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Coffee Gathering: Differentiating Visual Arts Administration and Museum Studies Programs

On Thursday, February 6 at 2pm (EST) we will be online with Bruce J. Altshuler, Director and Professor of Museum Studies at New York University and Sandra Lang, Director and Professor of Visual Arts Administration at New York University to discuss their respective programs. Joining them will be Visual Arts Administration student Laura Busby and Museum Studies student Olivia Knauss.

For participant bios, see the full post on RAAMP.

To join this Coffee Gathering, please email Cali Buckley at  

RAAMP Coffee Gatherings are monthly virtual chats aimed at giving participants an opportunity to informally discuss a topic that relates to their work as academic art museum professionals. Learn more here.

Submit to RAAMP

RAAMP (Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals) aims to strengthen the educational mission of academic art museums by providing a publicly accessible repository of resources, online forums, and relevant news and information. Visit RAAMP to discover the newest resources and contribute.

RAAMP is a project of CAA with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 15, 2020

Mario Moore, Several Lifetimes, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Most Paintings on Princeton’s Campus Are of Dead White Men. But One Artist Is Adding Equally Grand Portraits of Its Cooks and Cleaners

Created during a year-long fellowship, artist Mario Moore’s portrait series honors service workers on the Princeton University campus. (artnet News)

Free Your Mind: A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA

“The museum has given over the ground floor to a new childcare facility, available to all its staff. The higher floors of the extension will provide affordable housing for low-income workers in the arts…” From Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus, a speculative review of the “new MoMA.” (Paper Monument)

Museum Director Forced Out Amid Harassment Complaints

Joshua Helmer was removed at the Erie Art Museum after a recent New York Times article about complaints during his tenure at the museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (New York Times)

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New in

posted by January 10, 2020


Emily Joyce Evans reviews the C/O Berlin exhibition Boris Mikhailov: Before Sleep/After Drinking. Read the full review at

Lyle Massey considers The “Fabrica” of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions by Dániel Margócsy, Mark Somos, and Stephen N. Joffe. Read the full review at

Marcus B. Burke discusses Felipe Pereda’s Crime and Illusion: The Art of Truth in the Spanish Golden AgeRead the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by January 08, 2020

The archaelogical site and ruins of gates and columns of the Persian Achaemenid dynasty ancient capital city of Persepolis. Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images, via artnet News

President Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iranian Cultural Sites ‘Must Be Condemned,’ Say Outraged Museum Directors, Politicians, and Scholars

Cultural figures and scholars around the world have condemned Trump’s statements. (artnet News)

Update: The Pentagon Has Rejected Trump’s Threat to Bomb Iran’s Heritage Sites. Here’s What May Have Been Saved (artnet News)

Reimagining Museum Design, With Education at the Forefront

“Education departments have generally been the most imaginative, responsive, and inclusive arms of museums. So, why are they not given the highest consideration in new museum building planning?” (Hyperallergic)

Ten Rules for (Possibly) Succeeding in Academia through Upward Kindness

A satirical article on tips for “upward toxicity” in academia was Times Higher Education’s most-read article of 2019. In response—and in the spirit of the new year—here are ten rules for success through upward kindness. (THE)

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Affiliated Society News for January 2020

posted by January 07, 2020

Happy New Year! Affiliated Society News shares the new and exciting things CAA’s affiliated organizations are working on including activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibitions. See January’s news below.

Interested in becoming an Affiliated Society? Learn more here.

Community College Professors of Art and Art History

Please join the Community College Professors of Art and Art History at this year’s CAA Conference in Chicago for two events on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

From 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in the Lobby Level Continental B room, join us for our annual Business meeting and project share. Bring an idea or project to share with your community college colleagues. Following our business meeting (in the same room) is our session, Taking a New Look: Creating Change in the Studio and Art History Classrooms. Co-Chaired by Susan Altman and Monica Anke Hahn, hear Richard J. Moninski, Tyrus R. Clutter, Rachael Bower and Ross McClain talk about creating meaningful change in their studio and art history programs.

