning to advance visual arts, design, and art history in higher education, and more broadly to the public. In addition to a podcast series, CAA Conversations, the EC works on projects that support educational development, effective pedagogy, scholarship of teaching and learning, and improved career pathways for students.


The International Committee seeks to foster an international community of artists, scholars and critics within CAA; to provide forums in which to exchange ideas and make connections; to encourage engagement with the international student community; to develop relationships between CAA and organizations outside the United States with comparable goals and activities; and to assist the CAA Board of Directors by identifying and recommending advocacy issues that involve CAA and cross national borders.

The International Committee continues to promote international connections and discourse through organized conference sessions, solicited news and articles, collaborative events, and other vital programs such as the CAA-Getty International Program that brings global scholars to the annual conference.


The Museum Committee provides a bridge between scholars and arts professionals in the academic and museum fields.  It offers a forum for the discussion of issues of mutual interest and promotes museum advocacy issues within CAA.  The committee lends support and mentorship for both seasoned and emerging professionals to protect and interpret the arts within museums.

The Museum Committee strives to make the museum field more equitable and inclusive by critically examining the current and inadequate pipelines to the profession and questioning the practices and procedures by which museums operate. The committee is engaged in collaborative efforts to strengthen the relationship between art historians and museums, as well as in working creatively and constructively with other CAA committees and projects, including the Committee on Women in the Arts and RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals).


The Professional Practices Committee (PPC) responds to specific concerns of the membership in relation to areas such as job placement and recruitment, tenure and promotion procedures, scholarly standards and ethics, studio health and safety, and guidelines for degree programs in the visual arts. The committee oversees CAA’s Standards and Guidelines drawing on the expertise of committee members and by forming task-forces to draft, review and revise these statements on a regular basis.

Recently, the Professional Practices Committee has been working on updating guidelines for degree programs (Associate, Baccalaureate, and MFA), as well as the new Guidelines for Addressing Proposed Substantive Changes to an Art, Art History of Design Unit or Program at Colleges and Universities. The committee is currently working on statements addressing the work of curators, visual resource professionals and artists working in the public realm.


The Services to Artists Committee (SAC) was formed by the CAA Board of Directors to seek broader participation by artists and designers in the organization and the Annual Conference. SAC identifies and addresses concerns facing artists and designers; creates and implements programs and events at the conference and beyond; explores ways to encourage greater participation and leadership in CAA; and identifies ways to establish closer ties with other arts professionals and institutions.  To this end, committee members are responsible for the programming of ARTspace and its related events.

The Services to Artists Committee continues to organize ARTspace conference programming (free and open to the public) and is investigating initiatives to identify and address concerns for artists and designers beyond the conference.


Established in February 1998, the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee is comprised of CAA members who are students, recent graduates, and experienced arts professionals with the intention of better representing students and emerging professionals within the larger CAA and academic framework.

The Student and Emerging Professionals Committee provides CAA with a crucial voice for those in school, recently graduated, changing tracks, or getting back into the field. SEPC helps connect its constituents to CAA’s resources and advocates for students and emerging professionals within the organization. In 2019-2020, SEPC has begun writing guidelines for professional development training in graduate programs; SEPC is also working to make CAA more accessible to a future generation of artists, scholars, and beyond. At the Annual Conference, SEPC hosts an SEPC lounge space out of which is run a full programming track that includes workshops, roundtables, mock interviews, and more. SEPC is looking for members who can help run its programs, and, more importantly, bring new approaches and underrepresented perspectives to SEPC’s advocacy.

Dawn Holder and Stephanie Lanter

posted by April 29, 2019

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.

CAA podcasts are on iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

This week, Dawn Holder and Stephanie Lanter discuss evading boundaries in making meaning and teaching.

Dawn Holder is Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks, where he teaches Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art History. She has received numerous accolades for her work, and has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, where she was invited to participate in the Organic Matters: Women to Watch exhibition. She received an MFA in Ceramics from RISD and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia.

