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Affiliated Society News for September 2019

posted by CAA — Sep 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.

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The 75th Annual SECAC Conference, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will be held October 16 through 19, 2019More than 540 papers—on studio art, art history, art education, and graphic design—will be presented in 142 sessions. All sessions will take place at the Chattanoogan HotelOffsite events include the annual SECAC Artist’s Fellowship and Juried Exhibitions and a keynote address by artist, educator, and advocate for artists, Sharon M. Louden, who serves as editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books and Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua InstitutionMore information and conference registration are available at 

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG)

Following a series of sessions and a vote, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has officially changed its name to the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG). The Society will begin holding its annual meeting at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference beginning on 2-4 April, 2020. However, the Society will hold one final meeting at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in St. Louis, 17-20 October, 2019. 

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century Symposium and Seminars
September 23-25, 2019, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Organized by Paul Messier and Monica Bravo

We are witnessing the historic transformation of photography from tangible objects—prints, plates, and negatives—to code: intangible bits, bytes, and pixels. As the tether between visual culture and the material world is recalibrated every day, a new form of literacy is required to draw meaning from physical media and its obsolescence. At the very moment when characterization and interpretation of the printed photograph is rapidly gaining ground, the momentum toward dematerialization raises the issue of the long-term relevance and sustainability of photography as a material fact. Does the physical photograph still matter today—as a source for teaching, learning, and scholarship—and will it matter into the future?

This symposium and elective seminars will provide insight into new tools for researching photographs with an emphasis on both the material and immaterial aspects of the medium. Conservation professionals will gain practical knowledge on new and existing techniques for characterizing prints and collections and how this information can be structured and visualized. Curators and art historians will benefit from exposure to the methods and techniques that underlie the contemporary approaches to material history. Together, the presentations and discussions are meant to demystify techniques adapted from seemingly exotic fields of artificial intelligence and data science and to cover some basic techniques for understanding and interpreting the physical and chemical makeup of a photographic print.

View the program for detailed a schedule and speaker list or visit the event website to register.

Support for this program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation Endowment for Professional Development.

Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA)

“AMCA Interview with the Winner of the 2019 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art”

The 2019 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art was awarded to Lara Ayad for her paper “Homegrown Heroes: Peasant Masculinity and Nation-Building in the Paintings of Aly Kamel al-Deeb.” Dr. Ayad is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Skidmore College. She received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. An interview with Dr. Ayad about her research may be found on AMCA’s website:

The Rhonda A. Saad Prize review committee acknowledges that Dr. Ayad’s paper is highly original. The Committee found that her paper was a scrupulously researched examination of the 1930s visual cultural context in which the artist worked in Egypt, when ethnography, social sciences, and fine arts intersected on the body of the muscular, model peasant.

Established in 2010 in honor of our dear and respected colleague and friend, The Rhonda A. Saad Prize aims to recognize and promote excellence in the field of modern and contemporary Arab art. The award is offered to a graduate student or recent post-doctoral scholar working in any discipline whose paper is judged to provide the most significant contribution to the disciplines of Art History and Middle East Studies. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Visual Resources Association

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management while advocating for the value of images in the teaching and learning environment. The VRAF supports a range of educational activities in multiple formats and venues, for example, instructional tools, regional workshops, online learning, and advocacy materials, to build bridges across the information management and educational communities. The Foundation’s research interests advance scholarship in the field, improve outreach to the larger community on significant issues. These include intellectual property rights, the development of best practices protocols for the dissemination of digital images, and furthering public access to visual resources information. Significant areas of focus include: image collections, technology, metadata, cataloging, visual literacy, and copyright. The VRAF’s educational and research agenda advances scholarship in the field and improves outreach to the larger community. 

