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posted by December 13, 2019


Liza Oliver reviews the British Museum exhibition Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives. Read the full review at

Catherine H. Lusheck considers the show Early Rubens, currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Read the full review at

Rebecca L. Twist writes about Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Actor Prints at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Read the full review at

Amy Knight Powell discusses Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image by Christopher P. Heuer. Read the full review at

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Announcing Pay-as-You-Wish Day for CAA 2020

posted by December 13, 2019

Attendees at the 2019 Annual Conference in New York. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020 for the Annual Conference.

We are excited to announce that we will offer Pay-as-You-Wish for one day, Friday, February 14, thanks to generous support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. 

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, we will offer a variety of onsite registration options including:

  • Single-session timeslot ticket— $20
  • Book & Trade Fair only pass— $20
  • One Day Pass (includes sessions and Book & Trade Fair)— $100
  • Full conference registration— prices vary depending on membership tier

In addition, we have extended Early Registration until 11:59 PM (EST), Wednesday, December 18! Take advantage of early registration, the lowest rates for the full conference, and don’t forget to grab a ticket for our Opening Reception, hosted by Columbia College Chicago.




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Notice of CAA 108th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 11, 2019

College Art Association
Notice of 108th Annual Business Meeting
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605
Wednesday, February 12 and Friday, February 14, 2020

The 108th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, February 12th, during Convocation at the 2020 Annual Conference, in the Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) of the Hilton Chicago.

CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, will preside. As is CAA’s custom, the Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts:


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

I. Welcome – Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

II. Interim Executive Directors Report – David Raizman – Presentation of CAA Awards for Distinction

III. 2019 Professional Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History — Anne Collins Goodyear, Suzanne Blier, DeWitt Godfrey

IV. Keynote Address – Amanda Williams

After the Keynote Address, the Annual Business Meeting will be recessed and will re-convene on Friday, February 14, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CDT on the 4th floor, Room 4A of the Hilton Chicago. The Agenda for Part II of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

V. Approval of Minutes of 107th Annual Business Meeting, February 23, and 25, 2019 


VI. Financial Report: Roberto Tofolo, CAA Chief Financial Officer

VII. Old Business

VIII. New Business

  • Results of Election of New Directors — Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

IX. Open discussion with members, Board and staff


If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, kindly 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 late December 2019. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, February 13, 2020.


Next Meeting – 2021

The 109th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in New York in 2021, and again will be divided into two parts – Part I at Convocation on Wednesday, February 17, and Part II a meeting and open discussion on Friday, February 19, 2021.


December 6, 2019

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CAA 107th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 11, 2019

NY, NY 10019


Annual Business Meeting – Part One
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO, welcomed attendees to the Convocation and to the Association’s 107th Annual Meeting of its members.

O’Hanian introduced Thomas Finkelpearl, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, who greeted the attendees on behalf of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

O’Hanian then introduced N. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA’s Vice President for Annual Conference, who extended greetings on behalf of CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, who was unable to attend due to the cancellation of his flight.

Awards were presented by past CAA presidents: Paul Jaskot, Nicola Courtwright, Dewitt Godfrey, Judy Brodsky and Anne Collins Goodyear.

The keynote address was given by Joyce C. Scott, sculptor, craftsperson and 2016 MacArthur Fellow.


Annual Business Meeting – Part Two
Friday, February 15, 2019
2:00–3:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., President Hopfensperger called to order Part Two of CAA’s Annual Business Meeting.

Hopfensperger called on Executive Director, Hunter O’Hanian, to report the number of proxies received by the Executive Committee from CAA’s membership. The Executive Committee received 247 proxies, thus creating a quorum to allow voting at the meeting.

Hopfensperger called for the approval of the minutes of the February 21, 2018 Annual Business Meeting held in Los Angeles, California. Tiffany Dugan moved to approve the minutes and Nick Obourn seconded the motion; the minutes were approved.

O’Hanian called on Teresa Lopez, CAA’s Chief Financial Officer, to give the financial report for

Fiscal year 2018. Lopez stated that the Association ended fiscal year 2018 with a deficit of $58,145.

The deficit was lower than the preceding two years since the Association, in 2018, made a 25% reduction in permanent staff costs. CAA’s efforts to match budget expenses to projected revenues continue.