Stephanie Lanter is currently the Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Emporia State University in Kansas, where she teaches all levels of Ceramics, 3-Dimensional Design, and Fibers. She makes clay and mixed media sculpture, drawings, and texts and has been teaching for 15 years.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

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posted by April 26, 2019

Rebekah Compton writes about Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy by James Grantham Turner. Read the full review at


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 24, 2019

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Credit: Andrew Tallon/Vassar College

Art Historian’s Laser Mapping Project Could Help Save Notre Dame

A professor at Vassar College painstakingly scanned the cathedral in 2015. His work may now help architects and engineers rebuild it. (CNN)

Elizabeth Warren’s Higher Education Plan: Cancel Student Debt and Eliminate Tuition

Announced Monday, Warren’s $1.25 trillion policy proposal aims to reshape higher education. (New York Times)

TED-Style Art History Platform Aims to Promote Arts Education Online

Explore short films about art history from artists, curators, and academics, available for free online at HENI Talks. (The Art Newspaper)

The Death of an Adjunct

“Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar.” (The Atlantic)

This App Can Tell You the Indigenous History of the Land You Live On

A free online tool that seeks to map Indigenous languages, treaties, and territories. (Native Land)

An Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries

A Space of Their Own aims to compile the most comprehensive resource to date. (Hyperallergic)

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CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on our Professional Development Fellowship juries for three years (2019–22). Terms begin July 2019.


  • Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Art: two members
  • Professional Development Fellowship in Art History: one member

Duties and Qualifications

The fellowship juries award $10,000 each to one visual artist completing an MFA and one art historian completing a PhD in the coming year. Candidates for the art history jury must be actively publishing scholars with demonstrated seniority and achievement; candidates for the visual arts jury must be actively producing artists with a track record of exhibitions. Institutional affiliation is not required. Jury members review applications once per year and confer by conference call.

Candidates must possess expertise appropriate to the jury’s work and be current CAA members. They should not hold a position on a CAA committee or editorial board beyond May 31, 2019. CAA’s president and vice president for committees appoint jury members for service.


Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement (no more than 150 words) outlining the individual’s qualifications and experience and a CV (an abbreviated CV no more than two pages may be submitted). Please send all materials by email to Cali Buckley, CAA grants and special programs manager; submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments.

For questions about jury service and responsibilities, contact Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs and publications.

Deadline: May 13, 2019

David Rifkind and Carmenita Higginbotham

posted by April 22, 2019

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.

CAA podcasts are on iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

This week, David Rifkind and Carmenita Higginbotham discuss ethical approaches to managing contingent faculty.

Dr. David Rifkind is Associate Professor of Architecture and Interim Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University.

Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham is Associate Professor and Chair of the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on our Millard Meiss Publication Fund jury for four years (2019–23). Terms begin July 2019.


  • Millard Meiss Publication Fund: two members

Duties and Qualifications

The Millard Meiss Publication Fund jury awards subsidies to support the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects. Members review manuscripts and grant applications twice a year and meet in New York in the spring and fall to select the awardees. CAA reimburses jury members for travel and lodging expenses in accordance with its travel policy. Members volunteer their services to CAA without compensation. Candidates must be actively publishing scholars with demonstrated seniority and achievement; institutional affiliation is not required.

Candidates must possess expertise appropriate to the jury’s work and be current CAA members. They should not hold a position on a CAA committee or editorial board beyond May 31, 2019. CAA’s president and vice president for committees appoint jury members for service.


Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement (no more than 150 words) outlining the individual’s qualifications and experience and a CV (an abbreviated CV no more than two pages may be submitted). Please send all materials by email to Cali Buckley, CAA grants and special programs manager; submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments. For questions about jury service and responsibilities, contact Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs and publications.

Deadline: May 13, 2019

Filed under: Awards, Publications, Service

Women’s suffragists parade in New York City in 1917, carrying placards with the signatures of more than a million women. (New York Times Photo Archives)

In collaboration with the Committee on Women in the Arts, CAA seeks to offer a selection of sessions, papers, speakers, and related programming for the 2020 Conference in celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in the US, while also acknowledging the discriminatory practices that limited voting rights for Indigenous women and women of color, even after the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.

We hope 50% of the conference’s content will be focused on women-centered research, artistic presentations, and discourse, and addresses the intersectional and transnational complexity of race, ethnicity, class, age, body size, disability, gender and sexual orientation in the arts. Reinforcing inclusivity beyond binary understandings of gender, this initiative seeks to advance a forum for increased dialogue within the context of this historical moment.