Any questions? Reach out to Susan Altman at: We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Women’s Caucus for Art

Women’s Caucus for Art: Intersectionality

The WCA Annual Conference runs concurrently with CAA Chicago and will focus this year on the theme of Intersectionality. In addition to a full slate of workshops, presentations, and activities at Columbia College, (link to schedule here), WCA will host two events on-site at CAA:

Thursday, February 13, 12:30pm: book presentation and discussion of Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity, with editors Rachel Epp Buller and Charles Reeve and contributor Niku Kashef

Thursday, February 13, 6:00pm: WCA/CAA panel on Amplifying Inclusion: Intersectional Feminism in Contemporary Curatorial Practice, with presenters Tanya Augsburg, Priscilla Otani, Karen Gutfreund, and Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, with discussant Maria Buszek.

CAA members are also invited to attend WCA exhibitions in Chicago. The Young Women’s Caucus organized Intersectional History at WomanMade Gallery and the National WCA exhibition, Collectively Shifting, is hosted by The Bridgeport Art Center.

New Media Caucus

The New Media Caucus is happy to welcome the following continuing and new board members following a successful 2019-2020 Election Cycle.

Chair of Communication Committee

KT Duffy
Assistant Professor of Art, Northeastern Illinois University

Board Members

Farhad Bayram
Assistant Professor, Indiana State University

Victoria Bradbury
Assistant Professor, The University of North Carolina – Asheville

Meredith Drum
Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech

Zach Duer
Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech

Sue Huang
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Chelsea Thompo
Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University

The New Media Caucus (NMC) is a 501c3 dedicated to supporting artists and scholars engaged in new media art. More information about the NMC and our mission can be found at

Society for the History of Collecting

We are looking forward to our debut sessions at CAA in February and will be using our inaugural business meeting to host a conversation about opportunities for research and funding in the field (the Friday lunchtime slot).

We are also excited to announce that the Americas chapter is expanding with Sophia McCabe spearheading a West Coast initiative.

In NY our upcoming events include a curatorial walk-through with Inés Katzenstein of Sur moderno at MoMA (January 8) and a collaboration with Master Drawings New York on Saturday, January 25. Talking Drawings—a conversation amongst four women collectors of works on paper will be moderated by Dr Jennifer Tonkovich of The Morgan Library & Museum. More information can be found here.

Society of Architectural Historians

Are you planning to attend the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago? If so, please join SAH’s conversation about two of our most exciting current initiatives, SAH Archipedia and the SAH Data Project, at the SAH Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 12:30–1:30 pm. Pauline Saliga, SAH Executive Director, will discuss the recent launch of SAH Archipedia. This growing, open-access, mobile-friendly online resource will soon provide new opportunities to publish interpretive research about the history of the built environment. Sarah M. Dreller, SAH Postdoctoral Researcher in the Humanities, will answer questions about the purpose, scope, and timeline of the SAH Data Project, a Mellon-funded study that is assessing the status of the field of architectural history in higher education. The project will launch a key component of the data-gathering effort, online surveys for students, faculty, and program chairs/administrators, right before the CAA Annual Conference.

Early Registration is open for the SAH 2020 Annual International Conference in Seattle, Washington, April 29–May 3. Nearly 700 SAH members from around the world are expected to convene at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel to present new research on the history of the built environment, network, and participate in roundtables, seminars, workshops, tours and more. Early registration closes March 3, 2020.

SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions at its 2021 Annual International Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The Society invites individuals and those representing SAH chapters and partner organizations to submit a session proposal for the Montréal conference. Since the principal purpose of the SAH annual conference is to inform attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every time period and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged. The submission deadline is January 14, 2020.

Visual Resources Association

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) has planned two events for the 2020 Chicago conference and we welcome CAA conference attendees to join us for a full session and open business meeting turned interactive forum.  