As of June 30, 2018, there were 8,435 individual members, 461 organizational members, and an additional 651 subscribers to The Art Bulletin and/or Art Journal handled through CAA’s co-publisher, Taylor & Francis.

The fair market value of CAA’s investment portfolio on June 30, 2017 was $9,838,150. On June 30, 2018 the balance was $9,514,313.40.  The portfolio continues to be handled by the investment firm of Boston Trust and Investment Management Company under the supervision of the Finance Committee of CAA’s Board of Directors.

Copies of the audited financial statement for FY 2018 compared with FY2017 are available from Ms. Lopez or as a pdf on CAA’s website.

The Board of Directors has elected a new Treasurer, David Raizman, for a four-year term beginning in October 2018.

The number of attendees for this Annual Conference stood at 5,462 as of Friday afternoon, February 15th, 2019.

Hopfensperger called for Old Business. There was none.

Hopfensperger called for New Business and announced the results of the election for new members of the Board of Directors. With 416 votes cast by the CAA membership, the following four individuals were elected to the Board to serve a 4-year term starting in May 2019.

Lynne Allen
Niku Kashef
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
Jennifer Rissler

Hopfensperger expressed appreciation for the candidates’ willingness to serve CAA.

Hopfensperger then reported on the resolution to amend the by-laws. With 416 votes cast by the members, the proposed amendments passed, as presented, with 82% of those voting voted in favor of the amendments, 5% voted against and 13% abstained.  Therefore, the by-laws of College Art Association were amended as presented.

With all official business completed, and no other discussion items proposed, President Hopfensperger called the meeting to a close.


Respectfully submitted,
Melissa Hilliard Potter, Secretary
College Art Association
March 6, 2019


Next Meeting 

Part One of the 108th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association in 2020 will take place in Chicago, Illinois – Part I during Convocation on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and Part Two on Friday, February 14, 2020.  

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by December 11, 2019

Credit: Torbakhopper/Wikimedia Commons, via Education Dive

At Women’s Colleges, Rules Vary Widely for Trans and Nonbinary Students

Admissions criteria can vary widely from institution to institution and is not always publicly posted, leaving students floundering for answers. (Education Dive)

How to Feel like You Have Enough: Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset 

“Time, money, status, security, respect. You name it, we’ve felt scarce around it. As artists, we are constantly having to advocate for our value—at work, in galleries, within academia, and in society at large.” (The Creative Independent)

Harvard’s Only Latina Professor on the Tenure Track Was Rejected & Students Are Protesting

Students held a sit-in to protest the tenure denial of professor Lorgia García Peña and called for the creation of an ethnic studies department. (Remezcla)

Black Scholars Are Not ‘Rare Creatures’

“When Purdue’s president said this, I had to respond because this myth is so pervasive.” (New York Times)

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Finalists for the 2020 Morey and Barr Awards

posted by December 09, 2019

CAA is pleased to announce the 2020 finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and two Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards. The winners of the three prizes, along with the recipients of other Awards for Distinction, will be announced in January 2020 and presented during Convocation in conjunction with CAA’s 108th Annual Conference, taking place in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020.

The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Shortlist 2020

Chanchal B. Dadlani, From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in the Late Mughul Empire, Yale University Press, 2019

Barbara Furlotti, Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections, Getty Publications, 2019

Matthew Looper, The Beast Between:  Deer in Maya Art and Culture, University of Texas Press, 2019

J. P. Park, A New Middle Kingdom: Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Chosŏn Korea, UBC Press and University of Washington Press, 2019

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award Shortlist 2020

Cathleen Chaffee, Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, in association with Koenig Books, London, 2019

Karl Kusserow and Alan C. Braddock, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, Princeton University Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2018

Esther Gabara, Pop América, 1965-1975, Duke University Press, 2018

Jessica Morgan and Alexis Lowry, Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress, Walther König, 2019

Elizabeth Morrison, Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, Getty Publications, 2019

Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions Shortlist 2020

Denise Murrell, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, Yale University Press in association with the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2018

Phillip Earenfight, Shan Goshorn: Resisting the Mission, Trout Gallery, the Art Museum of Dickinson College, 2019

Tracy L. Adler, Jeffery Gibson: This is The Day, Prestel Publishing, 2018

Faith Brower, Heather Ahtone, and Seth Hopkins, Warhol and the West, University of California Press, 2019

The presentation of the 2020 Awards for Distinction will take place during CAA Convocation on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2020 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about CAA’s Awards for Distinction, please contact

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Kevin Tervala and Jennifer Kingsley

posted by December 09, 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.