The submissions portal for the 2020 CAA Annual Conference is now open with a deadline of April 30.

Submit a Proposal

Filed under: Advocacy, Annual Conference

David Modler and Sam Peck

posted by April 15, 2019

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.

CAA podcasts are on iTunes. Click here to subscribe.

This week, David Modler and Sam Peck discuss art education and collaboration.

David R. Modler is an associate professor of Art Education in the Department of Contemporary Art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Sam Peck currently works and studies at the University of Minnesota as a PhD student, resident artist, art educator, and researcher.

Filed under: CAA Conversations, Podcast

Affiliated Society News for April 2019

posted by April 11, 2019

Affiliated Society News shares the new and exciting things CAA’s affiliated organizations are working on including activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibitions.


We are delighted to welcome the following organizations to CAA:

  • Digital Art History Society
  • William Morris Society in the United States
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans
  • Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art
  • Association of Greek Art Historians
  • Society for the History of Collecting

Interested in becoming an Affiliated Society? Learn more here.

Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture (HGSCEA)

HGSCEA was well represented at CAA by members who presented papers and chaired sessions, and whose latest publications could be found in the book exhibition. Of particular note was our sponsored session, “Women Artists in Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, 1880-1950,” chaired by Kerry Greaves. Her introductory remarks and concluding comments framed four excellent papers by Emil Leth Meilvang on Rita Kernn-Larsen, Nora Butkovich on women in the Young Yiddish Group in Poland, Lauren Hanson on Mary Bauermeister, and Lynette Roth on Anneliese Hager. On the conference’s last day, Paul Stirton offered members a special tour of the exhibition “Jan Tschichold and the New Typography,” which he curated at Bard Graduate Center.

Over sixty members, many in metallic attire for the Bauhaus centenary, attended the annual dinner. In the course of the convivial evening, the results of the 2018 Emerging Scholars Prize were announced. Anne Reimers (University of the Creative Arts Rochester, UK) received an honorable mention for “Inscribing Temporality, Containing Fashion: Otto Dix’s Portrait of the Dancer Anita Berber Contextualized,” in Art History. The winner was Greg Bryda (Barnard College), who was awarded the prize for “The Exuding Wood of the Cross at Isenheim,” in The Art Bulletin. In addition, we celebrated the achievements of Maria Makela on the occasion of her retirement. Adrian Sudhalter spoke to the impact of Maria’s scholarship, and Ricki Washton-Long reflected on her important contributions to HGSCEA.

At the business meeting, the Board amended the bylaws to ensure that in the future the Board includes representatives from all three areas that constitute HGSCEA. It also deliberated on the pool of submissions for the guaranteed session at the 2020 conference, accepting the proposal of Hyewon Yoon and Jordan Troeller, “A Foreign Eye: Photography, Women, and Global Encounters in the Twentieth Century.”

For pictures of the session, dinner, and curator’s tour, go to:

National Council of Arts Administrators

  • NCAA welcomes three new board members, Jonathan Fohrman, MiraCosta College, CA, Sarah Meyer, California Poly Pomona, and Michael Wille,  Illinois State University to the NCAA Board of Directors.

The current list of board members include:

Lynne Allen, Boston University

Elissa Armstrong, Virginia Commonwealth University
Past President

Peter Chametzky, University of South Carolina

Cathy Pagani, The University of Alabama

Andrea Eis, Oakland University
Past Treasurer 

Colin Blakely, University of Arizona

Jeni Mokren, SUNY New Paltz

A.Blake Pearce, Valdosta State University

Joe Poshek, Irvine Valley College

Michael Fels, Elon University

Jade Jewett, California State University, Fulteron

David LaPalonbara, Ohio University

  • The next NCAA conference will be hosted by Kate Bonansingakn, University of Cincinnati, Matt Albritton, Northern Kentucky University and Paige Williams, Art Academy of Cincinnati. We hope to see everyone in Cincinnati September 17-22,2019!  Check it out on our website.
  • It is with great pleasure that we open our NEW website which offers news of the upcoming conference, current open positions, and access to other resources. Please check it out