The VRA Foundation currently offers two types of grant opportunities:  

1) Project grants, which provide up to $3,000, awarded to organizations or institutions for programs and projects in the VRAF Grant Areas of Interest. The funds may be used for small, stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project. This year’s project grant was awarded to Arden Kirkland, Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University in New York to develop the CostumeCore Toolkit for streamlining the process of developing standards-based, interoperable metadata for collections related to the study of historic clothing. 

2)  Professional development grants, two awards of a $1,000, are provided to an individual for professional development in the field of visual resources and image management. These grants support attendance at an educational event of the grantee’s choosing (such as, an association conference, symposium or workshop), or enrollment in relevant research activities in the VRAF Grant Areas of Interest. 

This Fall, the VRAF is accepting applications for the VRAF Professional Development Grant program (see number 2 above). For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:59PM Pacific Time using this online application you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at The recipient of the Fall 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 4, 2019, and must be used before October 4, 2020.  

This news is being provided by Maureen Burns, VRA CAA Affiliate Representative, on behalf of the VRAF Board of Directors and Visual Resources Association. For more information, please use the following contacts or social media and view the online links: 

Pacific Arts Association

The annual PAA Europe Conference 2019 entitled “Challenging Times – Provenances in Museums” will take place at the Museum der Kulturen Basel, from 19th to 21st September 2019.  The meeting coincides with the exhibition “Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania.”  Papers and reports will respond to the exhibition’s theme, “Museums face challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – such as a collection of skulls – is now a sensitive issue. In collecting, objects were removed from their original contexts, items made of rare and precious materials such as ivory or gold aroused desires, and exotic weapons were acquired by the score.  The exhibition explores the motives for this former collecting mania and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.”  For further information visit


Solo Show: Oli Rodriguez, A Familiar Panting
Opening Saturday, Dec 7, 6-8pm

National Committee for the History of Art (NCHA)

5th CIHA World congress in São Paulo – CALL FOR PAPERS 

The CIHA Brazil Committee invites proposals for participation in nine Sessions, six Emerging Scholars Seminars, and a Special Session that will constitute the 35th CIHA World Congress – Motion: Migrations. 

The Sessions, Emerging Scholars Seminars, and Special Session are detailed here: 

New Media Caucus (NMC)

Border Control Symposium and Exhibition

The New Media Caucus (NMC) is proud to present the 2019 Symposium and Exhibition, Border Control at the University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and the Stamps Gallery. The symposium will take place on 19th – 22nd September, 2019, and the exhibition is from 20th September – 11th November, 2019. Keynote Speaker, Vinay Gupta will present a lecture, “Cities that will Walk Away” on 19th September at 5:10pm  For more information about the events please visit our website:

Decolonizing the New Media Syllabus
NMC is gathering resources, references, syllabi, and texts for a new initiative, “Decolonizing the New Media syllabus.” For anyone interested in contributing to this effort, there will be an initial, informal workshop at the upcoming Border Control symposium at the University of Michigan on Friday, 20 September. The short term goal of the initiative is not symbolic posturing through decolonial metaphorization, but an actionable starting point for teachers developing new media syllabi who want to implement structural changes in how they approach the topics. All resources gathered in advance of and during the symposium will be shared with the NMC community, and future directions and possible collaborations will be determined.
Media-N Summer 2019 Issue
The summer 2019 issue of Media-N (Vol. 15, No. 2) is our annual CAA Conference Edition. It features a selection of conference proceedings from the activities of the New Media Caucus at the 2019 College Art Association Conference in New York City, which took place February 13-17. Included are co-authored contributions by Taylor Hokanson & Nick Bontrager and by. Victoria Bradbury & Suzy O’Hara, and a review of the New Media Caucus Showcase by Debora Faccion.

Design Incubation

Colloquium 6.1: Quinnipiac University
Design Incubation Colloquium 6.1 (#DI2019oct) will be held at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Practicing Type in the Age of Screens
Saturday, November 9, 2019. 2-5pm. Type Directors Club, NYC
Typeface design and the implementation of typography has never been more exciting. In many cases, type is presented on monitors, tiny and huge electronic visual displays, i.e., screens. In collaboration with the Type Directors Club, Design Incubation will moderate a panel discussion among design innovators about their design and use of type in today’s changing environment. Panelists include Jason Pamental, Javier Mavromantes, Nancy Campbell.

