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Motivated by an Idea Exchange roundtable held at the 2019 Annual Conference in New York, CAA announces the formation of a Working Group Against Harassment and Assault, aimed at addressing issues related to sexual harassment and power dynamics at the Annual Conference.

The working group is made up of CAA members from around the country, many of whom have experience effecting change at their own institutions in this arena. The working group members are:

Sonia De Laforcade, Princeton University

Claire Kovacs, Augustana College

Karen Leader, Florida Atlantic University

Daniel Quiles, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Leanne Zalewski, Central Connecticut State University

The working group will meet several times over the summer of 2019 to formulate suggestions to the Board of Directors. These recommendations are intended to aid CAA in addressing the systemic and structural dynamic of power and privilege that makes space for predatory behavior at the Annual Conference.

Filed under: Annual Conference

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

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 Annual Conference survey! Each year we work to make the Annual Conference better than the year before. It’s a large effort that takes the time of many people. We only do it once year but we need to have it perfect from that first hour registration is open, and your direct feedback helps us make that happen.

Here is what you told us about your experience this year:

  • Up from last year, 79% of you were satisfied with the Annual Conference
  • 75% liked the content of the sessions but only half of you thought the sessions represented a balance of time periods
  • 75% liked your online experience with CAA
  • 74% liked the Book and Trade Fair
  • 67% thought that the conference was welcoming and inclusive

Here’s what you liked about the conference:

  • Professional development offerings and workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Diverse sessions, good variety, good from a scholarly point
  • Staff—easy to find someone to help
  • Very smooth check-in process
  • Pay-as-you-Wish Day Pass
  • Conference in one building (as opposed to LA)
  • New York is a good destination – museums and galleries
  • Length of the sessions, committees’ lunch, opportunity to participate on a panel
  • Mentoring
  • Welcoming and stimulating, not the “high-brow” style of years’ past; friendly, collegial spirit
  • More inclusion of design
  • Many people got to participate
  • Planning features on website
  • Childcare
  • Book and Trade Fair
  • Convocation
  • Open sessions on diversity and other topics
  • Tables where people could sit and talk

Here is what you want to think about for next year’s conference:

  • Conference was too long, and conference fatigue was inevitable
  • Need more offerings for mentoring and interviewing
  • Bring back the free paper schedule program
  • 90-minute sessions are too short for 5 presenters; 8:30 is too early for some sessions
  • Too many things are scheduled at the same time
  • Too much for art historians rather than artists
  • Not enough for art historians
  • New York is always a problem with weather and too expensive ($13 for a glass of wine?)
  • Could never find the soul to the conference —leaves me feeling sad about our field
  • Very few senior scholars or mid-career attended, making it feel like a graduate student mentoring event
  • Too many sessions on the same topics and at the same time
  • Needs more transparency on how sessions are selected and put together
  • There was a lack of diverse topics
  • Way too large and overwhelming—no one had a chance to network—conference is no longer an academic one
  • Abstracts should be available online
  • The website is very confusing
  • Too many presenters read from their papers, looking down
  • Nothing to attract scholars or historians
  • Why are there almost no artists outside of academia at CAA

Here is what you told us about you:

  • About 67% of you are art historians; 24% are practicing artists
  • 77% of you are associated with a college or university and nearly half of you are either full-time faculty or department chairs
  • 75% of you pay for your membership fees yourself; about half of you are fortunate to have your employer to pay for it

Planning to submit a proposal for CAA 2020? The submissions portal for next year’s Annual Conference in Chicago closes April 30. We invite proposals for sessions, lightning rounds, poster sessions, and workshops from visual arts professionals working across the field in all disciplines.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Filed under: Annual Conference, Surveys

There is strength in numbers. Every day, CAA is working on behalf of professionals in the visual arts to create resources, build networks, and encourage scholarship at the highest levels. The louder our voice, the more we can do.

Rejoin CAA during the month of April and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

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Plan on participating in the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020? Submissions are due April 30, 2019.

Join your colleagues and fellow professionals in creating the programming for the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.

Now is the perfect time to rejoin and save.

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2019, 11:59 PM EST, to individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Discount applies only to those whose membership has lapsed between January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2018. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code.

Questions? Contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Membership

Serve on a CAA Award Jury

posted by March 28, 2019

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on ten of the fourteen juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2019–22). Terms begin in May 2019; award years are 2020–22.

CAA’s fourteen awards honor artists, art historians, authors, curators, critics, and teachers whose accomplishments transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

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.

Jury vacancies for spring 2019:

  • The Art Journal Award: two members
  • Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award: three members
  • Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism: one member
  • Charles Rufus Morey Book Award: two members
  • Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize: two members
  • CAA/AIC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation: one member
  • Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement:  one member
  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art: two members
  • Distinguished Feminist Award: one member
  • Distinguished Teaching of Art Award: one member

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

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

Each spring, members have the opportunity to provide critical service to the field and gain an inside view by volunteering to work on a CAA editorial board, committee, or jury.