Association for Latin American Art

ALAA Reception at Orange Door Chicago (Marilynn and Carl Thoma Gallery). Pictured left to right: Marilynn Thoma, Erin Fowler (Director of Strategic Initiative, Thoma Art Foundation), Delia Cosentino (Triennial Chair)

The Association for Latin American Art hosted its 5th Triennial Conference “The World Turned Upside Down: Arts of Oppression and Resistance in the American Hemisphere” from March 7-9, 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. In addition to a wonderful selection of panels, the conference included tours of the Smart Museum’s holding of Latin American art at the University of Chicago and the exhibition Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes at the Art Institute of Chicago, a keynote lecture “Social Disequilibria: of Bodies and Borders” by Dr. Adriana Zavala, Tufts University, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and a reception at the Orange Door Chicago (Marilyn and Carl Thoma Gallery).

Art Institute of Chicago’s Elizabeth Pope & Erica Warren Tour of Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes

Appraisers Association of America

15th Annual Award Luncheon honoring cultural anthropologist, author and museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., and visual artist Mickalene Thomas, whose work of African American women examine, extend, and subvert concepts of female identity and beauty.Dr. Cole and Ms. Thomas will be presented with the 2019 Award for Excellence in the Arts on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the New York Athletic Club.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please click here. Or by calling 212-889-5404 x11.


Announcement Award

Prof. Damiano Acciarino, Univerisità Ca’ Foscari Venezia and University of Toronto, who holds A Marie Curie Global Fellowship (2017-2020) was the first recipient of ATSAH award for his innovative and scholarly research on Renaissance antiquarianism published in Lettere sulle Grotteche (Rome: Aracne, 2018).

Professional Recognition

Liana De Girolami Cheney, President of ATSAH, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

William Levin contributes a second award to SECAC for scholarly Research in the History of Art Since 1750. The previous award was for Research in the History of Art Before 1750.

Member’s publications

Sara Nair James. “Wit and Humor in Ugolino di Prete Ilario’s Life of the Virgin at Orvieto,” Source: Notes in the History of Art vol 36, no.3-4 (Spring/Summer 2017), 159-67.

Davide Lacagnina, “Spreading Visual Culture: revues, images et archives pour l’art contemporain,”  In H.V. E. Stead, ed L’Europe des revues II (1860-1930). Réseaux et circulations des modèles  (PARIS: PUPS-Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne, 2018), pp. 829-852.

Émilie Passignat, “‘Manière’, ‘maniéré’, ‘maniériste’: transferts et enjeux théoriques autour d’un terme clé du vocabulaire artistique”, in M.-C. Heck, M. Freyssinet, S. Trouvé (eds.), Lexicographie artis- tique: formes, usages et enjeux dans l’Europe moderne, Montpellier, 2018, pp. 363-376.

Liana De Girolami Cheney, “Il Tesoretto of Cosimo I de’ Medici: An Esoteric Heaven,” in Lilian Zirpolo, ed. Esoteric Traditions and Their Impact on Art (Ramsey, NJ: Zephyrus Scholarly Publications LLC, 2019) (ISBN number: 978-0-997-2446-2-5)

Liana De Girolami Cheney, “Edward Burne-Jones’s The Mirror of Venus: Physical and Intangible Female Beauty,” Journal of Literature and Art Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 (January 2019):1-28.

IN MEMORIAM (April 29, 2019)

Sarah Jordan Lippert (1975-2019), Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan-Flint, Director of the Society for Paragone Studies, Editor-in-Chief of its journal Paragone: Past and Present passed away on April 24, 2019. She was the author of numerous books and articles including the newly published The Paragone in Nineteenth-Century Art (Routledge 2019), along with Going Back to the Beginning of Things: The Ancient Origins of the Arts of France (Taylor and Francis, UK 2018), and The Temporality of Imitation in the Works of Moreau and Gérome (Tauris, UK, 2017):

Sarah was long-time supporter and member of ATSAH, SECAC and CAA.

The SECAC 2019 session in Chattanooga, she was to chair at the upcoming conference, The Art of Depicting Paragoni of Life, will go forward in honor of her memory as well as special session at CAA in 2020

We are grateful to have known and loved this young, energetic, and accomplished scholar. ATSAH plans to establish an academic fund in her honor. Details will follow.

