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CAA has named John Davis, Katy Rogers, and Kenneth Wissoker to our Board of Directors as appointed directors, each for a four-year term. CAA’s appointed directors bring experience and perspectives that complement the strength and vision of the elected members of CAA’s board. The extent of scholarship, leadership, and professional accomplishment of the three new appointed directors will be invaluable to CAA as we begin strategizing as to how the organization can best serve our members and the art community at large in light of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said N. Elizabeth Schlatter, President of CAA. “We are exceedingly grateful for the service and dedication of these appointed directors as well as that of all of our board members who volunteer so much time and commitment to our field.” 

John Davis

John Davis is a historian of the art and architecture of the United States. For twenty-five years, he served on the faculty of Smith College, where he taught in the art history and American studies programs, chaired the Art Department, and served as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development. In 2017, he joined the Smithsonian Institution as Provost and Under Secretary of Museums, Education, and Research, with responsibility for nineteen museums, nine research institutes, twenty-two libraries, fellowships and internships, and the National Zoo. He is currently serving as the Interim Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York City. He has been a visiting professor in Japan, Belgium, and France and is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. His most recent publication is Art of the United States, 1750-2000: Primary Sources (2020), coauthored with Michael Leja. 

Katy Rogers

Katy Rogers is vice president and secretary of the Dedalus Foundation, where she also serves as the Programs Director and Director of the Robert Motherwell catalogue raisonné project. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she received her MA in Art History from Hunter College. She is also an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (ISP) where she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. She is the co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s paintings and collages (Yale University Press 2012), and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years (Skira 2015). She is currently working on a catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s drawings to be published by Yale University Press in fall 2022. Since 2013, she has been the President of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association where she co-organized the 2015 conference “The Catalogue Raisonné and its Construction” and the 2018 conference “The Afterlife of Sculptures: Posthumous Casts in Scholarship, the Market, and the Law.” 

Ken Wissoker

Ken Wissoker is Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press, acquiring books across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. He joined the Press as an Acquisitions Editor in 1991; became Editor-in-Chief in 1997; was named Editorial Director in 2005; and assumed his current position in 2020. In addition to his duties at the Press, he serves as Director of Intellectual Publics at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. He has published more than a thousand books which have won over one hundred and fifty prizes. He has written on publishing for The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Scholarly Kitchen, and Cinema Journal, and writes a column for the Japanese cultural studies journal “5.” He speaks regularly on publishing at universities in the United States and around the world.  

About CAA Appointed Directors

Appointed directors bring a variety of views and skills that contribute to CAA’s growth and stability as a professional support organization. In February 2010, CAA members approved an amendment to Article VII, Section IV of the organizational By-laws to establish a new category of appointed director. Learn more.  

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posted by April 24, 2020

Ilona Katzew writes about Jerónimo Antonio Gil and the Idea of the Spanish Enlightenment by Kelly Donahue-Wallace. Read the full review at

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Photo courtesy the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of artist, collector, historian, and lifetime CAA member Dr. David C. Driskell this week at the age of 88. In addition to being a lifetime member, Driskell also served on the CAA Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1980-1984. His art and scholarship centered African-American art history and had a tremendous impact on the field.

In his honor, we’ve made a selection of articles by him or related to his work available to access for free on Taylor & Francis online until the end of April. Explore below.

Articles from Art Journal and The Art Bulletin

David C. Driskell, “Margaret Webster Plass, African Miniatures: Goldweights of the Ashanti,” Art Journal, 1968 (link)

Jody B. Cutler, Debra Wacks, John P. Bowles, Craig Saper, Michèle C. Cone & Daryl Chin, “Reviews,” Art Journal, 2000 (link)

Monica Blackmun Visonà, “Agent Provocateur? The African Origin and American Life of a Statue from Côte d’Ivoire,” The Art Bulletin, 2012 (link)

Krista Thompson, “A Sidelong Glance: The Practice of African Diaspora Art History in the United States,” Art Journal, 2011 (link)

Read more about Driskell’s life and legacy in ARTnews.

Filed under: Art History, Obituaries

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posted by April 03, 2020

A. Victor Coonin explores Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies by Christian K. Kleinbub. Read the full review at

Christina Yuen Zi Chung writes about Boundless: Stories of Asian Art at the newly renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum. Read the full review at

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Support. Resources. Community. Advocacy. 

At CAA, these have always been our goals.

We know the art world and higher education (and world, in general) have shifted dramatically over the last month. At CAA, we view this as a moment to reinforce our dedication to our members to provide support, resources, community, and advocacy.

We’d love for you to rejoin CAA’s community of artists, scholars, and arts professionals. For the month of April, lapsed members receive 25% off their membership.


Many of our members are adapting to changes to the ways in which they teach and interact with colleagues. Others are trying to manage cancelled events, meetings, and exhibitions. We have compiled online resources  here, but we are also sharing information on emergency grants for artists, curators, and other COVID-19-related news on our Twitter feed.

CAA also has a new leader at the helm! Isimeme Omogbai started at CAA earlier this week, and we look forward to an exciting future under her leadership.

Finally, we continue to plan for CAA 2021! Our staff (working remotely) is still putting plans in place and moving forward. Don’t forget that the portal for submissions closes April 30, 2020.


CAA is growing and changing all the time, working to support the arts and humanities and all professionals in the field. We hope you’ll rejoin our community.

Questions? Contact Member Services at

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET, to individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Discount applies only to those whose membership has lapsed between January 1, 2015 and February 29, 2020. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code.
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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

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Anonymous Was a Woman Announces $250,000 in Emergency Grants for Female Artists Over 40 in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Eligible women artists can apply for up to $2,500 in emergency grants. (artnet News)

Have Federal Student Loan Debt? Read This.

Federal student loan borrowers can now be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. (US Dept of Education)

As New York and California Hospitals Face Critical Equipment Shortages, Museums and Schools Step Into the Breach

Art handlers and conservators are boxing up supplies and shipping them to area hospitals. (ARTnews)

82 Grad Teaching Assistants Fired During University of California Strikes

The emergence of COVID-19 has made the situation more complicated, though organizers have pledged to continue a digital picket online. Read CAA’s statement in support of the strikers. (Hyperallergic)

Spreadsheet for Museum Staff Impact During COVID-19

This spreadsheet is tracking layoffs, furloughs, and related labor updates for museum staff during COVID-19. (via Michelle Moon on Twitter)

What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Means for the Arts, Struggling to Stay Afloat

While its explicit arts funding falls profoundly short of advocates’ goals, there are still important opportunities that freelancers, small businesses, and nonprofits can take advantage of. (Hyperallergic)

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