Any member may self-nominate for the following positions or (after ascertaining interest) nominate another member. For more information, please click on the links below.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Professional Committees—Seeking New Members
Committees: Design, Diversity Practices, Intellectual Property, Women in the Arts, Education, International, Museum, Professional Practices, Services to Artists, Student and Emerging Professionals
Deadline: September 18

CLOSED OPPORTUNITIES

Art Journal Open—Editor-in-Chief
Deadline: April 1

caa.reviews—Editor-in-Chief
Deadline: April 1

caa.reviews—Four Field Editors
Design History, Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture and Urbanism, Theory and Historiography
Deadline: April 15

The Art Bulletin—Editorial Board Members
Deadline: April 15

Annual Conference—CAA Council of Readers
New this year, we’re asking members to serve a crucial role in shaping conference content.
Deadline: April 18

Annual Conference—Annual Conference Chair
Deadline: April 29

Annual Conference—Awards for Distinction Juries
Deadline: May 13

Millard Meiss Publication Fund—Jury Members
Deadline: May 13

Professional Development Fellowships in Art History and Visual Art—Jury Members
Deadline: May 13

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

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Annual Conference Committee Seeks Next Chair

posted by March 15, 2019

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for the Annual Conference Chair. This at-large member of the Annual Conference Committee serves a two-year term, beginning February 2020, immediately following the 108th Annual Conference. The Annual Conference Chair Designate shall begin their orientation to the role in May 2019. They will be invited to meetings of the Annual Conference Committee as a non-voting ex officio member at that time.

The Chair oversees the Council of Readers and reports back to the Annual Conference Committee on session topics, including identifying possible areas of content and interest to members that are missing from the submissions received. With CAA staff, the Chair recruits Council of Readers members to read, review, and rank proposals. The Chair shapes the content to the Annual Conference from the submissions as reported back by the Council.

Deadline: April 29, 2019

As a member of the Annual Conference Committee the Chair:

  • Works with CAA staff and oversees the execution of the overall goals of the conference
  • Ensures that the Annual Conference reflects the goals of the Association
  • Makes the Annual Conference an effective place for intellectual, aesthetic, and professional learning and exchange
  • Reflects the diverse interests of the membership
  • Suggests conference content based on member interest
  • Assists in scheduling the variety of chosen sessions, workshops, talks, etc.
  • Proposes ways to increase conference participation and attendance
  • Proposes new initiatives for the conference
  • Proposes candidates for distinguished speakers

The Annual Conference Committee meets three times a year: February – in person at the Annual Conference to examine and discuss the operational aspects of the conference which recently concluded and ideas for the upcoming conference; May/June – on a conference call to review the recommendations by the Council of Readers for the upcoming Annual Conference; October – on a conference call to review final plans and any existing changes for the Annual Conference up to two years out.

Please send a 150-word letter of interest and a CV to Mira Friedlaender, CAA Manager of Annual Conference. Deadline: April 29, 2019.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Service

Apply to Join the CAA Council of Readers

posted by March 12, 2019

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

Beginning this year, we are pleased to announce a new opportunity to help shape Annual Conference session content. In preparation for the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, the Annual Conference Committee will appoint a Council of Readers to read proposals submitted by CAA members and serve a crucial role in the review process.

The Council will be tasked with reading proposals with a focus on their specialty and will provide the knowledge and expertise of their fields to help shape the conference.

Requirements for Readers

  • Current CAA membership
  • Time commitment to read and review up to 60 proposals online in May 2019. Proposal lengths range from a single 250-word abstract to a complete session with multiple presentation abstracts totaling, for example, 1000 words. Readers will review no more than 60 proposals each.
  • Ability to participate as a Council of Readers member for three years
  • Readers are required to read and abide by CAA’s Statement on Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality

APPLY HERE

Deadline to apply: April 18, 2019

Review Process

  • The Council of Readers is group of 50 to 75 CAA members from Professional Committees, Affiliated Societies, and general membership overseen by the Annual Conference Committee chair.
  • Readers will be asked to review proposals in their areas of interest or specialty, as well as other fields they designate. Readers with broad areas of interest are encouraged to participate.
  • The proposals will be distributed in the first week of May and must be completed by May 31.
  • Each proposal is read and reviewed in the online portal by three different Council members.
  • Each member of the Council of Readers reviews no more than 60 proposals.
  • Proposal lengths range from a single 250-word abstract to a complete session with multiple presentation abstracts totaling, for example, 1000 words. For CAA 2019 the Committee reviewed over 1500 abstracts.
  • For each proposal, readers will use a scale of 1-5 to answer five questions and also enter a short comment for the Annual Conference Committee’s review.
  • 2020 Readers will each access abstracts to review in our online system, with orientation and support from the Annual Conference Committee and CAA staff members.
  • Members of the Council of Readers serve a three-year term on a rotation so that each year, one third of the council is new.
  • Review is independent; the Council of Readers does not meet together in-person or electronically.
  • After proposals are read and reviewed by the Council, the chair reports to the Annual Conference Committee on session topics, including identifying possible areas of content that are missing from the submissions received.
  • The chair shapes the conference content based on the reviewed submissions.

Pleas email Mira Friedlaender, Manager of Annual Conference, mfriedlaender@collegeart.org, or Tiffany Dugan, Director of Programs and Publications, tdugan@collegeart.org, with any questions.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Service

CAA 2020 Submissions Portal Now Open

posted by March 01, 2019

2019 CAA Annual Conference Keynote, Joyce J. Scott. Image by Ben Fractenberg.

The submissions portal for the 2020 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15 is now open.  

CAA invites proposals for sessions, lightning rounds, poster sessions, and workshops from visual arts professionals working across the field in all disciplines. 

The CAA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.  

Submit Your Proposal

Proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2019. 

Please note, this year individuals will have the opportunity to submit proposals for several types of opportunities at the Annual Conference before the April 30 deadline. Please review the full proposals page to decide which type of submission best fits your needs. 

The Annual Conference Committee members reviewed over 1,000 submissions for the 2019 Annual Conference. They take into account subject areas and themes that arise from accepted proposals to present as a broad and diverse a program as possible. Last year the committee selected roughly 300 sessions and it must, at times, make difficult decisions on submissions of high merit. 

Please contact Member Services at membership@collegeart.org or at 212-691-1051, ext. 1 with any questions.