CFP: The Fellowship Program at Design Incubation 2020
Call for Participation: 3-day academic design research and writing workshop in New York City. June 4-6, 2020.  Application deadline, October 15, 2019.
Target Audience: Design academics in one or more of the following areas: graphic design, information design, branding, marketing, advertising, typography, web, interaction, film and video, animation, illustration, game design. Full-time tenure track or tenured faculty are given preference but any academic may apply.

CFP: The Design Incubation Residency at Haddon Avenue Writing Institute 2019
Rolling acceptances until Sept 30, 2019. Only 14 seats are available for this event. This 3-day residency allows researchers and scholars time to work on existing writing projects or to start a new writing project. The residency is open to design faculty and to those working in related fields.

CFP: A Day of Writing
Come spend an uninterrupted day working on a writing project.
Quinnipiac University School of Communications, October 6th 2019.

CFP: Colloquium 6.3: Fordham University
Call for design research abstracts. Deadline: Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)

Apply for AAMC Foundation’s 2020 Engagement Program for International Curators

The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators is seeking eligible international and US-based curators interested in pursuing a year-long partnership dedicated to professional development and exchange.

At the core of this Program is a 12-month partnership between a non-US based curator (International Awardee) and a US-based curator (US Liaison) dedicated to reflecting on and developing self-identified areas of advancement with each other. Made possible by major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Program includes travel funding for International Awardees, a participant stipend for US Liaisons, networking, and more, which are outlined in greater detail in the online application, available here: Two pairings will be awarded.

Eligible applicants must be art curators working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historical art of the United States (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, such as prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; performance; and design (except industrial). Architecture and commercial film are excluded. Native American art is eligible for consideration. Additional requirements include a minimum of 50% of the time for/with non-profit organizations will be considered. Please note that curators working in four-wall collecting and non-collecting, community based, and non-four wall organizations, at any location in the globe are eligible.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, AAMC Foundation aims to not only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also strengthen the international curatorial community and increase awareness of the concerns and needs of curators working outside the US. Visit our website to learn more:

The online application for International Awardees and US Liaisons opens on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, and are due by 12pm ET on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

AAMC Foundation Webinar on Utilizing Community Advisory Groups

Join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:15PM ET to learn about the formation, implementation, and utilization of community partners and advisory groups from a dynamic speaker lineup.

From grassroots organizations to large, landmark institutions, museum teams are increasingly engaging with community members to bring history to bear on the narratives told and to bring forward the value of local knowledge. These consultations help develop and shape exhibition themes and checklists, open conversations on collecting practices and directions, and ensure that museum-generated programs accurately and genuinely reflect and engage their communities. From local focus groups to international convenings, the collaborative aspect welcomes perspectives outside the curatorial department.

This webinar explores a diverse range of current approaches, case studies, and lessons learned—from emerging grassroots efforts to established museum outreach. Speakers will address the value in engaging communities, best practices in developing partnerships and advisory groups, and ways to create meaningful and ongoing valued relationships.

Speakers include René Paul Barilleaux, McNay Art Museum; Adrian Locke, Royal Academy of Arts; Regan Pro, Seattle Art Museum; David Serkoak, Key Collaborator with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; and Ben Tremillo, San Anto Cultural Arts.

There are only a limited amount of spots available. Registration is required:


The SHERA Board is pleased to announce that the SHERA Graduate Student / Independent Scholar Travel Grant for the 2019 ASEEES meeting has been awarded to Dr. Yulia Karpova (Central European University). Her paper, “Late Soviet studio ceramics as a site of institutional critique” will be presented during the SHERA-sponsored panel “Culture as Matter.”

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