Both events take place on Wednesday, February 12th, starting with a VRA Business Meeting scheduled midday (free and open to the public), which we have turned into a discussion forum opening with a presentation entitled “From Archive to Classroom: The Use of Omeka and Companion Tools in the Curation of Digital Stories and Exhibits” involving Matt Taylor, Director of the Media and Design Studio, and Rebecca Zorach, Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art and Art History, as well as their students from Northwestern University. It will be followed by what will surely be an engaging discussion about online exhibitions and other current trends in the field of visual resources 

In the afternoon, a formal session has been organized entitled, “Hands-On to Eyes-On: From Material Collections to Digital Exhibitions chaired by Bridget Madden, Associate Director of the Visual Resources Center, in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. A distinguished panel of artists, art historians, librarians, museum and information professionals will discuss the hands-on use of materials and museum collections to allow students to apply their knowledge in real-life contexts (full slate below). The presenters will discuss: the use of a materials collection in teaching art history survey courses to studio art and design students; fashion and textile resources transitioning from physical to digital collections for enhanced access; and a two-term curatorial practice course sequenced to design and install a museum exhibition. In all cases, the collections used in teaching are prioritized and sustained, not treated as occasional visits or demonstrations. The role of professional staff supporting these collections and facilitating their use by faculty and students is integral. It will be shown how effective these collaborations can be, including how they can lead to more engaging, active learning experiences in the classroom. The session will take place at 4pm at the Hilton Chicago in the Wilford C room as follows: 

1) “Materials in Context: Experiential Learning in Art History” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with Allan T. Kohl, Librarian in charge of Visual Resources and Library Instruction, presenting a collection curator’s perspective, partnered with Jessica M. Dandona, Associate Professor of Art History, providing a faculty perspective. 

2) “Materiality Made Visible” will be presented by Melanie E. Emerson, Dean of the Library + Special Collections, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

3) “Exhibition in Practice” at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, will be presented with Leslie Wilson, Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts, providing  “A Perspective from the Classroom” and Berit Ness, Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, talking about “Execution in the Museum.”   

The Visual Resources Association is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments (  

For additional information, please contact Maureen BurnsVRA CAA Affiliate Society Representative at 

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

There is a date change to the original announcement of the FATE Biennial Conference.

18th Biennial Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Conference will be hosted by University of North Carolina CharlotteMark your calendars for April 15-17, 2021 and make plans to be there! 




Mid-America College Art Association

Invite for new prospective board members:

The Mid-America College Art Association is seeking motivated artists, and art faculty, to become members of an energetic team who provide avenues for fellowship in the arts on the collegiate level. All media are welcome, we give preference to artists that have expertise in Art Finance, Art Non-Profits, Graphic Design, Digital Arts, Art History, Art Administration and Art Therapy, Art Education, Art Interdisciplinary, Art Performance. Please send inquiry and  letter of interest and CV to Heather Hertel, MACAA President:

view our website:    Instagram: midamericacollegeartassoc



In October, SECAC met for the 75th time in Chattanooga, hosted by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga672 members representing 330 institutions participated in 140 sessions. Highlights of the conference included keynote address by Sharon Louden at the Hunter Museum of American Artthe 2018 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship Exhibition at the ConTemporary Cress Gallery,the SECAC Juried Exhibition, at Stove Works satellite gallery, and the SECAC Mentoring Program. 

At the annual business meeting, SECAC President Sandra Reed of Marshall University introduced new members of the Board of Directors: Arkansas, Kevin Cates, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Florida, Jeff Schwartz, Ringling College of Art and Design; Louisiana, Rachel Stephens, The University of Alabama; Mississippi, Elise Smith, Millsaps College; Tennessee, Christina Vogel, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and At-Large Seat #1, Dennis Ichiyama. Also new to the board are Michael Borowski, Virginia Tech, representing Virginia, and Sunny Spillane, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, serving as an officer in the new role of Secretary. 