American Institute for Conservation

We are proud to announce that we have launched a new name, look, and message for AIC and FAIC! The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is now simply the American Institute for Conservation. The foundation is now the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation. The acronyms are the same, but our message is more direct: we preserve and protect cultural heritage. We’re reinforcing this message with a new online presence: AIC President Margaret Holben Ellis explains the necessity of our new identity in this video. We welcome you to explore our new online presence and let us know what you think. You can provide feedback via email to

Throughout this process, we considered how we could make our field more welcoming and engaging to all practitioners in the arts, humanities, and allied professions. We would like to invite everyone to learn more about conservation and support the essential work performed by conservators and preservation professionals. Friends of Conservation receive exclusive insights into conservation while sustaining programs that promote the preservation of cultural heritage through their gift to FAIC. Learn about the benefits of being a Friend and how you can help support the work of conservators here:

Women’s Caucus for Art

Call for Panel Proposals at CAA

Women’s Caucus for Art invites submissions for a panel to be held at the CAA conference in Chicago. WCA hosts a conference concurrent with CAA, with some panels happening on site at CAA, and our 2020 theme is Intersectionality. Sessions are 90 minutes and may take the form of panels or roundtable discussions. We welcome submissions of topics for an open call as well as submissions with panel participants already identified.

To apply, please send panel title, 250-word abstract, and short CV to WCA President Margo Hobbs, at

Proposals are due April 21, 2019. Selections will be made by the WCA Executive Board and the Conference Committee. Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 28, 2019.

Digital Art History Society

The new Digital Art History Society (DAHS), launched on January 1, 2019, inspired by “Art History in Digital Dimensions,” hosted in October 2016 by the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland, College Park, with support from the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (see:

The Digital Art History Society (DAHS) supports art historical scholarship incorporating and benefitting from digital strategies and technologies. Its website ( and listserv promote communication about resources and opportunities for its members. Membership in 2019 is free; dues will subsequently increase to $25.00 to defray administrative costs.

DAHS presented “Constructing Criticality in Digital Art History,” at CAA’s 2019 meeting ( Its 2020 session will examine new scholarship enabled by digital techniques and strategies. DAHS looks forward to collaborating with other CAA Affiliates.

Founding Board: President, Anne Collins Goodyear; Vice President for Programming: Pamela Fletcher; Vice Presidents for Outreach: Deena Engel and Charles R. Johnson; Vice Presidents for Membership: Meredith Gill and Paul Jaskot; Vice Presidents for Communications: Jennifer Henel and Ellen Prokop; Treasurer: Anne Helmreich.

Upcoming events (free,but online registration is required. Please visit to register. Meet at 1 East 70th Street, NYC):

Lecture: “Artist Archives Initiative: New Research Models for Contemporary Artists,” Thursday, May 2, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, New York. Deena Engel, Clinical Professor, Computer Science, NYU, and Glenn Wharton, Clinical Professor, Museum Studies, NYU.

Workshop: “The Lenox Library Picture Gallery: A Digital Recreation,” Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, New York. Sally Webster, Professor Emerita, Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and David Schwittek.

Midwest Art History Society

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) recently concluded its annual conference in Cincinnati where participants were warmly welcomed by local institutions — especially the Cincinnati Museum of Art (CAM) and the Taft Museum of Art which both hosted scholarly sessions. The keynote lecture was delivered by S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, in association with CAM’s exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment featuring works drawn from the collections of the City of Paris museums. At the annual business meeting, Erica Warren, Art Institute of Chicago, was elected the organization’s treasurer. Plans are well underway for the 2020 annual conference which will be held in Houston, March 19-21. The call for papers will be posted on the MAHS website in the fall and hotel rooms can already be reserved at the Magnolia Hotel Houston. For more information, please visit the website at