On this week’s podcast, a medievalist stumbles into an Africanist and they decide to invite undergraduates to curate a feminist show.

Correction: Ashton Cooper’s article first appeared as part of a Barnard College exhibition, not Bryn Mawr. For more information: The Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist: An Argument for Enlivening a Stale Model of Discussion

Kevin Tervala is Associate Curator of African Art and Department Head for the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Jennifer Kingsley is the Director of the interdisciplinary undergraduate Programs in Museums and Society at the Johns Hopkins University.

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posted by December 06, 2019


Luke A. Fidler reviews the exhibition and catalog Jonathas de Andrade: One to One. Read the full review at

Ian Verstegen discusses Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words, edited by Peter Mack and Robert Williams. Read the full review at

Aaron Wile writes about Enchanted Islands: Picturing the Allure of Conquest in Eighteenth-Century France by Mary D. Sheriff. Read the full review at

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Apply for a Childcare Grant for CAA 2020

posted by December 06, 2019

Attendees at 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Photo: Rafael Cardenas

CAA recognizes the need among members for childcare support during the Annual Conference. In our effort to better meet these needs, CAA now offers grants of up to $250 per family.

Grants are available for CAA members who are registered for the conference and will bring their child to the conference, or who will incur extra care-giving expenses while away from their dependents.


Deadline to apply: January 5, 2020

Grant funding is limited and grants will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. (If you signed up for the now-canceled onsite care with Kiddie Corp, you will be given priority.) The grants will be given as a reimbursement for expenses up to $250 upon submission of receipts or invoices.

Examples of allowable expenses

  • Childcare expenses incurred on-site at the conference.
  • Daycare above and beyond what is normally scheduled because member is attending the conference (for example, overtime at a daycare center, cost of a sitter, etc.)
  • Travel expenses incurred in bringing a caregiver/family member to supervise your child at the conference or at your home.
  • Travel expenses incurred in bringing a child to a caregiver/family member.

Note: Care must occur during the conference dates. Attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements. CAA does not sanction or recommend childcare providers and does not assume responsibility or liability for childcare services of any sort. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to thoroughly investigate all childcare providers.

Expenses not eligible for reimbursement

  • Normally scheduled childcare expenses in your home city.
  • Toys, and tickets to museums, amusement parks, etc.
  • Travel or other expenses related to the attendee’s participation in the meeting, conference registration, meals, or other expenses the attendee would already be incurring by attending the meeting.

Reimbursement procedure

  • Reimbursement forms will be distributed to grantees upon notification, the completed PDF must accompany a scan of receipts.
  • Recipients of a grant must submit receipts for reimbursable expenses by email to Mira Friedlaender, with the subject line “Child Care Reimbursement”, by March 5, 2020
  • Reimbursements will be distributed within 3-4 weeks of CAA’s receipt of complete documentation.

Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for the grant is January 5, 2020.


Questions about childcare grants for the Annual Conference? Email

The following Chicago-based childcare services are available for attendees seeking childcare during conference. CAA has no contract with these service providers, and this list should not be considered an endorsement of any companies listed.

American Childcare
207 East Ohio Street, 121, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-644-7300

College Sitters
1000 West Diversey Parkway, 234, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-697-9326

Sitters Studio
Phone: 312-890-8194

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by December 04, 2019

Archives of American Art Publishes Finding Aid for Linda Nochlin Papers

The Smithsonian has just released an online finding aid for over 30 linear feet of the late art historian’s archival material. (Archives of American Art)

A Viral List of Hundreds of Opportunities for Artists, Compiled by One Person to Encourage Community

Everest Pipkin has made public their “Big Artist Opportunities List”—a collection of over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe. (Hyperallergic)

George Soros’s Foundation Is Launching a $15 Million Initiative to Repatriate Cultural Objects to African Nations

The Open Society’s initiative will support African lawyers, scholars, archivists, and grassroots organizations campaigning for the return of artifacts taken during the colonial era. (artnet News)

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