SECAC 2020 will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, October 2134Regularly-updated information, and links to calls are published here. The SECAC submissions site is here. 


  • The SECAC Artist’s Fellowship was awarded to Adrian Rhodes, University of South Carolina, for Blood and Honey. 
  • Yumi Park-Huntington, Framingham State University in Massachusetts, received the William R. Levin Award for Research in Art History Before 1750 for Monumental Structure, Sacred Landscape, and Cosmology at the Late Formative Period Peruvian Site of Jequetepeque-Jatanca. 
  • Stephen MandravelisThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, received the William R. Levin Award for Research in Art History Since 1750 for Access to Avenues of Art: Mapping the Cultivation of Rural Art Markets through the American Agriculturalist, 1850-1880. 
  • The SECAC Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Jenny Hager, University of North Florida. 
  • The SECAC Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalog of Contemporary Materials was given to William U. Eiland for Clinton Hill, Georgia Museum of Art, 2018. 
  • The Georgia Museum of Art received the SECAC Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalog of Historical Materials for Crafting History: Textiles, Metals, and Ceramics at the University of Georgia. 
  • The 2019 SECAC Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design was presented to Meena Khalili, University of Louisville. 
  • The 2019 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication was awarded to Peter Scott Brown, University of North Florida, for The Riddle of Jael: The History of a Poxied Heroine in Medieval and Renaissance Art and Culture. 

Visit SECAC Awards for details. 

Twenty-two graduate students received Gulnar Bosch Travel Awards: Melissa Airy, University of Iowa; Olivia Armandroff, University of Delaware; Alyssa Bralower, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lauren Cesiro, Binghamton University; Dominik Eckel, DFK Paris / University of Cologne; Isabel Fontbona Mola, University of Girona, Spain; Dilmar Mauricio Gamero Santos, Temple University; Naghmeh Hachempour, Georgia Southern University; Dana Hogan, Duke University; Julia Katz, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Ximena Kilroe, CUNY; Julia Kirshaw, Florida State University; Tess McCoy, University of New Mexico; Melissa Miller, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Jonathan Morgan, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; Danielle Powell, University of Central Florida; Chris Slaby, College of William & Mary; Sara Anne Stepp, Univeristy of Kansas; Barbara Tyner, Centro de Cultura Casa Lamm, Mexico City; Marina Tyquiengco, University of Pittsburgh; Or Vallah, University of Washington; and Jennifer Vess, University of Iowa. 

At the SECAC 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror Amelia Briggs, Director of David Lusk Gallery, awarded First Place to Anne Herbert, Alabama School of Fine Arts, for Event HorizonSecond Place: to Chung-Fan Chang, Stockton University, for Guangwu’s LandThird Place to Natalie Harrison, Samford University, for Pastel Tapestry 1and Honorable Mention to Mary Laube, The University of Tennessee, for Queen Min’s Hair. The Co-Directors’ Award was presented to Ann Moody, University at Buffalo, for Lickety-Split. 

American Society of Appraisers

Upcoming educational offerings:

·         February 3, 2020 | Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal | Tucson, AZ

·         February 5, 2020 | Introduction to the Chinese Art Market, Challenges and Opportunities | Webinar

·         March 2, 2020 | Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal | Carlsbad, CA

·         March 16-17, 2020 | Appraising Fine Arts Overview | Chicago, IL

·         March 20, 2020 | Personal Property Appraisal Report Writing Update | Reston, VA

·         May 14-15, 2020 | Fair Market Value: Appraising Personal Property for Non-Cash Charitable Contributions and Estates | Reston, VA

·         May 30-June 14, 2020 | 9th Annual Summer Appraisal Camp | Purchase, NY

·         October 29, 2020 | The Decorative Art and Mechanics of Antique Clocks | Webinar

Historians of Netherlandish Art

CAA CONFERENCE CHICAGO, February 12-15th, 2020:

HNA RECEPTION: Friday, February 14th, between 5:30 and 7 pm. Private Dining Room 4,  located on the third floor of the Hilton


Thursday February 13th, 10:30-12:00 pm

Hilton Chicago – Lower Level – Salon C-5: 10

Landscape through a Sociopolitical Lens: Representing the Environment in the Early Modern Netherlandish World

Historians of Netherlandish Art

Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Harvard Art Museums and Sarah Walsh Mallory, Harvard University

SESSION run by HNA members:

Thursday, February 13th, 6:00-7;30 PM

Hilton Chicago –  3rd Floor – Wilford C

Re-Assessing the Northern European Male Nude

Martha Hollander, Hofstra University and Lisa Rosenthal, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


JHNA has just published a special guest-edited issue on the art of Gerard de Lairesse (Winter 2020, vol. 12:1). The editors include Eric Jan Sluijter (University of Amsterdam Emeritus); Elmer Kolfin (University of Amsterdam); Jasper Hillegers (Salomon Lilian Gallery, Amsterdam); and Marrigje Rikken (Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem).

JHNA has received a grant from the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH) to support the development of a hot spot feature for images in the article by Melanie Gifford on Rubens’s Fall of Phaeton, National Gallery of Art, Washington, which appeared in the Summer 2019 issue (vol. 11:2).  Watch for this digital feature in Gifford’s essay in 2020 as well as in other essays to come.

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Vote for CAA’s 2020 Board of Directors

posted by January 06, 2020

As a CAA member, voting is one of the best ways to shape the future of your professional organization. Thank you for taking the time to vote! Scroll down to meet this year’s candidates and submit your online voting form.

2020 CAA Board of Directors candidates, clockwise from top left: Ixchel Ledesma, Janet Bellotto, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Lara Ayad, Tiffany Holmes, Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Robin Landa, and Nada Shabout

2020 CAA Board of Directors Election

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

Meet the Candidates

The 2019–20 Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors. Click the names of the candidates below to read their statements and resumes before casting your vote.

Board of Director Candidates (Four-Year Term, 2020-2024)

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Janet Bellotto
College of Arts & Creative Enterprises,
Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez
Interdisciplinary visual artist
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
New York, New York

Tiffany Holmes
Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

Robin Landa
Distinguished Professor of Design
Kean University
Union, New Jersey

Nada Shabout
Professor of Art History
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Emerging Professional Board of Director Candidates (Two-Year Term, 2020-2022)

Lara Ayad
Assistant Professor, Art History
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Ixchel Ledesma
Independent Curator
Mexico City, Mexico

CAA members must cast their votes for board members online using the form below; no paper ballots will be mailed. The deadline to vote is 6:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Submit Your Vote Below

Use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to scroll down, make your choices, and submit.

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

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Sign Up for Mock Interviews at CAA 2020

posted by January 06, 2020

Interview booths at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Photo: Rafael Cardenas

Each year at CAA, the Students and Emerging Professionals Committee (SEPC) offers 30-minute mock interviews for those looking to develop and refine interviewing skills, including job-seekers. Participants practice one-on-one with a seasoned interviewer and receive candid feedback.

SEPC makes every effort to accommodate all applicants, however, space is limited. Interviews are available by appointment via the pre-conference Google Registration Form. Registration is Monday,  January 6 to Friday, January 31. Participants will be notified of their slot by e-mail. With confirmation, we’ll request a CV and cover letter for your interviewer. On-site registration will be available at the conference, but pre-registering is strongly recommended for those whose conference plans are confirmed to get more tailored training and feedback.

Free of charge, CAA members only. Sign up via the pre-conference Google Registration Form.

New in

posted by January 03, 2020

 Angela Andersen discusses Social Housing in the Middle East: Architecture, Urban Development, and Transnational Modernity, edited by Kıvanç Kılınç and Mohammad Gharipour. Read the full review at

Kiara M. Vigil reviews Emily Burns’s Transnational Frontiers: The American West in France. Read the full review at

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