SECAC 2019, Chattanooga, TN, October 16-19: The 75th annual SECAC Conference will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 16-19. The conference will include more than 130 sessions exploring topics of scholarly importance and timely cultural issues impacting the fields of art history, art education, graphic design, and studio art. SECAC 2019 will examine the place of the institution amongst current political turmoil, explore studio and art historical research related to parenthood, develop strategies for supporting each other, and unpack how designers engage with their communities, amongst dozens of other topics. The Chattanoogan will serve as the conference hotel and hub, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from many cafes, restaurants, and attractions. Beyond conference sessions, opportunities to come together and experience the city will include a keynote address by Sharon Louden, visual artist and Artistic Director of Chautauqua Institution’s Visual Arts Program, at the Hunter Museum of American Art and the SECAC Juried Members and Artist Fellowship exhibitions, juried by visual artist and curator Amelia Briggs and presented with Stove Works, a new residency program and exhibition space located in Chattanooga. See for more information.

Levin Awards for Research in Art History: Inspired by the friendships, professional advancement, and opportunities for exchange of scholarly research that SECAC supports, William R. Levin has made a second major gift to SECAC. Beginning in 2019, SECAC will award two $5,000 research grants in art history each year. The original Levin Award (2014) will be designated for Research in the History of Art Before 1750 and the new Levin Award will be for Research in the History of Art Since 1750.

SECAC at CAA: Below the Mason-Dixon Line: Artists and Historians Considering the South, organized by Rachel Stephens of the University of Alabama, featured five presentations: Naomi Slipp’s paper, “Between Two Worlds: Portrait of William McIntosh, Southern Slave Owner and Lower Creek Chief;” Jeremiah Ariaz on photographs from his volume, The Louisiana Trail Riding Clubs; Catherine Wilkins and Jared Ragland on Ragland’s wet-plate collodion project, “Where You Come From is Gone;” artist Kristin Casaletto on the impact of living in the South on her work; and Nell Gottlieb on her ongoing project on returning to her Southern roots, “Nostos Algos.”

In memoriam: SECAC mourns the passing of Past-President Charles (Randy) Mack. Mack joined SECAC in 1970 and played an active role in the organization for 35 years, serving twice as president (1975-76, 2003-05), as vice-president (2000-03), and as board member from 1984-90. He also co-edited the SECAC Review (1973-75) and chaired the Annual Conference (1976). In 1993, he received SECAC’s Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials; in 1998, he was the recipient of the Annual Award for Scholarly Research and Publication; and in 2004, he received SECAC’s highest honor, the Award of Distinction.

Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

The board of the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) is pleased to announce the inauguration of the SHERA Graduate Student / Independent Scholar Research Grant.  The grant of $500 will be awarded to one member for research and/or study toward the completion of a thesis, dissertation, or publication. The grant is intended to be used toward the cost of research travel or accommodations, the acquisition of image rights for publication, language study, and other related activities. For the 2019 competition, applications are limited to graduate students and scholars who do not hold a full-time position at an academic institution. Applicants must be SHERA members in good standing and must have membership in the organization for at least two consecutive years. For more information, see the notice here.

The conference “Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres c.1300–c.1550,” of which SHERA was a sponsor, was held at Princeton University on April 5 and 6. The symposium, organized by Dr. Alice Isabella Sullivan, Ph.D. (University of Michigan) and Dr. Maria Alessia Rossi, Ph.D. (The Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University), is the first such initiative to explore, discuss, and focus on the art, architecture, and visual culture of regions of the Balkans and the Carpathians (c.1300-c.1550). The conference sought to raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic and cultural traditions in eastern European centers and consider how this heritage was deployed to shape notions of identity and visual rhetoric in these regions from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Dr. Jelena Erdeljan of the University of Belgrade delivered the keynote address.


Donations may be made in Marshall Ward Mount’s memory to the African Wildlife Fund.

To contribute to the Christopher D. Roy Memorial Fund, go to // This fund will give UI art history students the opportunity to gain valuable intern experience at the Stanley Museum of Art.

  • Congratulations to ACASA board member Shadreck Chirikure (Professor, Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town) who received a British Academy Professorship in the School of Archaeology at Oxford and will be joining the School in 2019. Dr Chirikure will be researching archaeometry and precolonial African urban social formations. Shadreck Chirikure’s Archaeological Materials Laboratory is Africa’s only facility dedicated to the study of pyrotechnology practiced by farming communities of the last 2000 years of the sub-Saharan past. The announcement can be found here:
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